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Damien S Donnelly-Cole

DUI and DWI Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   56 reviews
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  • Licensed for 17 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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NAVIGATING THE JUDICIAL FOREST ℠ - HERE TO HELP THROUGHOUT OREGON

     Damien is a criminal defense trial lawyer with 18 years of experience representing clients in Oregon’s courts. He has built a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer by investing the time to understand his client’s needs, as well as the legal challenges they face, so that he can advocate for positive outcomes.

     At the start of Damien’s legal career, he gained experience with both the prosecution of major crimes at the United State Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois, and the defense of people accused of crimes as a public defender in both St. Louis, Missouri, and Portland, Oregon. Ultimately, it was defending people that resonated with Damien and has been the hallmark of his career.

     As a former public defender, Damien represented people charged with Driving Under the Influence, Domestic Violence, Prostitution, and Ballot Measure 11 crimes like Vehicular Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Robbery, Sex Crimes, and Assault. While at the public defenders’ office Damien learned how to represent people charged with a wide variety of crimes, managed a heavy trial docket, and built relationships by being in the courthouse every day advocating for the people he served.

     Since moving into a private criminal defense practice, Damien has been able to spend more time with his clients and to provide them with guidance earlier in the process. Both changes have allowed him to advance his advocacy and help people who need his care.

     Helping people is part of who Damien is as a person. Before becoming a lawyer, he advocated for landmine survivors in Jordan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Bosnia to gain access to rehabilitation services. He also worked to improve access to water and wastewater services in Cairo, Egypt, and participated in a public information campaign to provide Egyptians with reliable information about financial investing and financial markets.

     Living overseas has long been a hallmark of Damien’s life. He was born in Ireland before moving to the United States. His family also lived in China for over a decade providing him with many opportunities to travel throughout Asia. He studied in Cusco, Peru, and Madrid, Spain. And work brought him to the Middle East. Time spent living in, and observing, other cultures instilled in Damien the importance of communication, of listening to others with an open mind to understand who they are and what is important to them.

     Ultimately, Damien moved to Oregon in 2006 when he focused his career on criminal defense. Today he enjoys exploring this beautiful region with his family and friends and visiting courthouses across Oregon representing his clients.

 

