Vanessa Sturgeon — one of Portland, Oregon’s most powerful and wealthy and politically connected real estate developers — is not happy.
She is not happy about Covid, homeless people, protestors, and how much money all of those things are costing her — as if all of those things were not also simultaneously affecting every other person on earth. She’s even unhappy about aluminum cans. Grrr!
But unlike the rest of us, when Sturgeon is not happy, she does not need to ask to speak to the manager, she has them on speed dial: the police, the mayor, and even the…
Last week in a criminal case, a federal district judge ordered that “all special and restrictive conditions of release” be removed and that the defendant — disgraced former Oregon attorney, Lori Deveny — be released “on her own recognizance.”
Deveny was charged in May 2019 on 24 counts of mail and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and bank fraud, arising from her ‘work’ as a Portland attorney who mostly represented cognitively impaired clients.
The restrictions imposed upon her over two years ago in were not particularly onerous to begin with — she was not even required to make bail. …
In July 2018, the Oregon State Bar abruptly dismissed an ethics complaint filed against Marion attorney James Van Ness by a former client, after a nearly two-year investigation into allegations of financial irregularities and other misconduct.¹ The Bar complaint was dismissed shortly after Van Ness’s client submitted evidence of a secret meeting Van Ness had held with his opponent during the custody case for which he had been hired.
Attorneys take note: There is something very wrong with your licensor, the Oregon State Bar, and its handling of Client Security Fund (CSF) claims made against disgraced attorney Lori Deveny.
And it’s costing honest attorneys both money and respect.
The Bar manages the CSF and pays out money to reimburse victims for losses caused by attorney misconduct, up to $50,000 per claim. As one may imagine, Deveny — indicted in both state and federal court on more than a hundred charges of theft, fraud, forgery, etc. — is hitting the CSF quite hard. Deveny’s smash-and-grab already amounts to over $3.5…
I regret to inform you, again, that case-fixing is a significant problem in Oregon’s courts. And as usual, it is court staff leading the charge — victimizing not only the public that depends upon fair and neutral courtrooms, but also judges, whose signature and reputation is misused to give the cheating a veneer of legitimacy.
The latest judicial victim is The Honorable Tracy Prall, the Presiding Judge of Marion County Circuit Court — arguably, as the seat of the state government, Oregon’s most crucial courthouse.
In this instance, Judge Prall allegedly authored and e-signed an order “reassigning” a Marion civil…
Your average person goes through their life with the inborn knowledge that one of, if not the most efficient way to get oneself arrested would be to forge a judge’s signature. We imagine that before the ink was even dry, handcuffs would materialize out of nowhere and snap around our wrists, and that we would be dragged directly into jail with no due process.
That understanding and fear are not the only things that prevent us from forging court documents, of course: There is also honesty and decency and ability to tell right from wrong.
But for some attorneys in…
During former Albany-area attorney Megan Perry’s four short years of practice, she amassed 23 bar complaints, nearly all of which credibly alleged forgery, fraud, and various other crimes by her. Perry resigned her law license in March 2018 rather than defend her conduct. Since then, Perry — who now uses her husband and former partner Erik Moeller’s last name— has faced very few legal consequences.
The state’s criminal case against former Portland, Oregon attorney Lori Deveny was delayed yet again — this time after two hearings from which the press and the public were excluded.
Deveny’s plea hearing, previously scheduled for August 4th, is now scheduled for September 27th. At that time, Deveny is expected to plead guilty to 92 counts of theft, identity theft, forgery, and criminal mistreatment against her former legal clients.
In an email, Scott Healy, the Clackamas First Assistant District Attorney who is prosecuting Deveny, said about the closed-door sessions, “[The hearing] was just a meeting with the judge to select…
Former personal injury attorney Lori Deveny is scheduled to plead guilty this week, in the state’s criminal case against her, to 92 charges of identity theft, forgery, theft, and criminal mistreatment against 37 separate victims. Her federal criminal trial, on 24 similar counts including tax evasion, is still scheduled for mid-August.
Deveny is a serial insurance fraudster whose crimes remained undetected for decades, not only because she chose her victims carefully — many had cognitive difficulties from their injuries — but also because she carefully fabricated a respectable reputation in Portland’s legal community.
However, it was all a rickety façade…
The above notification was received earlier this evening,¹ after emailing Maureen Fisher, who is Downtown Portland Clean & Safe’s Executive Director and a Vice President at Portland Business Alliance.
The email was sent to alert Ms. Fisher to erroneous information disseminated by Clean & Safe on their website which implies that the organization has a contract with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office: