MacDaniel E Reynolds

CEO and Founder


I’ve been described as a person who has a love for others. Another described me as someone who leads with my whole heart, and someone who isn’t afraid to let my humanity shine. As you may know, one of the reasons I started Reynolds Defense Firm is because I’m passionate about helping others. There’s a level of empathy and consideration that was missing from the legal field when I was arrested over 20 years ago for a DUI, and while that experience was traumatic, it lingered and propelled me forward when it could’ve easily hindered my growth. That lingering feeling is what drove me to pick myself up, learn from my mistake, and go to law school. It’s what carried me to take the Oregon State Bar Exam. Above all, it is one of the biggest influences that helps me provide the best service and solutions for my clients.

While it’s strange for me to talk about myself, I think it’s important for you to meet the individual who is more than my job title as a business owner. There’s more to the person who you might hear on the radio or even sit down with in my conference room. At the end of the day, I serve and employ those who I trust. When you come to my office, you are stepping into an establishment that is built and run by the talented professionals I trust with your well-being and my reputation. The lessons and people I engage with at my firm help me to be a better father, husband, leader and defender of the good people who need my team’s help.

When you meet me, there’s no “smoke and mirrors”. I’m a guy from a small town in New York who used to detassel corn at a farm for $2.85 per hour. I’ve been an aggressive and effective prosecutor, but if I’m at a party and a kid asks me to make balloon animals, I will. I would probably live on junk food if my wife let me, but she prefers for me to live and prosper without clogged arteries. I always aim to genuinely connect with others, and if possible, leave them better off than they were before. My firm is known for consistently exceeding our client’s expectations, but please don’t mistake our kindness for weakness or consider our firm as a last resort. You have many options for representation, so when you come through our doors, I don’t want it to be because you feel like you don’t have a choice. I trust you’ll weigh your options, and if we decide this is the very best place for you and your family, we will do everything we can to defend the good person you are.

It is a little startling to me when I add it up, but for almost 20 years now, I’ve specialized in Oregon criminal law – I served nearly five years as a prosecutor and I’m now starting my 14th year as a criminal defense attorney.

Before my career as an attorney and business owner, I earned an Associate in Applied Science and Environmental Technology at Paul Smith’s College in 1992. Soon after in 1995, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Engineering from SUNY ESF at Syracuse University. After graduating from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, I began my law career as a prosecutor in Multnomah County.

As a deputy district attorney, the sheer volume of cases in Multnomah County was and still is staggering. During my time there, I took hundreds of cases to trial, and I negotiated and made charging decisions on literally thousands of cases. My office was located in a police precinct for two years, and on a daily basis I advised and trained police officers on how to legally conduct criminal investigations and to make arrests.

Now specializing as a Portland DUII defense attorney, I still draw on this experience and knowledge every day. I understand how a prosecutor will react in most given situations because I’ve been in their shoes. I understand how to read between the lines in police reports because I’ve trained officers on writing reports. Most importantly, I understand how to use this knowledge to help the people my firm represents.

Because of Reynolds Defense Firm’s success and growth, we’ve been recognized by many reputable organizations. You can visit our Awards & Associations page for a complete list, but for me, I am proud of my perfect AVVO rating as a top DUI and DWI attorney. My firm was ranked by Portland Business Journal in 2018 as a top 100 company across all industries and the 2nd fastest growing law firm in Oregon and SW Washington. Reynolds Defense Firm also received the Law Firm 500 Award in 2016 and 2017 as one of the fastest growing 500 law firms in the nation. I’ve testified before the Oregon Legislature regarding DUI and Implied Consent License Suspension Laws. RDF is regularly mentioned in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin, Portland Business Journal, and other local and national publications.

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA)
Member Since: 2003
Legislative Committee Member as DUII law specialist

Oregon State Bar
Member Since: 1998
Criminal Law Section

Maine State Bar
Member Since: 1998

Multnomah Bar Association
Member Since: 2004


Very impressive!
Dan and his team were incredibly helpful during some difficult times. He was able to provide very useful information and made my perception of the future much brighter. They got me into the Blue Binder Project which has proved to be immensely beneficial during my journey and has given me tools to succeed, as well as new hobbies that I love. Thank you Dan for the amazing help and guidance!
- Joe

Sleep better at night knowing you the right team working for you
Dan was phenomenal. I was beyond stressed and my anxiety was through the roof. This isn’t a situation where you want to face it alone. Dan and his team took the time to answer all of my questions and helped me throughout the whole process. There is a reason they are the best in the business. They honestly care and you can feel it. I wish I never go into trouble, but I am glad I picked the right team to help me along the way.
- Chris

Excellent Defense Attorney.
Great Results!
MacDaniel Reynolds represented me for a traffic violation earlier this year. I felt the ticket was unjust and the fine unreasonable. All of my interactions with MacDaniel and his office staff were very professional and I was always treated with respect. MacDaniel Reynolds has experience in the prosecutors office. It seemed like he knew the ins and outs of the system and many of the players, including the officer who issued my ticket. I think that experience was valuable in handling my case. I was very pleased with the outcome. I am thankful that I had MacDaniel Reynolds on my side!
- Erika