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Location

Stumptown Legal LLC
333 SW Taylor Street
Suite 300
Portland, OR, 97204

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer / Human
I was referred to Damien by a close friend. Boy am I glad he did. Within five minutes of sitting down with Damien I knew he was an easy choice. There is literally nothing I wouldn't give Damien 5 stars for. If you are seeking legal services you need to give Damien five minutes. I can't imagine anyone not hiring him after that. Please believe me when I say you will not regret it. Thank you Damien!
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2021
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Excellent Criminal Law Attorney
I hired Damien to pursue an amended judgement for a felony conviction that was reduced to a misdemeanor. Damien offered a flat rate for this service that seemed fair and reasonable for the work that would be done. He outlined the process that he would be implementing and explained worst case and best case scenarios. Ultimately, we were successful with the amended judgement in an expeditious manor. Damien communicated with me every step of the way and continually checked in with me if I had questions about the process. If I were to need criminal law services in the future, I would definitely seek Damien’s counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2023
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Exceptional Legal Representation for My DUI - Trustworthy, Reliable & Capable
I had the privilege of working with Mr. Damien on my DUI case as an immigrant in the USA, and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. Mr. Damien's professionalism and dedication throughout the entire legal process were truly commendable. From our initial consultation to the resolution of the case, he was consistently responsive and dependable. I never had to wonder about the progress of my case because he kept me informed every step of the way. What truly sets Mr. Damien apart is his ability to simplify complex legal matters. He took the time to explain the intricacies of my case, ensuring I understood my rights, the legal process, and the potential outcomes. His guidance reduced the stress associated with my situation. In summary, Mr. Damien's reliability, clear communication, and excellent value for money. I highly recommend Mr. Damien to anyone in need of legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2022
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Great Attorney!
Great attorney! Highly recommend and would hire him again in a second. He is upfront and honest. Along with being easily contacted he was very good at communicating with me throughout the process.
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2022
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Highly recommend
Working with Damien was very easy. He is very knowledgeable and clear with his communications. His help greatly improved my situation in a very quick and efficient manner. He was always available for questions and quick to respond. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2022
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Fantastic Lawyer!
Working with this lawyer was a great experience. He was always prompt, very knowledgeable and professional. He showed compassion and patience as this was a new situation for me. I would highly recommend this lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2022
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Failure to perform duties of driver
Damien was very knowledgeable and able to explain what to expect throughout the entire process. As well as being responsive and professional from the beginning to resolution. I am very thankful for all of his help with a difficult situation.
Posted by Christian | August 15, 2022
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Very Helpful And Friendly
Damien is fantastic! He helped me during every aspect of my case and made sure to completely explain everything. He answered every question I had and went above and beyond by also giving me personal recommendations to outside services that I needed. I would absolutely hire Damien again!
Posted by Chris | November 8, 2021
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Great representation!
I hired Damien for a unique case which he was able to walk me through and help me keep damage/cost to a minimum. All the information he helped me understand and all my questions were answered to keep my peace of mind. I would recommend Damien to all of my friends and family and I will keep his number in my phone.
Posted by David | August 2, 2021
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DUI
I received a letter in the mail from Damien’s firm, and decided to give them a call and get a quote. Very shortly after I learned I needed to act immediately. Damien was tremendously generous and helped me regardless if I went with him or not. It was that act that led me to go with his services. Throughout the entire process he was completely transparent on what was expected of me and what was going to happen. He made the entire ordeal as easy as I think possible even with dealing with the COVID outbreak and restrictions. The knowledge and experience he has made my ordeal as easy as possible.
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Posted by David | January 23, 2021
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He is helpful in every way
Damien was so wonderful helping guide me through my DUII. He made everything much easier to deal with and got me the best deal possible. I can’t thank him enough.
Posted by Chloe | September 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Exceeded my expectations
I feel extremely grateful to have found Damien to help me with my case. It was my first time having to navigate the criminal justice system, and I was also dealing with an out-of-state charge that was several years old. I felt anxious and ashamed having to face the mistakes I made in my past, but from our very first conversation Damien treated me with respect, dignity, and compassion. I felt reassured by his expertise and clear communication, and when I had questions, he responded right away. Because of Damien, my case had the best possible outcome - I did not have to appear in court, and my charges and warrant were cleared. I would highly recommend Damien Donnelly-Cole to anyone in need of legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2020
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Best lawyer experience I have had to date
Damien and I worked together for about 2 years, he was very responsive, informative, and kind. I really appreciated that nothing would ever be sugar coated, he would tell me how it is and he would give the quickest and best ways to succeed. I highly reccomend him and if I ever end up in another DUI situation (hopefully not) I will 100% be going to Damien at Stumptown Legal.
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Posted by Omar | February 16, 2020
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The best lawyer I could have asked for..
Damien was literally a God-send! I was referred by a friend who raved about his fair pricing, expertise, skill and professionalism. He exceeded my expectations! Damien had such a kind and reassuring manner, not cold and matter-of-fact like I’ve heard most defense attorneys are but yet still clearly an expert in his field. I’m a young guy and this was my first offense ever and I thought I had ruined my future. Between my wrecked car and injuries and not knowing what could happen legally, Damien helped preserve my perfect record, restored peace of mind to me and my family and has played a huge part in my great future. You will not be disappointed hiring Damien to represent you!
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Posted by J.D.M | January 16, 2020
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1st rate Attorney!
I unfortunately got myself a DUI and was terrified of what was going to happen. I was referred to Damien. Not having ever dealt with an attorney (but having heard horror stories!) I was apprehensive at first. Damien was nothing but supportive and informative from the get-go. He clearly explained all options and what steps I need to take as well as what steps he'd be taking. He took care of my DMV hearing, was with me every time I needed to stand before the court. It made the situation that much more personally manageable having someone with that much knowledge and confidence supporting me and my case. I appreciated that he always made sure I had no questions and was fully aware at all steps. I plan to never have to use Damien again, but if I ever need an attorney, he'll be the first call I make!
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Posted by Avery | January 9, 2020
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Knowledgeable, Attentive, and Worth Every Penny!
Damien made me feel immediately at ease with my case in his hands. From our first interactions over the phone he showed optimism and a willing desire to go to work with my best interest in mind. Durring the turbulence of an impending DUII, It was very relieving to have him in my corner. Trustworthy and professional, I would recommend him to anyone with confidence and hire him again without question. When it came to meat and potatoes he saved me a conviction and thousands of dollars. When it came to the bill he was priced very competitively and made every option of payment clear so there werent any surprises and after court he has remained helpful and available to see me through the followup. I came upon Damiens referal in a serious time of need and he has really shown up for me and im very thankful I chose him to handle my case. Thanks Damien, I couldnt have done this without you!
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Posted by KC | December 23, 2019
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Awesome Lawyer!!
Damien was awesome and knowledgeable throughout the whole process! I was overwhelmed and inexperienced and he alleviated a lot of my stress and made me feel like he truly was there for me. He always kept in touch with me and was willing to answer any and all of my questions. I cannot say how much I appreciate having Damien on my side! I would definitely recommend him should you find yourself in a legal situation. Thank you Damien!
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Posted by Kirk | December 7, 2019
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Best Decision
After having my license revoked for three DUIs, and coming up on the 10 years where i could apply for re-instatement, the attorney that i had for my original DUI recommended that I hire Damien, and it was one of the best decisions i made. From the first moment i met Damien i felt very comfortable and felt absolutely no judgement. In an arena that is overly confusing to me, the court system, Damien guided me through all of it and was so supportive. He took all the time i needed and answered every question i had. I hope i never have a friend make the poor decisions that i made, but i would absolutely recommend Damien if it came to that.
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Posted by Shannyn | October 22, 2019
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One of a kind!
Damien is one of the most sincere person I know! When I found myself in trouble, I was scared to death. This was my first time having to figure this out, Damien took the scariness out of the situation and walked me and my family through step by step. He is always quick to answer phone calls and is also quick to text . He really did save my life with his recommendations. I would definitely recommend Damien to any one who needs help. He truly is one of a kind!
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2019
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Hire this guy. Excellent!
Working with Damien was a pleasure. He went above and beyond in helping me navigate what is possible and what is not with my DUI. He really put me at ease by carefully going over the details with me, listening to my concerns, and explaining the process . He also kept in constant contact during and even after the case was closed. And anytime I had to leave message with additional questions he always called me back promptly as well. Deeply knowledgable in his field and highly recommended. Very satisfied.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Owner
  • Stumptown Legal LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Scappoose Municipal Court
  • 2018 - 2024
  • Attorney
  • Reynolds Defense Firm
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Metropolitan Public Defenders, Inc.
  • 2007 - 2013
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Education

