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Tara J Herivel

Tara J Herivel

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Family, Juvenile, Education

About Me


9 years experience as an attorney in Washington State and Oregon. Practice includes criminal defense, juvenile and family law, post-conviction relief, and representation of people with disabilities, including youth in education matters.  Practice in state and federal courts in the Portland metro area.  Local practice includes Washington and Clark counties.

Editor and author of two award-winning anthologies about criminal justice policy and practice.  Named a "Leading Edge Litigator" by Washington Law & Politics.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2001

  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    9 years
  2. Juvenile: 10%
    9 years
  3. Family: 10%
    13 years
  4. Education: 5%
    14 years



Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Mark Andrew Ditton

    I am happy to endorse Tara. She is a tireless advocate. Her work is superior and she is a person I trust. I would not hesitate to hire Tara for a family law matter.


    Mark Ditton Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Tara Herivel

811 SW Naito Parkway.
Suite. 420
Portland, OR, 97204




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) literature awardNational Council on Crime and Delinquency2008
literature awardGustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights2003


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
The Biggest Little Dog Caseacquitted or charges dismissed on all 39 criminal charges
DUII or Back Injury?client acquitted on all charges by jury
Psychiatric Ward ShenanigansAquittal on all charges by jury

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
"Econvergence: Economic and Ecological Crises"Prison Boom or Bust: Prison Funding at the Crossroads2009