David M. Mitchell

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David M. Mitchell

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Practice Areas:

  • Business Law
  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • General Practice Law
  • Contracts
  • Real Estate Law
  • Buying/Selling a Home
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • General Real Estate
  • Starting a Business
  • Estate Planning Law
  • Elder Law
  • Estates
  • Guardianship
  • Probate
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Biography

I was Born right here in Portland, Oregon and educated locally at Lewis and Clark Law School. I
started my legal career in the fall of 2013 after passing the Bar exam. My first long term work
position after graduating law school was working for attorney Dean C. Werst. I worked for and
learned from Dean for approximately 6 years, absorbing much of the knowledge he gained
himself over his 50 year legal career.

Dean taught me so many things about the practice of law both big and small. While working for
him I learned small but important skills like how to mail a certified letter and how to file
pleadings in circuit courts to big issues like how to advise clients and interact with opposing
counsels.

Dean also imparted upon me his many years of wisdom and experience dealing with the practice
areas of estate planning and probate, real estate law, and business law. In addition he gave me
the freedom to pursue my own interests as well. In 2014 while working for Dean I also handled
my own criminal public defense cases in Clackamas County which gave me an excellent
opportunity to gain courtroom experience and even handle on my own two full trials to a judge
and three full trials to a jury.

In 2019 Dean and I began discussing his retirement and how we would manage the transition
together. I purchased his law practice in 2019 and he fully retired in 2020. One day I hope to
have as much of a positive impact on as many people’s lives as my mentor and friend.

Education

  • Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, OR
    • JD
  • Award:  2nd Place Moot Court Client Counseling Competition
  • Mempership:  Lewis and Clark Law School Soccer Club

 

  • Occidental College
    • BA
  • Major:  Philosophy
  • Minor:  Political Science
  • Recipient:  Ford Summer Research Grant
  • Study Abroad:  University of Sussex, Brighton, England

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 2013

Professional Associations

  • Estate Planning Section of the Oregon State Bar (current)
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association (past)

Current Employment Position

  • Managing Attorney

Past Positions

  • Clackamas County Indigent Defense Corporation, Contracting Attorney
  • Bureau of Labor and Industry - Civil Rights Division, Extern
  • Summer Student Worker at Disability Rights Oregon
  • Contracting Attorney at the Law Office of Dean C. Werst