Kinds of cases I handle
I handle all stages of state and federal criminal prosecution: pre-trial and trial practice, sentencing, appeals, post-conviction relief trials and appeals, and federal habeas corpus trials and appeals. I also handle appeals in other sorts of cases, including DMV appeals, and other litigation relating to criminal prosecution, such as clemency and mandamus petitions and motions to correct the judgment.
I also work with other attorneys, assisting with motion practice and appeals and other post-trial work.Read more
My job is providing skillful, personal service to people ensnared in the justice system. I’ve worked as a criminal defense attorney for most of my career, some as a public defender, some as private counsel. I’ve handled all sorts of cases, from infractions to capital murder, and every stage from preindictment to petitions for certiorari in the United States Supreme Court to federal habeas corpus.
You can see me at the Oregon Supreme Court’s webcast of oral argument in State v. Phillips on June 13, 2012. Phillips is a companion case to State v. Pipkin, and Mr. Pipkin’s attorney, Susan Drake, argued first, so my argument appears to begin in the middle.
The court system can be a complex, confusing place. Just the procedures in the trial court can take years, and from there a criminal case can work through half a dozen court systems during the course of the direct appeal, post-conviction relief, and federal habeas corpus. A competent attorney is focused on the current proceeding, but considers the possibility of future proceedings as well; pre-trial motion practice can make a trial victory more likely, a good trial attorney preserves issues for appeal, and a good post-conviction attorney is familiar with the strict rules for exhaustion in federal habeas corpus.Read more
If you’re accused of a crime, or you want to appeal, you need an attorney you can trust.
Do you or a loved one have pending criminal charges, or do you need a lawyer to help with an appeal, post-conviction relief, or habeas corpus? Do you need help understanding the system, your options, and the choices you face? Call, e-mail, or write if you have questions about your situation or a legal problem, or if you want to schedule an appointment. Some procedures, such as notices of appeal, new trial motions, and pretrial motions, are subject to strict time limitations, and no attorney can do a good job without enough time to prepare. Don’t delay.