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Meet Jens Schmidt

Attorney/ Of Counsel

After graduating from law school, Jens clerked for two years at the Oregon Court of Appeals, where he assisted a judge in researching and writing judicial opinions. He then served in a one-year assignment in the Honors Program at the Oregon Department of Justice, working in the Appellate Division writing briefs and arguing cases on behalf of the State of Oregon in the Oregon Court of Appeals. He then entered private practice. During his 30-year career in private practice, Jens has represented individuals, businesses, higher education institutions, and state and local governmental entities in civil litigation in the state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as before administrative agencies. He defends his clients against employment claims, business and commercial claims, personal injury claims, and civil rights claims. Jens enjoys working collaboratively with his clients to develop and execute a strategy that will most effectively reach his clients’ goals. He takes pride in managing litigation in ways that assist the client in controlling costs.

BACKGROUND

Jens has resided in Oregon for over 40 years. He and his wife enjoy tennis, bicycling, running, hiking, backpacking, fishing and traveling. They visit their children and grandchildren in Washington and Colorado as often as reasonably possible.

Education

J.D., University of Oregon School of Law

B.S., Political Science, University of Oregon

Professional Activities

Oregon State Bar, member

Lane County Bar Association, Member

Representative Work

Headed a team of attorneys and paralegals who defended a city in eight lawsuits filed by victims of two city police officers who had sexually assaulted them while the officers were on duty.

Defended a business which was sued a former employee for wrongful termination after he was fired for making threats of violence against coworkers.

Represented a state university in settling a claim for breach of contract against a contractor which had built a sports arena for the university.

Defended county commissioners in a lawsuit alleging that they had violated the Oregon Public Meetings Law.

Successfully defended a county at trial against a claim for wrongful death brought by the family of a person who had been shot and killed by a county deputy sheriff.

Obtained summary judgment in favor of an employer who had been sued by a former employee for wrongful termination, breach of contract, violation of civil rights and defamation.

Represented an owner against claims from a contractor and subcontractor for additional compensation for construction of improvements to a municipal water system.

Represented a university at trial and on appeal against claims that the university had violated the Oregon Public Records Law.

 

Contact

Telephone: 541-686-9160
jschmidt@eugenelaw.com

Practice Areas

Defense of federal civil rights claims
Defense of claims brought under the Oregon Tort Claims Act
Employment Law
Commercial and business disputes
Defense of claims brought under the Oregon Public Records
and Public Meetings laws
Defense of personal injury claims
Eminent domain
Property disputes
Training of police officers and public entity management
personnel in various areas of law

Languages

English

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