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Bronson James is a Portland native who received his bachelors degree
from Reed College, and his J.D. cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law
School. From 2005-2010 he served as Chief Deputy Defender for the Oregon
Office of Public Defense Services Appellate Division.

He has represented hundreds of persons before the Oregon Court of
Appeals or the Oregon Supreme Court. He is a leading practitioner in
the area of parole and probation law, and has served on the Governor's
Advisory Group to the Oregon Board of Parole, as well as testified
numerous times on parole legislation before the Oregon House and Senate.

He currently serves on the Oregon Disciplinary Board, and is a past
member of the Oregon Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, and past
editor of the Journal of Computer and Internet Litigation published by
the American Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker on criminal
appellate matters.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    13 years, 200 cases
  2. Appeals: 40%
    13 years, 450 cases
  3. Civil Rights: 10%
    3 years



Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Scott Stinson

    I have known Bronson James on a professional level for over nine years now. He is an innovative, brilliant, and dedicated attorney who always has the best interest of his clients in mind. Few attorneys in Oregon have a better understanding of the law than Bronson, and I never hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney.


    Scott Stinson Personal injury Attorney
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  • Rhett Garrett Fraser

    Bronson James is a true asset to the criminal defense bar. He is a great attorney. If you are in need of a skilled criminal attorney to argue an appeal or legal motion, look no further.


    Rhett Fraser Medical malpractice Attorney
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Contact info

Bronson James LLC

917 S.W. Oak St. Ste 219
Portland, OR, 97005


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Selected to the Oregon State Bar Leadership CollegeOregon State Bar2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBronson James LLC2010 - Present
Chief Deputy DefenderOregon Office of Public Defense Services2004 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Parole Advisory BoardMember2008 - Present
Marion County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Disciplinary Board (Region 6)Member2008 - 2010
Willamette Valley American Inn of CourtMember2008 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Sanchez-AlfonsoReversal
Gasque v. City of PortlandDirected verdict for plaintiff
In re TopeteSuccessfully stopped deportation
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Oregon Defense AttorneyThoughts on Lawson: New litigation in eyewitness IDs2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Reed CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual ConferernceSuccessful Strategies in 1983 Civil Rights Claims2013
Annual Conference.Strategies in a Motion Practice2013
Holiday CLEExpert Testimony in Physical Abuse Cases2012
Death Penalty SeminarDevelopments in Capital Litigation2012
Capital Post-Conviction CLEStrategies in Capital Post-Conviction Appellate Litigation2011
Annual ConferenceUnderstanding Immigration Law: An Easy Structure for Advising Your Clients2011
Search and Seizure SeminarThere's an app for that: search and seizure of portable electronics2010
Annual ConferenceCriminal Episodes2010
OCDLA Annual ConferenceDefending Against 'I Did It' - The Changing Law and Tactics of Confessions2009
OCDLA Winter ConferencePitfalls of Preservation2008
OCDLA Annual ConferenceEmerging Issues in Oregon Criminal Law2008