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When I was given the Ken Morrow Lifetime Achievment Award by the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in December 2011, Oregon Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz stated:  "Simply put, few lawuers are blessed with the combination of intellectual power and analytical skills that are the hallmark of John Henry Hingson III."


My mother gave a plaque to me to hang on the wall in my office.  It contains the words of one of America's finest criminal defense lawyers, Clarence Darrow.  It reads:  To be an effective criminal defense counsel, an attorney must be prepared to be demanding, outrageous, irreverent, blasphemous, a rogue, a renegade, and a hated, isolated and lonely person...  Few love a spokesman for the despised and the damned."    My mother understood and appreciated my calling.


Albert Krieger, counsel for John Gotti, said this about my boo How To Defend a Drunk Driving Case:  I believe this book is incisive, intelligent, and instructive.  It just simply has to be one of the best it its type.  The research is meticulous, the suggestiions are creative, and on top of it all, it is eminently readable.  As a practicing lawyer, I thank Clark Boardman for publishing a book which will make the practice easy for many of us." 


Renowned Houston, Texas criminal defense lawyer Richard "Racehorse" Haynes wrote this about my book:  "John Henry Hingson III brings his enthusiasm, scholarship and understanding of the offense, court, accused, and jury into sharp focus.  This work should be a valuable and necessary part of the working troa; lawyer's working library."


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    44 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    44 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Rhett L Bernstein

    As a judge, I've had the opportunity to observe John Henry Hingson III represent persons charged with DUII on many occasions. He is intelligent, works zealously for his clients and demonstrates high-level trial skills. I highly recommend John Henry Hingson III.


    Rhett Bernstein DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kevin M. Sali

    Encyclopedic legal knowledge coupled with outstanding courtroom skills. The benefits of a vast wealth of experience, while treating each new case with passion and vigor. Unparalleled zeal in his advocacy, and unimpeachable integrity. In short - simply outstanding.


    Kevin Sali Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

409 Center St.
Oregon City, OR, 97045


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Ken Morrow Lifetime Achievement AwardOregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2011
Whihte Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America1995
Blue Collar Criminal DefenseBest Layers In America1995
DUI DefenseBest Lawyers in America1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentJohn Henry Hingson III, PC1971 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPast President1993 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. McGee,347 Or 261, 220 P3d 50(2013)Reversed in defendant's favor.
State v. Fish, 321 Or 48, 893 P2d 1023 (1995)Defendant prevailed.
In re Rook, 276 Or 695, 556 P2d 1351 (1976)Defendant prevailed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Clark Boardman Callaghan PublicationsHow To Defend A Drunk Driving Case, Clark-Boardman1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Various criminal defense organizations throughout AmericaDrunk Driving Defense, State Constitutional Law, Brady v. Maryland Discovery2011