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Robert J Harris

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In addition to my legal experience, I've also owned and operated my own construction business. This experience has given me a very broad outlook on how small businesses can best benefit with sound legal advice. Instead of using litigation as a first option, it should be the last. Very few businesses make money while they are in litigation. Avoiding disputes and litigation is the first job of a business attorney.


While I am devoted to providing excellent professional service to my clients, I am equally devoted to making my commmunity a better place. I ran the book club in my childrens elementary school, was a member of the Hillsboro Library board of DIrectors for 8 years and am currently the Vice Chair of the Hillsboro Library Foundation.  I'm a member of the Hillsboro School Bond Review Committee and have been a Board Member of a local Head Start. As a professional I've been an active member of several County wide public safety committees.




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Contact info

Harris Law Firm, P.C.

165 SE 26th Ave
Hillsboro, OR, 97123-7024

Harris Law Firm, PC

3913 NE Hancock, Suite 100
Portland, OR, 97212


Practice areas


  1. Business: 40%
    30 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    30 years, 235 cases
  4. DUI & DWI: 20%
    28 years, 1 thousand cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review Ratings: AV.Martindale-Hubbell - Legal Ability, Preeminent. Highest ethical rating2011
Service AwardWashington County Bar Association2002
Service AwardWashington County District Attorney Office1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Appointed Circuit Court Judge Pro TemState or Oregon2009 - Present
OwnerHarris Law Firm1997 - Present
Municipal Court JudgeCity of Hillsboro1990 - 1999
Deputy District AttorneyWashington County District Attorney's Office1987 - 1989
AttorneyLanderholm Memovich Lansverk & Whitesides Ps1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon Defense Attorney ConsortiumExecutive Director2006 - Present
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1992 - Present
Washington County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Oregon State Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Washington County Bar AssociationDirector1992 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Oregon V. (Client)Not Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Straight Talking on the LawStrategic Mortgage Default2010
Straight Talking on the LawWhat's Happening with the Federal Estate Tax2010
Straight Talking on the LawSmall Business Checkup2010
Straight Talking on the LawNew Estate Tax Laws2010
Straight Talking on the LawMeasure 73 - New Oregon DUII Laws2010
Oregon Investigator HandbookChapter 4:2010
Straight Talking on the LawBankruptcy and Divorce2009
Straight Talking on the LawTaxes and Divorce2009
Straight Talking on the LawBeware of Debt Consolidation Services2009
Straight Talking on The LawSeparation Agreements in Oregon2009
Straight Talking on the LawConsumer Bankruptcy and the Small Business2008
Straight Talking on the LawMeasure 37, Measure 49 and the Courts2008
Straight Talking on the LawI was Arrested for DUI, Now What?2008
Straight Talking on the LawAvoiding Foreclosure2008
Straight Talking on the LawTeh Ugly Truth About Debt Negotiation Firms2008
Straight Talking on the LawNew Oregon Non-Competition Agreement Law2008
Straight Talking on the LawPartnering Up2008
Straight Talking on the LawHow to Remove a Second Mortgage in a Chapter 13 Plan2008
Straight Talking on the LawIn Debt? Beware of Hocking Your Home2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor, With Honors1986
University of WashingtonUrban PlanningBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual ConferenceWorking With Court Appointed Counsel2009
Management ConferenceBuilding your Practice2004
Management ConferenceBest Practices in Management1998