John S. Woodworth was born in Syracuse, New York, raised in a family of seven, graduated from Cottage Grove High School (1987), Iowa State University (1992), and the University of Oregon School of Law (1996), and is a single parent of a teenaged adult.
Mr. Woodworth has been continuously practicing law in the State of Oregon since December 18, 1996, in multiple areas of law, including domestic relations, restraining orders, criminal defense, residential landlord and tenant, contract disputes, unlawful trade practices, employment disputes, and real property disputes. According to OECI (as of June 14, 2019), which provides information on Oregon Circuit Court cases only, Mr. Woodworth has been the attorney of record in approximately 936 cases (683 civil and 253 criminal). The career annual average of Circuit Court cases in which Mr. Woodworth appears as the attorney of record, as of the referenced date, is 41. In his career, Mr. Woodworth has had four Circuit Court cases with co-counsel. Mr. Woodworth has appeared as the attorney of record in well over a thousand municipal court cases.
With a focus on attaining the best result for his clients, Mr. Woodworth offers practical guidance and legal advice to facilitate informed decisions regarding resolving disputes, whether to initiate litigation, negotiation and settlement, strategic trial preparation, trial presentation, and post trial needs.
Domestic Relations Law
Mr. Woodworth offers services in domestic relations issues, including prenuptial agreements, domestic partnerships, cohabitation agreements, divorce, property and debt division, spousal support, restraining orders, custody, parenting time, and child support. Services include representation in original proceedings and modifications. Contributing to his ability to understand and assist people in the process of transitioning from a marriage or domestic partnership to the new role of co-parent, Mr. Woodworth is a single parent and understands the difficulty and potential pitfalls related to that process. Finding great success as a co-parent after several very challenging years, Mr. Woodworth is able to counsel and guide people from a position of extensive personal and professional experience.
Mr. Woodworth prosecutes and defends restraining orders filed under the Family Abuse Prevention Act, Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities Abuse Prevention Act, Stalking Protective Order statute, and all other civil restraining orders provided under Oregon law. Most litigants in this area of law participate in the process without an attorney, which is a mistake. The statutes governing these laws are heavily affected by controlling case law from the Courts of Appeal, and the assistance of counsel (regardless of who that attorney is) is highly recommended.
Mr. Woodworth offers defense services in cases involving charges ranging from traffic citations to felony charges carrying mandatory minimum prison sentences. Mr. Woodworth practices in both State and Municipal Courts. Having experience as both a defense attorney and a city prosecutor, Mr. Woodworth offers guidance, counsel, and aggressive services designed to obtain the best outcome for a person accused of wrongdoing.
Residential Landlord & Tenant Law
The Oregon Residential Landlord and Tenant Act provides for responsibilities and rights for both landlords and tenants. The law presents many pitfalls for the unwary landlord and tenant alike. Mr. Woodworth counsels both landlords and tenants in all issues pertaining to residential tenancies, including tenant selection, month to month rental agreements and lease agreements for a term, move in/out procedures, habitability issues, landlord access, tenant rights, notice requirements, tenant self help remedies, and eviction.
Mr. Woodworth offers services to employees within the context of disciplinary proceedings, union grievances, wage claims, breach of contract, constructive discharge, sexual harassment, discrimination, and unemployment claims.