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Joseph A Field

Litigation Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Joe Field

  • State Years
    Washington - WA 28 years
    Oregon - OR 29 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

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Practice areas
  1. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    Joe Field has had significant roles in major chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including serving as coordinating counsel for the insurance companies litigating coverage issues in the Archdiocese of Portland Bankruptcy Case, serving as counsel for creditors committees in various chapter 11 cases as well as debtor representation and litigation counsel. Joe has extensive experience defending preference claims and with bankruptcy fraud issues and in litigating adversary issues and bankruptcy appeals.

    30 years, 500 cases

  2. Litigation
    Joe Field litigates complex commercial, bankruptcy and insurance cases in state, federal and bankruptcy courts. Joe has extensive experience with real estate disputes, fraud and fraudulent transfer actions, piercing the corporate veil, shareholder liability, successor liability and insurance coverage issues.

    30 years, 500 cases

Joe Field is an active litigation and bankruptcy attorney who specializes in complex, multi-party cases before bankruptcy, state and federal courts. His trial experience includes a broad range of commercial, real estate and financial fraud cases. Joe represents plaintiffs and defendants, creditors and debtors.

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Joseph A Field
621 SW Morrison St Ste 1225
Portland, OR, 97205


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Posted by Peter | September 4, 2011
Satisfied Client
Joe Field is a really good listener who challenges us with tough questions that make us think and get us involved. Joe is great at analyzing difficult situations and at coming up with efficient solutions. Joe takes the stress out of working with a lawyer and always seems to be on top of things. Joe knows how to cut to the chase and to get results in court and through direct negotiations too. I give Joe my strongest recommendation.
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Posted by Michael | September 1, 2011
Highly Recommended Lawyer
Joe Field defended us in a multi-party lawsuit after a business deal blew up. He did a great job throughout and got us a great result. Joe is extremely smart and very tactical. Joe's diligence and work ethic was exceptional, and he took our lawsuit as seriously as we did. Joe billed us fairly too. I completely recommend Joe Field without any reservation.
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Posted by Steve | September 1, 2011
Great attorney, really smart, always honest and fair. Great guy too. I highly recommend Joe Field & Field Jerger for all of your litigation and commercial needs.
Posted by dave | August 20, 2011
Satisfied client
When we got ripped off in a large business deal, our regular business lawyer recommended several big name litigation attorneys for us to interview. We met each one and chose Joe Field of Field Jerger in Portland. Field impressed us with his intelligent questions, lack of sales pitch and his engaging, energetic personality. Working with Joe Field was like having a high powered New York lawyer in a more laid back Oregon law firm. Field treated our case with the same sense of urgency that we did, but stayed calm and calmed us when necessary. He was always available to speak to us and to analyze our issues and our questions and to lay out and discuss our options with us. Field kept us informed with emails and phone calls at all hours (even on weekends) and really impressed us with his non-stop energy and enthusiasm. Field approached our lawsuit like a big chess game and would discuss litigation options and costs and possible outcomes and repercussions with us at each stage. We really liked his attention to detail and his focus on cost/benefit analysis and how strategies would play out in court. Field was a great communicator in court, which seemed to please the judge and to dis-nerve the opposition. After our string of victories on preliminary issues in court, our defendants capitulated before trial and agreed to pay us back the money they owed us. I highly recommend Joe Field and Field Jerger. They worked well together as a team and kept us involved and informed so we were an integral part of the litigation team. Field is honest and straight forward. He is not the cheapest lawyer in town, but he knows how to deliver results. I hope that we don't have another large lawsuit, but if we do, we will definitely hire Field.
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  • Contingency 25%-50%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Field Jerger, LLP
  • 1994 - Present
  • Investment Banking
  • Morgan Stanley International, London, UK
  • 1986 - 1987
  • International Captial Markets
  • Merrill Lynch Capital Markets
  • 1984 - 1986


  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
  • MBA
  • 1984
  • Adelphi University
  • BA, Magna Cum Laude
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • O'Hagan v. Von Borstel
  • Won judgment, collected in full.
  • Western Surety v. Ciamenti
  • Won jury verdict.
  • City of Mosier v. Hood River Sand and Gravel
  • Victory at trial, upheld on appeal.
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  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Litigation Section, Oregon State Bar
  • 1994 - Present
  • Debtor Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar
  • 1994 - Present
  • Hood River County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1995 - 1997
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Languages Spoken

  • German

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating (top 5% of attorneys) AV rated since 2002.
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Certificate
  • Debtor Creditor Section Oregon State Bar
  • 2002
  • Pro Bono Certificate
  • Debtor Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar
  • 2001


  • Oregon Statutory Time Limitations
  • Edited various sections
  • 2003
  • Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund
  • Bankruptcy Issues for State Court Practicioners
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Bankruptcy Issues in Federal Cases
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2011
  • Collection Tips & Strategy
  • Creditors Rights
  • 2007
  • What To Do When Bankruptcy Issues Arise In Your Practice
  • Commercial Bankruptcy
  • 2006
  • Collecting Debts: Tips and Strategies to Legally Get What You're Owed
  • Successfully Collecting Judgments
  • 2006
  • Aligning Your Practice
  • Insurance
  • 2006
  • Collection Strategies
  • Creditors Rights
  • 2005
  • Bankruptcy Reform Update
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2005
  • Lunch Time Brown Bag CLE Series
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2004
  • Owen Panner Inns of Court
  • Bankruptcy Issues In Related State Court Cases
  • 2003
  • Learning the Ropes
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2003
  • Advanced Collection Strategies
  • Creditors Rights
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse Joseph
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a great attorney. He is extremely creative and hard-charging. Joe is very highly regarded among his peers. Joe is someone I trust immensely and I seek his good counsel frequently, both as a friend and a colleague. Joe has expertise in many areas of commercial law and civil ligitation, including bankruptcy/insolvency, insurance coverage, professional liability and many others. Joe is absolutely top-flite."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe Field is one of the preeminent litigation and bankruptcy attorneys in the state of Oregon. I've spoken with him regarding several matters and worked together with him on another. His reputation is well-earned. I recommend him highly."
Insurance Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"My endorsement of Joe comes despite the fact that we were on opposites sides of a lawsuit. Joe is exceedingly professional, and proved to be a very quick study on Washington insurance law. He is an able advocate, and a pleasure to work with. If I got into a scrape in Oregon, he'd be the first on my list of lawyers."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Field is our “go to guy” when problems arise in bankruptcy cases and as a referral source for chapter 11 bankruptcy and litigation matters. Joe is exceptionally knowledgeable, smart and hardworking and is great with clients and in court. Joe exudes a calm confidence and is an extremely straight forward communicator. I strongly recommend Joe Field without hesitation."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"We refer chapter 11 and complex bankruptcy litigation issues to Joe Field. Joe and his firm provide bankruptcy and litigation sophistication and get great results. As a small firm, they are much more affordable than the larger firms in town. I wholeheartedly recommend Joe Field."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe and I were co-counsel for a client in a high-profile, politically-sensitive, multi-party case in Portland. Joe did exceptional work on the case, and he's been my go-to referral attorney for bankruptcy matters in Portland ever since. Joe is very smart, dedicated, organized, and detail oriented, and he's an exceedingly hard worker. He's also a great guy who's a pleasure to work with. I endorse Joe without any hesitation or reservation."
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Portland Litigation Lawyer Joseph A Field
Joseph A Field
Litigation Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 29 years