Domestic Partnership and Co-Ownership of Historic Portland Property Upheld

Client and his same-sex Partner had been in a committed relationship for nearly thirty years.  Client and Partner had purchased a historic Portland home together and at various times through their relationship it was titled in the name of one, the other, or both of them.  Problems arose, forcing them apart.  As the property at […]

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Settlement of Debt Avoids Judgment on Record

Clients, husband and wife, were being sued in Oregon Circuit Court for breach of contract by a contractor who performed some work on their property.  Clients acknowledged the debt as valid and retained the services of David Owens to represent them in negotiating a payment that would allow them to move past this issue without […]

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Homeowner Recovers Against Contractor

Client hired a contractor to build a second-story addition onto his Portland home, which was originally built in 1924.  Issues arose between the Client and the contractor regarding the quality and timeliness of the work being performed.  David W. Owens represented Client in initiating private arbitration of the dispute.  After months of preparation, the parties agreed […]

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Portland Police Apologize, Pay $10,000.00 Fine for Overt Surveillance

David W. Owens represented Client – owner of a garden supply store – over the course of several years regarding illegal search and seizure and suppression of evidence obtained through improper wiretap.  Portland Police were ordered to remain a set distance from Client’s business and were not permitted on the property or to conduct surveillance […]

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Protecting her Children from Abuse was not Murder

David W. Owens successfully represented Client charged with murdering her husband.   Client was placed on formal probation for 5 years and served no prison time. This case constituted one of the first successful uses of the “Battered Spouse” defense in Oregon.

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House Underwater

The Great Recession resulted in plummeting home values across Oregon and the rest of the country. Beginning in 2009, many home owners realized they owed more on their homes than their houses were worth. In some cases, the houses had a first mortgage as well as a second mortgage or a home equity line of […]

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Doctor’s Wage Claim

John Pinzelik handled a breach of contract and claim for unpaid wages for a doctor that was wrongfully terminated “for cause” by his employer. A private arbitrator heard the case and ruled that there was insufficient cause to terminate client and awarded him $124,562 in damages for unpaid wages, penalty wages, breach of contract, and […]

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Achieving Peace of Mind

Client – a contractor with a banking background – had assumed son’s – also a contractor – liability for multiple construction loans, with the intention that he would complete son’s projects, sell the properties, pay off the loans, and hopefully make some small profit. Client understood the assumption to be a non-recourse transaction, allowing him […]

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Creative Approach Sees Clients Paid

Clients – two Utah-based commercial lenders – had obtained judgment for $766,000 in Utah courts against Debtor – a large Oregon corporation. Clients retained the services of David W. Owens to collect on that judgment in Oregon. Mr. Owens knew Debtor to be financially unstable and under investigation by state authorities, making collection far less […]

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Case Dismissed – Twice

Plaintiffs – builders and owners of a “Street of Dreams” home – discovered subterranean landslide damage on their property, which negated a prospective sale. Seeking retribution anywhere they could find it, Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit for $500,000 against eight separate defendants, including Clients – two brothers and their limited-liability company, whose sole connection to the […]

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