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The Hopkins Law Firm, P.C.
Craig Hopkins

5200 SW Meadows Road Suite 150
Lake Oswego OR 97035
(503) 419-6320

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We are dedicated to solving your legal problems and protecting your rights.  You will always receive professional, friendly and affordable service. Call Craig Hopkins at 503-419-6320 now.

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When you need a lawyer, choose carefully. You deserve and need the best lawyer you can get. 

We understand that an accusation of drunk driving is not just a traffic ticket. It can cost you your driver's license, your job and even your freedom. To our clients, an accusation of drunk driving is just as serious as an accusation of murder. Our clients want the best lawyer that they can get. So, we handle drunk driving cases with the highest level of care and commitment. If you need to drive for your career, you deserve nothing less.

Because our clients entrust us with life's most serious problems, we know that there is no such thing as a routine case. Our clients receive the highest level of personal attention. We promise you professional, friendly and affordable service. Call us now for your free initial consultation at 503-419-6320.

Attorney Profile

Craig Hopkins

Craig was born on the east coast. At the age of 11, he moved with his family to Southern California where he lived until very recently. In 1982, he graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory and in 1986 from Loyola Marymount University, with a degree in psychology. After college, Craig worked for nearly 20 years for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, first in sales and then in legal compliance. In 1998 Craig attended Southwestern University School of Law at night while maintaining his full time job during the day. During law school, he worked as a certified law clerk for the Ventura County District Attorney. In his final year of law school, Craig left his job to focus exclusively on the practice of law. During that final year he clerked for the Hon. William D. Stewart in the Los Angeles County Superior Court and later for the Hon. Daniel A. Curry in the California Court of Appeal.

Upon graduation, Craig was the recipient of several academic awards including being named to the Dean's List and earning the CALI "Excellence for the Future" Awards in both Criminal Law and Evidence. 
 
Following law school, Craig fulfilled a lifelong dream and moved to the glorious state of Oregon. Upon his arrival, he was privileged to work for the State of Oregon, Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General in Salem. In 2005, Craig moved to Portland to fulfill another dream by opening his own law practice. 
 
Craig is developing a reputation in the community for being straightforward, reasonable and effective. 
 
In addition to practicing family law at the trial level, Craig also handles criminal matters confidentially and takes pride in maximizing recovery for his clients suffering a
personal injury
 
Craig's personal life is busy. He enjoys, golfing (poorly) camping, backpacking, lifting weights, listening to live music, taking trips to the coast, reading and watching the New England Patriots collect Superbowl rings. 
 
Craig does not screen his calls, so give him a call and he's likely to answer. 
 
Areas of Practice: Family Law, Criminal Defense and
Personal Injury
 
Bar Admissions: Oregon, 2004; Washington DC, 2005, United States District Court for the District of Oregon, 2006  
 
Memberships: Multnomah County Bar Association, Clackamas County Bar Association, Oregon State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association 
Education: Loyola Marymount University (B.A., 1986), Southwestern University School of Law (J.D., 2002).

Please Call: (503) 419-6320

Craig Hopkins

 

Craig was born on the east coast. At the age of 11, he moved with his family to Southern California where he lived until very recently. In 1982, he graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory and in 1986 from Loyola Marymount University, with a degree in psychology. After college, Craig worked for nearly 20 years for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, first in sales and then in legal compliance. In 1998 Craig attended Southwestern University School of Law at night while maintaining his full time job during the day. During law school, he worked as a certified law clerk for the Ventura County District Attorney. In his final year of law school, Craig left his job to focus exclusively on the practice of law. During that final year he clerked for the Hon. William D. Stewart in the Los Angeles County Superior Court and later for the Hon. Daniel A. Curry in the California Court of Appeal.

Upon graduation, Craig was the recipient of several academic awards including being named to the Dean's List and earning the CALI "Excellence for the Future" Awards in both Criminal Law and Evidence. 
 
Following law school, Craig fulfilled a lifelong dream and moved to the glorious state of Oregon. Upon his arrival, he was privileged to work for the State of Oregon, Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General in Salem. In 2005, Craig moved to Portland to fulfill another dream by opening his own law practice. 
 
Craig is developing a reputation in the community for being straightforward, reasonable and effective. 
 
