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John Pinzelik was born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana. After graduating from high school, he moved to California to pursue a career in the music business. John moved to Portland in 1998 and attended law school in the evening while working for various record companies. John joined David W. Owens, P.C. in the spring of 2009 and became a shareholder in the firm in January 2011.
John’s law practice focuses on personal injury and business litigation, wage claims and bankruptcy law. John has helped his clients recover hundreds of thousands of dollars from negligent drivers and property owners. He has prosecuted and defended small businesses in arbitration and state court. John has helped employees recover thousands of dollars in unpaid and penalty wages, and has helped hundreds of clients obtain a financial “fresh start” through the bankruptcy process.
John strives to give every client the attention they deserve and to explain the legal process in way that clients can understand. John believes that it is crucial to understand his client’s needs and to carefully weigh all options before recommending a course of action.
John volunteers with Legal Aid Services of Oregon’s Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic and spends his free time biking, running, and playing drums with a local marimba band.
- Areas of Practice:
- Real Estate Law
- Employment Law
- Estate Planning and Probate
- Personal Injury
- Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon,
- California State University Northridge, California,
- Representative Cases:
- Personal injury – Auto accident; Award to Client – $225,000.00. , R.W.O. v. J.S.
- Personal injury – Auto accident; Award to Client – $50,000.00., B.J.M. v. J.O.H
- Personal injury – Premises liability; Award to Client – $33,000.00, D.M.R. v. E.B.D.
- Wage claim – Recovery for Client – $43,900.00., J.M.E. v. A.C.S.
- Wage claim – Recovery for Client – $1,915.00. , H.D.S. v. V.W.
- $3,750,000 – Estimated credit card and other unsecured debt discharged on behalf of bankruptcy clients in 2011.
- Past Employment Positions:
- Underwood & Norwood, Associate, 2007 - 2009
- Honorable Janice R. Wilson, Judicial Clerk, 2006 - 2007