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About me

I was born in the mountains outside of Wolf Creek in rural Josephine County.  I grew up in Ashland and am a proud graduate of Ashland Middle School and Ashland High School.  


I left the Rogue Valley for college and law school at the University of Oregon.  After law school, I worked as a judicial law clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals for the Honorable Ellen Rosenblum, who is now the Attorney General for the State of Oregon.  I then took a job at the state public defender's office, where I represented hundreds of criminal defendants and further sharpened my legal skills.  I loved my job, but I always missed Southern Oregon.  I am proud to offer excellent representation in all of Oregon, with offices in Ashland and Portland.


If you or a loved one are in need of a compassionate and effective legal advocate, please contact my office at 541.482.2533 or


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Practice areas

  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
  2. Appeals: 15%
  3. DUI & DWI: 15%
  4. General Practice: 15%
  5. Business: 15%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Robert Glenn Crow

    I endorse this lawyer. Jonah is a wealth of knowledge. I have the utmost confidence in Jonah as an appellate attorney


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  • Peter B Castleberry

    Mr. Morningstar is brilliant, creative, compassionate and a veritable encyclopedia of legal knowledge. I endorse this attorney.


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Contact info

Morningstar Legal Arts

1001 SW Fifth Avenue
Suite 1415
Portland, OR, 97204

Morningstar Legal Arts

534 Washington Street
Ashland, OR, 97520

Morningstar Legal Arts

P.O. Box 3082
Medford, OR, 97501



ORContact the Oregon State Bar for details200808/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMorningstar Legal Arts2013 - Present
Deputy DefenderOregon Office Of Public Defense Services2010 - 2013
Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Ellen RosenblumOregon Court Of Appeals2008 - 2010
Law ClerkOregon Appellate Legal Counsel's Office2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. J.W.Acquittal/Dismissal on all Charges
State vs. M.Q.Restitution Order Reversed
State vs. R.P.All Charges Dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Oregon School of LawN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Ashland High SchoolN/AN/A2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Defending the Modern DUIIDUII Appellate Update2014
Search and Seizure ConferenceCARS/Automobile Exception: Where Are We Going?2012
DUII Defense: Science, Doubt and SuccessPost-Machuca Appellate Update2012