Neighbors Must Compensate Clients for Unreasonably Refusing Repairs to Shared Structure

Clients came to Owens / Pinzelik, P.C. in a dispute with their Neighbors regarding necessary repairs to an elevated parking structure shared between their southwest Portland hillside homes.  The structure was subject to a recorded easement agreement that obligated both sides to contribute equally to the cost of repairs.  Neighbors had agreed to honor this […]

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Mortgage Buyer Whacked for Improper Deficiency Claim

Client consulted with John Pinzelik regarding possible bankruptcy protection. Her credit rating and income to debt ratio were in good shape, however.  Mr. Pinzelik learned, though, Client was being sued by Apollo Financial Group, LLC on a home equity loan that she and her former spouse took out years before on their homestead in Texas. Apollo Financial Group […]

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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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Client Pays Significantly Less than Amount Sued For

Client, a Canadian publishing company, found itself as a Defendant in an Oregon court, sued by a former independent advertising contractor for moneys he alleged he was owed.  Client retained our attorneys to represent it in defending what it believed to be a frivolous suit.  We were able to educate Plaintiff (through his own attorney) about the deficiencies of […]

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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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Verdict Saves Client’s Career

Chad Schaff represented a taxi driver accused of a hit-and-run while driving his cab. Being a cutthroat profession dependent upon a valid license, any blemishes to his driving record would jeopardize his career. Prosecution had four witnesses; Client had only his own testimony

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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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