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Mary Sofia

Criminal defense Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Mary Sell, Sofia Law LLC

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  • Licensed for 12 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Mary

Learn Mary’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    You deserve the best representation in court, no matter what you're facing: Felonies, Misdemeanors, Measure 11's

  2. Expungement
    50%
    Don't let your past define your future. Ghost your past through expungement: Expungements, Relief from Sex Offender Registration, Reducing Felony to Misdemeanor, Restoration of Gun Rights

SOFIA LAW LLC IS COMMITTED TO SUPERIOR CRIMINAL DEFENSE REPRESENTATION WHEN YOU NEED IT. CALL ME IF YOU NEED FIERCE REPRESENTATION OR WANT TO EXPUNGE YOUR OLD CRIMINAL RECORD.

Sofia Law LLC’s mission is to provide superior representation to clients facing criminal prosecution.

After a decade doing this important work, Attorney Mary Sofia understands how stressful being criminally prosecuted is for her clients. She is dedicated to helping them navigate the process and obtain the best possible outcome. She is experienced at fighting the government in court and advocating for her clients, and she does it well.

Her clients have described her as “poised, agile, and tenacious” in the courtroom, and her colleagues have described her as “a force to be reckoned with” and “an exceptionally talented attorney.”

Mary is committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for her clients including dismissal of all charges if possible. Mary also understands how being convicted of a crime can impact a person’s life, and a large part of her practice is focused on helping people seal their criminal records through expungement.

Mary is licensed to practice law in Oregon.

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Mailing Address:
25 NW 23rd Place Suite 6 #399
Portland, OR, 97210

