4.5 stars 13 totalReview Risa Davis
Posted by a client
I used Risa to settle an employment dispute with a former employer. It took a long time and some litigation, but ultimately it was worth the wait to get the settlement I'm getting. I can't provide too much information because of the terms of the settlement agreement, but I can say that Risa was great to work with each step of the way. And we've been working together on this case for almost 3 years now! I know that people want fast results - and sometimes that is possible - but in my case it was important to go slow, consider all the options, and push, push, push for a good settlement. And that is what I got! I am very please with the legal services Risa provided and would recommend her to anyone with an employment law issue.
Posted by Joy
Risa was great. I was scared and nervous but she made me feel calm. She was empathic and was able to explain law to me in laymen's words. She even allowed me more time to explain my concerns. I felt safe talking to her and trusted her expertise.
Posted by Lisamarie
I highly recommend Risa Davis and Davis Law. I was lead to Davis Law through research of exemplary legal work done by her colleague/partner, Brandy Pirtle. Due to a conflict of interest, Ms Pirtle was not able to represent me, but connected me with her partner Ms Davis. Ms Davis was clear, objective and compassionate at all times. She was up front on the best and worst outcome for my case; clearly defining all risks and how to navigate. I felt she always had my best interest at heart and made it clear to me on several occasions how important my issue was to her and made it personal. Risa and her staff are always professional. I recommend Davis Law to anyone seeking superior representation.
Posted by a client
Risa helped me with an embarrassing situation: I got into a car accident while my insurance had lapsed. The accident was entirely the other driver’s fault and my car was totaled while the other driver’s car had a few dents. No one was hurt. But, the other driver and their insurance came after me. Risa dealt with the entire thing for me and fought tooth and nail to make sure I didn’t have to pay for something that wasn’t my fault. It took some time, but Risa’s strategy paid off. I didn't have to pay for the other driver's bad driving. I don’t think this is the type of law Risa usually does, but I’d trust her with any legal issue. She had my back and I got a much better outcome than I thought possible.
Posted by M.R.
Risa represented me in my divorce and custody case. She handled the case expeditiously and made sure that my daughter's interests were protected. She ensured that I recieved an fair child support award and when my ex tried to change the amount shortly after the divorce was finalized, she faught for me and my daughter and won. My case was complicated by the fact that both my ex travels for work and I travel internationally and Risa was able to design some great solutions to deal with our situation.
I also find the work that Risa's firm does in the community inspiring. I believe that Risa and her team not only care about their clients, but also care about the Portland community as a whole.
Posted by a client
My child was facing unfair treatment at her school in Portland, which would have held her back a grade. The school was refusing to allow her to advance appropriatly with her grade, despite the fact that she was one of the top students in the class. The school just didn't want to go through the trouble of doing an assessment to find the appropriate placement. I had done everything I could and didn't know what to do.
Risa was great at working with me to identify what I needed to do and what she could help me with. I had a limited budget to spend on legal representation and Risa was able to work within that budget. Ultimately she drafted several letters which outlined to the school what my child needed and the legal (and moral) basis for her getting the services she needed. Ultimately the school agreed to follow their own guidelines and my child is now happily enrolled in the proper grade.
Risa was great and personalizing her legal representation to fit my needs and my budget. She helped me work strategically to get my child what she needed.
Posted by a Speeding Ticket client
I commute regularly for work, and when I was pulled over and given three tickets I was mortified - and risked losing my license, a condition of my employment. The original offense was supposedly talking on the phone while driving - and while the officer had seen me talking while driving, I'd been excitedly using the new bluetooth I'd recently had installed in my car! Needless to say, he didn't believe me.
I knew I'd need to go to traffic court. A lawyer for traffic court seemed silly to me at first, but I was concerned about losing my license and a friend recommended I talk to Risa. She looked over the relevant statutes for all three tickets and agreed that the charges were tenuous at best.
Risa's quick analysis of the law as it related to my specific situation and her skill explaining her take on the law both in laymen terms (as she spoke to me) and more technically (as she negotiated a reduction of the charges pre-trial) were clearly evident. Her negotiation skills were impressive, as well.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Risa. She both provided me with realistic expectations of the process and likely outcomes, but was still a strong advocate trying to get me the best outcome possible. I appreciated her willingness to take on something so small and the clear skill and pride she showed in her work.
Posted by a Divorce client
Risa represented me in a DV case and she was amazing. I can only imagine that the people who have had bad things to say about her must have totally unrealistic expectations or are very difficult people.
My DV case went to a full-on hearing and Risa was fantastic. She prepared me really well for the hearing and was ready with all kinds of evidence and exhibits. She also did a really good job of addressing the sexual abuse I had suffered in a way that made me feel comfortable. She was great about making sure I never had to look at my abuser and even arranged for an officer to escort me to my car after the hearing. The judge we had seemed totally clueless about the dynamics of DV and Risa did a great job of taking the time to explain how that factored into my case.
