ATTORNEY AT LAW
The Law Office of Leonard R. Berman specializes in civil rights litigation
(police and jail misconduct, employment harassment and employment
discrimination, constitutional violations), personal injury (motor vehicle,
slip and fall, premises liability) and misdemeanor criminal defense
(DUI, petty theft, criminal mischief. Etc.)
If you have a claim against any public entity, you need to notify
the entity of your claim within 180 days of discovering the harm
or injury. Any governmental or quasi-governmental entity qualifies
as a public entity. This includes county, city, or state employees or
agencies. This might be police, Tri-Met or other public bus, OHSU
hospital, county sheriff, city maintenance crew, etc. This can be done
in writing to the head of the entity by a lay person or a lawyer.
Certified mail with return-receipt postcard is recommended.
If you have missed the 180-day Tort Claim Notice line, you
may still have federal claims to pursue within two-years
of the event, or the discovery of the injury or event.
State Law provides for causes of action based in negligence
(accidents, or professional malpractice), slander, defamation
(one-year statute of limitations!), breach of contract
(six-year statute of limitations), etc.
Federal Law provides for causes of action under the U.S. Constitution
and federal statutes, rules and regulations. Examples of federal claims
this law office handles include: Employment discrimination, discrimination
at private establishments open to the public, Cruel and Unusual Punishment
in jail or prison, Unreasonable Search and Seizure by police, including wrongful
arrest, detention, invasion of your home and vehicle, First Amendment
Free Speech violations by government entities.
Independent witnesses, color photos, audio and videotapes, receipts
and documents are the best forms of evidence to prove your claim(s).
Try to get treatment for mental or physical injuries as soon as possible.
Bring copies of all evidence you have to your first meeting. If wrongfully
terminated, try to find work as soon as possible. Document your efforts.
Please call me for a review of my fees and qualifying contingent agreements.
Member of the Oregon and Washington State and Federal Bars.
University of Toronto, BA; University of Toledo, JD.
Published Law Review article in the Howard Law Journal (1994).
1998 Winner as Solo Practitioner of the OSB Pro Bono Challenge.
Conversant in Spanish, homebound visits and on-site visits available.
Address: 4711 S.W. Huber St. Suite E-3
Portland, Oregon 97219
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