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Erick W Ward

White collar crime Attorney at Bend, OR

5.0   29 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 16 years
    Idaho - ID 17 years
    California - CA 23 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2007
    Former Member - Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
    Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled) No misconduct found

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

About Erick

Learn Erick’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Violent crime
    Assault, Firearms, Menacing, Self-defense & Use of force. I have a particular expertise and considerable experience in self-defense cases.

    24 years

  2. White collar crime
    Embezzlement, Credit Card crimes, Identity theft, Fraud & Forgery.

    24 years

  3. Federal crime
    Commercial & Interstate drug crimes, Firearm offenses, Fraud, Money Laundering, Racketeering, Habeas Corpus

    20 years

  4. Sex crime

  5. DUI and DWI

    24 years

Erick was born and raised in the high desert of Southern Idaho and loves Bend because it feels like home. Erick found his calling at a young age when an astute lawyer helped a family member out of a frightening legal problem. In high school, Erick developed his future courtroom skills on the declamation (competitive speaking) team, where he won every major competition and earned two state championships in three years. After graduating with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Erick attended Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. During his time in Portland, he honed his courtroom skills and earned an excellent trial record as a Certified Legal Intern with Metropolitan Public Defender Services, Inc.
Upon graduating from law school in 2000, Erick and his wife moved to Santa Monica, California, where he started a private criminal defense practice. Over the next eight years, Erick successfully defended progressively bigger, more complex, and higher-profile cases. He has learned a lot about winning jury trials, but has always found his most rewarding work outside the courtroom. Helping people with compassion and dedication has always been his primary objective.
After a few visits to Bend, Erick and his family decided to return to Oregon to enjoy the outdoors and be closer to family. In 2011, Erick teamed up with his law school friend, Todd Grover, to foundWard Grover, LLP, a criminal defense firm exclusively dedicated to fighting injustice and defending the rights of the accused.
Erick is happily married and the proud father of two young sons. He enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, travelling, a good crossword puzzle and, most of all, spending time outdoors with his family.
Erick is admitted to the state and federal courts in Oregon, Idaho and California, though he is currently only active in Oregon. He is a member of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

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Ward Grover, LLP
354 N.E. Irving Ave.
Bend, OR, 97701


