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Erin K Fitzgerald

Erin K Fitzgerald

Practice areas:

Family, Litigation, Probate, Wills & Living Wills, Tax

About Me

I work as part of a group of attorneys and legal assistants at Case & Dusterhoff, LLP as an associate attorney. My goal is to help members of the community who need help navigating the legal system. I focus on family law (divorces, custody and visitation disputes, grandparent and third party rights, etc.), civil litigation, wills and trusts, tax law, and victim's rights. 



I feel that my skill in offering compassionate, skilled, and zealous representation offers my clients a unique experience with the legal system. I will say very frankly that I am not a "pitbull" or "bulldog" attorney. My style is comprised of problem solving and polite, yet aggressive, negotiation; however if the opposing party is not so inclined, I am willing to do what the law allows to fight for my client. I pride myself on my ability to work *with* as opposed to *against* the other party while still maintaining my client's confidences and position.

I previously had my own practice, in which I focused on landlord/tenant law, criminal defense, consumer law, and general civil litigation. I enjoyed working on my own, however I prefer working in a group environment and very much enjoy my time now spent with my assistants, Linda, Amanda, and Kat, and my fellow attorneys, Jim, Bruce, Steve, Jennifer, and Erin (yes, there are two Erins at my firm). Having the opportunity to discuss and analyze cases with other attorneys who have had similar, yet unique, experiences with the law is invaluable. I also appreciate the opportunity for my clients to discuss their cases with my assistants when I am not available.

I spent a year at the Multnomah County District Attorney's office during my final year of law school. While I was there, I gained a significant amount of court experience, doing trials, release hearings, and other court appearances. I continue to enjoy trial work, however I find that in many situations my clients are best served by settling the case and avoiding costly litigation. 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2008

  1. Family: 45%
    6 years
  2. Probate: 20%
    5 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    7 years
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 10%
    7 years
  5. Tax: 5%
    3 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (15 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Banafsheh Violet Nazari

    Erin is a fantastic trial attorney. She has powerful presence that is persuasive.

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    Banafsheh Nazari Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ruben Medina Jr

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Ruben Medina Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Case & Dusterhoff, LLP

9800 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
Suite 200
Beaverton, OR, 97005

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ORActive200808/16/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2012-2013 Andrea Swanner Redding Outstanding MentorLewis & Clark Law School2013
Dean's ScholarshipLewis & Clark Law School2005

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyCase & Dusterhoff, LLP2010 - Present
Attorney/OwnerFitzgerald Law2008 - 2010
Legal InternMultnomah County District Attorney's Office2007 - 2008
Legal InternLewis & Clark Legal Clinic2007 - 2008

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Oregon State Bar, Unlawful Practice of Law CommitteeSecretary2015 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Unlawful Practice of Law CommitteeMember2014 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Public Service Advisory CommitteeSecretary2011 - 2013
Washington County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
United States District Court for the District of OregonLicensed to practice2009 - Present
United States Bankruptcy Court, District of OregonLicensed to Practice2009 - Present
Legal Aid Services of OregonPro Bono Attorney2008 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2008 - Present
Oregon Women Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Service to the Public CommitteeFormer committee member2008 - 2010
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Custody modificationCustody stayed with mother; money award
Relocation with step-sonVisitation with step-child
Child support and parenting time modification attemptComplete win

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law SchoolN/AJ.D.2008
Portland State UniversityN/AM.B.A.2003
Evergreen State CollegePhysics, Multimedia, Historical CostumingBA/BS1998