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John Phillip Gilroy

Criminal defense Attorney at Bend, OR

5.0   12 reviews
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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 20 years
    Oregon - OR 25 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Represents Clients for Assault Charges, Domestic Violence, Drug Charges, Felony, Misdemeanors, Measure 11 Crimes, Theft, Burglary & Shoplifting.

    10 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    DUI Lawyer for Portland, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Wilsonville & Clackamas. Represents clients in Multnomah, Clackamas & Washington County.

    10 years


Before co-founding Gilroy Napoli Short LLC—renowned for being voted Best in the Willamette Valley for three consecutive years—John Gilroy had several substantial years under his belt as a Deputy District Attorney at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, one of the foremost district attorney’s offices in Oregon. Here, he demonstrated his prowess in prosecuting a spectrum of criminal cases, spanning from misdemeanors to felonies.

John’s extensive experience in the D.A.’s office equipped him to transition effortlessly into the spheres of DUII/drunk driving defense, and more prominently, criminal defense, along with personal injury practice. His focus on criminal defense showcases his dedication to upholding justice and his commitment to defending the rights of the accused. In 2014, he was accorded the honor of joining “The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” an exclusive assembly of America’s elite Trial Lawyers, reserved solely for those who exhibit superior qualifications in areas such as leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial proficiency.
Educational and Professional Background

John achieved his B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University in 1993 and obtained his J.D. from the University of Oregon in 1998. Prior to embarking on his legal career, John contributed as a legislative aide in Senator Robert Packwood’s office in Washington, D.C.

Personal Insights
Originating from a close-knit family and the youngest of seven siblings, John was raised in the Portland area, the son of the late Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge, Patrick D. Gilroy. He shares a passion for law with two of his brothers who are attorneys in the metro area. A family man, John is married and has five children. Outside his professional realm, he relishes time with his family and enjoys golf, skiing, fishing, basketball, hiking, and camping.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense
DUII Defense
Personal Injury

Career Overview

Attorney at Law, Gilroy & Napoli, LLC, Portland, Oregon, 2003-Present
Lake Oswego Municipal Court Judge pro tem, 2012-Present
Clackamas County Justice of the Peace pro tem, 2011-Present
Deputy District Attorney, Washington County District Attorney’s Office, 1999-2003

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of Oregon

Memberships & Affiliations

National Trial Lawyers Association “Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers” (2014)
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Multnomah County Bar Association
Washington County Bar Association
Clackamas County Bar Association

Academic Credentials

J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 1998
B.S., Santa Clara University, 1993
Institute for European Studies, Freiburg, Germany, 1991

John’s commitment to criminal defense and his unparalleled experience have been instrumental in securing Gilroy Napoli Short’s reputation as a trusted and respected law firm, consistently being recognized as the Best in the Willamette Valley.


Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice

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Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group - Bend Office
1000 NW Wall St.
Ste 280
Bend, OR, 97703
Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group - Portland Office
12755 SW 69th Avenue
Suite 200
Portland, OR, 97223
Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group - Hillsboro Office
110 SE Washington St.
Suite A
Hillsboro, OR, 97123
Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group - Salem Office
280 Court Street NE
Suite 290
Salem, OR, 97301
Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group - Medford Office
16 N. Riverside
Suite 201
Medford, OR, 97501
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Kathleen | September 22, 2014
Excellant DUII and Measure 11 Attorney
John defended a family member for a serious Measure 11 crime and a DUII. Our family was embarrassed, in shock and desperate. John met with us, comforted us and explained the next steps in a lengthy process. He took our case and began to work immediately on our behalf. He knows how to navigate a world that many of us never knew existed and is very familiar with the Washington County DA's office, having worked there as a DDA. John kept us informed every step of the way and got results that were nothing short of a miracle. I have recommended John and his office to several friends and they too, have recommended him. As a person, John is a kind family man. He once told me "I will take care of your son like he was a member of my own family". And he did.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2014
Incredible attorney--So glad I chose him!
John Gilroy is awesome! I hired him after meeting with several attorneys and selected him for three reaons: 1) he had very good reviews on Google, 2) he was recommended by other attorneys I called who did not specialize in Washington County, and 3) I was impressed when I met him by his honest, clear explanation of my options. John used to work at the prosecutor's office, and he understands how the system works. I was very concerned about my case and what the outcome would mean to my career, so it was important that I select an attorney who could best help me. Boy did I make the right choice! John was on top of my case from the beginning, and he proactively reached out to the prosecutors office to find out who we were working with and develop a strategy. He kept me updated as we went, and at the end of the day he acheived a better outcome than I could have anticipated. Even my friends who are attorneys were impressed. I highly recommend this firm. You will be glad you called him. And, as I found out, time is of the essence on these matters so call him sooner than later!
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Posted by Beth | June 6, 2020
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Knowledgeable and great communicator
John Golroy was straightforward with his communication with our family member while working seperate cases in 3 counties. He was responsive to questions, changing situations and specific needs.
Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2016
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Wonderful Attorney's
John was there for me in my time of need. He offered sound advice and got me the best possible outcome. I never felt judged or looked down upon. I feel confident telling anyone who is scared or unsure of what to do next to turn to Gilroy and Napoli, they will help you in any way that they can and they have a track record that proves it.
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2015
Amazing lawyer
I had a court case in Washington county and I hired John Gilroy as my attorney. He was extremely helpful, and guided me through the process professionally and to the best of his abilities. He was knowledgeable and driven with regards to my case and really put his all into defending me. I felt like I was in good hands and could reach him at any time with questions about the case. I would describe john as stern, honest, and unrelenting. I would not be where I am today with Johns help and I am forever grateful.
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Posted by Lia | April 7, 2015
The amount I saved from his thinking outside of the box and directing me clearly on what to do covered more than his fees
I used John Gilroy with Gilroy & Napoli to represent me in a very complex and multi-faceted case. I travelled from Hawaii to deal with my case and made a point to interview several different firms. I felt instantly comfortable with John and his staff and never felt judged or looked down upon. Since I live across the Pacific Ocean and am not in state to deal with this legal matter, finding the right lawyer and firm was essential. My requirements were the following: knowledge of the law, loads of experience, amicable connections, excellent communication, likability, cost and ability to think outside the box. John Gilroy far exceeded my expectations on all accounts. His resume, experience and knowledge of the legal system are outstanding and his contacts and connections saved me both time and money. The amount I saved from his thinking outside of the box and directing me clearly on what to do covered more than his fees; I ended up saving money by using Gilroy and Napoli. He’s also a very nice guy. This may not seem important; however, having a lawyer who has a good reputation among his peers and colleagues is necessary. Many lawyers will reference that they know everyone in the system, but he genuinely does. His professional history outlines it and my experience proves it. I highly recommend John Gilroy and Gilroy & Napoli.
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Posted by Dave | January 30, 2015
Lawyer and new friend
John Gilroy is a very trustworthy and helpful even for an out-of-state client. I live outside of Oregon and used John for a DUII case. From the beginning John listened to me and made me feel comfortable. He reassured me that he would take the best care possible and he followed through with that until the end of my case. My worries and concerns were eliminated because I was always informed of what was going on behind the scenes. I got a very great deal on my case thanks to John Gilroy. Amazing gentlemen.
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Posted by Bryon | November 13, 2014
Excellent DUII Attorney...I couldn't be happier.
I was arrested for my second DUII, I was referred to Gilroy / Napoli Attorneys At Law. John and his entire staff were very professional and they went far beyond what I expected of them during this very difficult time. John was very responsive to all of my questions, knowlegeable of the law, and treated me and my wife with respect. I have worked with other legal firms with my business, but I will recommend John to anyone who needs to be represented by a lawyer......Many Thanks
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2014
John was honest and open about my case from the start. The advise that was given to me always helped calm my nerves. He was specific and to the point, which is what I really needed. Not only was John knowledgeable thought-out the court system hierarchy, but I truly felt like he was always looking out for my best interest by providing me the best possible representation. The relief I felt while John was handling my difficult case was Enormous. With out John's help I am pretty sure I would have gone to Jail, lost my Job and my family, because of John I was allowed to enroll in the EHM program in place of jail, which is rare in a multiple DUI case.
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2014
DUII Attorney
I was referred to John’s firm when I was looking for assistance to navigate the DUII process in Lake Oswego/Clackamas County. John expertly handled my case and helped put me at ease through a very trying time. He was responsive, courteous, and knowledgeable. I hold him in the highest regard and would recommend him without hesitation.
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Posted by Beth | October 4, 2014
Excellant Legal Counsel
Case was handled with high level of expertise. All legal aspects were clearly communicated and we were continually updated on case progression and legal options with timely response to inquiries. John was both easy and personable to work with while having an impressive courtroom presence. Support staff was highly courteous and professional. Fees were straightforward. Received the best outcome possible and only regret that we did not hire John from the onset.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2014
Highly Recommend
John handled my case with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. He was extremely detailed and made me feel comfortable during a difficult time. My calls were always returned within the same day and he took the time to explain each step in my case. I highly recommend John and his team.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gilroy & Napoli, LLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Pro Tem Judge
  • Lake Oswego Municipal Court
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Pro tem Judge
  • Clackamas County Justice Court
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Washington County District Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2003
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  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Santa Clara University
  • B.S., Political Science
  • 1993
  • Institute for European Studies, Freiburg, Germany
  • 1991


  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Clackamas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 DUII Attorneys in Oregon
  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC
  • 2014


  • DUII Trial Notebook
  • Opening Statement
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • The Honorable Dale Jacobs Open
  • Clackamas County Bar Association Golf Tournament Master of Ceremonnies
  • 2005
  • DUII Conference
  • DUII
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with John when representing an accident victim. John handled the criminal defense of the at fault driver. Although I was helping an injured crime victim, and John represented the criminal defendant, he worked hard to cooperate with us, all in the best interest of each client involved. John is a true professional and I enjoyed working with him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"John has experience both prosecuting and defending in the area of criminal law. He is a strong and genuine advocate for his clients. He has my full endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a family law attorney and from time to time I need to refer one of my clients for help from a criminal defense attorney. John Gilroy has helped some of my clients successfully defend criminal cases. I recommend both him and his firm."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the opportunity to observe John Gilroy represent persons charged with DUII on many occasions. He is intelligent, works zealously for his clients and demonstrates high-level trial skills. I highly recommend John Gilroy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is professional, ethical and his experience makes him very effective."
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Bend Criminal defense Lawyer John Phillip Gilroy
John Phillip Gilroy
Criminal defense Attorney
Bend, OR
Licensed for 25 years
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