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Jonah Morningstar

Criminal defense Attorney at Portland, OR

3.4   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2008
    Suspended - Non-Disciplinary No misconduct found

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

About Jonah

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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 or

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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
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Posted by Randy Ritz | April 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Randal R. Ritz
Morningstar is better than Perry Mason. This man grabbed the bull by the horns and his efforts to right a wrong proved to me just how dedicated he is. Oregon Supreme Court reversed a conviction I was given in Curry County.
Posted by Derek | July 26, 2013
great experience
Mr Morningstar was a consummate professional. The advice that he gave me was very helpful in my situation.
Posted by Marjorie | July 24, 2013
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Jonah gave me the exact advice I needed when I was leaving a bad employment situation. He handled my case with efficiency, professionalism and kindness. He outlined all litigation in a way that I could easily understand and made it feel as we were a team working to sort everything out. My case had to do with many different OSHA employment violations and Jonah worked seamlessly from one to another, and helped me nail down a rock solid case. I will be coming back to Jonah Morningstar for all of my legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2023
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Disappeared. Took the money a charity had raised for a friend incarcerated to represent in a habeus action. Last we heard he was disbarred and relocated to Florida then disappeared once again.
Posted by Dan | October 13, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Paid retainer for him to represent me and he skipped town before my hearing.....called Oregon State Bar and learned that he has done this to multiple clients....I am now hiring another lawyer to represent me and filing a claim as he did not fulfill his duties.


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Morningstar Legal Arts
  • 2013 - Present
  • Deputy Defender
  • Oregon Office Of Public Defense Services
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Ellen Rosenblum
  • Oregon Court Of Appeals
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Oregon Appellate Legal Counsel's Office
  • 2007 - 2008
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  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Oregon
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005
  • Ashland High School
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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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  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
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Appeals Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jonah is a wealth of knowledge. I have the utmost confidence in Jonah as an appellate attorney"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Morningstar is brilliant, creative, compassionate and a veritable encyclopedia of legal knowledge. I endorse this attorney."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonah is excellent appellate attorney and I would recommend him to anyone seeking an Oregon Appellate Attorney. Jonah cut his teal working for Oregon Public Defense Services as an Appellate attorney representing criminal defendants, he is also active in the Criminal Defense Community and has presented at Continuing Legal Education Seminars. Jonah is an excellent attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Jonah. If you suddenly find yourself facing criminal charges or the impact of a recent criminal conviction, Jonah is your guy. You need someone with know-how, both of the law and the court. Not only does Jonah have this know-how, but he will diligently put it to use getting you the results you need. Let him lead the way."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jonah Morningstar is a great lawyer. His intelligence and integrity are an asset to all of his clients. That's why he has the respect of his peers, and if you are looking for an attorney, I endorse Jonah without any reservation."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jonah is a smart lawyer that will work hard on behalf of his clients. I have seen his work and would recommend him to my friends."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jonah understands criminal law backwards and forwards. He is smart and well-respected by all players in the court system. Towards his clients he is kind and empathetic. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonah has prevailed on numerous appeals, including DUIIs and restraining orders. His calm, reasonable, knowledgeable approach is very effective with appellate judges. They trust him. You can too."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonah is one of the smartest lawyers I know. His knowledge of the law is almost encyclopedic yet he is down to earth and easy to talk to."
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Portland Criminal defense Lawyer Jonah Morningstar
Jonah Morningstar
Criminal defense Attorney
Portland, OR
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