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Scott F Kocher

Personal injury Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   21 reviews

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    35%
    I represent people hurt in crashes of all modes, including walking, cycling, and motorcycle injuries and wrongful death cases.

  2. Personal injury
    35%
    Pedestrian, bicycle and automobile collision injuries; Child and elder abuse; product defects; serious personal injury and wrongful death.

  3. Wrongful death
    10%
    We are highly experienced assisting families in wrongful death cases, which most commonly involve roadway collisions, but include premises liability, defective products and other areas.

  4. Litigation
    5%
    Includes local counsel and associated counsel work, and class actions.

  5. Medical malpractice
    5%
    Our low volume medical negligence practice focuses on work with experienced doctors who can ensure all of our cases have merit and can establish breach of the standard of care and causation as necessary.

  6. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    5%
    We won what I believe is still Oregon’s largest verdict against a nursing home for abuse or neglect, and are highly experienced evaluating and advising in these difficult situations.

  7. Animal and dog bites
    2%
    Dog bite cases are a continuing but fortunately small percentage of our cases.

  8. Mesothelioma and asbestos
    2%
    We typically provide local client service and associate with the best national counsel in mesothelioma and other asbestos cases, an approach that results in substantial benefit and no additional cost to the client.

  9. Defective and dangerous products
    1%

Please visit our web site www.forumlawgroup.com. I represent people and families in personal injury and wrongful death cases.  My specialties include pedestrian and bicycle law, and representation of foster children and other children in physical or sexual abuse and neglect cases.  The remainder of my caseload is a general personal injury practice.  The majority of my firm's cases are defended by large insurance companies that are trying to save money on claims at the expense of a person who is least able to afford it.  I earned my J.D. at Harvard Law School in 2001.  I volunteer with Oregon Walks, which is Oregon's pedestrian safety organization, and serve on the City of Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee.  In Portland, Oregon where I live, nearly one half of all traffic fatalities are people walking or using mobility devices.  We need more advocacy and awareness to make our streets safe for everyone.  I have served as a safe streets advocate in various capacities since 1992 when I served on what was then the Oregon Bicycle Advisory Committee.  I enjoy competitive cycling (cat 2 road) and spending time with my family.

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Licensed for 21 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/25/2022
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 10/09/2022

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

Contact Scott

Forum Law Group LLC
www.forumlawgroup.com
811 SW Naito Parkway, Suite 420
Portland, OR, 97204. 503-445-2100

