Portland Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Attorneys

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Effective January 1, 2017,
Gilroy & Napoli, LLC and Short Law Group, P.C. have merged to form Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group LLP.
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Stand Up Guys. Great Lawyers.

As former Deputy District Attorneys, Gilroy & Napoli offer exceptional legal counsel, from negotiating reasonable settlements to taking cases to trial.

About Gilroy & Napoli

As former prosecutors for the Washington County District Attorney's Office, John Gilroy and Jeff Napoli combine for over 25 years of felony and misdemeanor trial experience to offer a variety of legal services for clients in the Portland & Vancouver area and throughout Oregon and Washington State.

Assisting Clients in DUII, Criminal and Civil Matters

A general law practice, Gilroy & Napoli specialize in drunk driving and DUII defense cases, sexual harassment claims, employment discrimination matters, criminal defense, Measure 11 cases, and personal injury and accident lawsuits.

In just the past two years, Gilroy & Napoli have recovered over $3.5 million dollars for their civil clients in auto accident, injury, premise liability, and wrongful death lawsuits.

Mom of 3-year-old strangled by window blinds cord sues apartments for $4 million

Attorney Jeff Napoli is serving as co-counsel in representing the girl's estate. The suit was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Read the full text of the story at OregonLive.com.

Clatskanie Utility Female Employees Win $1.3 Million Settlement in Sex-Harassment Case

Recently, Jeff Napoli helped two Clatskanie utility female employees win $1.3 million settlement in sex-harassment case.

Read the full text of the story at OregonLive.com.

Gilroy & Napoli Reviews

“Needing a criminal attorney is a very scary and humbling thing. The best decision I made in this process was choosing John Gilroy to represent me. From the very beginning he listened to me and always was honest and upfront with me in every aspect."

"When our daughter received her second DUI in nine months, we needed a local attorney who knew the applied laws of Washington County, Oregon. Things are very different from the laws in our home state. My wife found Jeff and John through Google and it was the best find ever. "

"Thank you Jeff Napoli. You are amazing. If I could shout from the top of a mountain to let everyone know how wonderful you and your staff are I would. To anyone reading this take the time and make the call. It will change your life. "

"Simply the best I made my first call to Gilroy and Napoli about 5 years ago. I was scared and trembling. I didn't even know the difference between and misdemeanor and a felony, but I knew our family needed immediate legal help. I was greeted by the calm, kind and friendly voice of John Gilroy."

In The News

John Gilroy Named to “The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers” List

The National Trial Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only national organization composed of America’s Top Trial Lawyers. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. Criminal Defense Attorney John Gilroy of Gilroy & Napoli, LLC has been selected to join this distinguished group of trial lawyers.

$3,600,000 Lawsuit Filed Against Salem-Keizer School District on Behalf of Sexually Assaulted Autistic Child

On June 12, 2014, Gilroy & Napoli, together with its co-counsel, The Gilroy Law Firm, filed a lawsuit in Marion County Circuit Court against Salem-Keizer School District and former School District employee Jose Moreno. The lawsuit alleges that during the course and scope of Moreno's employment as a teacher's aid at Whiteaker Middle School, Moreno sexually abused a non-verbal, autistic student. The lawsuit alleges claims of Sexual Abuse of a Child, Battery, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligence and Abuse of a Vulnerable Person.

Moreno was convicted of three counts of Sex Abuse I in Marion County and is currently incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution. Moreno's earliest release date is April 9, 2025.

We are hopeful that this lawsuit will raise public awareness and ultimately prevent further incidents of child abuse especially against vulnerable victims. In addition, we are hopeful that this lawsuit will bring justice to the victim and his family.

Read the Salem Statesman Journal story about the case.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1: Do I really need to hire an attorney?
While legally it is possible to handle virtually all legal situations by representing yourself, this is not recommended for several reasons. First, even a minor mistake in terms of court proceedings or paperwork can undermine a case or even cause it to be thrown out. Second, a person without significant legal knowledge may not know when they are getting a good settlement or how to construct a good case. Third, there are numerous expenses to legal proceedings that can easily go into the thousands of dollars when preparing for court. It is important to know how costs factor in to your particular case.

Question 2: Do all Oregon attorneys charge the same amount?
No. Attorney fees can vary widely between firms and there is no set amount required for legal consultation or services. Most firms have a payment structure in line with the cases they handle, and not all cases are charged the same amount. Most personal injury cases have no upfront fees but the attorney will take a percentage of the money awarded. Other types of cases usually have some upfront fees that cover services and then billable hours if the work goes over these initial services.

Question 3: Should I accept a settlement offer from an insurance company?
Unless you already have legal expertise, it is best to contact our firm and discuss with us any settlement offer you are given before you accept it. There are many parts to a settlement, and you can be sure that the first offer from a company is going to the absolute lowest they think they can get away with. We often help clients to renegotiate their settlements, and we only charge a fee if we help them to secure a higher payment.

Question 4: Why is it important to hire an attorney that has gone to trial consistently?
The simple fact is that the vast majority of personal injury attorneys never actually go to trial. Their cases are settled out of court so often that they are out of practice when it comes to trials. Some lawyers may even have developed an aversion to trials that keeps them settling for smaller amounts than they might get if they went to trial. Going to trial always presents risk, but we treat every case as if it might go to trial because every case is important enough to go to trial. Every case deserves that level of respect. Since we are not afraid of trials, we tend to be involved in them more often and we have garnered the respect of the insurance companies as a firm willing to face them in court.

Question 5: What happens to the person I am suing?
It is a common misbelief that the average person is bankrupt by a personal injury or accident case they lose. In the vast majority of cases, the defendant in such a case does not pay anything directly except for their legal fees, and some insurance companies may even cover that. The actual money for damages comes from the insurance company.

Question 6: Are there any hidden fees?
No. All of our fees are upfront or clearly stated.

Question 7: What is my claim worth?
Every claim is different, and there are a lot of factors that go into determining the value of a claim. It is always best to discuss your claim with one of our attorneys in a free consultation so that we can show you how much your situation could potentially be worth.

Question 8: What types of cases do you handle?
We have a very diverse law firm. We can handle Portland DUI cases, personal injury cases, criminal defense cases, discrimination and harassment cases.

Question 9: Will my auto policy cover me? Do I have good insurance?
Every policy is different. It is best to discuss your particulars with one of our attorneys in a free consultation.

Questions 10: Will I be able to stay in good contact with my attorney?
We are here for you throughout your case. We make every effort to respond to clients in a timely fashion, even on weekends or at late hours. We understand that any legal situation is a stressful experience, and many worries that can keep you up at night are easily answered with a phone call or email. While we can't be available 24/7, we make every effort to keep in touch with our clients.

Question 11: How long will my case take?
The length of a case is determined by many factors. Some cases are over within a few months, others can take many months or over a year to complete. A case length is not always within our control. It is determined by the complexity of the case, the availability of the court and witnesses, and other factors. Faster cases tend to be those that settle out of court, while a case that goes to trial is guaranteed to last longer. We will ensure to take the time necessary to do the best we can with your case. If this means the case needs to go longer, then we will give it the time it needs to have the best outcome.

Question 12: Will I have to go to trial or appear in court?
While many cases do not go to trial, we treat each case as if it is headed to trial because every case has the potential to go there. As a client, if the case goes to trial, you will be required to attend, and we may recommend that you testify. The good news is that we will be there every step of the way to prepare you for trial and especially to prepare you for the witness stand.