When you have been contacted by law enforcement or charged with a criminal offense, you need immediate advice and an experienced advocate who knows the process and can explain your options.

Practice Areas

DUII and Traffic Crimes Domestic Violence
Sex Crimes Prositution
Fraud and Theft Homicide
Sex Crimes
In All Oregon State and Federal Courts.

About Lisa


I have been a criminal defense attorney for over eighteen years, including two years as a public defender, two years working for a private criminal defense contractor, and fourteen years in private practice. I have handled all types of criminal cases through trial: traffic, drugs, property crimes, assaults, sexual assaults, robbery and homicide.


Graduate –
National Criminal Defense College

Capital Voir Dire – 2005

Graduate -
Santa Clara University

Death Penalty College, 2006

Willamette University College of Law

Salem, Oregon

Juris Doctor, May 1995

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

Bachelor of Arts, English, December 1991


Co-Editor, OCDLA DUII Manual (2001 Edition)

Co-Author, OSB Criminal Law CLE, Search and Seizure – Warrantless chapter
(2004 and 2014 Revisions)

Author, OCDLA Major Crimes Manual, Assault chapter (2004 and 2009 revision)

Author, OCDLA Trial Notebook chapter Exhibits and Creative Technology (2012 revision)

Editorial Review Board, OSB Oregon Statutory Time Limitations (2013 revision)


Board of Directors, Multnomah Defenders, Incorporated, 2002 – Present

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003 – Present

Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1996 – Present

Uniform Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, 2003 – 2005

Gus Solomon Inns of Court, 2003 – 2005

OSB Bar Press Broadcasters Council, 2013 – present

In the Media








OCDLA DUII Seminar September 15, 2001:  Zealous Advocacy for the Habitual Drunk

OCDLA Winning Defenses Conference, September 13, 2003:  Statutory Defenses, Part II: Self-Defense, Defense of Others and Alibi

OCDLA DUII Conference, March 12, 2004:  New Laws and Case Law Update (co-speaker)

King County Bar Association Trial Skills Interactive Workshop, October 23, 2004:  Jury Selection

NACDL Annual Conference, August 2005: Defending Child Pornography

Metropolitan Public Defenders Trial Skills Program, October 15, 2005 and April 10, 2006: Jury Selection

OCDLA New Lawyers Conference, annually since 2005:  Jury Selection, Closing Argument

OCDLA DUII Conference, March 9, 2007:  What About the Junk?

Oregon State Bar, New Lawyers Division Brown Bag, September 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012: Jury Selection

Co-Organizer, OCDLA Winter Conference, December 2009

OCDLA Eugene Conference, March 2011: Facebook in Your Casebook

OCDLA Search and Seizure Seminar, September 14-15, 2012:  Dog Sniff Cases

Oregon State Bar DUII Seminar Defending DUII Cases in Oregon, November 19, 2009 and November 16, 2012: The Cycle of a DUII Case

OCDLA Juvenile Law Seminar, April 12-13, 2013:  Ethics – The Social Network – Facebook in Your Casebook


Campaign for Equal Justice Laf-Off, 2007



Public Information

Oregon State Bar – Directory of all Oregon lawyers, information about rules and hiring lawyers.

Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles – Forms and information about rules of the road, driver licenses, and accidents.

Multnomah County Court Docket – A list of court events organized by date and time.

State of Oregon Office of Public Defense Services – Indigent defense management news and contact information for appellate defenders.

Oregon Appellate Court Opinions

Oregon Criminal Code – order your own copy

Client Testimonials

Tenacious, prepared, and compassionate.

“Lisa is thorough; very thorough. Her preparation leads her adversaries to be wary, but her warm personality persuades even the most jaded judges and prosecutors to listen to her levelheaded arguments. She knows her stuff, and uses her knowledge of the law and her people skills to achieve the best possible results for her client. She helped me with a case that wasn’t very serious, but she treated it like it was, and kept me informed on the progress along the way. I would recommend her without reservation.”

Can’t thank you enough

“I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done for me, you saved my life.  I will forever be indebted to you.  Thank you so much, you are one awesome lawyer.”

Contact Us

Office Location:

811 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97204

Phone number:




For general inquiries email lisa@ludwiglegaldefense.com

To schedule an appointment for a consultation, email or call Denise at denise@ludwiglegaldefense.com

or 503-223-5570.

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