5.0 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A truly compassionate lawyer
Erick Ward was recommended to me by another attorney due to the nature and complexity of my case. I was very fortunate for the referral and from the very start, Erick was kind, professional, patient, understanding and non-judgemental. He really wanted and fought for the best outcome for me. His negotiating expertise was put to a test in my case, I’m sure! He responded promptly and always had well thought out suggestions and solutions to my questions. I was at the lowest of lows when I first contacted Erick and he literally helped me survive a very difficult situation. I would recommend Erick Ward to anyone in need of an expert criminal attorney. I can never thank him enough for walking by my side the last several months.
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Posted by Jeff | November 24, 2020
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Recent Client
It’s never going to happen to you, right!! Well it recently happened to me. I had my first encounter with the local police and the legal system. In my case it was a misdemeanor assault. Regardless of the severity of your legal case, there are possible serious consequences. I knew I needed help in working my case through the legal system. I was new in town and had no knowledge of legal firms. I went online and did considerable research read many website reviews and biographies. I finally decided to contact the Law firm of Ward Grover and Ash. I contacted the firm via their website and very promptly received a call from lawyer Eric Ward. He asked for a brief explanation of my case which I provided. He fully explained my situation, all possible outcomes and what he could do representing me and my case. After that conversation I decided to hire Eric to represent me. The next day we had an in person meeting. I found Eric to be very easy to talk to. He has a very calming demeanor, something I really needed. He went into great detail on what he needed from me in the way of recommendations, a bio, list of community service, etc. then he explained in a step by step manner how the entire process would proceed. He had a knack for putting me at ease right away. I knew I was working with a consummate experienced lawyer. During my time wit Eric there was a period where I had to be out of State for several weeks. No problem. Eric assured me I would be well represented in my absence. Eric kept me informed by phone and email of the ongoing status of my case. Eric assembled my case paperwork, worked with the District Attorney’s Office and ultimately called to let me know my case had been dismissed. Relief is a great understatement. I had great confidence in Eric, and it was well placed. Eric will keep you informed throughout the legal process. He will worry for you and provide you with a calming influence. This was a stressful time for me, but having Eric on my side made the situation much less so. I credit him with all the success in my case. He guided me with a careful, confident manner through the process of putting all my paperwork in order, representing me in the legal system and conveying to me the status every step of the way. If you need someone to stand with you, and guide you through a legal case, then you won’t do better than Eric Ward. I cannot recommend him highly enough. You will be glad you called Eric Ward!!
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Posted by Alan | February 25, 2020
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Erick is a very good attorney
Erick helped me. He helped me A LOT. I'm so grateful. He knew the law, he knew the DA, he knew the judges and all that helped. He returned messages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He actually seemed to give a hoot about me.
Posted by David | October 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Erick listened to our concerns. He developed a plan of action. He always responded to our concerns. His advice was top notch. Truly genuine individual. I would highly recommend him as an attorney.
Posted by Rick | September 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best criminal defense lawyer around
Erick literally saved my life. I was charged with multiple measure 11 charges that I did not commit. I was looking at 15 years in prison. Erick was very understanding of my situation and was very confident. Without the help of Erick I would've lost my career and everything I've worked my whole life to achieve. The courts strung my case out for almost three years but Erick was always just a phone call away if I had any questions or concerns. I had moved out of the area and Erick was able to get my appearance waived for all the rescheduling so I didnt have to miss work. He understood my finacial situation and was willing to let me make payments. In the courtroom Erick was very professional and confident. Erick won my case and I cannot thank him enough. Erick Ward is one of the best. If you need a great lawyer look no further.
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Posted by Logan | September 3, 2019
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Excellent attorney
Erick Ward did an excellent job on my case. He got to work as soon as I contacted him, and I was kept in the loop with new developments as they happened. This was the second time I have been represented by Erick. He was able to pick up on important details and do all of the work necessary to ensure that my defense was beyond competent. I would not hesitate to contact him again.
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Posted by Amber | September 2, 2019
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Eric Ward, Fights for YOU!
Eric helped my family through the toughest time in our lives. My fiance was facing 16 years for 3 assault charges and 4 other charges. Eric worked religiously on this case and never gave up. He was always up front about what my fiance could face and was dead set on getting rid of the felony charges. Best worste case scenario. In the end when the state was FINALLY ready to go to trial, Mr. Ward fought and got the felony charges dropped. All my fiance had to do was serve 30 days. During that time Eric was still working on other matters that still pertained to the case and also checked up on the kids and I. He has shown such care and devotion to us as clients and never gave up. I highly recommend Mr Ward for any criminal lawyer needs. He is very professional and straight forward. I like his honesty and determination. Plus he is very kind.
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Posted by Jake | August 13, 2019
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Jake Nolton
Erick has been there for me almost since day 1. He’s done nothing but stand by my side and help me progress with my case. With all the bumps, twists and curves thrown at me over a 4 year period he hasn’t once gave up. He’s extremely knowledgeable, knows how to handle everything and is respected by all. I highly recommend him and thank him for everything!
