Serving severely injury and aggrieved people since 1988.

“Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty. Without them we have no other fortification against being ridden like horses, fleeced like sheep, worked like cattle, and fed and clothed like swine and hounds”.

John Adams, 1774


About James E. McCandlish

Jim is a 3rd generation Oregonian, raised on a farm north of Salem, Oregon. He attended North Salem High School and graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1967. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he spent two and a half years working in the Peace Corps with small farmers in central Africa. Returning to his native Oregon, Jim worked his way through law school in Portland at Northwestern School of Law (Lewis & Clark) and began his legal career in 1975 as a staff attorney with Legal Aid. After a six month bicycle trip in Europe and northern Africa, he served as staff co-counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee in Salem. He then spent two years with the Metro Public Defender’s office in Portland gaining valuable and extensive jury trial experience. Jim started his own firm in 1981, and joined forces with Mark Griffin in 1988.



Wrongful Death
Serious Personal Injury
Car, Motorcycle, Bike and Pedestrian Crash Injuries
Legal Malpractice
Wrongful Employee Termination, Discrimination and Sex Abuse
Class Actions



The scope, breadth and significance of cases tried by McCandlish is instructive. No challenge is too daunting. The common theme running throughout is devotion to the principles of justice and equality, giving the little guy a voice previously unheard. In 2006, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association awarded McCandlish the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award for representing dozens of workers at the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot who fell ill during a horrific incident.


“So great to work with you.  Your lawyer knowledge and kindness are very impressive.  Thanks so much for your help!”

The Wu Family

December, 2019

“Terrific result. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.”

Tom and Karla

January, 2020

“Great result.  Jim obviously cares about his clients. He’s trustworthy and really went to bat for us.”

The Dutt family


Read about cases McCandlish has handled to illustrate how the law can be used to champion civil justice and make our society a better place for all people to achieve their potential.


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