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Damien S Donnelly-Cole

About me

After a legal education that involved hands-on experience with both the prosecution of major criminal offenses through the United States Attorney’s Office as well as the defense of people accused of crimes, I began my legal career as a public defender in Portland. I began with a heavy trial docket defending misdemeanors such as DUII, Driving While Suspended, Domestic Violence Assault or Harassment, and Prostitution cases. Subsequently, I defended only major felony cases such as Ballot Measure 11 crimes like Vehicular Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, sex crimes, and various levels of Assault. The true value of this experience is that I have handled numerous types of criminal cases and was in court nearly everyday making personal connections with judges and prosecutors.  

After some time with a small criminal defense firm that specialized in defending people accused of DUII’s, I founded Stumptown Legal to help people in Oregon navigate the judicial forest. Every job I have had, both before and after I entered the legal field, involved helping those that needed my help. If you’ve been accused of a crime, you need my help, and I am here to help you.

Before becoming a lawyer, I worked out of Washington, D.C., helping landmine survivors in Jordan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Bosnia, gain the access to rehabilitation services they needed. I also worked to improve access to water and wastewater services in Cairo, Egypt, and helped provide the Egyptian public with accurate information about financial investing and financial market operations.

My international journey began when I was born in Dublin, Ireland. I later spent time studying Spanish in Cusco, Peru and Madrid, Spain. My family spent over a decade living in China allowing me the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Asia. 

My education focused on philosophy, history, and law. My upbringing and education highlighted the importance of viewing events with an open mind, contemplating the future, and paying attention to the lessons of the past. Time spent living in, and observing, other cultures has strongly influenced how I communicate and connect with others. I have learned the importance of listening to others with an open mind, the importance of trying to understand who they are and what is important to them. If we decide to work together, I will do my utmost to understand who you are and what is important to you.

In 2006, after a life and jobs that took me throughout the world, I discovered the Pacific Northwest and all the joys of living in this part of the country. I happily made Portland my home after learning about the great food culture and the easy access to camping, hiking, skiing, and the Pacific Coast. It was here that I met my wife, rescued multiple trouble-making dogs from the Humane Society, and experienced the birth of my daughter.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 75%
    9 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    9 years



Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard E Oberdorfer

    Damien is smart, kind, and savvy. I highly recommend him. He cares about his clients.


    Richard Oberdorfer DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jessica O Kampfe

    Damien is an intelligent and caring lawyer with a lot of experience in criminal defense who does an excellent job advocating for his clients. He is a strong negotiator who has a talent for explaining the legal process in plain terms so his clients understand their options. I highly recommend this lawyer.


    Jessica Kampfe Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Stumptown Legal LLC

520 S.W. Yamhill Street
Suite 203
Portland, OR, 97204


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2015
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2014
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2013
Award for Outstanding Writing on the Global Studies Law ReviewWashington University in St. Louis School of Law2006
Honor Scholar AwardWashington University in St. Louis School of Law2005
Public Service Participation DistinctionWashington University in St. Louis School of Law2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Treasurer of the Board of DirectorsSAFE of Columbia County2014 - Present
Attorney and OwnerStumptown Legal LLC2014 - Present
AttorneyReynolds Defense Firm2013 - 2014
AttorneyMetropolitan Public Defenders, Inc.2007 - 2013
Project ManagerChemonics International2000 - 2003
Administration and ResearchLandmine Survivors Network1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State Bar, House of DelegatesRegion 5 Delegate2015 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationAttorney Member2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionAttorney Member2014 - Present
NORML Legal CommitteeAttorney Member2014 - Present
SAFE of Columbia CountyTreasurer of the Board of Directors2014 - Present
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2007 - Present
Oregon State BarAttorney Member2006 - Present
Global Studies Law ReviewExecutive Articles Editor2005 - 2006
Global Studies Law ReviewStaff Member2004 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. F.M.Case Dismissed Pre-Trial
State v. R.S.Case not issued
State v B.H.Case Dismissed after Pre-Trial Motions
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University in St. Louis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Don Quijote Langauge School, Madrid, SpainSpanishN/A2004
Amauta Language School, Cusco, PeruSpanishN/A2003
Center for Dispute Settlement, Washington, D.C.MediationN/A2002
College of the Holy CrossPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
29th Oregon High School Mock Trial CompetitionJudge2015
Guest lecturerLandmines and the Role of Landmine Survivors NetworkN/A
Guest lecturerLaw and Human Rights in ChinaN/A