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2017
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Honest and Compassionate
Erick helped me get my seized property back. Although I thought I had no hope in retrieving what once was mine, Erick took the time to listen to my side, he gave his opinions and recommendations and together we agreed on a plan. I appreceiated his honesty and integrity, not to mention he always kept me up to date on the proceedings. Thankfully everything worked out, I learned a lot about the legal system from Erick and am thankful he was in my corner
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2017
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Great Job Helping Me
Mr. Ward, worked very hard to make sure I had the best defense possible and to work for the best outcome for my case. I hope never to need him again but would hire him if needed in the future.
Posted by David | December 11, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Erick went above and beyond as my attorney
It's been a couple of years since Erick stood by my side in court; the judge reached a decision, the sentence was given, and that was that. Or so I thought! Little did I know that over the course of the last couple of years, Erick continued to keep his ears open and kept abreast on some alterations to the law regarding my case. I was pleasantly surprised by an email from Erick yesterday notifying me that he was able to, by way of leveraging the changes, have my charges lowered immensely. Who does that... on their own for their client, well after their fees have been paid? Erick Ward- that's who. I was blown away to say the least. Assured, I will be recommending Erick to everybody with whom I come into contact looking for legal representation. Thanks Erick, for being there for me- you've renewed my belief that there are attorneys who practice law for the right reasons... and really take care of their clients.
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Posted by Ryan | November 5, 2015
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An Outstanding Attorney!!!
I hired Erick to help me deal with a criminal case that could have resulted in a felony conviction and a lifetime of trouble. Not only did he listen to my story, but he believed in me and helped me and my family cope from day one..!..Erick has a top notch private investigator on staff that went to work immediately to get witness accounts and get to the bottom of the situation. Erick worked with the D.A. and was in constant contact with me to keep me updated and upbeat. After 9 months of working hard on my case, Erick was able to get all my charges completely dismissed.! I would recommend Erick to anyone in need!. He is an Amazing Lawyer, and a great man.!
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2015
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Instantly put my mind at ease!
I had retained another attorney prior to Erick but several weeks passed by after our initial phone conversation with no further communication on their part. I felt uneasy about that so I called Erick and he met with my son and I the same day!! He immediately put my son and I at ease with his calm demeanor, knowledge and confidence. Erick was in constant communication with me throughout the whole process and was able to resolve our situation with a plea bargain. My son and I performed community service and attended a class with no further consequences. Many thanks to Erick for his outstanding efforts! I HIGHLY recommend him but pray I never need his services again :)
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Posted by Matt | September 28, 2015
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Erick has always a phone call away at anytime I needed him. He not only did his best to help with my charges but gave consulting for the future. There isn't anything more I would want! Would recommend to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2015
Simply the best in my oppinion.
Erick is top notch. After firing two other attorneys that were "the best in Central Oregon", I hired Erick for a very serious and complicated case. Erick was persistent and professional the entire time. His knowledge is incomparable to other attorneys in Bend and I highly recommend him. He was able to help me reduce some very serious charges when other top ranking attorneys could not so much as get an offer on the table. I highly recommend this firm and suggest that you speak with Erick before attempting to work with other attorneys. I left my attorney of 10 years to work with him and could not be happier. This is an attorney you can trust will give you the best advice and actually fight on your behalf.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2015
A Better Outcome than I Could Have Imagined.
I had a warrant for my arrest in Bend from an event that occurred nearly 12 years ago. I plead guilty to the charges 12 years ago but did not complete the community service or pay the fine that was part of my initial judgment, and moved out of state shortly after, resulting in a warrant. I contacted several attorneys in Bend and Erick was the only one to respond back to me (the same day I contacted him even). My situation made it difficult for me to take time off of work and pay for a trip back to Oregon. Erick took my case and made lemonade out of lemons. Erick was able to get 2 out of 3 charges dropped with no probation, community service or jail time. Even better, Erick was able to waive my court appearance in Bend. In the end, the sentencing was more lenient than the initial one and I didn't have to take time off of work or pay for travel expenses. I'm very grateful that Erick was the only attorney that called me back because I honestly feel that Erick goes to bat for his clients only going for the best outcome and not the settling for the first deal.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2015
Best of the Best
Nothing but great words for this caring and knowledgably learned attorney. If you are ever in the unfortunate need of a criminal attorney, go no further. Erick Ward is definitely on your side. Erick's passion is his client. I never had any criminal dealings or even a traffic ticket in my 80 years plus. I was wrongfully charged with 2 felonies. These charges were a set up for a civil matter and strictly for the accuser to get money. Erick immediately took the high road acknowledging that these charges were erroneous and worked with the Assistant DA. His pleasant and methodical mannerism puts everyone at ease. His knowledge of the law together with his personality is a weapon all by itself. The case was finally dismissed after the civil compromise was achieved. Erick responded incredibly quickly to have the DA and the judge sign off on the criminal matter. You can rest assure he will work on your behalf as if you were his only client
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Posted by Kevin | December 19, 2014
