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Kelly Donovan Jones

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   32 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Kelly

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I am an attorney licensed to practice law in both Oregon state courts as well as the Federal Bankruptcy/District Court in Portland. I am a proud member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the Nationalk Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. I am the 2014 Chair of the Oregon State Bar Consumer Law Section.

 

I received my undergraduate degree from Marylhurst University located just outside of Portland. I obtained my Juris Doctorate from Willamette College of Law in Salem in 2007 and moved back to Portland to practice law. I am originally from Michigan, but I have lived in Oregon for about 12 years, and I will never move back to the Midwest (sorry Michiganders!). Since law school, I have been practicing as a solo attorney, or as a part of a small firm, and have learned the practice of law from the “ground up.” I have focused my practice on bankruptcy and consumer law largely because I feel that it is an under-served area of the law. I get to help out the everyday person or a family who needs a fresh economic start, or who have been unlawfully taken advantage of.  Far too often, merchants, creditors, and debt collection companies cross the line and engage in abusive practices that violate state or federal laws. When this happens, I zealously seek the justice that my clients’ deserve, defending their rights against the heavy hand and significant resources of the debt collection companies and the big law firms that represent them. 

 

Like most Oregonians, I enjoy outdoor activities like camping and hiking. I also love sports (Go Blazers!), traveling, movies, gardening, and good food. I am firmly rooted in the Portland community. I believe that Oregon, and Portland specifically, stands at the gateway to the “New West,” and I am grateful that I can be a part of the exciting changes and unique challenges that will continue to come our way.

