Erick was born and raised in the high desert of Southern Idaho. 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 practiced as a Certified Legal Intern with Metropolitan Public Defender Services, Inc. and developed a passion for criminal defense and the plight of the accused.
Upon graduating in 2000, Erick married an Oregon girl and they moved to Santa Monica, California, where Erick started a criminal defense practice. Erick quickly established himself as a trial lawyer and his devotion to his clients made the beachside practice a successful one for eight years. After a few visits to Bend, however, Erick and family decided to return to Oregon for good to enjoy life outdoors and be closer to family.
Erick is happily married and the proud father of two young sons. He enjoys skiing, birdwatching, volunteering, sustainable living, a good crossword puzzle and, most of all, spending time outdoors with his family.
Languages spoken: Italian, French
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|CA||Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled)||2000||08/24/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Service Award||Heart of Oregon Corps||2014|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Field Service||Volunteer mentor||2011 - Present|
|Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Attorney Member||2009 - Present|
|Heart of Oregon Corps||Board Member||2012 - 2014|
|Lewis & Clark Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|Univ of Colorado Boulder||Political Science||Bachelor of Arts||1996|