I really appreciated Risa’s realistic approach to my case. There were some big property division issues and she worked with me to pick my battles and focus on the most important things. While I didn’t get everything I wanted (who does in this type of case?) I felt like I was able to make educated and strategic decisions about what I wanted to fight for.
The one complaint I had is that Risa was slow with her billing. This wasn’t really an issue, because her office was really nice and worked with me to make a payment plan I could afford. I also gave her this feedback at the end of my case and she was really receptive to it. Risa in general is just really easy to talk to about things and is a really down-to-earth person who just wants to help people. If you can’t work with Risa on your case, I bet you can’t work with any attorney.
Posted by a Child Custody client
I hired Risa for family law regarding child custody and domestic violence. Initially, she claimed to be very knowledgeable in domestic violence and assured me she understood how laws work regarding that dynamic. After nearly a year of fighting with her to be on my side with the case, she ended up forcing me to sign custody to my abuser. She numerous times told me to "just give him what he wants" and surrender all custodial rights and visitations. She didn't even know what the Address Confidentiality Program is and how it works. When we met with the judge in a private meeting, she not only set me up for failure with the meeting, she didn't advocate for my needs or for my case. She even told me to "shut up" when I tried to explain my case. It was suppose to be a candid conversation with the judge but she supported my abusers case to take my child; of which I raised solely since birth. She didn't follow any punitive actions against the other party when they violated our agreement, she regularly tried to convince me I would never get my child back and just to give in. Then at the hearing, literally forced me to sign the agreement I stated on record I didn't agree with. She told me I wouldn't need any witnesses for the hearing because I would keep custody for sure. At the hearing the other party brought witnesses and was ready for a full hearing. She not only didn't represent ANY critical evidence to the judge of the years of abuse, but she advocated for my abuser in the private meeting and during the hearing. She is incompetent of the seriousness of domestic violence and put my child in the care of someone actively abusive. After the hearing, I immediately complained I was unhappy with what happened and wanted to know my options. Instead of informing me of an appeals process, she ignored me for 2 months. I had to stop her from lying on the child support paperwork about my income and when I lost my job just a few weeks after the hearing, she refused to do a change in circumstance. I now owe my abuser tons of child support and I am going on disability from injuries I sustained. I can't work and she refused to do anything to help me get away from him, keep my child safe and not enable him to financially oppress me. To this day, I still haven't recovered from my brain injury which prevents me from full cognitive function and reading ability. Instead of getting my child into a safe house and with a safe parent, I now have no contact with my child and no visitations because my abuser got full custody and refuses to follow our parenting plan. I am not a criminal nor anything of the sort, just a hard working, loving single mother who has lost her child through the legal system and an attorney who supported the other party. Hard enough to represent yourself against one lawyer, but impossible against two and with a brain injury! My personal safety has been compromised and my child's on a regular basis. Any claims made by Risa to be helping the victims of domestic violence are truly false. Not only is she ignorant of what domestic violence does to a family, but she apparently bullies victims while supporting the abuser. I have filed a formal complaint because of her repeated negligence, poor choices, and flat out incompetence. This is my personal experience with Risa Davis and though she may treat someone who pays her full rate better, I did not receive her zealous representation and guidance. I would never recommend her for anything legal, not even filling out paperwork. I had to keep her accountable to being honest. Her value and ethics are clearly skewed and unhealthy. Had she done her job even half well, I wouldn't of be forced to give up my full custody to a well documented abuser. What was she thinking???
Posted by Nikki
Risa was recommended to me by a friend-of-a-friend and I am so glad I found her. She helped me with my divorce and was excellent. Risa is really empathetic and supportive - she spent time listening to me complain even when it probably wasn't necessary. My husband was a total jerk about our divorce and Risa validated my frustration about his behavior while still keeping me on track and helping me focus on resolving the case and moving on.
Risa is a young attorney, but that doesn't make her "green." She was amazingly strategic and thoughtful when it came to representing me. She not only took time to get to know me, but she really got to know the case and the facts of what was going on. She even took the time and consulted a couple colleagues regarding a particularly complex issue in my case – and didn’t charge me for the time! I felt like Risa wanted to do whatever it took to “get it right,” and she did.
I was happy with Risa’s communication with me and how responsive she was with my questions. Risa’s firm is small, and Risa is in court a lot, so when you call she will most likely have to call you back. That being said, Risa called me back faster than any other attorney I’ve worked with. And if you are comfortable communicating by e-mail, Risa is super-responsive.
I would highly recommend Risa to anyone looking for a compassionate and careful attorney to take care of their most important legal issues.