Reviews

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Posted by Patrick | November 5, 2014
One of the good ones
Mary helped me brainstorm and navigate my way through a legal matter concerning custody. Mary never insisted on one option, instead, she helped me explore a few different options and promptly saw to it that it was clearly and concisely placed in writing when an agreement was obtained. She also gave me free legal advice on another matter. Mary was always clear about fees and timelines and the communication was always open. I never felt left out of the loop, actually, I felt quite engaged in the process.
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Posted by LOri | November 11, 2014
Couldn't have been any better!
Mary Sell was very helpful with my case she never hesitated and got the ball rolling immediately. She came up with a parenting plan that I totally agreed on and told me everything about custody battles and the way to go about it so everything would work out in my favor. I was over satisfied with all her hard work on helping me to get the things I wanted done. It was all done in a reasonable time too. She made a short time in my life that I thought was going to be rough really smooth and I really appreciate everything she did. She really is the best choice when seeking professional help!
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Posted by Keeton | December 3, 2020
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Choose this lawyer!
Mary was the last of 6 attorneys I consulted with for my case, and I instantly knew she was the right one. She expertly navigated the challenges COVID-19 presented us with getting our day in court, and kept me involved every step of the way. Not only is she not afraid of a trial like other attorneys, but she delivers results. I was incredibly impressed with her poise, agility, and tenacity in the court room. I'll definitely be recommending her any chance I get.
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Posted by Leon | November 30, 2017
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Best ever and ive had a lot of them
She was a fire cracker very aggressive . She always went the extra mile . no DA.scares her. This is from Leon. Great job Mary and thank you
Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2014
Good Communication
Mary had a very effective communication style and was very attentive to the important aspects of my concerns. She also managed her time during our appointments well and was trustworthy with the information I divulged to her about my case and my past. Her motivation is easily apparent and her energetic and focused response to the case shows she is in it to assist her clients the best she can. I would absolutely recommend her services and would return if the need ever arose again.
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Posted by KO | March 17, 2024
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Brilliant Attorney
Mary Sofia gave me my freedom and future back. I was facing years in prison for crimes I did not commit and hired what I thought was the best criminal defense firm in Portland to defend me. I appreciate that firm for their work on my behalf, but it was clear that they were more interested in milking me for money than fighting for my freedom. Things looked bleak and I was forced to consider the possibility that I could spend the rest of my life in prison as an innocent man. In steps Mary Sofia! All charges dismissed. The answer to prayers. Mary brilliantly prepared my case for trial in short order and engaged the DA in a confident and respectful way and with a charm that had the DA seemingly in her pocket and working with her to uncover the truth in my case. It was amazing. I was at peace from the start with Mary representing me because it was clear that the Judge and jury would see Mary the way everyone does…as a genuine and wonderful person. I have tremendous respect and gratitude for Mary and words cannot convey how highly I recommend her as an attorney and as a person. Thank you Mary!
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Posted by Tyler | December 22, 2023
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Stop looking for another attorney
Whatever situation life’s got you into STOP HERE: Mary Sophia joined in on my year long- ongoing case just months before it finally came to an end as a form of co-council. She originally stepped in to help offer fresh perspective and assist in getting me to a comfortable point in being able to testify my innocence against the worst charges in the worst county against the worst prosecution one could go up against. What I got instead however is to meet a living breathing godsend. While fortunate enough to have her as my secondary attorney, I would absolutely do it all over again with her as my only attorney if need be. I would NOT be here today to write this if not for her compassion, effort, care, thoughtfulness, attention to detail, understanding, ethics, and so many more amazing traits that makes her an attorney worth having at your side. I owe my life to this woman because without her I genuinely don’t think that being innocent was going to be enough. She listens, she cares, she tells you how it is, and she gets the job done. I am not the religious type, but I am absolutely blessed to have had the opportunity to be presented by her in court and through this process I went through with her. So if you are looking for an amazing person to represent you, well she’s beyond that. Trust the process, but even if you can’t do that at times, TRUST HER!!!! She may not respond right at the second you want, you may not see results as fast or as often as you want, but trust me when I tell you to GET OVER IT! She’s working on stuff you can’t even fathom and when she does get back to you, you will be biting your tongue for questioning what she’s been up to. Whatever your case is, you are in for a bumpy and unpredictable ride, Mary will forever be one of the only people on the planet I would ever put my life into the hands of. PS, don’t accidentally break her out of overwhelming emotional joy felt should she help get you the same verdict she got me. Others need her to!
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Posted by Frances | August 27, 2023
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This lawyer is the best one! She will work hard for you.
Mary Sofia is an exceptional lawyer because she has great communication skills, is personable, and understands the law. She cares about her clients’ outcomes. From my experience, she was able to help me navigate what would be the best option for me. She was responsive and answered all my questions. I am a person that is not knowledgeable about criminal law, and the overall situation, and she understood that, and so she took her time explaining the process. She gave me the different outcomes of the situation and explained which one would be the best one. The good thing about Mary Sofia is that she explains with detail the situation, and she manages to get you a great outcome. I have worked with a lawyer before, but I have not worked with a lawyer who is as attentive or has such a great sense of compassion.
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Posted by Terrence | July 15, 2016
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Mary Sell
Mary Sell is probably the best Attorney I have ever had. She always seemed concerned over my feelings about the case. She is articulate, polite and is not condescending to us low income people. I do believe her speech to the judge is what saved me a prison term. She stated the facts of my case clearly and in an understandable chronology that showed my serious intent for Recovery. I cannot praise her enough.
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Posted by David | October 24, 2015
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Mary A. Sell best criminal lawyer in Oregon
I ended up getting in a little bit of trouble in Oregon over a year ago when up on vacation for a wedding. Mary helped protect me in court so I did not have to drive from my hometown in California 8 hours away. Through the process she got me a smaller penalty of diversion instead of a DUI. Since there were a lot of court ordered tasks from the judge Mary helped me understand what I had to do and she even got me off of one of the big tasks of driving with a breathalyzer for a year. This helped me out since I just bought a new car and had to drive business associates around. The breathalyzer would have been bad for business and should not have been a penalty since I was not caught driving under the influence of alcohol nor did I ever driver while drinking. She kept in contact with me and my counselor through the process which helped since the counselor did not communicate well and was some times asking the impossible from me. Overrall Mary was not expensive like most lawyers and went up and beyond to serve me. I would recommend her to anyone in the Oregon area that needed defense. She works hard for you and is super polite and understanding. Go with Mary and you won't regret it.
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2014
GREAT LAWYER
She helped me out BIG time. I would be without a license and a lot of money in debt if it was not for her. She did an amazing job and paid attention to a lot of detail. Especially for being a court appointed attorney. I was very impressed!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner and Attorney at Law
  • Sofia Law LLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Legislative Director
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Metropolitan Public Defenders, Inc.
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Hillsboro Law Group, PC (Formerly Known As Garland, Burton, McCaffery, PC)
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Arneson Group
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • Aaby Family Law
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • The Washington County District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2010
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Education

