Richard Oberdorfer

Senior Associate


If there was ever a posterchild for the statement ‘don’t mistake kindness for weakness’, Rich Oberdorfer would be that person! Rich is one of the most kind-hearted and genuine people we know, and at the same time, he is widely recognized as one of the foremost DUI attorneys in Oregon.

Rich has more than 20 years of experience representing people facing DUI and other charges, and he is often sought after to train lawyers from other law firms about the ever-changing landscape of Oregon’s DUI laws. He has testified before the Oregon legislature on proposed DUI-related laws, and he regularly presents and contributes to the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association’s conferences and publications on various DUI-related topics. In addition to his role as an incredible advocate for his clients, Rich has also served as a judge, presiding over courtrooms in several local jurisdictions.

Rich, known for his empathetic approach to DUI defense, draws from his upbringing in a rural town, where resilience was a way of life. Witnessing the challenges faced by families in the mill community, Rich learned the value of self-sufficiency and the importance of extending a helping hand to those in need. With over 20 years of legal experience, his journey from a courtroom intern to a respected DUI defense attorney reflects his unwavering commitment to hard work and client care. He believes in fostering personal connections with clients, reassuring them that they’re not alone in their legal battles.

Rich’s dedication extends beyond the courtroom. He uses his professional and personal experience to empower clients to navigate their legal challenges and seize opportunities for success in their everyday life. As a member of the Reynolds Defense Firm team, his supportive approach aligns perfectly with the firm’s ethos of providing steadfast guidance to clients facing DUI charges. He is dedicated to advocating for his clients and providing them with the compassionate support they need during challenging times.

Graduating cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2001, after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon in 1996, Rich’s journey in law began with invaluable experience in handling serious criminal matters, including Measure 11 and homicide defense. Eventually, Rich wanted to align his legal practice more closely with his personal values and transitioned from handling homicide defense cases to focusing on DUI matters. He identified with the everyday challenges and mistakes that can lead to DUI arrests, and wanted to help good people who find themselves caught up in the criminal system. Transitioning his focus to DUI defense, he honed his skills in trials and settlements, gaining a deep understanding of the legal system’s intricacies and achieving positive outcomes for his clients.

Guided by mentorship from a notable figure in Oregon’s DUI defense realm, Rich became a leading authority in DUI defense, contributing over 15 scholarly lectures and writings to legal education. Recognized for his expertise, he has been cited as an expert in multiple editions of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s DUII Notebook. Licensed to practice before all Oregon courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Rich’s credentials speak volumes about his dedication to serving clients with the highest level of legal representation. Actively engaged in professional activities and organizations, he continues to share his expertise through lectures and conferences focused on DUI defense.

Rich has garnered significant recognition throughout his career, including being named a Rising Star in DUII defense by Oregon Super Lawyers from 2008 to 2012 and an Oregon Super Lawyer in 2023. His perfect 10 rating on underscores his dedication to client satisfaction and legal excellence. His inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in 2017 further attests to his esteemed reputation among peers.

Reynolds Defense Firm is privileged to have Rich as a valued member of our team. His passion, experience, and compassionate approach are instrumental in achieving positive outcomes for our clients facing DUI charges. Beyond his professional endeavors, Rich enjoys motorcycling, hiking, and spending quality time with his family.

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Oregon State Bar

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Legislative Committee Member as DUI law specialist

Oregon Judges Association

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Best Laywer
Quality services with integrity
We hired Rich to represent our son on a .00 felony DUI/marijuana case. Rich hired necessary experts that showed that there was no recent marijuana use and clearly there was no alcohol in his system. This was a long case with 3 dismissals. Rich charged a flat fee, which was very reasonable. Rich was prepared, straightforward, and able to explain the case and the defenses so that we felt informed at all times on the status of the case. Rich won a final dismissal on a Motion, in which the Court found that the state had been “grossly negligent” in attempting to serve our son with the third indictment outside the statute of limitations. We are civil attorneys and would highly recommend Rich’s services to anyone that needs criminal defense.
- Lois

Highly Recommend!
Rich has been incredible throughout the entirety of my lengthy and unusual case! He was extremly knowledgable and very accessible. My case was dismissed and reissued multiple times resulting in many more court appearances than originally planned. Rich never once asked for more money after our one time agreement. He was great in trial and always kept me up-to-date on my case. I don’t know what experiences people have with other attorneys but i can’t imagine a much better attorney than Rich. I HIGHLY recommend him to anybody who needs a great attorney for a very reasonable rate!
- Scott

Process Made Smoother
In reflecting on this rough year after the DUI and Diversion program, I would highly recommend Rich Oberdorfer! He (and Rob) were understanding, compassionate, knowledgeable and ON IT every time! With me being in Nashville, TN, I was afraid it’d be harder to communicate. Not at all. Every time I needed them for advice or information, they were quick to respond. And snags in the process were handled efficiently and smoothly! Plus they didn’t nickel and dime me. Thanks so much to Oberdorfer Law Firm. I would highly recommend!
- Elizabeth