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About me

I have practiced in Oregon, California, Alaska, and briefly interned in Australia and New Zealand.  I have 25 years of civil litigation experience in state and federal trial and appellate courts.  Currently, my primary areas of practice are foreclosure defense and bankruptcy.  As I have a passion to help others, I continually sharpen my knowledge of changes in the law in Oregon and other states to stay on the cutting edge of the foreclosure crisis.


I have been actively involved in the community by serving on the Ashland Forest Lands Commission, Medford Planning Commission, and various non-profit boards, such as Mediation Works.  I have been an amateur actor at Oregon Stage Works and Camelot Theatre.  I love to travel, garden, practice yoga, and enjoy plays, concerts, and movies.


Practice areas

  1. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 50%
  2. Real Estate: 30%
  3. Family: 15%
  4. Estate Planning: 5%



Hourly ($1-250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Joe Charter

450 Siskiyou Blvd. #3
Ashland, OR, 97520


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Ashland's Favorite AttorneysAshland Sneak Preview2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Justice of the PeaceJackson County2004 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mediation WorksBoard Member2004 - 2007
Jackson County Bar AssociationPresident2001 - 2002
Ashland Forest Lands CommissionBoard Member2000 - 2002
Oregon State Bar, House of DelegatesMember1999 - 2002
Medord Charter Review CommitteeMember1998 - 1998
Jackson County Bar AssociationExecutive Committee1997 - 2002
Medford Planning CommissionVice-Chair1994 - 1995
Oregon State BarMember1991 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gilbertson, et al. v. Hiljus, Josephine County Circuit Court Case No. 08-CV-0740Arbitration Award of $568,000, including award of attorney's fees.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Oregon State Bar Litigation JournalProving Damages in Employment Cases1997
Ecology Law QuarterlyCase Note, Solar Access Obstruction Nuisance Remedy1983
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of MichiganN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1980