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Lake James H Perriguey

Family Attorney at Portland, OR

4.7   34 reviews

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About Lake James

Learn Lake James’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    25%
    Representing all families, including gay, lesbian, and trans families, in divorce, custody, sex change, and name change cases. Experienced in trials and in appeals.

    25 years

  2. Personal injury
    25%
    Injury claims, auto accidents, personal property, negligence, defamation

    25 years

  3. Civil rights
    20%
    Discrimination gay lesbian transsexual trans in employment and public accommodation; Government abuse of individuals

    25 years

  4. Criminal defense
    15%
    Excellent and vigorous legal defense. Expungements Expunctions

    25 years

  5. Intellectual property
    15%
    Copyright Trademark Licensing Authors Artists Businesses

    25 years

Law Works is a full service law firm in historical downtown Portland. Lake Perriguey works to bring the best representation to the client.

 

Lake Perriguey represents clients in a variety of practice areas. Rates vary depending on the case. House calls and alternative meeting environments can also be accommodated when applicable.

 

Whatever your legal interest, personal or business, Lake Perriguey will work toward offering you the best representation possible within the scope of our practice, or, if necessary, will refer you to an associated specialist to meet your needs.

 

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Licensed for 24 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 12/11/2022
State WA
Status Voluntarily Resigned
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/25/2022

