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Growing up in Washington, D.C., Richard observed first-hand the real-life differences between those with power and influence, and those without. Against this backdrop, Richard’s family instilled in him both a love for the law, and a value system that prioritizes helping others.

After graduating from Princeton in 1993 with a degree in philosophy, Richard spent the next decade working his way across the country, gaining in life experience and insights, and ultimately found himself living in Portland and attending law school in Salem at Willamette University. Richard received his law degree in 2006, and since then has worked exclusively as an Oregon criminal defense attorney, representing and helping thousands of people in the years since.

Richard’s view of how to be a great lawyer matches perfectly with the Reynolds Defense Firm’s philosophy. Richard understands that to be a great lawyer requires more than just courtroom excellence – a great lawyer is also one who leaves his ego at the door, who realizes the importance of understanding and relating to each person he helps, and one who, at the end of the day, truly cares about his clients and the work he does for them.


Richard likes to spend his time keeping an eye on his favorite baseball team, the Tampa Bay Rays, and being home with his boys – his young son Henry, and Bandy, his rescued shelter dog.   


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 90%
    9 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    9 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Eric Wayne Pickard

    Richard is an extremely talented and smart attorney who works tirelessly for his clients. I am lucky to have him as a mentor.


    Eric Pickard DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Damien S Donnelly-Cole

    I've known Richard for several years and have had the pleasure of working with him on few matters. He has always impressed me with his intelligence, demeanor, preparation, and dedication to his clients. I endorse Richard to anyone dealing with a criminal matter in Oregon.


    Damien Donnelly-Cole DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Reynolds Defense Firm

1512 SW 18th Avenue
Portland, OR, 97201

Reynolds Defense Firm - Westside office

12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 300
Beaverton, OR, 97005



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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateReynolds Defense Firm2013 - Present
AttorneyMultnomah Defenders, Inc.2012 - 2013
AttorneyRose City Law Consortium2005 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Oregon State BarN/A2007 - Present
Multnomah County Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Legal cases
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Princeton UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1993