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review Scott Kocher
When my daughter got a bad car accident, it was so terrible for our family, we got help from the Forum Law Group, Scott Kocher and his paralegal, John Steinkamp worked with a very professional skill, knowledge, experience to help us through a hard time. They came to my house during the pandemic to explain very clearly about the case and guided us through the process to reach a good settlement. They also worked with the kindness and compassion, whenever we got the medical bill, I felt so stressful then I let them know, John had always followed the case answered me with warm and nice answering, made me felt less stress and less worry. It took almost 2 years for the case, but they were so patient to follow it and tried the best to help us as much as they could thus the settlement was good more than our expectation. I and my family would appreciate Scott and John very much and always. We highly recommend them to everyone.
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Motor vehicle accident
He did great on communicating and making sure to keep updates with me. Great job.
Posted by Lynne | September 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Class act!
Scott Kocher: When my sister was the victim of a hit and run crime as she crossed the street in her Portland neighborhood, I knew I needed to find her a good lawyer. Scott was recommended to me and I couldn't have been happier with how he helped my sister. His kindness, strategic thinking and consistency in ethical behavior remained constant. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Bob | June 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My attorney for bike-car collision settlement
I retained Scott six months after I was seriously injured in a collision of my bike with a motor vehicle. We sought, and Scott obtained, a settlement in compensation for my injuries that had necessitated two weeks in the hospital and several months of rehab. Scott, though busy, was attentive to my case. He described the settlement process, his estimate of the settlement timeline and its probable outcome. He came to our home to meet my spouse and I. Scott and I visited the accident site. Scott and his assistant Lisa were clear, direct, honest and timely in all of their communications with us. My case went to arbitration, which Scott described and prepared me for. We have received a complete accounting for our case. I am very pleased with Scott's handling of my case, and with Forum Law. I recommend them without reservation.
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Posted by Erik | March 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A huge help, in more ways than one.
I was involved in a bike/car accident that racked up a lot of medical bills from surgery and rehab. I really didn't know what to do, or who to talk to. Scott's knowledge of this area was extremely helpful and comforting. He answered a lot of questions I had, and helped me through the entire process of recovery. Scott and his team not only helped me negotiate a settlement, but also took care of all the billing headaches, and helped me understand how the whole process worked. They took over as the point of contact for all medical and insurance inquiries, which let me focus on my recovery, and made the logistics a lot less stressful. I truly hope I'm never in this situation again, but if I am, I will definitely be calling Scott.
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, human and awesome team!
Scott provided me with plenty of time to explain what had happened (bike-car accident). His help was always professional presenting case status, options, possible ramifications but above all making sure the HUMAN aspect was always addressed as top priority. Scheduling touch points was easy and he made himself available to clarify questions. His team (John S paralegal and attorneys) provided world class assistance. The fact that Scott is a cyclist makes him a unique legal advocate because he knows first hand conditions on road environment, car-cycling improvement opportunities, etc
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Posted by Irina | December 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personal Injury
We were referred to Mr. Kocher by another very well known local Law Firm in Portland Oregon (my 89 years mother was strack by an SUV). There are no words can express our gradetude for the kindness, courtesy, knollege and professionalism Mr. Kocher and his Staff at The Forum Law handled my mother's case. THANK YOU!
Posted by Marci | December 17, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Paralegal
Our firm had the pleasure of working with Scott Kocher to get a swift and positive resolution for one of our clients. We would highly recommend this firm to help you with any personal injury matters!
Posted by Jimmy | December 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended personal injury lawyer--professional and knowledgeable
Scott did a fantastic job on our personal injury case, and I highly recommend him and Forum Law Group. When we initially met with Scott, he was friendly and professional, and gave us an honest assessment of our case. Even though he told us there was some uncertainty about collecting a settlement, we immediately felt welcomed and comforted by his sincerity and obvious legal savvy. We knew we had made the right choice for legal representation. Then, throughout the rest of the process, Scott and his team showed great professionalism and level-headedness, even when we were emotional and frustrated by things beyond his control. Scott kept us informed, updated, and calm. In addition, he also translated all the legal language into non-legal terms, greatly helping our understanding. Furthermore, Scott promptly provided detailed answers to our questions, regardless of how many we threw at him. With his diligence and great expertise, we eventually reached a successful outcome to our case. Every aspect of his representation was professional and genuine, and we feel very lucky to have secured his services. We highly recommend Scott and Forum Law Group.
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Posted by Ed | November 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Scott Kocher exceeded my expectations in every way
My experience with Scott was the result of a bicycle accident and involved government agencies, an insurance company, and an engineering firm. First contact with Forum Law Group to final settlement took almost four years due to complexities of the case. A gratifying element for me was that in addition to a financial result we shared a public spirited goal to effect safety changes at the accident site, and were successful on both counts. Scott exhibited a genuine warmth and caring that was extremely comforting during the process. Scott's professionalism, diligence, depth of knowledge and experience, attention to detail, availability, positivity, and patience is exceptional. I was always aware the decisions to be made were mine but I was comforted in knowing Scott made certain that I knew all of the pertinent facts, possible outcomes, and risks so that we could make the best decisions. I wouldn't want to again go through an experience similar to this accident and subsequent process, but if I were to, I would absolutely, unequivocally engage Scott. Thank you Scott and Forum Law team for a successful and gratifying experience.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, quality representation
We retained Scott to represent our daughter after she was injured in a public place. Scott and his team were professional, efficient, and compassionate. I am a lawyer myself and has high expectations, Scott’s team met them all and I highly recommend him.
Posted by Patricia | August 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Scott is very professional and capable. I was kept informed of what was going on at all times and was never pressured into decisions. Very happy with the outcome.
Posted by Elizabeth | July 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Comfortable, efficient and professional.
I contacted Scott at Forum Law Group for a bike injury. It is the first time I've needed legal counsel and was referred to Scott by a fellow cyclist. I am so thankful I found him! Unlike some of the horror stories other coworkers have shared about depositions, mediation and settlements, Scott and his team were so helpful and well-prepared for all of the phases of the case that it was (dare I say this?) easy! During the entire time I worked with Scott I always felt he and his team cared about me. I never had to guess what was going on and there was never a time that I didn't feel he had the experience and confidence to represent me in the best possible way. He was always available if I had questions and he and his great team kept me updated on all developments. Before my first meeting with Scott I had an expectation that this would be an awful experience but it turned out to be the opposite. I hadn't realized that something that is inherently difficult and stressful could be made so much easier with talented, professional, hard working and, frankly, really nice people. I wish I could give more stars because Scott earned them. :)
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Posted by Jordan | April 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic
Got hit by a car on my bicycle last year, and upon contact with Scott, I felt my case was in safe hands. Followed up with Lisa regularly, and the whole team made sure I had the information I needed, along with assuring me they were doing everything in their power to do what was right. I have full confidence that your case can be figured and followed to complete satisfaction if you go through Forum Law Group.
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Posted by Karen | November 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
My experience at Forum Law Group was professional from day one. Scott and his team were caring, respectful, prompt and always available for questions or concerns. I felt I was in great hands with Scott's knowledge, and thorough process. I couldn't be happier with the outcome. Thank you again, Scott!
Posted by Lynn | September 8, 2014
Outstanding!
Tom and Scott put me at ease the very first time I met them. This was the first time I have been involved in a law suit and consequently I had a lot of questions and concerns. They were both very patient and exceptionally knowledgeable. My calls and emails were always answered promptly and professionally. I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. Tina, the paralegal, was outstanding also. I would highly recommend Forum Law Group. On a scale of 1-5, I would give Forum Law Group a 5.
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Posted by Brent | January 31, 2013
Review for Scott Kocher
In my line of work, I often work with a variety of attorneys. Rarely do I deal with anyone that exemplifies the kind of professionalism and expertise that Scott Kocher does. He is responsive, detailed yet understandable, and always makes himself available regardless of the situation. When you need an attorney, it can often be very stressful. Scott makes the process much less threatening and clearly outlines a course of action without leading you towards a decision. He gives great advice and knows when to hold the line and when not to step over it. At the end of our situation, I honestly felt like Mr. Kocher really cared about my family and had our best interest in mind. Without any reservations, I can truthfully recommend Scott Kocher for your legal needs.
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Posted by Brenda | January 31, 2013
Far Above and Beyond our Expectations
Scott Kocher made our nightmare battle with a title company all work out. We knew nothing about protocols, procedures, best practices, or the psychology of presenting our side of a dispute, but Scott knew. He was the most thorough person we've ever worked with. Every detail was thought of and dealt with, including many that we didn't know existed. Our case required him to learn new background, which he seemed to do instantaneously, thinking of and mastering detailed questions. As it happened, the completeness of our "package" to the title company was what won the day. He called us from vacation, late in the evening, and while obviously busy with demanding family ties. He was never too busy for us. His advice on how we should proceed was always sound. His instructions on what information we should gather was detailed and precise, yet clear. His tone and demeanor were always upbeat, though he kept us grounded in the reality of possibly losing the case. But we won, and we're forever grateful for his help. We cannot say enough great things about Scott.
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Posted by Maya | May 16, 2012
Excellent attorney!
I have nothing but respect and admiration for Scott Kocher and the law firm Vangelisti Kocher. Scott represented me in a personal injury case and did an outstanding job. I found him to be very knowledgeable about the law and adept at navigating the various insurance “systems” at play in my case. Scott and his paralegal Jamie were compassionate and helpful every step of the way. Scott was always responsive to my questions and concerns, and he also helped me set realistic expectations about the outcome of my case. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case and how I was treated by Scott and his firm. I am a lawyer myself, so have very high expectations when it comes to professionalism and advocacy. Scott more than exceeded my expectations. I have and will continue to refer people in need of representation in personal injury cases to Scott.
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Posted by Rachel | July 24, 2010
Portlands Finest
Scott exceeded my expectations when handling my case. He was highly recommended by a few of my friends and I know first hand the reasons why. Scott is honest, respectful, and knows what he is doing. His sense of humor is a bonus. I always felt comfortable with him, and felt that I could call or email when needed. Although my case was small, he always gave 100%.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Forum Law Group LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Vangelisti Kocher LLP
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Stoel Rives
  • 2001 - 2006

