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Terry Scannell

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at Portland, OR

4.7   79 reviews

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Terry lives in Portland and enjoys swimming, running and time with his family. 

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Licensed for 37 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 12/11/2022

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

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Terry Scannell
7128 SW Gonzaaga
Portland, OR, 97223

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  79 customer reviews
Posted by Jordan | September 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you Terry!
Terry responded right away about questions I had regarding a will. He offered to reach out and is super responsive and extremely to the point. You can tell he cuts to the chase, answers every question, and is honest which is super respectable! I appreciate your time at 5 PM on a Friday!
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very honest and to the point
I spoke with Terry by phone regarding an issue i am having with my HOA. Terry was honest and gave me an advice rarely given by any other lawyer.
Response from Terry Scannell September 1, 2022
Thank your for the review. We do our best.
Posted by Patti | April 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick Response and Helpful
Although I was not looking for the correct attorney specialty, he responded quickly and gave me direction for possible help elsewhere.
Posted by Yuting | April 6, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
real estate
Terry provided me free consultation and provided his honest and professional advice.
Posted by Anna | April 5, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Business Owner
I called for a free consultation, because I had business start up questions and he clearly explained what I needed from an attorney and what I didn't. He was honest and thoughtful of my financial situation to let me know when I should be reaching out to an attorney and for what matters so that I would not incur extra unnecessary costs. He was quick to understand what I needed and answered directly to the point. Thanks
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Posted by Michael | March 29, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful
After leaving a message for Terry, I received a call back within the hour (on a Sunday morning). My wife and I faced a potential lawsuit and were beginning the process of finding an attorney to represent us. I had a lot of fear and anxiety, much due to ignorance concerning the law, and the process we were about to possibly face. Terry quickly assessed our situation, giving the exact information and guidance we needed to take the next step. His expert opinion alleviated much of the anxiety I was experiencing. I felt that his motivation was to help us, not retain us for services that we might or might not need. We ended up not needing an attorney, but if we had, Terry would have been the one we chose.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely Helpful!
I called expecting I would need to hire Mr. Scanell but after a quick consultation over the phone he helped me determine that the issue wasn't worth pursuing. If I ever need help again I will definitely reach out to him. Very knowledgeable and easy to communicate with.
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
We need more like Terry.
Terry was the only attorney I contacted here who actually replied, and was incredibly generous with his time. I was struck by his decency and humanity. Even though I kept offering to pay him, he refused and said he preferred not to take my money. I ended up gaining excellent insight about my problem free of charge. Very grateful. If all lawyers were like this they would have a great reputation.
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Posted by Crystal | November 15, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Terry is a truly good human you can trust
I am so thankful for Terry’s help with my family’s situation. We were loosing sleep with worry. I firmly believe this man followed his calling and really actually helps people. He is respectful, kind, extremely knowledgeable and thorough. If your legal matter is of extreme importance and you have to have an Attorney who is of the highest quality with integrity that you can trust, this man is the one.
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Posted by Jesse | August 11, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Real estate attorney query
I’m a first timer home buyer and followed some advice that I might need a real estate attorney. I called around and Terry was the only person to say that I might not need a lawyer to close a residential home sale in oregon. There are risks and Terry explained those but for the vast majority of transactions where each party had a real estate agent and it is a conventional loan in general lawyers are not needed. Terry took half an hour putting me at ease about my situation. At least 3 other firms quoted me 1500 or more without hesitation. Will 100% utilize Terry’s services if and when I actually need a lawyer and would 100% recommend him to anyone in need as well.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Can't Thank Terry & Co. Enough
When I was hit with a nuisance lawsuit (for the 1st time in my life) over the sale of a business gone bad, it was Terry to the rescue. I was very stressed and he spent a generous amount of time - both with me and my SO - in unpaid consultations so I felt comfortable trusting him with the case. I am thankful for the work he and his staff did on my behalf. He was effective in getting the other party [top] to end a harassment suit by drawing up a counter-suit, then standing his ground. This caused [top] to accept a much smaller settlement to go away. Also, I was delighted that Terry was able to get [top] to sign an agreement disallowing [top] to attack me in the same legal manner ever again, while leaving the door open for me to initiate a suit against this odious individual, should I ever wish to do so in the future. Well done!
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Posted by Naomi | June 4, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing
I called Terry about getting a contract review. I had already prepared myself to pay him for a few minutes of his time, despite his free consultation option. To my surprise and delight, he is an amazing lawyer. He took the time to review my situation, and gave me great advice completely free of charge! I am truly impressed with Terry.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great information and fast response.
Vary fast and simple information. Great service and it was a free consultation! Thanks again!
Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest
Terry gave me some good advice during my free consult. I would definitely reach back out to him if I need any other professional advice
Posted by Sylvia | May 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest, pragmatic and very helpful
I find myself in a pickle with my HOA. They disapproved a planter that I would like to have in my front yard. I was hoping to find an easy, inexpensive way to counter the rejection of my plan. Terry was very direct in telling me that this matter could get very expensive very quickly. He explained everything clearly, and shared his experience regarding litigation with HOAs. I will take his advice as I proceed with my plans, and should I find myself in need of further counsel I will not hesitate to contact Mr. Scannell.
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Posted by Sharon | April 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rare Package
We've 5 acres in rural Clackamas County & became embroiled in a complicated property dispute. We were fortunate to be referred to Terry Scannell whom we then retained. Terry possesses a strategic legal intellect, is candid when giving assessments (no "breadcrumbing"), is tenaciously adept on his feet & has a professional reputation as a fierce no-nonsense advocate for his clients. Our outcome? Terry negotiated an almost unbelievable result for us and then in turn, he continued to work with us. To this day, he's remained our legal confidante & is a stellar human being.
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Efficient, responsive, helpful
I'm looking for a lawyer to help with a "business divorce" and after reading Mr. Scannell's reviews, I decided to take advantage of his free initial consult to see if he could help me. He called me right back and was extremely efficient with determining whether or not he could help me. He even threw in a great crumb of info to help me help myself. Seems like a good guy, and judging from his reviews, he can help with difficult situations and prevent them from "gong nuclear".
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Posted by joyce bitar | January 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Skillful Resolutions
Our family have been heavily involved in Portland real estate for the past century. Over the years, some family members have become shared owners of various properties. A few of the family have gradually become impossible to work with unless everyone is willing to totally accept their leadership in making decisions. The other owners are unwilling to comply for various valid reasons. Struggles for control appear with attorneys on several sides. The legal bills become huge as people fight fiercely. Early last year, another battle was brewing over another Portland property. Luckily, we discovered Terry Scannell. He quickly assessed our situation, our co-owners and their counsel, and proposed a viable path to resolution. As anticipated, the other side proved to be difficult. As usual, their solutions were lop sided. Their attorneys were next to impossible. Through all of this, Terry persevered and enabled us to reach an outstanding solution without our usual amount of large aggravation. He is easily one of the most creative attorneys that we have ever worked with. His skills at working efficiently with opposing counsel are amazing. Terry is bright, creative, articulate, practical and honest. Invariably, he has several possible solutions to every problem. Also, he is tenacious but flexible. He deserves great credit for creating a smooth, profitable exit from our owning a minority interest in a property where the other owners were truly impossible to live with. Our situation was far more complicated than we can easily express. However, he did a fantastic job for us. We can strongly recommend him as an efficient and economical problem solver.
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Posted by Charley | December 12, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
FINALLY! An Honest Lawyer.
I called Terry for a review of an Operating Agreement for an LLC. Terry could have reviewed my documents and charged me a hefty fee, for which I was prepared to pay. After listening to my situation and asking for details, he refer me to an attorney in a different state. He said that he was not one to charge by increments of time when he did not feel this was in my best interest. Imagine that! I was impressed and will use him for my local legal needs should they occur.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
Gave me some quick advice on my issue and options on a path forward. Though it was just a short call, I was given good service.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Scannellaw
  • 2008 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Esler Stevens & Buckley
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Founder
  • ipSigns, LLC
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Downstream
  • 2002 - 2005
  • President & Senior Vice President
  • Exhibitgroup
  • 1997 - 2002
  • General Counsel
  • Color & Design Exhibits
  • 1988 - 1997
  • Associate Attorney
  • Brownstein, Rask Et Al.
  • 1986 - 1988
  • Law Clerk
  • Oregon Department Of Justice, Trial Division
  • 1983 - 1983
  • Assitant
  • Us Congress, Washington D.C.
  • 1977 - 1982
  • Assistant to the Mayor
  • Portland Mayor's Office
  • 1975 - 1976
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Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Southern California
  • MA - Masters
  • 1981
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • James v. ReconTrust, Bank of America
  • Ruling in Homeowners favor

Associations

  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Mortgage Defense
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (9)
Endorse Terry
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is exceptional in helping homeowners with foreclosure matters. He also has a strong background in business administration that informs his work for commercial litigation clients. He works very hard for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Terry is an exceptional advocate for his clients and has a passion for helping those who have been bullied or taken advantage of. He is a dedicated and strategic attorney, who is committed to achieving just results in every case."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Terry is a great guy. He will work his heart out for you."
Foreclosure Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terry is passionate about helping homeowner's in foreclosure and has been on the leading edge of the fight against the big banks for years. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the best litigators I know in the state of Oregon."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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