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Location

Kelly Donovan Jones
819 SE Morrison St., Suite 255
Portland, OR, 97214

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Posted by Anna B. | April 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We Highly Recommend Kelly!
My husband and I went through a very difficult time financially and ended up needing to file bankruptcy. We interviewed a few bankruptcy lawyers, and after talking to Kelly we were convinced we had found our lawyer. We couldn't be happier to recommend Kelly Jones. Kelly took the time to educate us about our options and helped us choose which bankruptcy option was right for us. He helped us, not only with the initial filing and court proceedings, but also with every detail that came up along the way - start to finish. We want everyone to know that we are happy clients and we are thankful for Kelly's help with our case. We appreciate the way he conducts his business, his responsiveness and his attention to detail. Thank you Kelly!
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Posted by Sandy | March 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy consult and filing
I hired Kelly to represent me, and this decision was validated every time I spoke with, emailed, or met with him. I would leave his office, hang up the phone, or read one of his email responses and feel instantly better. He was helpful, direct, and respectful throughout the entire process and gave thorough answers to my questions in a relevant way. No games. Straight answers, anticipating I'd make the decisions I needed to make based on my own judgement system and respecting whatever that might be. He was also very personable and sincerely seems to like his work and helping people. This is important! You'll be doing the work (gathering documents, going through the budget courses, keeping track of communications from creditors, etc.), and you will want someone you can communicate well with and who welcomes your questions. Our conversations would always leave me feeling more optimistic and clear. I'd know what to expect from him on his end and what I needed to do on my end for whatever step was next in the process. His fees are reasonable, and he is clear when explaining them. Right from the beginning, when I called to inquire about a consultation, the time I spent with him on the phone before even coming into his office was already more valuable than I had anticipated and gave me insight where others had left me with more confusion. While the work seemed daunting and could get emotionally overwhelming if I let it, Kelly was able to put me at ease every time I had any concerns at all. He helped me put this stressful situation into perspective and begin seeing beyond the bankruptcy. Kelly is kind, sharp, on top of updates relevant to your case, follows through, and is someone you can rely on. 5 stars is not nearly enough to express my gratitude and my faith in his work. I highly recommend hiring him.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2018
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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
I just got my official discharge and I couldn't be happier that I chose Kelly to represent me! He supported me through the whole process in a professional, knowledgeable, and kind manner, and he was very prompt in answering any questions I had. I would recommend Kelly to anyone looking for a great bankruptcy attorney.
Posted by Debt Free! | February 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
New “Chapter” of Life!
Kelly was straight forward and clear. He made the process fairly smooth and easy. A couple of appointments and got me filed and wrapped up. Painless process to being debt free! Feels great! Thank you Kelly!
Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Happy client
We hired Kelly for a bankruptcy filing. All dealings with him were professional and pleasant. All communication was timely with questions and concerns receiving a prompt response. We would certainly recommend Kelly as an attorney.
Posted by Asil | June 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Chapter 7
Kelly was a fantastic lawyer through my bankruptcy process. Informative, friendly, up front, efficient, and professional, I highly recommend him for anyone that needs to file for bankruptcy. Kelly made the process stress free and his pricing is fair and reasonable. Couldn't have asked for a better attorney. Thanks so much Kelly for helping me through this tough time. You are awesome!
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Posted by Stephen | March 18, 2017
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A Light in an Otherwise Dark Place
Bankruptcy... that word was to us like nails on chalkboard. Yet so was our financial condition. You know how it is when you are in that dark place and you feel that someone is about to take advantage of what you are unable to know or see? Meeting Kelly Jones was the precise opposite; in our dark place he illuminated what was previously to us an untenable decision. Graciously he walked us through a variety of options; providing counsel without which we could not possibly have easily navigated. Now on the other side, we'd still say that bankruptcy is distasteful. But we could not imagine walking through such murky waters without him. Today, as we look back on our experience with Kelly Jones, it is with grattitude; and we are referring to his firm a loved one who finds himself in dire straits, taking comfort in knowing the one we love will be in safe and capable hands.
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Posted by Jennifer | January 26, 2017
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He is the BEST!
I had a private party contact my employer and attempt to garnish my income in the amount of 31k! It was not my debt, but soley my husbands debt. The person sued my husband and got a default judgment, he then went after me, thinking it would be legitimate since we are married. Not so in the state of Oregon, since it is not a "community property" state. My payroll dept was under the impression that they would have to honor the writ, since it had a court seal/stamp on the ppwk. However, there was another issue entirely, as the lawsuit was filed in WA state and never even properly domesticated to OR, but rather just "recorded" at the WA County courthouse (which doesn't mean much). On top of all that, the proper ppwk/forms were not filed with my payroll office, AND private entities cannot submit for garnishment (its unlawful). Basically, Kelly wrote a detailed letter and submitted it to my employer, as well as calling them directly. Kelly impressed me right from the beginning because he responded to my email very quickly, scheduled a phone consult and ended up calling me at the exact time we had set up. He was very thorough and reviewed all my ppwk before discussing the situation with me. We scheduled a time to meet in person and he typed up the letter while I was in his office. He was so compassionate, wanting to make sure this got resolved quickly since it was so unjust and so clearly invalid. His fee was reasonable and he took into account my financial situation. I was so pleased and relieved when my payroll dept responded to the letter saying that they would NOT HONOR THE WRIT of garnishment. Kelly is a LIFESAVER! Losing 31k would have destroyed my household, my kids and I (probably for 5+ years, until it would all be paid & would have destroyed my credit which is stellar). I cannot thank Kelly Jones enough, he is so good at what he does! I highly, highly recommend him!
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Posted by Linda | August 28, 2016
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Highly recommend Kelly D. Jones!
Bankruptcy court seems scary, but if you need to face that challenge, I recommend Kelly D. Jones to represent you. He guided me through all the details and helped de-mystify the process and represented me in court. He's so helpful and kind, I highly recommend him.
Posted by Jessica | May 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Well Worth it!
Made this embarrassing process easy to understand, put my anxieties at ease, and was always available to answer any of my questions. Would highly recommend Kelly to anyone in the same situation.
Posted by Michelle | May 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Grateful I found this attorney
Kelly D Jones describes his services as, “compassionate bankruptcy” and it’s spot-on. After a lay-off years ago, I haven’t been able to return to my former income range and was drowning in debt. I was embarrassed and ashamed to have to resort to bankruptcy. Kelly Jones helped me through this daunting process; he provided me with a step-by-step workbook and promptly attended to my questions via email and telephone. His rates were reasonable and there were no hidden charges. His friendly personality and responsiveness are perfect attributes in dealing with overwhelmed people needing help making a new start!
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Posted by Lindsey | February 2, 2016
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Kind, responsible, loyal
I've worked with Kelly for the past few months on my bankruptcy. He was a great pleasure to work with, I couldn't have asked for a better attorney with this tough decision to go through. He was prompt in answering all questions and made the process extremely smooth. I recommend him very highly to any person needing a bankruptcy attorney.
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Posted by Stephanie | November 30, 2015
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awesome guy!
I was nervous and scared to go through this bankruptcy process, but Kelly was so informative and put me at ease with the whole process! I felt like he was a friend to me, honest and up front about everything! I would recommend him to all my friends and family! Best attorney ever! :)
Posted by Rusty | November 11, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome dude!
The whole lawyer/court/bankruptcy business can certainly be unpleasant and intimidating; but Mr. Jones makes smooth sailing out of the whole process. I wish I would have contacted him sooner. He seems to be a genuinely nice guy, well prepared but still down to earth. I was very pleased with his process, fees and representation. If you need help with your bankruptcy, call Kelly Jones!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2015
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Awesome Lawyer during a difficult time!!!
Thank you for your supportive process, I appreciated your style of handling all communications during this difficult stressful time. I appreciated your level of care but at the same time your casual energy about the entire process. It helped keep me mostly relaxed about the process, and while I'm still not happy to be in this situation, I'm happy about finally having a resolution that allows and affords me the opportunity to start fresh, regroup, and re-approach my life. Thank you for being my advocate during this process and for being such patient help through each step of the process. I'm glad it was you that was there. Thank you.
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Posted by Micah | August 7, 2015
Thoroughly satisfied
I found Kelly online through his website which seemed honest and informative. Being both personable and practical in our consultation put me at ease as we chatted about my options, both financially and practically, with regard to filing bankruptcy, a necessary choice that I had been dreading. His professionalism and experience was evident throughout the entire process.
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Posted by Alex | April 27, 2015
Highly recommend
I worked with Mr. Jones to help me file for bankruptcy. He was polite, helpful, and professional. He made what, on paper, was a highly uncomfortable process easy and straightforward.
Posted by Sinoun | March 27, 2015
Bankruptcy
Kelly D. Jones mad my bankruptcy painless. I was so nervous and so worried about this whole bankruptcy things. He helped me through every single step and got through the bankruptcy without any problem. I trusted him and would recommend him to any of my friend and family.
Posted by Adam | February 2, 2015
Excellent attorney!!
I would highly recommend Kelly Jones. Kelly kept me well informed throughout the entire process and was always available to answer my questions with a caring and professional attitude. Kelly was very easy to get ahold of every time I called or emailed. Kelly was on top of everything and made sure to email me with important info before I received it in the mail so I knew what to expect and wasn't left with questions. Kelly worked hard to make sure we were able to get what we wanted. I felt very confident that I was getting the BEST representation and advice using him as my attorney. Thank you Kelly for having pride and heart in what you do! It made my bankrupcy experience much less painful having you on my side.
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Posted by Larry | January 26, 2015
Great Lawyer at Fair Price
My issue did not include bankruptcy, but rather harassment by a creditor. Kelly quickly accessed the situation and explained my options, putting me at ease. He dealt with the issue rather quickly, the creditors tried a few shenanigans which he put a stop to and I got a excellent resolution. He is professional, friendly, and very fair. And yes he does answer his phone usually and responds quickly if he doesn't. Do not hesitate, he will be a relentless advocate for you
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Portland Bankruptcy & Consumer Rights Attorney- Kelly D. Jones
  • 2011 - Present
  • Managing member/attorney
  • Eastside Legal Solutions, LLC
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Managing member/attorney
  • Jones & Phillips, LLC
  • 2007 - 2009

