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John Gear

A values-based Oregon law practice serving consumers, elders, employees & no
  • Consumer Law, Elder Law, Probate ...
  • Oregon
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Since 2010, serving people with consumer and employee law issues: I prefer to help people anticipate and avoid legal problems by understanding how the law affects them and what they need to do to get the results they want. But sometimes legal problems can't be avoided, such as when someone treats you unfairly and you need to respond. Sadly, among the many reputable businesses who pride themselves on treating everyone fairly, there are a few others, who often try to take advantage of their customers and even their employees at every opportunity. Many lawyers promise to be aggressive and to fight for you to the bitter end. It's an easy promise to make, and it can even be helpful sometimes. What I find is that what's most important is finding an attorney who puts helping you first, even when it means avoiding a fight (and reducing your legal costs). Sure, in rare cases, a legal brawl is the only thing that will do the job to protect your rights. But a lot of time, not. If you find yourself being treated unfairly or taken advantage of, my goal as your attorney is do what's best for you to see that you are made whole, as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Elder law: Life-care and end-of-life planning and preparations for seniors and adults with disabilities. This includes working with families and caregivers to ensure that the planning is carried out properly. And working with younger adults and families throughout their lives to ensure that their interests are protected in the event of disability and their wishes are carried out after death. Counsel and guidance for nonprofits about organizational form, incorporation, strategic planning, and organizational policies and procedures, all designed to reduce risk and maximize organizational effectiveness while creating satisfied customers and stakeholders and eliminating causes of complaints. As wise nonprofit leaders know, the "nonprofit" is just a tax status. Nonprofits have to be every bit as shar

Practice Areas
    Consumer Law
    Class Action, Lemon Law
    Elder Law
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Foreclosure Defense
Additional Practice Area
  • Nonprofits
  • Contingent Fees
    Most of my cases on behalf of consumers are brought on contingency. For debt defense, I offer flat fees for defending against creditor suits or settling the case.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Professional Experience
John Gear Law Office LLC
- Current
Natural Resource Specialist
Oregon Dept. Of Energy - Nuclear Safety & Energy Siting
Regulatory Affairs Attorney
Michigan Public Service Commission
Research Attorney
Michigan Court of Appeals - Prehearing Office
Catalyst Consulting Services
Principal Engineer
Westinghouse Hanford Company
Officer, USS Omaha (SSN-692)
US Navy
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
J.D. (2004) | Law
Honors: Magna Cum Laude: 10 awards for top marks in Products Liability law, Professional Responsibility and Ethics, State Administrative Law, Federal Administrative Law, Election Law, Equities and Remedies, Law Practice Management, Trial Practice,
Activities: Certificate in Trial Practice, Administrative Law; National Trial Team competitor
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Washington State University - Tri-Cities campus
M.S. (1993) | Engineering Management
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University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.S. (1984) | Nuclear Engineering
Honors: NE department distinguished scholars program
Activities: Naval ROTC Battalion XO
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Volunteer Attorney of the Year
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Professional Associations
Veterans Pro Bono Consortium
Volunteer Attorney
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National Association of Consumer Advocates  # 62860
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Activities: Chair, Education Committee
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OSB Nonprofit Organizations Law Section
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Activities: Founded section and served on executive committee two years
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American Association for Justice (AAJ, formerly ATLA)
- Current
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Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
- Current
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DeMuniz Resource Center prison re entry program
Volunteer Supervising Attorney
- Current
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OSB Military Assistance Panel
Volunteer Attorney
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Articles & Publications
Helping Servicemembers on Active Duty and Veterans as Civil Litigants, Consumers and Taxpayers
Oregon State Bar Legal Publications
Warranties chapter of "Consumer Law in Oregon" attorney practice guide
Oregon State Bar
Websites & Blogs
John Gear Law Office/Salem Consumer Law
Contact & Map
John Gear Law Office LLC
161 Hig ST SE, STE 208B
Salem, OR 97301
Telephone: (503) 569-7777
Fax: (503) 206-0924
Notice: In person consultations only by appointment and with social distancing; most consults can be done by phone or zoom. Call anytime and leave a message with your name (spell first + last), phone number, best time to call you back, and a brief issue summary
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