In addition to practicing family law at the trial level, Craig also handles criminal matters confidentially and takes pride in maximizing recovery for his clients suffering a personal injury
 
Craig's personal life is busy. He enjoys, golfing (poorly) camping, backpacking, lifting weights, listening to live music, taking trips to the coast, reading and watching the New England Patriots collect Superbowl rings. 
 
Craig does not screen his calls, so give him a call and he's likely to answer. 
 
Areas of Practice: Family Law, Criminal Defense and Personal Injury
 
Bar Admissions: Oregon, 2004; Washington DC, 2005, United States District Court for the District of Oregon, 2006  
 
Memberships: Multnomah County Bar Association, Clackamas County Bar Association, Oregon State Bar Association (Health Law Section), American Bar Association. 
 
Education: Loyola Marymount University (B.A., 1986), Southwestern University School of Law (J.D., 2002).

Please Call: (503) 419-6320

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What to do after an accident

Oregon auto accident, prepare for the unexpected

You're driving. Your day shatters. Time slows and the world blurs. You realize you've just been in a car accident. You experience an eerie stillness before the chaos of a shattered world and tangled senses comes crashing in, changing the course of your day, and perhaps your life. Fortunately, you've prepared yourself for the possibility of this misfortune by having a preplanned course of action to ensure your safety and to prepare for the next steps in this ordeal. You'll also want to consider, especially if you think you may have been injured, talking to a qualified Oregon personal injury lawyer, even before talking to your insurance company.
First, take the immediate steps below ensure your Oregon personal injury claim will be settled fairly, and second, contact a qualified Oregon personal injury attorney.

At the scene of the accident your first responsibility is:
• Aid the injured
• Call for emergency help
• Avoid moving cars or changing the accident scene until the police get there
• Light flares and alert oncoming traffic in order to protect the accident victims and prevent any further accidents
• Get the name and address of the driver(s) of the other vehicle(s).
• Get the name and address of each vehicle's owner, as well as the license plate number of all vehicles, a description of each vehicle: the make, model, year, and color.
• Exchange the names of the automobile insurance company for each car.
• Find out if there were passengers and get their names, addresses, and phone numbers. If there were any witnesses that you noticed, get their information.
• Take pictures of the accident scene using a cell phone, a disposable camera etc., of car damages, the scene of the accident, rubble from the accident, skid marks on the street, even if you do this the next day.
• Get a police report even if you are not injured in the accident, especially if the property damages exceed $500 which for most modern cars, motorcycle and even bicycles, is most likely the case for any accident.
• Exchange names with anyone who offers to help you, including the names and badge numbers of police officers and emergency responders to the accident scene.
• Draw a sketch of the accident scene as soon as possible. Note direction vehicles were traveling, where impact occurred, street names, railroad tracks or other landmarks, and write down your memories of how the accident happened as soon as possible. Make note of details like rain, visibility, time of day, traffic congestion, etc.
• Make sure you get the name of the tow truck company, the driver and license plate of tow truck before moving your damaged auto. Ask where your car is going, or your car may be towed to an impound lot.
You must file an Accident and Insurance Report form with Oregon DMV within 72 hours if your car is damaged in excess of $1,500 from the accident, or when the any car involved in the accident is damaged in excess of $1500 and is towed from the accident scene, or injury or death resulted from the car accident, or damages to any one person's property other than an automobile involved in the accident is over $1,500.
• Oregon DMV page which explains the accident insurance report
• PDF of Oregon Accident and Insurance Report form for accidents occurring after January 1, 2004
• You can also pick up these Oregon Accident and Insurance Report forms at a Police station or Oregon DMV office.
• Here, on the Oregon DMV site, you can order the Police Crash Report and the Oregon Accident and Insurance Report

AUTO INSURANCE: YOURS AND THEIRS
You may want to consult an Oregon personal injury lawyer before making any statements about the accident, verbally or in writing, to the negligent driver's insurance company adjusters or insurance representatives, and even your own insurance company. This is especially important if you are injured.
You will eventually be contacted by insurance companies.