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

Contact Lake James

Lake James H Perriguey
1906 SW Madison Street
Suite 201
Portland, OR, 97205

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  34 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Definitely
I am careful with money, and lawyers are expensive. I brought Mr. Perriquey a seemingly complex set of documents for review. Lake took the time to make me understand his informed opinion. Mr. Perriguey took the time to understand my uninformed concerns. While Lake's efforts are painstaking, he is also efficient. In summary, Mr. Perriguey provides value far in excess of his fees.
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Posted by Dr. Teresa | July 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true "Advocate For Justice"
Lake is truly the best attorney; he's priceless! Her took my case, uncharted legal precedent, and put hours of research and investigation hours into developing an irrefutable case for me. He was ALWAYS available to answer questions and provide guidance regardless of the time of day. Lake doesn't just litigate the issues, he truly is an Advocate for justice. I owe my life to him.
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Posted by Susan | July 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lake Perriquey
My husband and I found ourselves having to sue a family member over real estate. It was just awful for us. We had never needed an attorney before, so we didn't even know where to start! With a cold call I found Lake. Wow did we get lucky! Lake provided us with guidance and integrity throughout the process which was quite complicated. He explained the lawsuit process clearly to ensure that we understood how it all works. He filed all the documents through the court and corresponded with the opposing attorney in a timely manner. He also made himself available to me when I was feeling especially low, making me feel better. We were able to work out a deal that worked for both us and our relative. We are so grateful to Lake for getting us through this!
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review for Lake Perriguey
I hired Mr. Perriguey to assist my son and our family with a name and gender change for our son. The court system was not at all easy to navigate and wouldn't help me directly with what we wanted done. I reached out to Mr. Perriguey and heard back from him almost instantly. He was extremely accommodating and helpful throughout the entire process. I felt as though he had our best interests at heart and I feel confident I couldn't have navigated this issue without him.
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Posted by David | March 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do not look any further!
I was extremely lucky to have Lake representing me for the dissolution of a partnership (domestic) of 13.5 years. My partner and I were not married and I was unaware that I had any legal rights when we decided to split but after a consultation and subsequent hiring of Lake, I was able to leave the relationship with enough money and soundness of mind to feel good about moving on with my life. What more could I ask for? Lake's knowledge of the law and professional demeanor belie his affordable and fair fee structure. I highly recommend having Lake on your side!
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Posted by Jamie | January 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The rock star of legal representation.
Other lawyers said no. Other lawyers were fearful of taking me on as their client. Other lawyers didn't know what to do or how to do it in order for me to be victorious in court with a unique transgender civil rights issue. Lake believed in me. Lake didn't judge me. Lake didn't fear the size of the fight we were about to unleash. Lake not only made me world famous. Lake won my case, made history, and corrected an injustice done to me. For that I am forever grateful. Don't settle for less elsewhere.
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Response from Lake James Perriguey February 9, 2017
This is a very generous comment. For a lawyer, a case like this requires a person, the client, who is willing to stick their neck out and fight for justice. I am humbled and appreciative to have been able to serve.
Posted by Emily | April 16, 2015
Wonderful Legal Services
Lake was thorough, thoughtful, and hardworking to get my MVA case settled. The claim was against my own car insurance company who abandoned me when I experienced a hit and run, and he fought to make sure my bills were paid and a settlement was reached. Lake was wonderful to work with and I would call him in a heartbeat if I needed his services again.
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Posted by Shannon | December 8, 2014
Glad I called *this* lawyer.
Litigation is *stressful*. You want someone with experience and someone who is one your side -- like Lake Perriguey. Lake is a thoughtful, powerful attorney. For the ladies, I say, don't be intimidated by his incredible height and deep voice! He's very kind with clients and asks good clarifying questions to get to the heart of the problem, and make it go away. Lake is the ally you want.
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Posted by Deanna and Janine | June 9, 2014
Lake did an amazing job!
From beginning to end, Lake did a great job handling our case against the State of Oregon for marriage equality. We were the first plaintiffs in Oregon to decide to go the legal route rather than proceeding with a ballot measure. Lake was professional and easy to work with. He always made time for us and answered our questions when ever we had them. When he was unsure of the best course of action, he sought advice from others in his network. His work was thorough and thoughtful and he always had the end result in mind. His arguments were well formed and clearly articulated both in writing and verbally. In our situation, we had many encounters with the press and community groups. He provided us support and guidance as we proceeded with these difficult conversations and decisions. He was our advocate, always. And least we forget, we won!!
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Posted by Pam | April 10, 2014
MY HERO!
I was dealing with a civil case that had been going on for 11 months. I had two different attorneys and spent close to $7,000 and got nothing back. I asked my first attorney "Who's side are you on? Why did you take my case if you weren't willing to defend me." My second attorney wasn't much better. They both told me I would have to sell my house to pay a man that had abused me for 8 months. They also wanted me to ask the DA to dismiss his criminal case so I wouldn't have to give him thousands more. I felt they did not listen to me or do what I had asked, I didn't feel the trust you should have when a lawyer is defending you. They both told me if I went to court that the judge would probably make me give him half of all the equity in my house. I looked on line and found Lake. After our first appointment I knew he was going to take charge and defend me. That is exactly what he did! He came out with all guns firing and the case was settled in less than two weeks. WOW...he was amazing. I didn't have to give that CREEP a penny. Lake was sincerely happy for me and gave me a huge hug. Not only is he an awesome attorney, he's a really great guy. Hopefully I won't ever need an attorney again, but if I do you know who I'm calling. I will highly recommend Lake to anyone that needs a good attorney. It's so nice to be free of this and I am so grateful to Lake for making that possible. Pam