Excellent Criminal Defense Attorney
Erick specializes and excels in criminal defense. If you're dealing with a criminal defense issue, he's your guy. Erick always has time for his clients. He provides thoughtful answers to questions, and carefully executes his legal strategies. I'm always impressed with Erick's legal acumen when we discuss legal theories and discussing law.
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2014
A Master of His Craft
Mr. Ward (Erick rather), has an uncanny ability in his diplomacy that he was able to cut a deal in my criminal case which I am extremely thrilled about. I truly believe that without him my situation would have been detrimental. To describe Erick with just a few words would be nearly impossible; there are so many positive personality and character traits which he demonstrated regularly throughout my interactions with him that this review does not do him enough justice. If I could describe him in 4 words I would say intelligent, honest, confident and understanding. Erick advised me of the two outcomes for my DUII and drug charges. He was honest with me and didn't try to make it look like my situation could end up like O.J.'s. We would have to fight through diplomacy or go to trial for the best outcome. He explicitly told me when the D.A. of my case was changed, it would work much better in my favor, and it did. The height of Erick's analytical mind and results driven persona are traits not just any lawyer, or man, can obtain. Furthermore, he doesn't just understand "the books", he applies his expertise to the real world, more specifically, my world. Erick was quite clear in what I needed to do to help our case. He gave me direction and even offered me words of encouragement. His commanding presence and comforting tone is something that, as a woman, I deeply appreciate. Not for one moment did I ever feel judged. Having Methamphetamine charges along with a DUII smeared my good name. I was embarrassed, guilt ridden and astray. He knew me enough to realize that I was not deserving of the ultimate punishment. He talked to me like a person and more importantly, he spoke of light at the end of the tunnel. Finally, after it was all said and done, he still calls and vice versa just to check in on things. I no longer wish to refer to him as "Erick the attorney", I will call him my friend.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2014
Exactly what I was looking for!
After spending some time with another lawyer in town who represented me poorly Erick took on my case and made me feel welcome and taken care of. My case was an alcohol related trespassing charge that escalated quickly as overly aggressive Bend police got involved. A misunderstanding turned into the prospect of jail time. Erick empathized and realized that I had made a mistake but that I was an intelligent young man who had a lot to contribute to society. Erick was calm, realistic, instilled confidence, and communicated very well. He emailed or called with updates as to what he was accomplishing. He was creative in his ideas and solutions (hiring a private investigator). He fought for me and got the best possible plea bargain for my situation. Erick respected me as a younger client and treated me fairly while empathizing with my situation. He is kind and professional and will help you fight. I would recommend him to the people that I care about and feel lucky to have found him for my case.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ward Grover, LLP
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Crabtree & Rahmsdorff
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Partner / Sole Practitioner
  • Law Office of Erick Ward
  • 2000 - 2009
  • Public Defender
  • Metropolitan Public Defender - Court Certified Legal Intern
  • 1999 - 2000
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  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Univ of Colorado Boulder
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Smallwood
  • Not guilty jury verdict
  • State v. Benthin
  • Not guilty jury verdict
  • State v. Serna
  • Not guilty jury verdict
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  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Field Service
  • Volunteer mentor
  • 2011 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • Italian
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Service Award
  • Heart of Oregon Corps
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (11)
Endorse Erick
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erick is a consummate professional and dedicated to his clients. I would happily refer my friends and family to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erick Ward earned his "chops" in Southern California, before relocating to Central Oregon. Southern California is an excellent area to learn the ropes which Erick accomplished in so many ways. Smart, intelligent, intuitive, Erick has the requisite "street smarts". A client must have faith in his counsel and to listen to his advice for the desired result to occur. Upon meeting Erick, any concerns about your well-being will disappear."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I never hesitate to refer clients to Erick. He is well-respected in his field and in our Central Oregon community. Glad to know him and highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Ward is a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. Any client of his should feel confident that they are well represented! I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erick is a top-tier trial attorney and I recommend him without reservation. He is smart, experienced, and courageous--all of which are important qualities in an advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Erick is strong advocate for his clients. He is prepared, responsive and isn't afraid to aggressively work toward meeting his client's goals."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Erick Ward for several years. He combines zealous advocacy with compassion for his clients. I happily refer criminal defense cases to Erick and I fully endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erick is an excellent attorney whom I have seen numerous times in the court room over the years. I highly recommend him and believe him to be a very articulate and passionate advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Erick for almost 18 years. He is an excellent attorney to whom I have referred many clients. He works hard for his clients and for a fair and just outcome in each and every case. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erick is a leader in his field, and a quality member of our community. If you or someone you know needs criminal defense representation, you will do no better than to enlist his help. Erick possesses a wealth of criminal defense experience, and his legal mind, and trial skills are superb."
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