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Thomas K Coan

Federal crime Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Federal crime

  2. Criminal defense
    I represent people accused of criminal offenses in state and federal courts throughout Oregon.

    35 years

  3. White collar crime

  4. Appeals

I am a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer, and I understand how important each client's case is to them. If you choose me as your lawyer you will have an attorney who listens to you, fights hard for you and give you good, honest advice.  Clients trust me because they know I fight hard and I'm on their side. They know I work their cases thoroughly so I will be prepared and ready for trial if that's the best way to resolve their case.  If you are looking for an accomplished and trustworthy criminal defense attorney who will fight hard for you and give you good, reliable advice, give me a call. I handle criminal cases in state and federal courts throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

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Thomas K Coan
1001 SW 5th Ave Ste 1400
Portland, OR, 97204

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Posted by Jerry | January 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
We were given a referral to Mr. Thomas Coan by someone very pleased with his representation. Thomas worked with us for a year as there were a number of extensions. He listened to us and gave us a clear plan of action to prepare for court. He was honest about the possibilities of how the case could turn out, which allowed us to prepare if it went to the negative. He took many notes and asked a lot of questions. There was a video of the incident which he viewed multiple times. We had a number of friends and family that came to court with us. When the case was dismissed and there was much rejoicing, he was genuinely glad and even joined us all for a coffee celebration! We highly recommend Mr. Thomas Coan.
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Posted by Martin | October 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A remarkably knowledgable attorney, a caring, kind man...
During a nightmarish period of my life, Tom has proved to be not only an incredible advocate, understanding all pertinent facets of the law, but also the kindest, most heartfelt counselor one could imagine. He is a remarkable attorney and a remarkable human being.
Posted by Stevan | October 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Five stars not enough!
I retained Thomas after my previous attorney advised me to plead guilty to a felony that I did not commit. Thomas actually spent the time to examine all of the prosecution’s evidence. He picked apart and disproved all charges before it went to trial. He relentlessly fought for me and my family every step of the way. Thomas was exceptional at communicating and responding to my questions quickly. In the end I did except a plea of a class B misdemeanor. This was a great win considering the original charges were measure 11 felony and 2 class A misdemeanors. I would highly recommend Thomas Coan to any person facing criminal charges.
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Posted by Tim | September 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly respected lawyer
I have hired Tom on multiple criminal charges that have been brought on me. He helped me regain custody of my son and won my cases he does what he says makes you feel comfortable and doesn’t lie to you and in court room he fights to the dirty end and I pitty anyone across from him cause he tears them apart . He is class act and my #1 lawyer. thanks tom
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Posted by Deb | March 13, 2016
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An Honorable Man And The Best Attorney
Tom Coan has the rare ability to actually stay engaged and listen to what his client is saying. With great patience, and without being condescending, he is able to gather all the evidence, good and bad, and mold it into excellent defense strategy. His attention to the smallest of details, coupled with his demeanor in the courtroom, has given my friend the confidence and strength needed to make it through his trial. Thank you Tom Coan, for not only being a great attorney, but for also being a good man.
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2014
Highly Recommend
I called Mr. Coan after getting arrested for pot possession. He made me feel comfortable immediately and assured me he would do his best. Mr. Coan was always there to answer questions and concerns, keeping in contact through email and phone. This case could have included jail time, a fine, and suspension of my license. Thanks to Mr. Coan's expertise, the case was dismissed! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an honest, knowledgeable attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2014
Unplanned Event
I think most would say that the need for a Criminal Defense Attorney is unplanned. Being an unplanned event it is often and can be jarring should it be a first experience. The justice system if it can be called that isn't concerned about justice and is instead concerned about winning and losing. For these reasons it is important to be represented by an attorney that understands what you're experiencing and guide you through what can be described as a minefield. Your goal is to have your first experience be your last and I can whole heartedly recommend Thomas Coan as an advocate with your best interests as his sole interest. Thomas is trust worthy and how many people can you say that about?
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Posted by Tyler | November 14, 2014
3 cases (so far) that have achieved me satisfactory results.
I have known Mr. Coan for several years now. He has represented me in three (3) total cases over the years, and each one he has helped me achieve the desired results. He is always respectful and easy to work with. I plan on using him again in the future if I somehow find myself in trouble.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Thomas K. Coan. Attorney at Law
  • 1991 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • LaBarre & Associates
  • 1989 - 1991


  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Bowdoin College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Oregon v. R. P.
  • Misdemeanor with bench probation
  • State of Oregon v Z.R.
  • Dismissed
  • State of Oregon v. M.M.
  • Dismissed
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  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • 1997 - Present
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • 1997 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 1991 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Justice Robert Jones Award for Trial Advocacy
  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • 1988


  • Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense, 3rd Edition
  • Defending the Crime of Illegal Entry and Reentry
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Oregon Federal Defender Monthly Seminar Series
  • The Good, Bad and Ugly of Cooperating in a Criminal Case
  • 2010
  • CJA Representatives Conference
  • Making the Connection Between CJA Practitioners and Federal Defender Offices
  • 2010
  • Security Law Conference
  • Securities Arbitrations
  • 1991

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Thomas
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Thomas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tom is a superb criminal defense attorney. He is creative, energetic, thorough, and highly effective. I recommend Tom without qualification."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tom for years and worked with him on a few matters. He is a briliant and hard working defense lawyer."
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Portland Federal crime Lawyer Thomas K Coan
Thomas K Coan
Federal crime Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 35 years