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Posted by Nathan | February 10, 2014
Lake Perriguey Saved the Day!
I was in a bike vs. car accident that got a little complicated when my personal insurance company stopped supporting my rehab. I was confused about how to get treatment I needed in a way that wouldn't hurt my case and I really had no idea of how to proceed. Lake was the first person who had definitive answers for me and he quickly moved to get me the help I needed. What a relief it was having a knowledgeable advocate on the case. First, Lake helped me navigate the multiple insurance companies to get the medical care I needed. He clearly outlined a course of action on how to proceed, and my recovery quickly wrapped up with all the questions out of the way. Secondly, Lake stood up to my neglectful insurance provider and successfully negotiated the full payment of the outstanding bills they had been refusing to pay. When the case was ready to settle, Lake worked as a strong advocate and negotiated a settlement that I was completely satisfied with. Even after the case was finished, one of the insurance companies tried to weasel some extra compensation for themselves, but Lake's quick follow up and excellent record keeping quickly quashed that problem. I had been wary to hire a lawyer in the past, but now that I know Lake I feel like I have a strong partner whenever I might need some legal advice. Lake was recommended by a friend and after hiring Lake myself, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone who needs some legal guidance.
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Posted by Amanda | December 27, 2013
Professional, Bright and Empathic
It was my first interaction with the law and the courts, I managed 32 years without a needing a lawyer or having to interact with the courts, save for that Jury Duty I had one time. The law can seem overwhelming and inundating for someone, like me, who knows very little about it. Everything I know about law I learned from watching Law & Order. Lake explained all the facets of my case to me, and presented all my options in an objective manner, so as to let me decide what the best course of action was. He always responds to my questions in good time. He is a bright and charming individual with a caring disposition, which I feel makes for a lawyer that respects you, your difficulties, your time and your intelligence. Forget all those cliche lawyer jokes you've heard, Mr. Perriguey is a cut above the rest.
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Posted by Monica | December 27, 2013
The best lawyer in Oregon
Lake is the perfect lawyer and anyone would be lucky if he were to take them on as a client. He is professional and was always hands on and available to answer all of my questions and concerns. Lake did constant research and searched out avenues to help my very complicated year long case. In the end I was awarded custody and will forever be greatful. At times I think I became emotional and he did the right thing by reminding me that my goal was to serve the needs of the children and fighting with my ex would never be productive which in the end I respect him that much more for always remaining neutral and helping keep the peace as much as possible.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2013
This guy is great!
Lake was great. He communicated with me immediately when the status of my case changed. He very quickly understood the nature of my case and explained the legal issues to me in simple layman's terms. At crucial points he gave me good advice on choosing a path forward. He is smart and works hard and is passionate about helping his clients. He will be my first call on any legal issue going forward.
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Posted by Ash | October 7, 2013
strongly reccomended
My experience with Lake was regarding my divorce. I found him to be quick, responsive, and very knowledgeable and informative in the matters of my inquiry. After my first meeting with Lake, I felt assurance and direction in my situation and was far more clear on the process of divorce which can be extremely complicated and overwhelming. He is a STRONG player, he gets straight down to business, and I would absolutely recommend his services.
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Posted by Michael | September 23, 2013
Excellent Service
Lake handled my case professionally and expeditiously. I was kept informed throughout the process.
Posted by Andrea | September 20, 2013
Efficient, Intelligent Law Professional
I was given Mr. Perriguey's contact information from a trusted friend who had used his services regarding a problematic real estate situation. I needed his services for another residential real estate matter and was not only pleased with his skills and swift resolution of my situation, but he saved me 20K and a lot of potential grief and unhappiness. I now trust Lake with all of my legal affairs. He is incredibly intelligent, honest, and thorough. He genuinely cares about his clients and their sometimes awful circumstances. I would recommend Lake's services and advice to anyone seeking legal representation without hesitancy. This is an attorney who you want on your team.
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Posted by Rebecca | June 7, 2013
Champion of the Law!
At a time of great stress and feelings of helplessness, I found Lake Perriguey online. After reading his profile, I contacted him to represent my nephew in a custody case. There were many challenges and in facing every one of them Lake took charge and represented us with not only our best interests, but always showing concern for my great nephew. He kept us informed and was a true champion when we really needed one. We came out with more than we expected and are delighted with the results. I would recommend Lake to anyone in need of knowledgeable and competent representation. He went above and beyond the call of duty and challenged the courts on our behalf when they did not seem to comprehend the law and our situation. Thank you, Lake!
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Posted by Paul | March 8, 2013
A Thorough Professional
He is very knowledgeable and well rounded. He leaves no bases uncovered in looking for facts for a case. We strongly recommend him. Very highly regarded for his professionalism and his unique approach to getting things done.
Posted by Carlee | February 18, 2013
Knowledgable, thorough, and patient
After my car accident I was unsure of what my options were and what actions I could take. Lake provided guidance and was very thorough. He was understanding and patient and I can't thank him enough for how he's helped me. I would recommend his services to anyone!
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Cost

