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Rhett Garrett Fraser

Medical malpractice Attorney at Portland, OR

4.5   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Idaho - ID 8 years
    Washington - WA 12 years
    Oregon - OR 14 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Rhett

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Practice areas

Rhett Fraser devotes his legal practice exclusively to helping people injured as a result of the negligence of others. Rhett believes that as attorneys we possess a unique opportunity to help make the lives of the people we represent better. Rhett takes a client-centered and results-based approach to each case and every person he represents.

Rhett is an experienced attorney who is dedicated to providing the best possible legal representation to his clients. Rhett’s legal practice is focused on medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, and appeals in state and federal court. Rhett is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, as well at the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Rhett regularly represents injured plaintiffs in the courtroom and at the appellate level in medical malpractice cases against hospitals, doctors, nurses, midwives, and other medical professionals in cases ranging from wrongful death, birth trauma injuries, cancer misdiagnosis, dental injuries, sexual abuse, and surgical mishaps, as well as many other types of cases. Rhett has tried numerous cases to a verdict before both judges and juries and argued significant cases before the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Rhett was selected by Super Lawyers to the Oregon “Rising Stars” list in medical malpractice since 2016 to 2023. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. Since 2023 Rhett has been selected as a Oregon Super Lawyer.

Rhett is active in the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), where he currently serves on OTLA’s Board of Governors and currently is in his seventh year as the co-chair of OTLA’s professional negligence section. Rhett was selected to be a member of the 2018-2019 OTLA Leadership Academy. Participants were competitively selected based upon a demonstrated commitment to OTLA and its mission to promote civil justice in Oregon. Rhett is member of OTLA’s Amicus Curiae Committee. This committee carefully reviews and selects significant appellate cases pending before the Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and frequently intervenes by filing an amicus brief on behalf of Oregon consumers and injured victims.

Rhett is also a member of the Oregon Justice Resource Center’s (OJRC) Amicus Committee. This committee advances civil rights and liberties in Oregon by filing amicus briefs on cutting-edge social justice issues facing Oregon courts and provides amicus assistance to cases that present significant social justice issues related to criminal defense, civil rights, or juvenile justice.

Rhett has presented at continuing legal education seminars on behalf of the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, and the Multnomah County Bar Association. In 2022-2023 he served as the Chair of the Multnomah County Bar Association’s Solo & Small Firm Committee.

In 2023 Rhett was appointed by Oregon's Governor to a four year term on the Task Force on Resolution of Adverse Healthcare Incidents. The Task Force  consists of 14 members, including a patient safety advocate, a hospital industry representative, physicians, trial lawyers, public members, and legislators. The Task Force serves as an evaluative body for Oregon’s EDR process. EDR helps connect patients who experience harm (or a family member) and their healthcare provider so they can speak candidly about the harm that occurred, work toward reconciliation, and contribute to safeguarding others from similar harm.

Rhett is a proud member of American Association for Justice (AAJ). He is a member of the AAJ’s Stroke and Birth Trauma Litigation groups. Rhett acts as an Oregon State Bar volunteer mentor each year to law students and new lawyers. Rhett is also a member of the Owen M. Panner Inn of Court. 

Rhett lives in Portland with his wife and two children.

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The Fraser Law Firm
101 SW Main St.
Suite 1900
Portland, OR, 97204

