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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Top 10 Attorneys||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2017|
|Top 10 Attorneys||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2016|
|Award for Distinguished Client Service||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Award for Distinguished Client Service||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Award for Distinguished Client Service||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Award for Distinguished Client Service||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Award for Distinguished Client Service||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Award for Distinguished Client Service||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Award for Distinguished Client Service||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|Award for Distinguished Client Service||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|Award for Distinguished Achievement||International Academy of Trial Lawyers||1998|
|Distinguished Presenter||International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics||1982|
|Award of Excellence Columbia Mission||NASA||1982|
|Certificate of Merit for Saving Life and Property||MNCPPC||1972|
|Attorney Member||Van Ness, Mooney LLC||2005 - 2015|
|Attorney||Van Ness, Hammond, Mooney||1999 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Willamette Valley American Inn of Court||N/A||2007 - Present|
|Marion County Bar Association||N/A||1999 - Present|
|Order of the Barristers||N/A||1998 - Present|
|OSB Disciplinary Board||Panel Judge||2004 - 2009|
|USDC Oregon Rules Committee||Member||2004 - 2009|
|Bollinger v. Board of Parole||Prevailed|
|Brandon Joseph Beyer and Brandy Jean Cherry (A150879 - Linn County Circuit Court)||Succesfully defended|
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|International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics||Gravitation Effects on Doppler Mechanics||1982|
|William Mitchell College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of Maryland||Psychology||BS - Bachelor of Science||1976|
|Willamette Valley American Inn of Court||What the PLF does not cover||2016|
Posted by anonymous
He was a good lawyer who seemed to have empathy for my case. The only thing I'd suggest is having faster responses by email.
Posted by anonymous
I needed help with my divorce and Jim Van Ness did a wonderful job guiding me through this difficult process. He was knowledgable, diligent and confident. I would recommend to anyone needing a family law attorney!
Posted by Vince
My name is Vince B.
I hired James Vanness for a very difficult custody case in 2012. The other party was a different kind of extreme borderline personality disorder. This case was about as extreme and filled with about as many reckless and abusive and costly lies about me as a case could be.
Regretfully, My ex and daughter's mother is one of the greatest pyschopath masterminds of all time.
Only thanks to Jim and his staff was I able to make sense of of the most difficult time in my life and my daughter's life. Even though the other party cost a grand toll in lies, manipulation and deciet in front of a court audience, Jim remained calm and collective, focused on pertinent issues and after representing me for 4 years in ongoing defense of lies and accusations made against me he ended up getting me awarded with full custody of my daughter with grounds to move across the country.
Jim is incredibly honest, funny, genuine, has great empathy, is caring, morally sound, and reasonable on cost. If he or his staff state they are going to do something they are on top of it immediately and get the job done for you no matter what it takes.
He and his staff have gone to extreme lengths in my case and in the end we won, even though it took just over 4 years.
Thanks to Jim Vanness at Vanness Williamson and his staff my 9 year old daughter and myself have obtained a new lease on life and a life of peace.
Well outside of fees paid for service I am indebted to this man and his firm. We could not have done this without him.
Ryan Johnson, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. I have found Jim to be fair and reasonable both in his approach with opposing attorneys, but also in how he handles his client. When necessary he is assertive and can take a stand on an issue and present it convincingly. Jim is a great attorney.
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