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Client reviews on AVVO are not within my control.  If a particular client indicates that a specific result was achieved in their case this should not be accepted as an indication that other clients will necessarily see the same results.


Be advised that I never promise a client a particular outcome.  Details of prior cases should not be taken as an indication that other clients will necessarily see the same results either.




I am a former prosecutor and my time spent in that position taught me many things.  Most notably I discovered that prosecutors are NOT the attorneys for "The People"; defense attorneys are.


My areas of practice include criminal defense, traffic tickets, and personal/auto injury.

I make it a priority to be reasonably available to my clients and I do my best to help them understand what is happening through every step of their case.


When I am not lawyering I enjoy spending time with my family, working on home improvement projects, gardening, and traveling.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    6 years
  2. Speeding Ticket: 30%
    6 years
  3. Car Accident: 20%
    6 years



Contingent (30-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

14 total 

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  • Christopher A Missiaen

    Nathan Wente is a former prosecutor who "saw the light" and is now a passionate defender of liberty. He is dedicated, thorough, and always available to help his clients. I endorse Nathan Wente.


    Christopher Missiaen Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • David Carl Beyersdorf

    I endorse this lawyer.


    David Beyersdorf Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

122 Third St.
Yreka, CA, 96097

PO Box 8743
Medford, OR, 97501

Grants Pass, OR



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the state of OregonNational Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys2015
Nation's Top Attorneys - Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top Criminal Defense LawyerUS Observer2013
Best Oralist - Appellate AdvocacyUniversity of Laverne College of Law2008
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial AttorneyNathan D. Wente, Attorney2011 - Present
Deputy District AttorneySiskiyou County District Attorney2008 - 2011
Law ClerkPeach & Weathers2007 - 2007
Law ClerkSan Bernardino County District Attorney's Office2006 - 2008
Law ClerkWilner & O'reilly, Aplc2006 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2014 - Present
California Traffic Defense Bar AssociationBoard Member2014 - Present
Jackson County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2011 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeAttorney Member2011 - Present
Siskiyou County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Criminal HarassmentDismissed
Traffic ticketDismissed
4th degree AssaultDismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Trial AcademyN/AN/A2014
University of La Verne College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Oregon State UniversityPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science2005
Linn Benton Community CollegeN/AAssociates2002