Ivan M. Karmel

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Portland, OR

Karmel Savage, P.C.
 | 1023 Southwest Yamhill, Suite 200
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-295-2486
Fax: 503-295-0126
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

With over three decades of experience in both state and federal courts, Ivan M. Karmel focuses his practice for residents of Oregon and southeast Washington on family law matters such as child custody, divorce and post-divorce motions. At his firm based in downtown Portland, Ivan M. Karmel, Attorney at Law, he also takes on cases involving environmental law, business services, personal injury, consumer law, probate and criminal law with vigor and dedication.

While he recognizes that some cases can be resolved through settlements, Mr. Karmel is also an energetic and capable litigator as well, having tried more than 125 cases involving defamation, construction defects, toxic torts and medical malpractice for diverse clients such as Capitol Properties L.L.C., the Western Conference of Teamsters, DMI Investments Corporation and the Portland Music Company. As a testament to his experience, he secured the largest verdict in state history for a non-public person in a defamation case.

After completing his undergraduate studies at State University of New York at Binghamton, Mr. Karmel went on to obtain his law degree from the Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law. He was admitted to practice in Oregon and the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in 1980, followed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Western Washington in 2002.

Mr. Karmel is a member of the American Association for Justice and of both the Oregon and Washington State Trial Lawyers Associations. He also belongs to the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners and has served for 17 years as a panel attorney for the Western Conference of Teamsters. Recognized in the legal community for his insight and experience, he has been a featured speaker at the Oregon State Bar Family Law Conference and serves on the Multnomah County arbitration panel in addition to being a member of the Board of Directors of Transactive.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (50%)

Personal Injury - General (30%)

Business Litigation (20%)


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2018

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About Ivan Karmel

Admitted: 1980, Oregon

Professional Webpage: http://www.ivankarmel.com/bio.php

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Western Conference of Teamsters Panel Attorney
  • Member, Oregon Academy of Family Law Practicioners
  • Member, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Western Washington, 2002
  • U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Oregon, 1980
  • Washington Bar, 2002
  • Oregon Bar, 1980

Representative Clients:

  • Red Dog Enterprises, LLC
  • Ellsen, lnc.
  • Alberta Body & Paint, lnc.
  • Capitol Properties, LLC
  • Astor Venture, LLC
  • Paragon Tile
  • Fettig Concrete, lnc.
  • MRP Services, lnc.
  • Portland Music Company
  • DMI lnvestments Corporation
  • 38 Family lnvestments, LLC
  • Tucker Enterprises
  • Esther Condo LLC
  • Western Conference of Teamsters (Panel Attorney)
  • Mcinnis and Mcinnis, 338 OR 681, 115 P3d 246, 2005
  • Muresan v. Philadelphia Romanian Pentecostal Church, 154 Or App 465, 962 P2d 11, Or App 1994
  • Rossi and Rossi, 128 Or App 536, 876 P2d 820, Or App 1994
  • Hetfeld and Boswick, 136 Or App 305, 901 P2d 986, Or App 1995
  • Hay v. Motor Vehicles Div., 713 P.2d 641, Or.App. 1986
  • City of Portland v. Johnson, 651 P.2d 1384, Or.App. 1982

Educational Background:

  • State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York, B.A., 1976
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Office Location for Ivan M. Karmel

1023 Southwest Yamhill
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97205

Phone: 503-295-2486

Fax: 503-295-0126

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Last Updated: 8/8/2018

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