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John J Kolego

Criminal defense Attorney at Eugene, OR

4.5   26 reviews

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

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2015. See details

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John J Kolego
804 Pearl St
Eugene, OR, 97401

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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2022
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John Kolego
Many thanks to John Kolego for his expertise and care in a case involving my nephew. He did exactly what he told us he would do, and was able to get the outcome he had projected. His years of experience and thorough understanding of the law guided my family through a very difficult situation. What I found most helpful was the time he gave us to answer all of our questions. He was with us every step of the way. Thank you John.
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Posted by Loree | December 6, 2022
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John Kolego
My son found himself in a terrible situation that neither he nor I ever imagined he would be in. It was devastating, and we didn’t know the best way to proceed. A friend highly recommended John, and hiring him was the absolute right thing to do. He advised, counselled and supported us through the entire court process. What I, as a mother, really appreciated was that if I called John with a question or concern he always took my call. He was quite clear about his boundaries and client confidentiality, while being supportive. John kept my son out of prison, which of course is the ultimate goal, but even if the verdict had been different I know John worked diligently for my son. I am now the friend who will highly recommend John in the future. Thank you John.
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Posted by Dawna | June 7, 2022
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D. Griffin
John Kolego is a helpful and caring attorney. He was able to help me with my situation in one consultation, and he did not even charge me. I was quite impressed that he expediently made calls for me, and helped me immensely, with nothing asked in return. I feel Mr. Kolego is an attorney who genuinely wants to help people. His paralegal, Jean, is also very kind and helpful. I also think it speaks volumes that she has been with him for over 30 years. He must treat his staff very well, in addition to his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2022
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Mr.kolego both cares about and fights for his clients.
I hired john kolego on recomendation of several friends, who said he was one of the best in town. He charged q very reasonable flat rate that was within my means (which i honestly didnt expect, i was struggling hard financially at the time). What could have been a serious felony he prevented a drug charge i got from escalating from possession to distribution.he got me the best possible outcome i could have gotten in my case, and also helped me into q really good rehab and helped me get clean within the process. Hes compassionate understanding never made me feel judged or ashamed and gave me advice that has prevented me from getting in trouble since.one time me qnd my ex git pulled over and the cops were harrassing us and completely violating our rights, so i called his office and explained what they were doing as they were doing it and although they illegally searched my vehicle they didnt end up charging me with anything or taking anything from me. I definitly recomend him to anyone with criminal charges.
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Posted by Eunice Sarahí | March 10, 2022
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Amazing Work
John kolego was an amazing attorney. To be very honest. The passion, the professionalism, as well as the dedication, that John kolego had. Made us feel that he was the perfect attorney we could have chosen to take our case. He was very helpful whenever we needed it. He answered every question we had. He also spoke very good Spanish. He fought hard so that an injustice did not happen. We are forever thankful for his hard and amazing work. I 100% recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2021
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John is solid, wise, and deescalates and simplifies things to take care of his clients.
An incident became distorted into something which brought multiple counts against me, the victim. The seriousness of the charges due to a relentless investigation in search of confirming bias, became a complicated nightmare, to say the least. John stepped in with good advice and protection by helping us know our rights and how to respond to the charges. A good attorney was necessary to get us through this horrible and unbelievable stack of accusations and charges. Sometimes in life, nightmares happen and John's experience gave him the ability to get us through! Lies and bias did not win! (His rates were set so it was not an endless drain on limited finances which gave us assurance that we were not going to run out of funds as the process was drawn out.)
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2021
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Knowledgeable and Trusted
John was recommended to me by a former client who said that John managed an incredibly good outcome for him which helped save his good-paying job on a new career. My case was challenging -- driving while suspended/revoked in a "difficult" county when I was within a few months of being able to reapply for my license. John was very knowledgeable...and patient...working with an out-of-county court that was particularly challenging. His experience and knowledge helped navigate me through some incredible hurdles and to the best outcome I could imagine -- dismissal of the case after a fairly brief diversion period. This allowed me to begin pursuing my license again, with his continued help. I'm doing my best to earn that license back, but I wouldn't have had the chance without his excellent help. He communicated well with me, and his incredible knowledge and experience were evident throughout all the court proceedings, and especially in working with the prosecutor's office. I trust John, and highly recommend him.
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Posted by Alysha | February 16, 2021
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Amazing Attorney
John was the best attorney. He was so helpful and got me through all of my court proceedings with no issues and exactly the desired results. He was super fair with the price and so wonderful to me and my significant other. He answered all of my questions promptly and there's no doubt about it, he will fight for you! I can't thank him and his office enough for all their help.
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2020
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Thankful
Mr. Kolego and his delightful crew have been extremely patient with me and very helpful. I found them all to be available for my questions and finished my case with relief. I would recommend Mr. Kelego to my closest friend.
Posted by Charles | February 13, 2020
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John and his partner Andy genuinely care about their clients
I’m a convicted felon on parole. I had two separate new cases, both felonies. When I started with a public defender, he told me I would be going back to prison for 30 months. Period. After hiring John and his partner, for one reasonable fee, I ended up getting through both cases with road crew and more probabtion. No jail or prison time. Thank you John. Thank you Andy.
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Posted by Christine | October 10, 2019
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Fabulous Attorney who stands by His Clients
John Kolego was recommended to me by a good friend who used to be a Prosecutor and he said that John was a very formidable opponent in the courtroom. I thought this was a very strong recommendation. I called him right away and he was able to get me an appointment that morning which was a huge relief, as I was extremely scarred and nervous. When John went out of town for a short trip, his associate and his assistant were extremely helpful and responsive to my calls and emails. John himself would call me right back when I had any questions or needed any clarification. John was able to get me the very best possible outcome in my situation and I can't say how much I appreciate him and recommend him very, very HIGHLY. He kept me very abreast of everything going on and had a very calming energy about him. He is very knowledgeable about the law and is also a very kind and good person. thanks so much for everything, Mr. Kolego.
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Posted by Kate | September 26, 2019
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Life Saving Lawyer
Mr. Kolego not only won our family case, but was always honest and upfront during the process. He pays extreme attention to detail and clearly understands people. He fights in the courtroom with passion and does not give up. Mr. Kolego was the only hope for our family. He managed the best outcome imaginable in one of the toughest cases. I cannot day a bad word about this man. My family and I are eternally grateful to him.
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Posted by Daniel | February 20, 2019
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Worth Every Penny!
I hired John based on a recommendation from a Eugene judge. That was the right decision. I was extremely nervous since a guilty conviction would limit the type of employment I could be subject to for the next 5 years. John had very little to work with on my case since everything pointed against me. The situation was made worse in court by the deceptive corroborative narrative that was portrayed. Personally, that was hard to deal with. John kept a cool and level head and talked me down when I got frustrated and even listened to me vent. John offered a myriad of motions to get the case dropped because of a lack of evidence. John also presented motions in court so, if the case went south, then I would have a better approach for an appeal, if I so chose or needed to go that direction. After the closing statements, John walked out of the courtroom declaring he felt he had connected and reach the 6 person jury. John believed the jury understood what he was trying to convey to them and the jury came back with a verdict of not guilty. This is what 30 plus years of legal experience gets you: someone who is savvy with the system, knows how to navigate the pitfalls, and keeps you on course so you don't personally shoot yourself in the foot. Considering what the cost of fines, lost time, and lost wages would have been had I been found guilty John's price was a great deal. I would recommend John to anybody that needs help with criminal defense.
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Posted by Brandon | June 14, 2018
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The best Lawyer in Eugene,OR.
This lawyer went to WAR for me and my family. I had a tough case and everything pinned against me. He managed to work through it and get me acquitted of all charges. I stumbled into his office with no hope and asked him to take on my case. By the time I left his office and throughout the whole way he helped me stay positive and assured me he would take care of it and he did. He worked with me and was beyond fair in his pricing and amazing in his skill. He handles himself very professionally and knows his way around the courthouse. Through all of this my fiancé was pregnant, he gave me the opportunity to be there when my daughter is born and for that I’m beyond grateful! I appreciate everything you have done for us Mr. Kolego and still continue to do! Thank you!
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Posted by Michael | June 14, 2018
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Terrific Lawyer, Even Better Human Being
I've known Mr. Kolego for years and yet I'm constantly amazed by his kindness, bluntness, deceny, and razor-sharp legal mind. He treats everyone (regardless of social standing, status, wealth, et al.) with respect and honesty, which is in short stock these days. In short, whereas most people think of Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, I think of Mr. Kolego.
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Posted by Rob | May 8, 2017
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Can't go wrong with John Kolego
I used to be a BIG TIME jackass, trouble maker, fool, and small time drug dealer/criminal. Got busted almost 12 years ago. Had a different attorney on retainer just in case I ever got busted. Fired him, hired John. John did everything in his power to get me a good deal, and he got me the best possible deal under the circumstances. I was actually shocked he was able to get me a 2 year reduction. Pretty much unheard of under the circumstances. I didn't give the man much to work with, but he was able to make things happen. I refer him to everyone I know. I trust John. His prices are fair, and he knows his way around both the state and federal court systems. Not going to find a more qualified defense attorney in the Eugene area.
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Posted by sherry | February 7, 2017
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John Kolego
John has been our family attorney for 30 years, he has always done an excellent job. We have had friends call him they also have been very happy with his legal expertise.He is the best.You can trust him to do the best job possible for you.
Posted by Kelsy | July 30, 2016
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Thanks John
John did a great job for me! Court/hearing/trial didn't work out as expected. Actually exceeded my expectations! John really came to bat for me when things were looking quite grim. I was facing two very serious charges and ended up with no jail time. Unbelievable!! Thanks John!!
Posted by Jessica | August 26, 2015
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John is the best!
John is a great attorney! Very experienced. My husband was looking at 10 years and he might just do 12 months thanks to John! We love him!
Posted by Shannon | May 25, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Always helpful. Always professional.
I have only good things to say about my experiences with Mr. Kolego. I was referred to his office for some legal advice several years ago by a good friend who also had nothing but positive things to say about her experiences with him. When I sent an email to Mr. Kolego's office in the evening, I received a call from John personally the next morning. I was able to get some helpful advice regarding a friend with legal issues in custody several counties away, and also the name of an attorney in that area who was also very helpful. Thanks again John. Sincerely,.Shannon
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2015.

Suspension - Disciplinary issued in OR, 2015
updated on 03/17/2015

This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • John Kolego P.C.
  • 1985 - Present

Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Oregon
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • State v. Michael Horner
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. Brian Knight
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. Troy Jones
  • Not Guilty

Associations

  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 1985 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
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"I endorse this lawyer. John has proven trial skills and is an experienced litigator."
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John J Kolego
Criminal defense Attorney
Eugene, OR
Licensed for 37 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2015. See details