  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Nevada-Reno
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Criminal Mistreatment and Assault
  • All Charges Dismissed before trial
  • Harassment
  • Not Guilty verdict from a jury
  • Delivery of a Controlled Substance
  • Motion to Supress Illegally Obtained Evidence Granted; All charges dismissed
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Associations

  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Publication Committee Member
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Oregon Women Lawyers (Roseburg Chapter)
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Oregon Women Lawyers (Roseburg Chapter)
  • Founding Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Douglas County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Oregon Bar Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021

Speaking Engagements

  • OCDLA's Annual Summer Conference 2019
  • Legislative Update on Passing Juvenile Justice Reform & Fixing the Broken Public Defense System in Oregon
  • 2019
  • Lewis & Clark Law School's Criminal Justice Reform Clinic
  • Legislative Advocacy in the Criminal Justice World
  • 2019
  • Juvenile Law Training Academy
  • Juvenile Justice Sentencing Reform: Requiring the Government to Treat Youths like Youths
  • 2019
  • Annual Juvenile Law Conference
  • Limiting the State's Power to Remove Children & Requiring the Recording of Juvenile Interrogations
  • 2019
  • OCDLA's Annual Summer Conference 2018
  • Changing the Law to Allow the Reinstatement of Parental Rights after Termination
  • 2018
  • OCDLA's Annual Summer Conference 2017
  • Grand Jury Recording in Oregon and the Safety & Savings Act
  • 2017
  • Lewis & Clark Law School's Criminal Justice Reform Clinic
  • Legislative Advocacy in the Criminal Justice World
  • 2017
  • Clackamas County Criminal Defense Bar Association Meeting
  • 2017 Legislative Update for the Clackamas Indigent Defense Consortium
  • 2017
  • Douglas County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity
  • 2014
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • How to comply with Rule 7: Information about Legal Services
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary brings with her a high degree of emotional intelligence that, when combined with her passion and technical expertise, makes her a force to be reckoned with. I would recommend her strongly to anyone seeking a top-notch criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary is a highly talented and passionate criminal defense attorney. Her experience and skill make her an excellent advocate, and I would not hesitate to recommend her services to anyone in need of a great criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mary for over ten years as a colleague, and she is a force. Mary is everything a client could want in a criminal defense attorney. She is a fierce advocate and adversary, and has a deep understanding of the complexities of the criminal justice system through her varied work experience. She brings a personal flair to her work that shines through seeking justice for her clients. I highly and wholeheartedly endorse Mary and her firm."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a colleague, Mary has impressed me with her attention to detail and her commitment to her clients inside and outside of the courtroom. Mary is skilled at helping other, clients and colleagues alike, understand what may otherwise be incomprehensible to some. When she served as the Legislative Director for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association she was able to explain the procedure, the importance and the outcome of legislative process to the organization in a way that not only was clear but also concise. I’d recommend Mary in any field of law as she has knowledge in many fields that she can bring to her clients to help them navigate the treacherous battlefield that is the court system and a legal environment that too often is overwhelming for those unfamiliar with it (and some that are)."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mary works hard. She cares deeply for her clients, and for justice writ large."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary is a knowledgable and passionate attorney who fights tirelessly for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary has been a fearless advocate since I first met her 9 years ago in Douglas County. She's always been able to see the best side of any situation, and find the weak points in an opponent's case and advocate for a client's best interest. I've known her as both a lawyer and as the former lobbyist for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and in both of those roles, she's been a strong advocate. I have no doubt she'll continue that work as a private lawyer in Portland."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary is a smart and dedicated attorney. She is always well prepared and ready to fight for her clients. I believe you'd be in good hands with Mary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary is a highly skilled, exceptionally talented attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer for criminal defense. She is creative, passionate and intelligent. Most of all, she cares deeply about her clients and standing up for the underdog. A truly exceptional defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary is an excellent trial lawyer who really cares about her clients. When I refer people to her I am confident she will get the best result possible for them, no matter what their situation. Mary's intellect and sharp wit make her a force to be reckoned with inside and outside the courtroom. She’s as fierce as they come and I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Mary is a dynamic, highly-motivated criminal defense and family law attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mary for many years. She is very professional and does great work for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary Sell is a smart and fearless lawyer. I endorse her without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary is an extremely smart and dedicated attorney. Her clients are lucky to have her."
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Portland Criminal defense Lawyer Mary Sofia
Mary Sofia
Criminal defense Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 12 years
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