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Posted by Sherry | October 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rhett Fraser is outstanding!
Rhett is knowledgeable, kind, and has exceptional communication skills. I really appreciated the education around the legal aspects of my case. He talked me off the ledge a couple of times, and he has a great sense of humor. Call him, you will not be disappointed. Thanks, Rhett!
Posted by Anita | December 17, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Legal Advice
I contacted Rhett Fraser for consultation to better understand options for legal actions about a situation with a yoga teacher who is also was marriage and family therapist at a prominent Kundalini Yoga studio in Portland. She preyed on and groomed a family member in yoga class and then convinced him to become a therapy client and then sexually abused him. While Rhett explained that our family had no legal recourse against her, he provided sound advice and direction about how to report her to the licensing board for disciplinary action. Almost a year and a half later, the board voted to revoke her license and she later admitted to all the charges and surrendered her license. While this has been traumatic and devastating to our family, Rhett was compassionate and supportive about the situation and I really appreciate his service to the community. We need more people like Rhett that can help families and victims that are devastated by these terrible people who prey and sexually abuse vulnerable people. Thank you so much Rhett for you knowledge, compassion and support!
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Posted by James | March 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased, I would chose Rhett Fraser again
Rhett Fraser is personable, friendly, courteous and is very easy to communicate with. Rhett is absolutely professional in every aspect, and can be quite comfortable to visit with in a one on one setting. My particular case was unique and had been presented in court on previous occasions by other councilors without success. Rhett conferred with me in great length in regards to my situation, and assured me that he had extensive prior experience on this type of subject matter. Rhett applied his best effort toward my case only to learn it was more difficult than anticipated, but he persevered with positive results. Rhett was diligent in his communication with me, he himself was always quick to respond to all inquiries from me. Rhett kept me informed and updated too any pertinent information obtained to the case. I cannot thank Rhett enough, for his exemplary effort and expertise demonstrated on my behalf. I strongly encourage anyone looking for success to confer with Mr. Rhett Fraser, I know you will enjoy your experience with his law office.
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Posted by Jerry | November 18, 2013
My case was dismissed, thanks to Rhett Fraser
Rhett Fraser represented me when he was with the public defender's office. I had never been in trouble with the law before, and he helped me get through that extremely difficult time in my life. Rhett is very down-to-earth and his style put me at ease (as much as was possible). He treated me with respect and kindness, and never appeared to judge me. He worked hard on my case, and he explained why there was reason to be optimistic. In the end, he won my trial. During the oral arguments, the judge complimented him (and the D.A.) on the quality of his written motions. I sincerely appreciate what Rhett did for me, and I only regret that it took me so long to write this review. I would definitely recommend his services.
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Posted by Becky | June 12, 2013
No Better Choice!
Rhett provided us with services in two cases, one as a public defender and then we searched him out for the second one based on our absolute satisfaction the first time around. From the moment we sat down with Rhett he went over all the possible outcomes, our options and was very clear with us what we could and could not expect. He made every effort to get the best outcome for us and succeeded beyond what we hoped for. There was never a time we were not informed of what was going on, the negotiation process, and what the expectations were for our outcome, good or bad, he gave us his honest and experienced opinion and also went over worst case scenario. He was calling us on weekends, after hours, etc and never left us wondering where we stood and what was going on. This is a terrible process for a lot of people but with a guy like Rhett and his team on your side, you could not ask for more. I can not say enough good things about Rhett and his team. I would never look for any one else (hopefully will never need to). Cost wise, he was very reasonable for what we needed and worked with us to make sure we were getting what we paid for. He earned every dollar, and then some!! I can not give a better rating or review .
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Posted by Richard | March 20, 2013
From the time I walked into Rhett's office I felt a calm, good energy! I would HIGHLY recommend Rhett to represent you or your family, especially if you are a case out of Washington County as was mine. He has personal knowledge that was pertinent to my case as he served as a public defender there and has gained himself a reputation that has proceeded him ( HE IS WELL LIKED AMONGST THE JUDGES) or at least with mine! He was honest and charged me a truly honest rate. I cannot thank him and his firm enough and am sure you will too have a pleasant experience. The least you could do is call and meet with him!
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Posted by Bill | November 9, 2012
Rhett Fraser represented a member of my family in a criminal matter, and I found him to be professional and knowledgeable with excellent communications skills. Rhett explains the law clearly and concisely, and demonstrated strong case management ability. As a veteran journalist who spent years covering courts, I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Don | February 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
When Mr Fraser was a public defender in Washington County he represented me. It was my first time using an attorney. He did not return repeated phone calls. When it came time to represent me this is the choice he gave me. If you take the plea bargain you could avoid prison for sure. If you take it to court you could possibly go to prison. There was no opinion on my chance in court and there was not much advice beyond that critical decision. I was scared to death of the court process and he did nothing to really help me. He basically hung me out to dry. I now have two felonies on my record from that one case. It has cost me places to live and several job opportunities. That case ruined my life.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-40%
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Huegli Fraser PC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Metropolitan Public Defenders, Inc.
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of G. Jefferson Campbell
  • 2009 - 2010


