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Sarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson

also known as Sarah Colbach

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About Me

My practice focuses on personl injury. I have experience in handling many types of cases, including car accidents, bicycle accidents, dog attacks and premises liability.  I have had over a 100 arbitrations and trials and have an extensive prior history working for a large insurance company as in-house defense counsel. I know how the insurance companies work and how they evaluate claims.


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Practice Areas


  1. Car Accidents: 48%
  2. Personal Injury: 47%
  3. Animal & Dog Bites: 5%



Contingent (25-40%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

  • Elizabeth Elaine Christy

    I endorse this lawyer. Sarah is a dedicated, hard working attorney who is well liked in the community. I would not hesitate to refer to her.


    Elizabeth Christy Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Douglas Paul Levinson

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Douglas Levinson Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

US Bancorp Tower
111 SW Fifth, Ste 1740
Portland, OR, 97204

Sarah Nelson Law, Portland Personal Injury Lawyer

111 SW Fifth, Ste. 1740
Portland, OR, 97204




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Featured Personal Injury Lawyer of the MonthOregon Trial Laywers Association Magazine2010
Trial Lawyer of the Year for West CoastFarmers Insurance2007
Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers in OregonNational Trial Lawyer's AssociationN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
FounderSarah Nelson, P.C., Trial Lawyer2010 - Present
LawyerZipse, Elkins & Mitchell2002 - 2010
Deputy District AttorneyYamhill County District Attorney's Office2002 - 2002
District Attorney InternClackamas County District Attorney's Office1998 - 2001
Legislative Assistant (unpaid)Oregon State Legislature1996 - 1997
Association NamePosition NameDuration
NERALBoard Member2013 - Present
MAC Social CommitteeCommittee Member2012 - Present
Multnomah Athletic ClubMember2008 - Present
Oregon State BarMemberN/A
Oregon Women Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Multnomah Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Altier v. RodriguezSettled
Baez v. FreresSettled
O'Donnell v. OdomSettled
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJuris Doctorate2001
Portland State UniversityCriminal JusticeBachelor of Science1997
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Portland Lawyer's LuncheonLawyer's Monthly Roundtable2011
Attorney Rountable on Financial and Physical Elder AbusePhysical Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect2011
Slinde Nelson RoundtableRountable Discussion: Personal Injury Issues in Construction Defect Litigation2010
Peer Group Discussion -- JJH LawDiscussion on Comparative Fault in Oregon Personal Injury Cases2010