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Donald L Scales

Criminal defense Attorney at Medford, OR

4.2   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Homicide - murder, manslaughter, aggravated murder Drugs - Possession, manufacture, delivery Measure 11 - Assault, arson, kidnapping, sex abuse, robbery, sodomy, etc. Contempt of court DUII

    28 years, 6,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    28 years, 650 cases

  3. Family

    18 years

  4. Personal injury
    Personal Injury - slip and fall, car accidents, pedestrian accidents (no medical malpractice)

    18 years

I have nearly 20 years of trial experience in Oregon.  In that time I have defended at least 6500 criminal cases, many of those were Measure 11 and Murder cases. Family law, bankruptcy and personal injury law are the other areas where I focus: stopping the harassment by creditors, fighting for custody or parental rights (focusing on the best interests of the children), and negotiating fair compensation for injuries sustained at the fault of someone else.


I am dedicated and focused on my client's needs. Together with my amazing team comprised of a paralegal, a legal assistant, and a law clerk, I zealously defend client rights.  Pretrial motion work is an area in which I focus - oftentimes these pretrial motions resolve an entire case - if not, negotiating deals or battling it out at trial are areas in which I excel.  I will always be real - you get the honest truth from me about your case and the legal options available to resolve it.


Zealous, vigilant, and honorable advocacy you can truly count on.


Donald L Scales
217 Laurel St
Medford, OR, 97501-3003

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4.2 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
Posted by Scott | January 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
As good as I could have hoped for.
Donald Scales was my first interaction with an attorney. After a horrible and stressful several months I found myself needing legal aid. Mr. Scales provided the help I needed. He fixed everything better than I had hoped and I am truly grateful for his services. I know that all sounds cliche, but it's true. I was nervous the first time I called him on the phone but he was a good listener and caring. He really seemed to care about my situation. I hired him and he did more than he thought he could. He didn't make any empty promises. He just gave some predictions on what may be likely outcomes and I am very happy with the outcome. He really was very easy to talk to. I felt comfortable being open and honest with him and I am sure that helped. I had several interactions with his legal team and they too were helpful and caring. So thank you. If you choose Mr. Scales and his team you won't be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I was charged with a DUI and Don was able to help. He was knowlegable about the situation, listened well, and ultimately was able to significantly reduce the impact of the charges. I would definitely go back to Don.
Posted by William | December 29, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend Mr. Scales.
Mr. Scales went above and beyond when representing me. He is both professional and friendly. He was very thorough and took every measure to see that my case was handled quickly. I would highly recommend Mr. Scales to anyone seeking an attorney.
Posted by John | December 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Assault III case
Dedicated, committed, and passionate about my case. Don fought for my rights to the very end and I highly recommend him for your criminal defense needs.
Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Don Made It Easy
I never have dealt much with the legal system but Don was able to make me comfortable with the situation and ended up getting my cases dropped. Amazing!! He is very personable and easy to talk to. If you are in need of a defense attorney I highly recommend you give his office a call.
Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Public Defender
Don Scales was my public defender back in 2015. At our very 1st meeting I discovered he hadn't even looked at my case file yet. He asked me repeatedly what I wanted, "what would be your Christmas morning?" But when I told him he laughed at me and said, "that's not gonna happen." Had I known I was supposed to do his job for him I would've come in better prepared. Again at our second meeting he knew none of the details of my case, was rude & at our 1st court appearance he fired me. He's not a good attorney, certainly wasn't for me. He never listened to me & failed to even become familiar with my case.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing attorney
  • Law Office of Donald L. Scales
  • 2005 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Southern Oregon Public Defenders Office
  • 1998 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Vogt, Calhoun & Fishback
  • 1997 - 1998


  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Oregon
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1997
  • Brigham Young University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Ricky L.
  • Case dismissed by the state
  • State v. E.R.
  • Criminal charge reduced to a violation
  • State v E.T.
  • Case dismissed after motion to suppress was filed.
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  • Oregon State Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Boss of the Year
  • Rogue Valley Law
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Endorse Donald
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Don is an excellent and insightful attorney and advocate. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am pleased to provide this endorsement of Don Scales. He was a public defender during the same time I was a Deputy District Attorney. I observed Don zealously advocating for his clients on many occasions. He is articulate, intelligent, diligent, and trustworthy. I highly recommend Don Scales as a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don is a great attorney, fights and works for his clients tirelessly. I highly recommend him."
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Medford Criminal defense Lawyer Donald L Scales
Donald L Scales
Criminal defense Attorney
Medford, OR
Licensed for 26 years