Jeff Merrick

Jeff Merrick

Seasoned litigator, counselor and mediator helping Oregonians.
  • Legal Malpractice, Employment Law, Civil Rights...
  • Oregon
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Oregon Trial Attorney: 503-665-4234

I love the law, and I love helping people.

An Oregon civil litigation attorney since 1984, I have recovered millions of dollars for injured children and adults. In addition to personal injury cases, I help people with claims against lawyers, employers government pedestrian & bicycle injuries, and other reasons.

I limit my law practice to just a few clients at a time. This way, I control the quality of the work and the quality of the client relationship.

Most of my clients have never worked with a lawyer before. People call me because they are suffering from some trouble. I pride myself on being accessible: my clients phone me when they have questions, and I give them the time they need.

For more information, go to my website:

Practice Areas
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Insurance Claims
  • Personal Injury
Additional Practice Areas
  • Acquired Brain Injury: Traumatic or Anoxic
  • Car Accidents
  • Pediatric (Child Injury) Law
  • Nuisance Neighbors
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I offer one-time, flat-fee consultations at a reduced rate.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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9th Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Lewis & Clark Law School
Honors: with honors
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University of Minnesota Law School
Honors: with honors
Activities: Associate Editor of Minnesota Law Review
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Stanford University
B.A. | Economics and Political Science
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Professional Associations
Multnomah Bar Association
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Oregon Mediation Association
- Current
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Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
- Current
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Oregon State Bar Association
- Current
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Attorney at Law
Oregon State Bar
General Civil Mediator for Court Connected Mediation
Oregon Judicial Department
Court-Approved Mediator
U.S. District Court for Oregon
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
17 Questions Answered

Q. I need a lawyer to sue another lawyer for legal malpractice
A: If you'd like, you may E-mail me with the following information: Who is the lawyer? What did the lawyer do wrong? When did you discover the lawyer harmed you? What is the dollar value of the harm? Jeff Merrick
Q. My employer told me that I should not come to work after taking my prescirbed medication.
A: You, too, ought to get a lawyer. Your question raises issues of whether your medical condition or any disability caused her to prevent you from going to work. Did they try to work with you about your medication. Also, it raises the question of the real reason she wanted to get rid of you. You ought to request your personnel records immediately. They can wait 45 days to give them to you (assuming you are employed in Oregon) They will be presenting you with a waiver of rights in exchange for additional money. You will want a lawyer to analyze the value if any claims you might have to decide on their offer. Good luck.
Q. My boyfriend who isn’t insured , was hit by a girl who is insured , what can happen to my boyfriend?
A: There are many things to tell someone who was in an collision caused by someone else. He should contact an attorney. There are many steps to take right away to preserve and enhance rights. Yes, not having insurance may limit what he can recover from the other side. Also, he should get insurance right away for the future (and to deal with any citation that he was uninsured). Good luck, Jeff Merrick
Q. I worked for my employer for 7 years and no scheduled breaks or lunch breaks. Should be compensated ? For shifts 6+hrs
A: Greetings, I recommend you check with Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Jeff Merrick
Q. My employer has been breaking multiple employment laws , he removed his hard drive when he switched payroll co. Strange?
A: Greetings, This sounds very bad. I might be willing to help, but first I need to know who is the employer and owner of the business. Also, where you worked and when this all happened. Jeff Merrick 503-665-4234
Q. Today I was fired from my job. My boss said I’d be rehired if I work an unpaid internship for a month. Is this legal?
A: It's always hard to give an answer without all the circumstances. Nevertheless, what you describe does not sound legal. Who is the employer? When did you start working for the employer? What was your job? Why did they say they fired you? Do you think there were other reasons they fired you? Jeff Merrick Disclaimer: I respond to questions as a courtesy. I do not intend to provide legal advice or agree to be your attorney. All claims have strict time limitations. If you fail to make your claim on time, it is lost forever. So do not wait for me or any attorney. Hire an attorney right away.
Q. Need to take an insurance to small claims, they have agents in the county does this count as having a physical presence
A: If your question is whether your county has jurisdiction over the insurer, odds are it does. If you can't find the insurer's proper address with the Secretary of State's business registry, try the State Insurance Division. It might be worth buying an hour of a lawyer's time to make sure your plan makes sense, get some pointers, and maybe see if there is a better approach. Good Luck, Jeff
Q. Is it legal for a company to mandate you stay on the premises when you are clocked out and not on standby?
A: If you are paid by the hour (as compared to a legitimately salaried employee) then, if the employer wants you on the premises, it must pay you. Good luck, Jeff
Q. How can I file a tort claim myself after being fired for telling employer I'm going to see a cardiologist for my heart?
A: Your question raises several issues, including whether you have a "disability" and whether the employer had a duty to work with you to see if it could accommodate your disability. If you want to chat, feel free to call. Jeff Merrick 503-665-4234
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Contact & Map
Portland Downtown
811 SW Naito Parkway
Suite 420
Portland, OR 97204
Telephone: (503) 665-4234
PO Box 1158
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Telephone: (503) 665-4234