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Walter J Ledesma

Walter J Ledesma

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Family, DUI & DWI, Appeals

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About Me

I am admitted to the following courts and state bars:

  1. United States Supreme Court (2006)

  2. Oregon State Courts (1992)

  3. United States District Court for the District of Oregon (1993)

  4. United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1993)

  5. United States Tax Court (2011)





Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Personal Injury: 45%
    4 years
  2. Family: 30%
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    4 years
  4. Appeals: 5%
    4 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

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    I have known Walter Ledesma for over 13 years. He helped and encouraged me to take my current job at the Office of Public Defense Services. I found him to be a friendly, enjoyable, hard-working, and knowledgeable colleague. He was a strong and passionate advocate for his clients. He always gave me an honest, informed, and straightforward answer to any question I asked him. I enjoyed working with him and highly recommend him.


    Anne Munsey Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Philip J Hand

    I have known Walter for six years and find him highly qualified in all cases in which I have dealt with him.


    Philip Hand Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Hand & Ledesma, P.C.

970 North Cascade Drive
PO Box 377
Woodburn, OR, 97071



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
ScholarshipOregon State Bar1989

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerHand & Ledesma, PC2006 - Present
Deputy Public DefenderOffice of Public Defense - Legal Services Division1998 - 2006
AttorneyMetropolitan Public Defenders Incorporated1993 - 2007

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Appellate Practice SectionChair ElectN/A
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of Oregon vs. Arick Titus SundburgThe Supreme Court held that an anonymous jury violates a defendant's right to an impartial jury and reversed the judgment. The case stops the erosion of the right to jury trial in criminal and civil cases.
Skorohodov v. Burkoff, et al.Million Dollar judgment against Defendant
Richards v. Board of Parole - State of OregonThe order of the Court of Appeals was reversed, and the case was remanded for further proceedings.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Woodburn Independent NewspaperMt. Angel Abbey Gets Sued 50 Years after Alleged Incident2010
Oregon State Bar Criminal Law CLEParole and Post-Prison Supervision2005

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
California State University, ChicoPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1987

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Attorney Walter Ledesma shares his experiencesPrison Pipeline2010