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Beau Harlan is a native Oregonian who attended Lake Oswego High School and graudated from the University of Nevada in 1990 with a degree in Business Finance and a minor in Psychology.  In 1993, Mr. Harlan graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law.


Mr. Harlan obtained his first employment within the legal profession in Benton County, Washington, working for the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.  While in Benton County, Mr. Harlan was resposnible for prosecuting criminal offenses in District and Juvenile Courts.  In 1995, Mr. Harlan was hired by the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney, Art Curtis, as a Deputy Prosecutor in the Juvenile Division of the Clark County Supeiror Court.  In 1997, Mr. Harlan was promoted to the Clark County Drug Unit, where he was responsible for charging and prosecuting persons accussed of felony drug offenses such as Felony Possession of Methampetamine, Cocaine, Marijauana; Manufacture of Methamphetamine, and Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijauana, Methamphetamine, and/or Cocaine.  After serving approximately 18 months in the Clark County Drug Unit and earning the monicur 'The Hammer' from law enforcement officers, Mr. Harlan was reassigned to a general trial team where he prosecuted adult felony offenses.  While in the general trial team Mr. Harlan prosecuted a three week fifty + witness trial and obtained a First Degree Murder Conviction for the State of Washington.


In 2000, Mr. Harlan resigned his position with the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and accepted an associate position with the law firm of Baumgartner, Nelson and Price, P.S..  Becasue of his extensive expereince in the criminal field, Mr. Harlan quickly developed a reputation as an effective criminal defense attorney.  Although in private practice, in 2000, Art Curtis, the elected Clark County Prosecutor, appointed Mr. Harlan as a 'Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney' and hired Mr. Harlan to prosecute a defendant suspected of Murder. 


In 2001, Mr. Harlan joined forced with Michael Brace and created the law firm of Harlan & Brace, P.S. which practiced in the fields of personal injury, criminal defense, and family law.  One of the many highlights of Mr. Harlan's career as a criminal defense attorney includes obtaining a 'Not Guilty' verdict for a client wrongfully accused of murdering a fourteen year old girl. 


In 2006, Mr. Harlan started The Harlan Law Firm, and shifted the empahsis of his practice toward personal injury.  More specifically, Mr. Harlan prosecutes cases where innocent persons have been injured as a result of another person or business' violation of the the coummunity safety rules. Where a client is injured because another person or business violates the basic rules of community safety two which were all conform, the person or the person or business must be held accounatable .  While a vast majority of these cases involve injuries or death caused by car collisions, Mr. Harlan also prosecutes cases invovling injuries caused by dangerous a conditon within commercial or residential property, injuries caused by a dangerous products, or even injuries caused by dangerous dogs.  Although Mr. Harlan continues to maintain a small select case load in the field of criminal defense, after almost 20 years in practice, Mr. Harlan's is dedicated to delivering results for innocent persons harmed by the negligent and/or intentinoal acts of safety rule violators by obtaining full and fair compensation for his clients injuries. 


Mr. Harlan is married to Penny Helland, who is a life-long resident of Clark County Washington.  They have two children and reside in Camas, Washington. 


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
  2. Car Accident: 40%
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
  4. Criminal Defense: 5%
  5. DUI & DWI: 5%



Contingent (33-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Harlan Law Firm

612 E. McLoughlin Blvd
Vancouver, WA, 98663-3368


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client's Choice Award: Car AccidentsAvvo2012
CertificationNational Institute for Trial Advocacy1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Harlan Law Firm2006 - Present
PartnerHarlan & Brace, P.C.2001 - 2006
AssociateBaumgartner, Nelson & Price2000 - 2001
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyClark County Prosecutor's Office1995 - 2000
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyBenton County Prosecutor's Office1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaAffiliate Member2013 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember2011 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
United States District Court of OregonMember2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationSustaining Member2002 - Present
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2001 - Present
United States District Court for Western District of WashingtonMember2001 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2000 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member2000 - Present
Clark County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. GarkushaAll allegations dismissed prior to trial
State v. GarkushaCase dismissed prior to trial
State v. GardinerCase Dismissed Prior to Trial
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of NevadaBusiness FinanceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990