Rudy R. Lachenmeier
Top rated alternative dispute resolution attorney in Neskowin, OregonLachenmeier Dispute Resolution Law
Practice Areas: Alternative dispute resolution
Licensed in Oregon since: 1975
Education: Lewis & Clark Law School
I have always believed in doing my very best to achieve a fair resolution of all civil litigation and have worked tirelessly to achieve that result, whether representing a plaintiff, a defendant or now acting as an impartial mediator. Since being admitted to the Oregon bar in 1975 I have tried about 150 cases of all types and sizes to verdict and arbitrated and mediated many more. I have always prided itself on being efficient, but thorough, and honest, straightforward, and sincere, traits that judges and jurors have appreciated. So do the parties I mediate for.
Parties want and deserve to be fully heard and I work hard to meet that expectation. I also do my best to help parties analyze their own risks and benefits of going to trial or settling, respecting always their right of self-determination.
My prior firm (Partner Jay Enloe retired in July of 2019 after almost 40 years of working together) annually collected all civil personal injury jury verdicts in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas County for in excess of 20 years and as a result we have a very large database which can be searched by attorney, case type and jurisdiction to help evaluate almost any type of injury case. That provides useful information for evaluating and settling cases, although we all agree that the most important factor is whether a particular party is, or is not, believable and likeable.
Because I believe in social justice I am attempting to do more mediations, helping other parties to find a fair and just result. I did my first 36 hours of mediation training in San Francisco in 2012 and immediately started volunteering my mediation services to the Multnomah County Small claims department where I first completed their rigorous training and since have handled more than 80 cases for them and am continuing to do so to give back to the profession. I have since completed more than 200 additional hours of mediation specific training, and am now successfully serving as a Circuit Court mediator.
In the Fall of 2016 I joined the Oregon Mediation Association Board of Directors where I served for four years. I invite you to visit the OMA website at www.ormediation.org I follow OMA's code of ethics and their recommended standards and practices. Please check out the many opportunities to volunteer with this great organization and to learn just how broad the mediation umbrella is, including everything from restorative justice, to neighborhood mediating to all forms of facilitation and much more. Glancing through the mediator directory will give you an idea.
While at OMA I worked hard on diversification issues, trying to increase the percentage of minority mediators. I was there when the George Floyd issues brought Black Lives Matter to everyone's attention and helped craft the OMA position statement in support thereof. See my website for my own personal journey trying hard to move from a perceived "non-racist" status to a realization of the need to strive hard to be "anti-racist" .
I am now a member of the Bar's ADR board and am working there to help bring more CLE trainings on Implicit Bias and related issues to the forefront.
Please see our website at www.ledrlaw.com for more info on the mediation, evaluation and arbitration services we provide.
First Admitted: 1975, Oregon
Professional Webpage: http://www.ledrlaw.com/
- As a law student at Lewis and Clark Law school I wrote the first published law review article on the Endangered Species Act entitled "The Endangered Species Act of 1973: Preservation of Pandemonium" and it became the first Lewis and Clark law review article to be cited by the US Supreme Court. I was then asked by the Department of Interior to lecture on the same to a Forest Service conference in New Mexico in 1975. Have presented at numerous conferences civil litigation "hot topics" discussing what is new in Oregon civil litigation. In the last two years I have spoken to the PLF re mediation; will be presenting in ADR Board CLE in November 2021 and in 2018-2019 co-wrote the new ADR Book Chapter on Mediation Techniques
- Volunteer as a mediator in Multnomah County Small Claims Department monthly; served on the public/attorney Oregon State Bar fee dispute arbitration panel for years; have served on arts boards for non-profits; past President and Board member for the Laurelhurst Dance Club; volunteer in several capacities at All Saints Church; and have served previously on the Oregon Bar Associations Council on Court Procedures. More recently I have served for four years on the Oregon Mediation Board leaving in December of 2020 and am currently serving on both the ADR Board and the Multnomah County CLE committee where my current focus is on social justice issues.
- I have handled more than 1500 cases in State and Federal court to conclusion, about 10% to verdict, and the rest to some agreed resolution, often through mediation. I have handled all of the following kinds of cases: auto; slip and fall; asbestos injuries; sexual, housing and employment discrimination and abuse cases; products cases; police officer cases; environmental cases; property damage; animal law cases; business litigation; crop dusting spray cases; HOA cases; mortuary and cemetery cases; first party insurance cases; construction defect; real estate cases, business cases, and many more.
- In 2018 -2019 my co-author Lauren MacNeill and I finished our Chapter on Mediation Techniques which was published in the Bar's ADR in Oregon Book. In 2020 I finished my four years on the Oregon Mediation Association Board where we had been working on diversification, social justice and Black Lives Matter issues. I then joined the ADR Board and the Multnomah Bar CLE Board and am continuing to work on social justice issues.
- State Farm Insurance, Liberty Mutual Insurance; and the Professional Liabilty Fund on the defense side; a wide variety of friends, neighbors, referred clients and even my 2d grade Sunday School Teacher on the plaintiff's side.
- Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2022