All Fixed Up And Nowhere To Go

Case-fixing in Multnomah County Court on behalf of former attorney Lori Deveny

Former attorney Lori Deveny is one of those elite friends.

When she was finally revealed as a complete fraud in 2018, the OSB went to eyebrow-raising lengths to help cushion her fall from grace: helping her pay her way out of early bar complaints; publishing misleading Bulletin articles to distract from her smoking crater; refusing to prosecute her for practicing law after she resigned her license; and when none of that worked, misusing an Oregon statute (and usurping the Supreme Court’s authority) to take custodianship of her practice — apparently to shelter evidence of her criminal escapades.

Perhaps most breathtaking was the OSB’s decree that Deveny had “earned” her 33% contingency fee, even in cases she had hastily settled in her own interests, and in which she had forged clients’ signatures and stolen their settlement checks.

It’s actually spooky how inept and/or crooked the OSB is willing to look to protect Deveny at the expense of protecting the public. It made me wonder if I could easily find traces of their fingerprints in civil court cases. The answer is, of course, yes.

Multnomah case no. 18CV54964: Debra Kali Miller v. Lori Deveny

This lawsuit was filed in November 2018 by her former client, Kali Miller, who is also one of the dozens of victims named in the State’s criminal case against Deveny (see counts 73 through 75).

Multnomah case no. 18CV30554: KeyBank National v. Lori Deveny

This was a breach of contract suit brought because Deveny stiffed her bank on a $35,000 line of credit. It had nothing to do with legal malpractice, and therefore the OSB could not send in one of their defense attorneys.

Then something truly bonkers happened: The case was dismissed, without any written (or verbal) notice to KeyBank, “for want of prosecution.” The General Judgment of Dismissal stated that a 28-day notice was issued, but this is false: There is no such notice of dismissal in the record.

KeyBank’s attorney then had to go through the hassle (and expense) of moving to vacate the dismissal and reopen the case; and then move anew for a default judgment against Deveny.

It’s the irregularities.

I didn’t have to work hard to find these two cases, because their dockets were just clearly irregular, like visible-from-space irregular. (I ordered and read both case files to ensure that I wasn’t missing anything. I was not.)