OREGON TRIAL ATTORNEY RESOURCES
This page provides a collection of the resources most commonly used by trial attorneys in Oregon state and federal courts. Counsel should confirm that the sources consulted are current and up-to-date.
Oregon State Court Resources
The three primary sources of rules for Oregon State Courts are:
Also frequently-used are:
Oregon Evidence Code (OEC)
Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) (formerly the "Disciplinary Rules")
Oregon Circuit Court Web Sites. Note that most circuit court web sites include additional resources for practitioners.
Fees: On October 1, 2009, the State of Oregon established a new fee schedule. See the Oregon OJD web site for the new fee schedule and calculator. Practice Tips: attach a copy of the fee calculation to the filing to demonstrate to the Clerk's Office that the fees have been calculated properly. Be sure to consult the local county fee schedule for any additional fees.
Multnomah County Circuit Court Resources
In the Multnomah County Circuit Court (Portland), practitioners must often refer to the invaluable Attorney Reference Manual, the Civil Motion Panel Statement of Consensus (providing quasi-advisory opinions regarding frequently-litigated issues), the Multnomah County SLRs (local rules), and the court's Recommended Practices for Civil Jury Trials.
Fee Schedule for Multnomah County
Expedited trials: As of August 2010, the court is making expedited trials available to parties in cases requiring limited discovery. See the media release which includes references to resources, and other documents on the Multnomah Bar Association's web site: program description, expedited civil jury trial motion, expedited civil jury trial order and outline of what to expect at the first case management conference of an expedited case.
Draft SLRs will be considered at the UTCR Committee meeting in October 2011. They will be effective February 1, 2012. Comments must be received by September 1, 2011 and can be sent to Doug Bray or Presiding Judge Jean Maurer.
Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS)
The official home of the complete Oregon Statutes online. Specific Oregon statutes commonly referenced by trial attorneys include:
United States Code (U.S.C.)
Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.)
Research Resources and Practice Aids
OSB Professional Liability Fund (OSB Members Only / login required)
Provides the invaluable Oregon Statutory Time Limitations Handbook (a.k.a. the "Red Book") free to Oregon Lawyers, as well as various Forms that are essential to new lawyers (such as guides to setting up and running a law office and lawyer trust account) and helpful for experienced lawyers (such as conflict waiver templates).
Fastcase (OSB Members Only / login required)
The Oregon State Bar's research database, including case law for Oregon and most other states. This is an economical alternative to Westlaw or Lexis for most case law searches.
Legislative History Research Guides (Oregon and most other states)
These satellite maps provide street-level detail that is useful for accident investigation, preparation of trial exhibits, and locating businesses and witnesses. For county boundaries and "cockpit" views download Google Earth.
Oregon Federal Court Resources
This site includes the court's Local Rules (effective December 1, 2009), and other important information for practitioners, including the court's message regarding timekeeping requirements for attorney fee petitions. Note that electronic filing is required for most documents filed in the USDC, not including initial pleadings.
by Richard J. Vangelisti
This article offers “nuts and bolts” strategies to help litigators protect clients’ interests in the face of unprofessional tactics by an adversary. In May 2008 the Oregon State Bar Bulletin published Mr. Vangelisti's original article addressing fundamentals of how litigators can maintain professionalism even when confronted by an adversary’s unprofessional conduct.
by Richard J. Vangelisti and Scott F. Kocher
This article discusses the unique aspects of Oregon state and federal court practice that are most important for pro hac vice counsel and other lawyers who are new to Oregon.
by Richard Vangelisti
What is the difference between state court and federal court? The differences can have a significant effect on the cost, and even the outcome of a civil case. This article describes the considerations that Oregon lawyers must weigh when deciding which court is a better forum for a case.
by Scott F. Kocher
by Richard J. Vangelisti
This article outlines Oregon nursing home law and practical considerations. It is based on our firm's presentation at the January 2007 Multnomah Bar Association CLE for attorneys on litigating elder physical abuse and neglect cases.
The Bad and the Ugly: Risk Management Procedures for Oregon Trial Lawyers
Trial firms need to take extra care to eliminate avoidable problems and manage responsibly the risks that are inherent in a litigation practice. This article is adapted closely from the Risk Management section our firm’s Procedures Manual. It reflects what we believe are risk management best practices for our firm, and highlights issues that every firm should consider.
RSS - Opinions of Oregon Supreme Court
RSS - Opinions of Oregon Court of Appeals
The content, links and information on this web page is provided for informational purposes only. This information is neither legal advice nor an offer of legal advice. It is not intended to be a substitute for independent legal research.
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