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Paul Jason Vames

Car accident Attorney at Hillsboro, OR

4.9   14 reviews

also known as Paul Vames, Paul J. Vames

  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 17 years
    Nevada - NV 26 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State NV
    Acquired 1996
    Suspended No misconduct found

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

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    Representation of and Advocacy for Victims of Catasrophic Bodily Injuries Caused by Motor Vehicle Collisions; Trucking Accidents; Motorcycle Collisions; Car versus Bicycle Collisions; and Car versus Pedestrian Collisions

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Insurance
    Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims; Insurance Coverage Disputes; PIP (personal injury protection) Disputes

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Litigation
    Representation in State and Federal Courts throughout Oregon.

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Personal injury
    Representation of and Advocacy for Victims of Catasrophic Bodily Injuries Including Spine, Limb, Cranial, Neurologic, and Emotional Injuries; Wrongful Death; Injuries to Children and Infants; Automotive Liability; Premises Liability; Defective Products Liability; Dog and Animal Bites and Attacks; Injuries Caused by Property Hazards and Dangerous Premises

    27 years, 1,000 cases

Since 1996, Paul’s professional focus has been litigation of serious injury and insurance-related disputes. He holds a prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell©, demonstrating that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional and ethical excellence.

During his first 13 years in practice, Paul defended insurance companies. However, in 2009 Paul moved his practice from a downtown skyscraper to the suburbs. Since then, he has been privileged to represent good people injured by the negligence of others. Paul litigates insurance disputes, injury claims, cases arising from motor vehicle and motorcycle collisions, cases arising from dog attacks, and cases arising from property hazards or defective products.

Paul serves as a Judge pro tem for the Washington County Circuit Court. He also serves on the Court’s Arbitration, Supplemental Local Rules, and Civil Bench/Bar Committees and as an arbitrator in court-mandated and private arbitration proceedings.

When not working, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, sports, music, and fishing. He is also known to play poker or dominoes with his friends (just for fun, of course).

Please contact me to discuss your case and your legal options.

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5920 NE Ray Circle, Suite 145
Hillsboro, OR, 97124


4.9 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Mike | March 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paul stuck with my case, as it wound through 3 years of medical treatments as a result of a car accident. He has to be the best accident attorney there is and won't let go until full satisfaction is obtained. I highly recommend Paul.
Response from Paul Vames March 23, 2017
It was my sincere privilege to help Mike. His was an unusual injury and a complicated liability case. His perseverance was inspiring to me!
Posted by Julie | July 6, 2015
I was hit in a car vs pedestrian accident. Paul was excellent in resolving this case with the other insurance company for a favorable outcome. Beyond being professional, he was also compassionate - and his shock on my behalf that the driver didn't inform her own insurance company made me feel that I was in good hands. He let me know what was required of me, and what he and his team would do for me. He was very open to any questions and very knowledgeable about the whole process. I recommend Paul for any personal injury or car accident claim.
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Posted by Kim | July 25, 2011
Lawyer review, Paul Vames
I needed someone to get me through the burdensome task of getting the insurance company to pay bills. Paul not only got the bills paid, but he helped me understand the ins-n-outs of the entire process. I felt like my case was in very good hands and the stress load was lifted tremendously. Thank you Paul and staff!!
Posted by Rebecca | July 19, 2011
I was totally grateful for Mr. Vames help and would gladly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a good compitant lawyer. His fees and plan were explained very plainly and right away. I was informed right away throughout the entire claims process of how my case was going and what to expect next.
Posted by Lowell | November 10, 2010
Injury Claim
I would happily recommend Paul Vames as an attorney. The fees and "game plan" were presented early on. There were no surprises and the office got all the information prepared in case we had to go to trial. I am sure that I would not have been able to get surgery without Paul's help.
Posted by Lori | November 2, 2010
Great Reliable Lawyer
I went to see Paul after I was in a almost fatal car accident. Paul was so helpful in getting me in with a reliable chiropracter and doctors. He called me throughout my entire claim to check on me and see how my progress was going. Upon my completion of treatment Paul walked me through how the claim process was going to work and let me know the reality of what our claim could be. He was up-front and honest and never once gave me any false hopes nor did he set the bar too low. He was great! I really appreciated everything that he did for me and my family!
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Posted by Shannon | September 7, 2010
One of the best!
I met Paul to discuss a settlement that I had been offered by an insurance company after a car accident. Paul told me that sometimes these negotiations can take several weeks, but to my surprise he was able to double my settlement in 3 days! He made the process very easy. I would recommend him to anyone needing legal advice etc.
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Posted by Julie | August 30, 2010
Motor Vehicle Accident
Paul is an amazing person. I was in a car accident March of this year and had a lot of back pain. I was about to settle with the insurance company for only $700 but after talking to Paul Vames I was able to get 4 times the orginial amount they offered. He is extremely nice, friendly and super passionate about what he does. I would definately recommend him to anyone. It was such a great pleasure working with him on my case. It was my first auto accident and I was lucky to find the person to get advice and help.
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Posted by Christopher | August 11, 2010
I will use him again
Paul gave me more than I ever expected. He did everything he said he would do when he said he would do it.
Posted by Jeffery | August 6, 2010
Settled my case Fast and easy. No problems.
Got in a car accident, Paul took care of me great. Sent me to wonderful doctors for my recovery and kept in touch with me about everything. If I ever need an attorney again Ill be seeing him again!
Posted by Kelly | August 5, 2010
Very Pleased
I was very happy with services provided by Paul Vames. From beginning to end, he was honest, sincere and responsive to any and all my questions and concerns. He was upfront, and he followed through with all that was committed too. I would highly recommend him to anyone who was in need of an attorney who has ethics, and values his client's needs and wishes, but is also willing to tell you what you need to hear over what you want to hear...and this my friends, is refreshing.
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Posted by Carlos | January 7, 2010
One of the best lawyer in oregon
I got in a car accident about a little bit more than a year ago, I didn't know what to do until I found Paul Vames he's an excellent Lawyer as well as a person, he always kept me inform of the case and let me take my own decisions but based on his best advice. Thanks for everything Paul.
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2009
auto accident review
I was so please an happy with the service of mr Paul Vames! did not took more than a month to tahe care of my case, he recoverd what he promesed and keept me informed. I will highly recomend him to any of my friends and family that need legal advice. once again thank you for you help.
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2010
okay services
Paul was a very nice guy but sometimes i would call him days after days and no response...i would of atleast liked him to pick up the phone and tell me he has information for me or he doesnt, either way i wanted to be informed on what was going on in my case. Sometimes was moody and your typical lawyer. Got the job done...not as he first told me it would, but it got done. Was okay with his services. He seemed like a nice guy though.
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  • Contingency 33%-33%