  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Don Quijote Langauge School, Madrid, Spain
  • Certificate
  • 2004
  • Amauta Language School, Cusco, Peru
  • Certificate
  • 2003
  • Center for Dispute Settlement, Washington, D.C.
  • Certificate
  • 2002
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. J.G.
  • Not Guilty Verdict after a Jury Trial
  • State v. J.L.
  • All charges diverted
  • State v J.W.
  • Case Dismissed Pre-Trial
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Associations

  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • Lifetime Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • House of Delegates
  • 2015 - 2018
  • SAFE of Columbia County
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Global Studies Law Review
  • Executive Articles Editor
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Global Studies Law Review
  • Staff Member
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Award for Outstanding Writing on the Global Studies Law Review
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • 2006
  • Honor Scholar Award
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • 2005
  • Public Service Participation Distinction
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • 29th Oregon High School Mock Trial Competition
  • Judge
  • 2015
  • Guest lecturer
  • Landmines and the Role of Landmine Survivors Network
  • 2006
  • Guest lecturer
  • Law and Human Rights in China
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (10)
Endorse Damien
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Damien is smart, kind, and savvy. I highly recommend him. He cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Damien is an intelligent and caring lawyer with a lot of experience in criminal defense who does an excellent job advocating for his clients. He is a strong negotiator who has a talent for explaining the legal process in plain terms so his clients understand their options. I highly recommend this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am continually impressed with Mr. Donnelly-Cole's Avvo answers and approaches to criminal defense. He has the right combination of creativity, compassion and drive to reach the best possible outcome for any criminal defendant. His clients are in great hands!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A former public defender generally makes a great defuse attorney and there is no exception here. Highly respected in the portland area. Great reviews, contributions and local Portland attorney endorsements speak volumes. KUDOS"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked opposite Damien as a district attorney on many criminal cases. He is intelligent and knowledgeable, diligent and direct. I endorse Damien enthusiastically."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Damien and I worked on opposing sides for years. Damien always represented clients well, and fought hard for the best possible outcomes. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Damien is a smart, diligent and thoughtful attorney. He is well respected in the legal community. I highly recommend him for DUII and Criminal Defense cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tough, talented and thorough."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Damien. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Damien has distinguished himself as a trustworthy and effective advocate on behalf of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Damien for years and have worked with him in court, both as his opponent and as a fellow defense attorney. I can tell you from experience that Mr. Donnelly-Cole approaches everything he does with the care and attention it deserves. He is truly one of the kindest, most respectful attorneys out there, as well. So, if what you are looking for is a meticulous, hardworking attorney who will treat you with dignity and respect, then Damien is your guy."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Damien is the solid type of lawyer who just simply does a great job for his clients. I see him regularly on many of the same dockets and I always enjoy chatting with him about legal issues. When I see him in court I never doubt that his clients are getting great representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. During my time as a prosecutor, Damien served as defense counsel on many of my cases. I can say from experience that he is has extensive experience as a criminal defense attorney. He is professional, prepared and an outstanding advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Damien is an effective negotiator and skilled trial attorney. Hiring Damien is a very sound decision."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Damien is a nice guy with a sharp mind. I endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Damien is a great attorney and a great person, and I would recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Damien for several years and always have believed him to be a lawyer with his client's best interests in mind. Damien works hard on behalf of his clients."
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