What We Do
We use our legal work and community activism to improve the lives of working and injured people by advocating for safe communities and work practices, fair benefits and full compensation.
In addition to representing individuals, we also have represented and worked with many organizations that share our mission to make Oregon a better and safer place to live.
- Right hooked cyclist with fractured collar bone
- Doug Hagen, Portland
I practiced workers’ compensation law in Portland for over 40 years.In 2012 I was retained by a 36-year-old man who sustained severe injuries, including the loss of both hands, as a result of having been electrocuted while working as a lineman for a power company in Oregon. Since I was planning to retire in 2015 and the battle over the extent of his permanent disability was just beginning to heat up, I looked for another attorney to associate with and take over the case if necessary. After speaking with Chris Frost, I concluded that she was the right choice and my client agreed. With her help, we were then able to achieve a very desirable result for our client in a relatively short period of time. Chris and her staff have the reputation of being the best workers' compensation firm in Oregon and my client and I were fortunate to work with them. I am pleased to recommend her.
- Doug Hagen, Portland
I practiced personal injury law in Portland for most of my nearly forty-one-year career.In 2012 I was retained by a 31-year-old husband and father of two who had been catastrophically injured - including being permanently blinded in both eyes - when he was run over by a piece of construction equipment in a work accident in Clark County, Washington. In on-the-job accidents, a worker may not sue his employer for negligence and this was one of those cases where any case against other contractors on the job would be expensive, legally complex and technically challenging. I decided, after conducting many hours of research and investigation, that a case could be made but it would be a long and expensive undertaking. While continuing to work on the case, I began looking for help from another firm. I talked with a number of lawyers but each of them thought that the case would be too expensive and difficult to take on. Then a trial lawyer friend of mine recommended Ray Thomas and his firm. I had known Ray for many years and called him up and gave him an overview of the case. He was aware of the difficulties but felt the case had merit, so he and his partner Cynthia Newton filed a Freedom of Information action and obtained access to all of the thousands of pages of documents for the construction project. The documents revealed that the other contractors on the job site had failed to provide a job site plan for safe movement of equipment and traffic, despite the fact that run over, backing and pinch point injuries and deaths are extreme dangers for workers on jobs like this one. Their partner, Jim Coon, filed the personal injury and loss of consortium lawsuit in both Oregon and Washington, and he fought to obtain the necessary legal rulings to go forward with the case. After many depositions and other preparation for trial, the case was finally settled shortly before trial, in February 2017, in a confidential settlement that included satisfaction of a large Washington Labor and Industries lien. I believe that the work done by Ray, Jim, Cynthia and their staff was pivotal to obtaining an excellent result for our client, and also delivered the important message that job traffic control safety is important. Without their strong work it is unlikely that such favorable results would have been obtained.
- Portland Architect Right Hooked By Car
Ray’s reference reached as far away as Kansas.An attorney family member connected me to a local Portland lawyer that suggested Ray Thomas was the authority on bicycle accidents. I was completely unfamiliar with processing everything related to my accident, insurance, property damage, health, and recovery. Ray and his staff, including Kayla and Charley, guided me through every step in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner. I was never caught unaware. Questions were answered accurately and promptly! Requests that were made of me were reasonable, fully explained, and patient. I do not have a single reservation recommending you to friends and family in the future. I wouldn't hesitate to contact you personally if ever the need would arise.
- Blind Pedestrian Hit By Car Backing Out Of Driveway
A former co-worker, who is experienced with work with visually impaired pedestrians highly recommend Ray.As being a visually impaired and hit by a motor vehicle, I sought out someone with expertise and compassion on my behalf. Ray and his staff understood my legal problems, provided me with expert legal advice and they were always available to answer my questions in a timely manner. I would recommend others to Ray and his firm.
- Construction Equipment Improperly on Street Causes Commuter Cyclist Multiple Dental Injuries
Your firm came highly recommendedgiven your work in, with, and on behalf of the bicycling community. Both Ray and his staff did an excellent job providing expert legal advice. Throughout the process, Ray conveyed each step with clarity, patience, and reassurance. All of my questions (of which there were many) were answered in a timely manner. I would most certainly recommended Ray to others seeking legal representation.
- Overtaking Car Struck Recreational Cyclist Causing Multiple Fractures
At the time of my accident, I rode regularly with the cycling club Portland Velo.Ray had previously represented a case for another club member and he was strongly recommended to me by the cycling club leaders. When I researched Ray online, I saw that he was active in Oregon cycling law, and a cyclist himself. It was time to meet. When asked if Ray and his staff were able to understand my legal problems and provide expert legal advice, yes. In my case, it was really about understanding the nuances of automobile insurance. And surprising to me, it was less about the insurance of the driver of the vehicle that struck me and more about my own auto insurance coverage as relates to cycling. I would add that due to his vast experience, Ray's insights go well beyond pure legal advice. I had a complicated recovery and received conflicting guidance from my doctors as to some treatment options. Ray has 'seen it all' and could relate prior cases with a variety of treatment paths for me to discuss with my physicians. Personally, this expertise was equally if not more valuable to me than the insurance settlement. In general, Ray and his team did a fine job of responding to my questions throughout my two year case. It did seem that periodically they 'got busy' with other cases, and it helped for me to follow up. But I attributed this to a smaller firm with a high level of personal involvement from the partners. I strongly recommend Ray and his staff. They are "good people" who care about their clients and the work they do on the clients behalf.
- Bike Rider Car Doored
A trusted friend who is an attorney highly recommended Ray to me.The staff and Ray were helpful, thorough advocates and guides. I felt an important sense of reassurance and relief my case was well tended to by expert professionals. They were responsive and supportive in a timely fashion and I would strongly recommend Ray (and his firm), not only for his valued tenure as an attorney, but his own personal connection and experience as a veteran bicyclist, which most certainly reinforced my trust level and belief I was in good hands.
- Cyclist Hit from Behind While Riding Bike On The Job Resulting In Lower Extremity Fractures
I decided to hire Ray as my lawyerafter I heard that you were the leading firm fighting for the rights of cyclists and were an integral part of helping to create and modify laws as needed for cycling rights. Ray and his staff understood legal problems and were able to provide expert legal advice way more than we knew was possible. I'm not a litigious person but when attacked into a life threatening situation you learn how important the work is that you all do. Every single day Ray and his staff were available to answer my questions in a timely way. I have recommended people over the years who are looking for a lawyer to represent their legal rights and will continue to do so.
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Nuestra oficina representa a los hispanohablantes de lesiones personales, la seguridad social y las cuestiones de compensación de trabajadores.