Education

  • Willamette College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2007
  • Marylhurst University
  • B.A.
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Thurman v. Synchrony Bank
  • Settlement
  • Test v. C.C.C., Inc.
  • Pre-discovery settlement (full damages)

Associations

  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • 2010 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Debtor-Creditor Section
  • 2010 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Consumer Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (District of Oregon)
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic Award
  • Multnomah County Legal Aid
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic Award
  • Multnomah county Legal Aid
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic Award
  • Multnomah County Legal Aid
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic Award
  • Multnomah County Legal Aid
  • 2012
  • Phil Knight Scholarship
  • Phil Knight Scholarship
  • 2003
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Publications

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Consumer Law in Oregon- The Credit CARD Act
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • OTLA Consumer Law Section CLE
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • 2015
  • Consumer Law: How to Protect Yourself and Your Client
  • Credit CARD Act
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (18)
Endorse Kelly
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kelly for many years and highly respect him. He is passionate, has an inquisitive mind, and develops complex legal arguments that are highly developed and well thought out. He also brings compassion and good humor to his work. I refer potential clients in his area of practice to him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is a deep thinker and engaged in the practice of consumer and bankruptcy law. He questions and independently verifies the information he relies on when he is representing his clients. That is a trait that is unique in this profession as most lawyers try to cram your problem into the only solution they have. I have great confidence in his skill as a lawyer and his commitment to consumers and consumer protection."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is a fantastic attorney who is dedicated to helping Oregon's consumers. He is an asset to our legal community and stands ready to help those who need it most!"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known and worked professionally with Kelly for many years now. His attention to detail and keen intellect consistently impress me. He has that rare ability to simultaneously absorb the big picture without losing sight of the little pieces of each legal puzzle. I highly endorse Kelly's work."
Family Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked closely with Mr. Jones in our previous joint-law practice. His attention to detail and eye for nuance is unmatched. I approve his work."
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