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David W. Owens

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Portland, Oregon
(503) 766-3042

David Owens was born in 1945, a native Oregonian from John Day. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Colorado Rocky Mountain School before attending college. In 1967, he entered the U.S. Army and was deployed to Vietnam. He served with the First Air Cavalry Division and received several personal awards. After completing his service, David attended Portland State University and started Lumber Transport, Inc. In 1972 David attended Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law.

David’s law practice encompasses a wide array of areas including civil litigation, real estate, personal injury, domestic relations, estate planning and probate, as well as business and commercial law. David has helped thousands of clients resolve complicated issues and recover thousands of dollars.

David’s philosophy is to serve the client and make a friend.  In the over 37 years David has been practicing he is most pleased with his returning clients and prides himself of being considered their “family’s” attorney.   David’s education both in the classroom and in life allows him to bring a clear perspective to issues and his experience allows him to recommend the best course of action after weighing all the facts.

Outside of practicing law David enjoys Pinochle, Golf, and spending time with his family and friends.


Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury -- Defense
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1975
  • Washington, 2004
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1981


  • Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon
    • J.D. - 1975
  • Portland State University
    • B.S. - 1972

Representative Cases

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Bureau of Police Standards and Training
  • Polygraph Advisory Committee
  • The Children's Museum, Former Board Member
  • Columbia River Girl Scouts, Former Board Member
  • Former Pack Committee Co-Chair
  • Pack 592 Cub Scouts
  • Portland Area Business Association
  • Oregon Wildlife Conservation Association, Life Member

Past Employment Positions

  • David W. Owens & Associates PC, Portland, Oregon, 1975 - Present
  • Owens Dickison & Neal, 1986
  • Owens & Neal, 1985
  • Owens & Hattenhauer, 1980
  • Owens, Hanson & Hattenhauer, Partner, 1979
  • Private Practice, 1975

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, St. Andrews Legal Clinic
  • Former Member, Oregon Polygraph Advisory Committee
  • Former Board Member, The Children's Museum
  • Former Board Member, Columbia River Girl Scouts
  • Former Pack Committee Co-Chair, Pack 592 Cub Scouts
  • Member since 1993, Portland Area Business Association
  • Life Member, Oregon Wildlife Conservation Association
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