Trials and Civil Litigation
Portland Trial Lawyer
Disputes come in all shapes and sizes. You may have a small dispute that is best handled by a quick settlement. Or, you may have a big case where the only way to get a good result is to file a lawsuit. The strategy that goes into handling these different types of cases is paramount to your success. At the Johnston Law Firm, we take pride in knowing the difference between these types of cases. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to handling your individual case. What we can say across the board, regardless of the type of case we are handling, is that preparation and having a good trial attorney are the keys to achieving the best possible outcomes.
Litigation is serious. It takes up time and valuable resources. We are proud to help our clients who have suffered injuries, are being stonewalled by their insurance company or who simply need a trial lawyer. Our practice is broad, and we take pride in representing individuals who have a wide range of personal injury related disputes. We will diligently prepare your case, and will be prepared to proceed to trial if necessary.
Handling Your Personal Injury Case
We are experienced and successful at representing our personal injury clients. We typically handle your personal injury case on a contingency. We will attempt to settle your case with the insurance company before filing a lawsuit. If the insurance company’s offer is unacceptable, we will file a lawsuit. We will fully investigate your case and will be prepared to go to trial if necessary. Many personal injury attorneys today either fear going to trial, or will make excuses as to why you should take an unreasonable settlement offer. Although we consider all the factors prior to settlement, insurance companies know to expect more from us. As a result, your case will be worth more because the insurance companies know that we are prepared to take your case to trial if necessary.
Handling Your Insurance Denial Claim
Like clockwork, insurance companies will most likely deny your claim. But our firm knows the insurance policy better than your insurer. In Oregon, if an insurer fails to pay a claim within six months, you are entitled to collect attorney fees if you prevail against the insurer at trial (ORS 742.061). In some cases, we will take an insurance denial claim on a contingency. Other times, we request an hourly fee. In either case, your case will be positioned for maximum effectiveness; the insurance company will have to choose whether to pay your claim, or risk paying all of your attorney fees if you prevail at trial. Oregon juries are generally not sympathetic to insurers who make excuses for not paying valid claims.
Don’t let our focus on personal injury and insurance fool you. We handle a broad range of cases on behalf of our clients, and welcome cases from a broad range of fields. We have become a go-to trial boutique firm, and routinely receive referrals from other lawyers who need a trial attorney for their own clients. We welcome the opportunity to learn about new issues and work on cutting edge cases; it keeps us sharp. We take pride in ensuring that folks find the right attorney for their needs. If what you need is not what we offer, we will help get you to the right place. Our heavy involvement in the legal community makes us a great resource for our clients.
Contact a Portland, OR Trial Attorney
If you have questions regarding arbitration or trial, contact the Johnston Law Firm by calling 503-546-3167 or via the e-mail form on this website. We offer a free initial consultation and flexible hours by appointment.
Johnston Law Firm, P.C. proudly represents clients in all cities and counties in Oregon: Portland, Gresham, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas.