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Bruce Tarbox

Criminal defense Attorney at Oregon City, OR

4.7   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Bruce

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Representing those accused of major felony & misdemeanor cases in state court. I am a public defender and handle everything from contempt of court thru murder. My focus over the last 22 years has been on major traffic, drug and homicide cases.

    23 years, 2,100 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Defending Driving Under the Influence charges is a complex and ever changing area of law. An effective DUII/DUI/DWI attorney needs to be ready to take any case to trial. I am currently the defense representative for Clackamas County DUII CT.

    23 years, 400 cases

Facing a criminal prosecution, however small, can be a daunting experience. My goal with each client is to ensure they understand the law related to their case, how it may impact their life, and what their options are in effectively defending the allegations or mitigating harmful results. In reaching this goal I am committed to zealous investigation and advocacy using all ethical options. Nothing is more satisfying to me, professionally, than seeing my clients move forward in life with confidence that their legal history is  in the past and will not be an obstacle in the future.

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Bruce Tarbox, P.C.
Multnomah Lodge, 707 Main Street, Suite 401
Oregon City, OR, 97045


4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Denise | July 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very responsive! Very up to date!
I had a really great experience with Bruce. I must admit, I wasn't the "best" client about being responsive to his requests for info, but he always seemed to be on op of it. I believe I got the best outcome possible because of his representation
Posted by Alex | July 7, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Bruce Tarbox (Excelent, Superior Attorney!)
Bruce was my court appointed attorney and he did an excellent job providing the courts with a well detailed and adiquate defense! If I ever have to hire an attorney agian I would go to bruce!
Posted by Skyler | January 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bruce did a great job representing me through this whole process. He was very professional in all regards, and addressed all of my questions and concerns. If you ever find yourself in need of a lawyer, Bruce should be your first pick.
Response from Bruce Tarbox January 25, 2017
Thanks for the positive review. Always a great feeling when a client allows me to pursue their case thru to an acquittal.
Posted by Nick | September 11, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Intelligent, professional, and knowledgeable
Bruce was available to me in the middle of a personal and family crisis. He provided expert legal counsel and quoted a reasonable price. I highly recommend Bruce to anyone in need of an attorney and would not hesitate to hire him if a need should arise.
Response from Bruce Tarbox October 4, 2015
Thanks. Sometimes you end up not needing an attorney but it makes good sense to have one available just in case the state proceeds with charges. Happy to help and that it was a "no complaint."
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2015
Excellent legal services
Mr Bruce Tarbox is one of the best attorney's to represent you. If you need of a competent, qualified, and experienced attorney to guide you through the legal system that is on your side, that understands the complex legal system and has trial experience, Mr Bruce Tarbox is the attorney for you. He helped me. I'm sure he can help you.
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Posted by Patricia | May 30, 2015
I want to let who ever reads this know if your looking for the best lawyer BRUCE TARBOX is your man. I just took a pcs case to trial and we won. He does his homework He is very knowledgeable I was very glad I had him as my case I had a pcs 11yrs eailier so those are hard to win but he did it!
Response from Bruce Tarbox June 5, 2015
Always a pleasure to see a client turn their life around and have the patience and courage to take things to a jury trial.
Posted by Josh | January 14, 2015
Solid legal defense
I must say that I was highly skeptical of my court appointed attorney . When I finally had my day in court, Bruce defended me zealously and the outcome was extremely favorable. Thank you Bruce!
Response from Bruce Tarbox June 5, 2015
The great benefit of doing court appointed work (after a long break) is that we get to take a variety of cases to trial for clients who really need and appreciate our help. Thanks for letting me represent you.
Posted by Toma | November 20, 2013
Toma Deavers
Bruce Tarbox is an excellent lawyer. He helped me with a DUII & reckless driving case earlier this year. He explained everything clearly, was patient, non-judgemental, and gave excellent advice both regarding my legal case and personal matters. I felt very confident having his help and being represented by him in the courtroom. He was always professional, intelligent, and made a very messy and stressful situation very straightforward and easy as possible. He was highly recommended to me by a friend, and I would highly recommend him to anyone facing similar charges as mine.
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Posted by Ron and Candy | October 17, 2013
Very thorough and prepared
Mr. Tarbox was a tireless and dedicated attorney when we most needed one. He believed in us and followed through on everything we needed...and then some. He was able to be courteous and respectful when he needed to be and a fearless defender when it was called for. We would highly recommend Mr. Tarbox and would go to him again if ever we needed a consummate and dedicated professional on our side.
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Posted by Robert | October 10, 2013
Bruce Tarbox (professional, experienced, and intelligent)
Bruce Tarbox has done an outstanding job representing me. Just over a year ago I hired Bruce since day one he was extremely polite and very professional he explained every detail to me about my case and he would call me at least once a week if not more to update me. He created a great case and fought for me he kept me out of prison and I can honestly say he saved my life and still to this day checkes in with me and makes sure I'm not falling back to my old ways I have and will recommend his services to anyone looking for the best of the best!
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Posted by Kurt | October 10, 2013
My sincere thanks to Bruce tarbox for resolving my DUII
Bruce Tarbox did a brilliant job of representing me in a DUII case. He is responsive, knowledgable, and professional. He is always on time and prepared. He has an intimate knowledge of the local jurisdictions and local practices of both law enforcement personnel and the judicial system at large in the Portland, Oregon metro area. I would recommend Bruce Tarbox to anyone who needs top notch legal representation in a DUII case.
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Posted by John | October 10, 2013
Outstanding lawyer
Bruce has represented me on a couple occasions and is knowledgeable and is available anytime. I have been able to contact him during the day or at night if needed. I would recommend his services to anyone and feel confident they would be well represented.
Posted by Curt | April 29, 2013
Excellent attorney
I hired Bruce in 2011. He represented me in a theft III case, which I said I was not guilty of and wanted to fight the charge. Bruce took the case to trial and I received a 100% not guilty verdict!
Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This lawyer,Bruce Tarbox,represented me about 5 years ago.I was charged with 4 criminal charges.2 were more serious and the other 2 was not.He didn't fully investigate my case like he should.Before my trial,he was working with prosecutors on a plea deal not consulting with me first.A few weeks later,he came to me with a plea deal he made with prosecutors. The deal was to plead guilty to 2 charges,spend 2 weeks in jail plus 3 years probation and they'll dropped the other 2 charges.Not knowing much about criminal law myself,the 2 charges that they're going to dropped was the 2 lesser serious ones.Considering I've been in the US over 20 years with no criminal record,he could've tell them to dropped all charges or go to trial where I have a huge chance of winning.He didn't do neither! Instead,he persuaded me to plead guilty and accept the deal because its a good deal! Smh!!! Also under Padilla law,all defense attorneys are required to advise their clients of immigration consequences and to help their clients avoid getting convicted of crimes which is deportable under immigration law! Mr.Tarbox never did any of that! And now I'm deported to my country! And when I was in the immigration detention center,I filed for post conviction relief and my post conviction lawyer confronted Mr.Tarbox to find out about my case and what happened? Mr.Tarbox was defensive and lied to my lawyer about it! Now I'm deported and I have 2 convictions on my record that I didn't do or guilty of!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Bruce Tarbox Attorney at Law
  • 2002 - Present
  • Administrator
  • Clackamas Indigent Defense Corporation
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Pro Tem Judge
  • City of West Linn
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Rieke & Savage, PC
  • 2000 - 2002
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  • Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Brown University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989


