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CJ Graves - Principal Attorney

CJ invests himself in each and every case he handles, and has a passion for helping his clients resolve their legal matters and move forward with their lives.  He has spent his career as a litigator and a trial attorney, and is more comfortable in a court room than in an office. 


CJ has served as first chair in numerous trials, including high-conflict cases relating to dissolution, domestic violence, parenting time, custody, and division of property. He has handled legal issues involving jurisdictional challenges, high asset dissolutions, tax implications, and complex matters involving marital estate finance, including but not limited to the separation of businesses, retirement accounts, pensions, and spousal support. In addition, CJ has worked on civil rights tort cases, employment law, employment discrimination, and wrongful death actions.


Although CJ is proficient in the courtroom, he always seeks to resolve cases in the manner most expedient and beneficial to his client's interests. CJ carefully listens to each of his client's concerns and desires, and tailors the outcomes to suit the client's individualized needs.  As a result, CJ has had remarkable success settling cases for clients, and crafting equitable remedies fit for the specific client.


Prior to law school, CJ conducted research on juror decision-making, and gave a presentation on the topic at a conference for academic psychologists. He also worked as a jury consultant and psychological analyst on several tort cases. At least two of these cases resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts.




Committees and Professional Memberships

Community Honors:

  • Honorable Darleen Ortega Outstanding Mentor Award - Lewis & Clark Law School, 2014-2015

  • Cornelius Honors Society - Awarded for leadership, scholarship, and service to the community, 2013

  • Honors Brief Moot Court, 2011

  • Selected to Mock Trial Regional Team, 2012

  • Lewis & Clark Law School Outstanding Service Award, 2012

Professional Memberships:

  • Multnomah County Bar Association

  • Oregon State Bar Association

  • Oregon State Bar Young Lawyer's Section

  • Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners

  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association

Committee Memberships:

  • Vice-President - Lewis & Clark Law School Recent Graduate's Counsel

  • OSB Young Lawyer's Division Membership Services Committee

Academic Honors:

  • Lewis and Clark Law School Dean's Merit Scholarship

  • Lewis and Clark Law School Rose Tucker Memorial Scholarship

  • Qualified for Regional Mock Trial Team

  • Honors Appellate Brief: Moot Court

  • Associate Editor, Animal Law Review

  • Dean's List (multiple semesters)

Academic Papers:

  • Impact of Similarity Between Witnesses and Jurors on Juror Decision Making; Presented at Western Psychological Association Regional Professional Conference

Presentations and Panels

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