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About me

I am a graduate of UC Berkeley (Bachelor of Arts in English) and Lewis and Clark Law School (Juris Doctorate).  I have practiced civil and criminal law throughout Oregon for over a decade and have a reputation for excellence with judges, other attorneys, but most importantly former and current clients.  I am a lawyer because I want to help people.  I am a litigator because I love to go to trial.  Please read more about how I can help you with your legal matter below.

 

Criminal defense and juvenile delinquency

I know it can be daunting to face a criminal prosecution with potential jail time and the additional loss of freedom and privileges through court fines, probation intrusions, license suspensions and the impact on your reputation at work and in your community.  I have helped hundreds of clients through criminal proceedings of all types and pride myself on making sure that my client is aware of all possible defenses and that they make an informed decision whether or not to take the matter to trial or accept a plea offer.  Whichever option you choose, I will take the time to explain all the risks and benefits in an effort to help you maintain your humanity through this often dehumanizing process.

 

Divorce and custody

Family law is complex because the laws are ever-changing and every family law client is in a unique situation. I believe that successful advocacy requires taking the time to get to know my clients and the reasons they have come to me for legal assistance. Only then can I employ my experience and expertise to tailor specific legal solutions to fit the needs of each client.  I have successfully advocated for many clients by negotiating out-of-court settlements and have also obtained desired outcomes through litigation.

 

Personal injury

Unlike some personal injury lawyers who take only serious injury cases, I will take any case where there is provable injury that is the result of someone else's negligence or intentional act.  This is why I do not advertise big verdicts to potential clients and also affords me the luxury of being honest with my clients about what their injury is worth.  If we do not get a settlement offer that is fair or just to you, I will take the case to a jury.  If you are disabled and unable to work, I also assist with your disability claim.

 

Disclaimer


Zachary W. Light is licensed to practice in the state of Oregon and his office is located in Medford, Oregon.  The information provided on this web site is offered for informational purposes only.  It is not offered as legal advice and does not constitute legal advice.  Zachary W. Light does not seek to represent you based upon your visit to or review of this web site or because he answered a question.  This web site may be considered advertising under the rules governing Oregon lawyers.  Hiring a lawyer is a serious matter and you should not make legal hiring decisions based upon brochures, advertising, a brief question and answer or other promotional materials.  I offer affordable consultations so why not meet with me and see if we jive?

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 45%
    12 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Divorce: 31%
    6 years, 150 cases
  3. Family: 15%
    12 years, 2 thousand cases
  4. Litigation: 7%
    6 years, 50 cases
  5. Car Accident: 2%
    6 years, 5 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($250/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Garren Pedemonte

    I would be confident in referring any of my family or friends to Zach Light. I am a former co-worker of his and I have watched him work first hand on many different types of legal matters. He is very intelligent, creative, resourceful, well-spoken, hardworking, and compassionate. He has the respect of the Judges as well as every lawyer in the community. You cannot go wrong in hiring Zach Light to work on any issue that you have in area of law.

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    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Light is a fantastic attorney who cares very deeply for his clients. I highly recommend retaining Mr. Light. Rebecca Rosenstein, Federal Public Defender

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Contact info

Zachary W. Light, P.C.

In the Historic Woolworth Building
33 N. Central Ave., Suite 301
Medford, OR, 97501

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ORActive200307/16/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension partially stayed placed on probation
    issued in OR, 2015

    updated

    Stayed suspension/probation means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The suspension is placed on hold (and ultimately removed) if the attorney complies with certain requirements. The State also monitors the lawyer's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyZachary W. Light, P.C.2012 - Present
AttorneySouthern Oregon Public Defenders Office2008 - 2012
AttorneyKellington, Krack, Richmond, Blackhurst & Glatte, LLP2006 - 2008
AttorneySouthern Oregon Public Defenders Office2005 - 2006
Deputy District AttorneyMarion County District Attorney's Office2003 - 2005
Certified Law ClerkClackamas County District Attorney's Office2002 - 2003
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Oregon State BarN/A2003 - Present
Jackson County Bar AssociationTreasurer2007 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. B.A.H.case dismissed
State v. Brightjury acquittal
State v. E.T.S.acquittal of Measure 11 charge
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of California - BerkeleyEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rogue Valley LawLegal writing for the non-lawyer2007
Oregon Fire Marshals Association Winter SchoolJuvenile arson investigation tactics post Deford2005