  • Clackamas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010


Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (16)
Endorse Bruce
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is one of the best DUII criminal defense litigators I know. He is extremely well versed in all aspects of DUII defense from representation at Administrative DMV hearings to the latest scientific attacks on the Intoxilyzer and field sobriety resting. I heartily endorse and recommend his services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce Tarbox is a hard working, bright, conscientious and ethical lawyer who specializes in DUII defense. He is compassionate and truly cares about the well being of his clients. He is my friend as well as a colleague."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a judge, I've had the opportunity to observe Bruce Tarbox represent persons charged with DUII on many occasions. He is intelligent, works zealously for his clients and demonstrates high-level trial skills. I highly recommend Bruce Tarbox."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bruce. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There is a very very short list of attorneys who come to mind when I ask myself the question "who would I call if I got in trouble?" Bruce is most certainly on that list. To be a great defense attorney you must be able to earn the trust of your client. Their life and livelihood is in the attorney's hands. Well, you can trust in Bruce. Trust him to get you through these trying times. If you need an advocate in your corner you can believe in, Bruce is the one for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bruce fights tooth and nail for his clients, and is a real pain for police and prosecutors to deal with, which is exactly what anybody facing criminal charges will want."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is a great attorney. Diligent and creative, I never hesitate to refer a client to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is a top-notch lawyer and an aggressive advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I often seek advice from Bruce when researching complicated defense issues. He is open to mentor and assist on criminal matters whenever he can. He does so because he cares about his community! He is an amazing member of Oregon's defense bar. Bruce will handle your most important affairs with the care and attention to detail that you deserve as a client. I highly recommend his legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bruce is a very resourceful, dedicated, and intelligent attorney. I've had the opportunity to work with Bruce in the past, and I've seen his skill and creativity first hand. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce Tarbox is an excellent criminal defense attorney. He is a tireless worker and advocates zealously for his clients. I have seen him try cases with great skill and knowledge. I trust Bruce with referrals because I know he is going to take care of his clients. ."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Bruce for several years and always have believed him to be a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and their cases. Without reservation, I endorse Bruce."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It has been my privilege to know Bruce Tarbox for the last 17 years, and throughout that time he has consistently provided sound advice and reassuring guidance. I would not hesitate to refer other clients to him for any criminal defense matter."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is a skilled tactician, possesses deep legal understanding, and is smooth in both the courtroom and in negotiations. All in all, the whole package and a valuable ally."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is a very intelligent and creative lawyer. He excels in all areas of criminal defense, and is a specialist in DUII defense. I recommend Bruce without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bruce is an experienced criminal defense attorney, with a wealth of knowledge and dedication to his clients. Bruce has given me sound advice on how to proceed with some of my own cases. I highly recommend Bruce to anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney in the Portland area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is a thoughtful and aggressive trial lawyer, knowledgeable in all areas of criminal law, but especially in DUIIs. He's very capable and I recommend him."
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