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Brian C Dretke

Personal injury Attorney at Pendleton, OR

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  • Licensed for 31 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

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I have been practicing law in Eastern Oregon since 1993.  Prior to beginning my legal carreer, I worked as a police officer with the Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department, I attended the University of Tulsa Law School while working in the department's Special Investigations Unit.  I moved my family from Oklahoma  to Eastern Oregon when I graduated from law school.  My first job was as an assistant district attorney with the Union County DA's Office.  I gained valuable trial experience, trying cases to juries in everything from sexual abuse to attempted aggravated murder. 


In 1997 I began working in private practice;  first with Mautz Baum & O'Hanlon, and then as a sole practitioner.  In 2000 Gene Hallman and I formed the partnership of Hallman & Dretke.  Ours firm's practice is exclusively in litigation.  In the past few years I have developed a practice that focuses on nursing home abuse.  I find that taking on the corporations that own nursing homes and too often put profits before people is a rewarding experience.  Our firm has also litigated against some of the most powerful corporations around:  Ford Motor Company, Wal-Mart, and UPRR to name a few. 


My wife, Khuelien ("Lien"), is a family nurse practitioner with the Grande Ronde Internal Medicine Clinic in La Grande.  We have been married for 29 years.  Together we have raised two children, Rachael - who is soon to obtain her Masters degree and follow in her mother's footsteps as a nurse practitioner, and Tyler - who will graduate from Oregon State University in Fall 2010 with a degree in geology. 


Lien and I both stay physically active.  She runs consistently and has completed full and half-marathons.  I compete in Iron-distance triathlons.  When we are not training or working, we dote on our grandson, Ethan.


Hallman & Dretke
104 SE 5th Street
Pendleton, OR, 97801-2310

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Posted by Susan | July 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Uncaring, deceptive
Brian Dretke handled my personal injury case in 2017. By trashing me in his Settlement Brief he set me up for a verbal assault by the court-appointed settlement judge, Ron Grensky, and then Dretke pretended to be innocent. He claimed that he worked hard for a $25,000 settlement that would net me $-0-. When confronted he withdrew representation. We parted ways and my case later settled for much more than $25,000.
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AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hallman & Dretke
  • 2000 - Present
  • Sole Practitioner
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Partner
  • Mautz Baum & O'Hanlon
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Chief Deputy DA
  • Union County District Attorney
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Deputy DA
  • Lane County District Attorney's Office
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Deputy DA
  • Union County District Attorney
  • 1993 - 1994
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  • University of Tulsa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Louisiana State University
  • BGS
  • 1983


  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Executive Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Certified Civil Trial Specialist
  • 2006 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Umatilla County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Union County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Oregon Super Lawyer, limited to the top 5% of lawyers in Oregon
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009

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Pendleton Personal injury Lawyer Brian C Dretke
Brian C Dretke
Personal injury Attorney
Pendleton, OR
Licensed for 31 years