Rates
  • Pro bono 20 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Works LLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Bradley J. Woodworth & Associates
  • 2000 - 2007
  • Clerk
  • Law Office of Mary D. Dorman
  • 1997 - 1997

Education

  • Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School
  • JD
  • 1998
  • St John's College-Annapolis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991
  • St John's College-Santa Fe
  • BA
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • ME2 Productions v. William Sheldon
  • Dismissed. Attorney Fees Awarded
  • IN RE JAMIE SHUPE
  • First Person in US to be legally designated "non-binary"
  • Geiger v. Kitzhaber
  • Plaintiffs win. Gay people equal in Oregon for first time in Oregon history.
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Associations

  • American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2017 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Assoication
  • Guardian
  • 2012 - Present
  • Gus J. Solomon American Inn of Court
  • President-Elect
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Business Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • p:ear
  • Chairman Resource Council
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Basic Rights Oregon
  • Policy Group
  • 2010 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Fighting Spirit Award
  • Basic Rights Oregon
  • 2014
  • Spirit of Solomon Award
  • American Inn of Court - Gus J. Solomon
  • 2014
  • Award of Merit
  • Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association
  • 2014
  • President's Public Service Award
  • Oregon State Bar
  • 2014
  • Oregon Excellence Award
  • Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce
  • 2013
  • Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Peer Rating of BV--Very High Legal
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Cornelius Honor Society
  • Northwestern School of Law
  • 1998
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Publications

  • Trial Lawyer (OTLA)
  • Chasing the Party: Choosing Clients and Cases
  • 2018
  • Trial Lawyer (OTLA)
  • TOP SECRET: Resisting Confidentiality Clauses
  • 2011
  • Oregon Trail Lawyers publication (OTLA)
  • Lake Perriguey's Fight Against Discrimination
  • 2011
  • Oregon State Bar CLE publication
  • Copyright and the Internet
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Gus J. Solomon American Inn of Court
  • Hobby Lobby
  • 2014
  • American Inns of Court - Gus J. Solomon Chapter
  • Minority Respect in the Courtroom
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (42)
Endorse Lake James
Family Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Mr. Perriguey. He's a sharp legal advocate and in my experience (handling matters opposite of Mr. Perriguey) his case presentation skills and passion are of great benefit to his clients' legal positions."
Civil rights Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Perriguey is an exceptional attorney and a leader in the legal profession. His many years of experience and a fierce commitment to seeking justice for all of his clients is why I highly recommend Mr. Perriguey."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"James is obviously an outstanding lawyer. I would absolutely recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Other
"James Perriguey has proven to be an especially efficient ally in the courtroom. When clients come to us in search of experienced representation in Oregon, we refer them to James."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lake is smart, thorough, and it's clear he cares about his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse Lake without hesitation. I first met him when I was his Law Professor. He was always well prepared and asked though provoking questions which occasionally challenged my knowledge of the law. After graduation he asked me to collaborate on a few matters and his attention to detail and concern for clients was immediately evident. I have referred cases to him and will continue to do so."
Family Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lake's willingness to take on challenging cases and to think outside the box has consistantly impressed me."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This is the man who got the most far-reaching adult entertainment free-speech decision in Oregon history (as far as I know Oregon legal history). He's a great guy, skilled lawyer, and I endorse him without reservation."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I tried a contested divorce case against Lake. He is an excellent lawyer and a very effective advocate for his clients. I would recommend him to anyone."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lake is a creative, tireless, and effective advocate for his clients. He is not afraid to take on claims that other lawyers would avoid because they are novel or difficult. I endorse him without hesitation."
Business Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Other
"I have worked with Lake Perriguey, as well as opposite him on a variety of cases. He is a thoughtful lawyer who often comes up with "outside the box" solutions that result in speedy resolutions of disputes. I regularly refer potential clients to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is a creative and tenacious advocate, and poised and articulate in his court appearances."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Experienced, professional and insightful. A great lawyer to work with!"
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Lake is knowledgeable and a skilled attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lake is a fearless advocate for his clients. He has a single-minded dedication to obtaining good results for his clients. Importantly, he provides the personal attention every client wants from a lawyer. He has an excellent reputation in our legal community, and, as an independent firm, he can provide cost-effective representation. I highly recommend him."
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