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John has had over 18 years of litigation experience in areas of real estate, landlord/tenant disputes, business litigation, taxation, and banking. John’s extensive knowledge of lending and banking practices provides him a deep understanding of the complex legal issues involved in defending foreclosures in Oregon. John is persistent in the courtroom and steadfast in settlement negotiations. Most importantly, John always takes the time to clearly communicate with his clients. 


Before starting Bowles Fernández, John was the vice president of special assets in the workouts section of a Section 42 tax credit syndicator. Previously, John devoted a substantial amount of his career to tenants who were unable to afford legal representation.


A native Oregonian, John served in the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment of the United States Marine Corps. He attended the University of Oregon after his honorable discharge in 1984.  During his studies at UofO, John took part in Foreign Exchange Language Programs in Beijing and Fuzhou, China.  During law school, John focused on real property, international trade, business transactions, and foreign joint ventures.  After law school, he worked as a litigation attorney on the island of Guam advising the Board of Directors for the Guam Housing Authority before returning to the U.S. to begin his real estate practice.


John is happily married with 3 children, is an active leader in the community, and speaks mandarin Chinese fluently.


Languages spoken: Chinese, Min Nan

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Practice areas


  1. Foreclosure: 70%
    11 years
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 20%
    16 years
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 10%
    20 years



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  • Diane L Grover

    John is the kind of lawyer you want to hire to be your lawyer. He is personable and truly cares about his clients and diligently works to get the best results possible for them. John is extremely knowledgeable about foreclosure defense and his other areas of practice and he is not afraid to take on the tough challenging cases. I wholeheartedly endorse John Bowles.


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Contact info

Bowles Fernandez Law

5200 SW Meadows Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR, 97035



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension - Disciplinary
    issued in OR, 2005


    This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

    John’s comment: “This was a year long suspension that began in 2005 due in large part to my failure to file income tax returns. It was in the midst of a contentious divorce. I have since resolved this matter, raised my children successfully, and I am happily remarried.”

Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Good Conduct MedalUnited States Marine Corps1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawBowles Fernandez Law2010 - Present
Vice President of Special AssetsPNC Multi-Family Capital2007 - 2008
Relationship Manager OriginationsHomestead Capital2005 - 2007
Attorney at LawLaw Office of John P. Bowles1997 - 2005
Attorney at LawLaw Office of David K. Link1997 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
DOJ Foreclosure Prevention ProjectForeclosure Defense Contributor2012 - 2012
Lake Oswego Hunt ClubVolunteer2008 - 2010
Waluga Neighborhood AssociationBoard Member2007 - 2008
One With CreationBoard Member2005 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brandrup v. ReconTrust, United States District Court 311CV1390HZPrevailed. Oregon Supreme Court held that MERS is not a beneficiary under the Oregon Trust Deed Act. Furthermore, a non-judicial foreclosure Notice of Sale must identify the beneficiary and the use of MERS as the beneficiary is insufficient.
Hucke v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, et al. Or. App. A153582Reversed and remanded.
Digregorio v. Bayview Loan Servicing LLC, et al. Or. App. A157399Decision pending.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of OregonPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Fujian Teacher's CollegeMandarin ChineseN/A1988
Beijing Foreign Languages InstituteMandarin ChineseN/A1987
Jesuit High SchoolN/AHigh School Diploma1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Contested Foreclosure LitigationForeclosure2013