  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Mercer University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ransom v. Radiology Specialists of the Northwest (363 Or 552 (2018))
  • Reversed on appeal in favor of plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • Settlement - Confidential
  • State v. J.S.
  • Conviction Reversed
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  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Health Law Section
  • 2014 - Present
  • Trial Guides
  • Editorial Board
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Willamette University School of Law
  • Mock Trial Judge
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • 2009 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Leadership Academy
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Co-Chair of Professional Negligence Section
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • 2012 - 2014
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • Staff
  • 2006 - 2006
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2006 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Graduate
  • Barton's Advocacy Boot Camp
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Trial Skills College Graduate
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Cross Examination of Experts at Trial
  • 2015
  • Legal CLE
  • Probation Violations
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (18)
Endorse Rhett
Medical malpractice Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhett is one of just a handful of skilled and dedicated medical negligence lawyers in Oregon. Choosing the right lawyer makes a huge difference in the outcome of your case. I would send my own family and friends to Rhett if they were ever injured by medical negligence."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Rhett and he is an excellent trial lawyer and a dedicated and caring advocate for his clients. He is respected by judges, prosecutors, and fellow attorneys for his fearless, tireless and resourceful advocacy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rhett works tirelessly for his clients"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhett is a compassionate advocate for all of his clients. I had the privilege of trying a co-defendant criminal trial with him. He was incredibly knowledgeable and a tireless advocate for his client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhett's charm and personal skills mask some very aggressive lawyering. It's a great and effective combination, whether in trial or in negotiations."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Fraser has the ability to take complex legal arguments, boil them down and present them in a clear, intelligent and cohesive manner. Rhett's court demeanor is one that commands attention and careful listening. He is able to build large amounts of trust between him and his clients that is obvious to an outsider, due to his loyalty, compassion, and willingness to fight when necessary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhett is extremely knowledgeable about local practice, and he cut his teeth in the toughest place ever for a young criminal defense lawyer. This translates to: every other county in the state will be accessible and understandable to him. He also cares about his clients and thinks deeply about defense tactics and strategy. He shares his knowledge with others. He has a forest-for-the-trees mentality that can't be taught, and he's just a nice human being on top of it all. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhett is an exceptional trial lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Great criminal defense lawyer who is terrific with juries. If you need a good trial lawyer Rhett would be a terrific choice. He has years of criminal experinece and is a top notch advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhett is an experienced and thoughtful attorney who definitely knows his way around the courtroom. He has given me sound advice on Washington County procedures on more than one occasion. I am confident that anyone who turns to Rhett for help will be in great hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Fraser is a fantastic advocate for his clients. He is not only a great ally in the courtroom, but is also superb at listening to his clients in order to understand what the client's true concerns are. I highly recommend Mr. Fraser."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhett is a great lawyer. He is frequently in trial fighting for his clients in Washington County. I would recommend him to anyone seeking advise or representation in a criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhett Fraser and I worked together for several years at the same criminal defense firm. Mr. Fraser is a respected trial attorney and has proven himself as a skilled advocate by consistently achieving excellent results in all types of criminal cases. Mr. Fraser gets the best results for his clients whether the charge is a misdemeanor or felony."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rhett. I worked with him on a case and know firsthand his compassion for and dedication to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhett is an intelligent, thoughtful attorney. He has a quiet, calm, and collected demeanor that serves his clients well. He understands that knowledge and preparation trumps bluster any day. He is currently a public defender, and I'm well aware of the (unwarranted) stigma that many people attach to that position. However, if someone is in need of public defense and they are assigned to Rhett, they should consider themselves very fortunate. I endorse him highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer Rhett knows what he is doing. I routinely ask him questions about felony cases in Washington County."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Fraser is a highly skilled trial lawyer as you can see by his record. If you are charged with a violent crime, measure 11 crime, drug crime or DUII, he is the lawyer for you. He is a strong negotiator and if that fails, he is not afraid of a trial and knows how to convince a jury of your innocence."
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