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Vames|Wang Injury Lawyers
  • 2017 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Circuit Court - Washington County, Oregon
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Harris Law Firm
  • 2009 - 2017
  • Of Counsel
  • Smith Freed & Eberhard
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Founding Partner
  • Atkin Winner Sherrod & Vames
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Of Counsel
  • Selman Breitman LLP
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Ryan Marks Johnson & Todd
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Edwards Hale Sturman & Atkin
  • 1996 - 2000
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  • Whiitier Law School
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1996
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1985
  • Willamette University College of Law
  • Transferred
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Injured Husband/Father Abused by Insurer - Aggresive Litigation Vindicates Happy Client
  • Awarded 100% of prayer, all attorneys' fees, and all litigation costs
  • Dental Malpractice Causes Client to Lose Appendix
  • Pretrial settlement on favorable terms for our client - settlement covered medical expenses and non-economic damages
  • Bicyclist Struck And Injured By Motorist
  • Favorable Personal Injury Settlement and Reversal of Insurer's Refusal to Cover Medical Expenses
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  • Washington County Circuit Court - Supplemental Local Rules Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington County Circuit Court - Arbitration Rules Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Membership Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Member - Inactive
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Membership
  • Whittier Trial Advocacy Honors Board
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • Washington County Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • Litigating Personal Injury Cases in Washington County
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (36)
Endorse Paul
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know firsthand the depth of Paul’s knowledge of personal injury law after receiving his assistance in a recent case. Paul truly understands the nuances of cases and is equally accomplished in the courtroom. I highly recommend Paul to family and friends based on his experience and thorough preparation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Vames on multiple cases over the years. I have always found him to be extremely competent, capable, knowledgeable about the law, and ready to take a case all the way through trial if necessary. He puts his clients' interests above all else. He is not afraid to fight the other side. Because of his background working for insurance companies in the past, he understands their tactics and how they evaluate cases. He uses this knowledge to achieve outstanding results for his clients. I strongly endorse him as an attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul Vames is a highly skilled and very experienced civil litigator. If you spend 10 minutes talking with him, you will know he is the real deal. Paul is a dedicated advocate who I'm sure you will be impressed by if you give him a call."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a very accomplished attorney w/vast and varied experience. He works very hard for his clients and he gets excellent results. I highly recommend Paul."
Car accident Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul has become a leader in handling PI claims in northwest Oregon. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Paul Vames for approximately 8 years - practicing in both Nevada and Oregon. He is a very thorough, prepared, and extremely bright attorney. He works his cases very effectively and maximizes his clients' outcomes. At the same time, he remains civil and highly ethical in his dealings. He is truly a credit to the profession -- both due to his personal integrity, his effective advocacy, and his collegiality. He is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of civil litigation, and any client would be fortunate to have him representing his or her interests."
Car accident Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paul is a zealous advocate who enjoys helping his clients. I have referred friends to Paul and he has obtained very good results."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is an true advocate for his clients. He is an excellent attorney and well respected in the legal community. I highly recommend Paul Vames."
Personal injury Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is an accomplished and skillful advocate for his clients. His skill in and out of the courtroom makes him extremely well-respected and effective. I highly recommend working with him."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the opportunity to work with Paul and endorse him without reservations. Paul is an excellent attorney and a great guy. His positive attitude helps his clients sit at ease while his expansive knowledge of the law allows him to provide zealous representation."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul does great work because he enjoys his work and the competitiveness of personal injury law. He is motivated by his desire to satisfy his clients and puts them first on his priority list. I value his opinion and seek it out when personal injury questions arise in my practice."
General practice Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is a good lawyer who works hard for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Great lawyer! Great guy! Very experienced and knowledgeable."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Other
"Paul is a great lawyer. I had the pleasure of being a former co-worker of his and know of his abilities and work ethic. He is smart, conscientious and works hard for his clients. He also is tough and a great litigator. I highly recommend and endorse his work - clients would be lucky to have him represent them."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I am fortunate for having worked with Paul for several years while I was a relatively new lawyer. Paul is incredibly intelligent and understands the nuances of cases. He uses his abilities to get results for his clients. I endorse Paul without reservation, and refer him all of my personal injury cases from the Northwest"
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul Vames is an effective and highly-knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. His prior experience working for insurance companies has given him a unique perspective that sets him apart from many attorneys in this field. I have gone to Paul for guidance and advice on my own cases on several occasions and Paul has never hesitated to help out. I know Paul brings this same ethic to his clients' cases and this is why I endorse Paul without hesitation."
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