Make sure you:
• Ask for names of insurance company representatives that may want to talk to you,
• Identify what insurance agency they are with.
• Remember you are under no obligation to talk with them.
• Contact your own motor vehicle insurance company in a timely manner to report to them any property damage or personal injury. If you don't report an accident to your insurance company in a timely manner, your insurance company may try to deny coverage for the accident.
• Ask the insurance representative how to file your insurance claim with your company. Specifically ask them what forms are needed, and if they require any other documents to support your claim.
• Ask your insurance company representative about their policy concerning any time limits for filing a claim, or any other specifics about your policy, such as contact frequency, procedures, or even rental car options.
• If there are any claims being made against you, make sure you refer them and all correspondence and official documents to your insurance company representative. If you don't have enough insurance coverage to cover the liability claims against you, consult a qualified Oregon personal injury attorney immediately.
• If you are injured, consult with an Oregon personal injury attorney even before talking to your own insurance company.

KEEP RECORDS OF YOUR AUTO ACCIDENT
Save all of the evidence and notes about the accident in one location, as well as any records of hospital/doctor visits and their notes and conclusions, because you may need to prove your injury, and to support your story of how the accident occurred.
Personal injury is generally measured by your medical expenses and lost wages caused by the accident, the extent of the permanency of your injuries, and an amount for pain and suffering under special circumstances, and other types of damages may be recoverable.
• Log your post car accident injury healing experience.
• Keep copies all your medical bills related to your accident.
• Get some type of receipt from all hospitals or medical clinics which you visit. Keep records of information like: the day of the week, the date, the time, the traveling distance, parking fees, if you have to eat meals or sleep in a hotel in order to make the trip to a doctor, hospital or therapist.
• Log your healing process. Keep a log of this daily pain you experience resulting from your injuries. (You may forget important details about how your injuries greatly changed your life because they are painful to remember and re-experience.)
Auto Damages and Diminished Value
If your vehicle is damaged in the accident, you may need to get an official appraisal by an auto appraiser and consult with an Oregon auto accident attorney about a diminished value claim.
• Ask your mechanic for a list of car parts that may have diminished life expectancies, due to the accident, and estimate their value.
• Make sure you get photographs of car or bicycle damage before having it repaired, or photos of your totaled car before you no longer have access to it.

DAMAGES TO PROPERTY
• Photograph and make an inventory list of any damaged property

COMMUNICATION RECORDS
• Keep a log of the date and make sure you get the name of a person you talk to and who they are with, and record the purpose of the contact.
• Save all written correspondences and make copies of anything you send.

Testimonials

What people are saying about the HOPKINS LAW FIRM:

"Our family hired Craig Hopkins to represent us in an auto accident claim. Craig is a highly professional and personable attorney. He kept us informed and updated through out the whole process and was always available for us. Not only is Craig trustworthy and knowledgeable, he often went out of his way to accommodate our needs. Craig is very empathetic and helped our family through a difficult time. I highly recommend him." - Samantha

"I need to let folks know that Hopkins Law Firm really came through for me. Mr. Hopkins helped me through a very difficult period last year, when I was in dire straits. His practicality, knowledge of the law and fair fees were uncompromising and reassuring. He walked me through all the nuances and stood by me while I dealt with intimidation from a whole different universe of language and procedures. I am indebted to his commitment and honesty, a rare quality I have found in attorneys. Mr. Hopkins’ compassion and true care altered my perspective of the legal profession." - Mary Margaret

"Craig is amazing! He answers my questions and comes up with realistic solutions quickly. He isn’t a stuffy lawyer. He is down to earth and honest, but ready for a fight. All I can say is I am glad I am on his side. A 5 star lawyer." - Cheryl

"Craig was reliable, and was on top of whatever was going on. He took care of everything, which was such a blessing when you are not doing well. I had to worry about nothing. He kept in touch with me, and did not mind that sometimes I called a bit, he would joke that I must have missed him. His personality, was a big thing, easy to relate to and really tried to understand what had happened to me and what I was going threw. Some other legal peeps I talked with seemed cold, so it was a breath of fresh air to work with Craig. I would highly recommend Craig, he was a tiger when it came down to the money part, he gave me no bull either about what he going for, and also how much he was going to take after it was all said and done. I have been threw another suit, and in the end there were all these hidden fees, charges I did not agree to, it was a mess and with Craig there was no problems. All in all, if I ever need anything legal again,(hopefully I wont, lol!) I will use Craig Hopkins. Thanks, Craig, for all your hard work!!" - Ana

"Craig is very efficient and goes right to work. He didn't pre-screen my initial call. He was forthright and knowledgeable about my options. The paperwork process was very streamlined and easy to get through. I was very satisfied with the outcome of my case. I was kept updated and informed throughout the case whenever there were new developments." - Dwight


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