Education

  • Harvard Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Harvard College
  • A.B. magna cum laude
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • [Patient] v. Osteotech, Inc.
  • not disclosed
  • Plant v. Sportsstuff, Inc
  • not disclosed
  • Stephan v. Avamere Health Services, et al
  • Jury verdict: $904,200.00
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Associations

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • OSB Products Liability Section
  • Chair
  • 2009 - 2009

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Recognition for pro bono services
  • Oregon State Bar and Multnomah Bar Association (multiple years)
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Oregon State Bar CLE
  • Fact Investigation in Personal Injury Caes
  • 2010
  • Oregon State Bar CLE
  • Bicycle Law
  • 2008
  • Oregon State Bar CLE
  • Bicycle Law
  • 2007
  • Oregon State Bar CLE
  • Fact Investigation in Personal Injury Caes
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Personal injury Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Scott for years and have been constantly impressed with his robust knowledge of Oregon laws and civil procedure, which is balanced out by a down to earth and humble personality. He is an extremely sincere and kind individual who regularly goes out of his way to help others."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is an intelligent, hard-working attorney who is not afraid to take on tough cases. He is genuinely interested in his clients and making sure that they get the absolute best possible result. I would wholeheartedly refer cases to him."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott was local counsel for me in a products liability case that I had in Oregon. If I ever need counsel in Oregon again, I know who to call. He is a fantastic trial lawyer. I unequivocally endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kocher is probably the smartest lawyer I have met. Few attorneys possess his compelling passion for accuracy, truthfulness and honesty. His deep commitment to the profession and his remarkable knowledge of the law are the hallmarks of a truly great lawyer. If you have the opportunity to see him in the courtroom you will not be disappointed. Mr. Kocher is one of Oregon’s finest attorneys."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott Kocher is hard-working, extremely smart, and a caring human being. We practice in the same field, so I suppose that technically he is a "competitor," but I would never think of him that way. Instead, I think of him as a great lawyer to whom I would recommend a friend or family member with confidence. I recommend him most highly."
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Portland Personal injury Lawyer Scott F Kocher
Scott F Kocher
Personal injury Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 21 years