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Data Analysis

Throughout this report, data is presented in various categories. The categories used for age and years admitted to practice were the same as the 1994 Survey for comparative purposes. Data was indicated as 'n/a' if no data was reported or if data from less than three individuals was reported in order to protect confidentiality.

Attorney Profile/Characteristics

The following tables present the characteristics and profile of Oregon attorneys. Descriptive data is presented for gender, age, years admitted to practice in Oregon, total years admitted to practice, type of employment, area of private practice, size of practice, level of employment, and method of pay.

Gender : The following table lists the gender of respondents. Overall, the percentage of females was 29% and the percentage of males was 71% compared to the 1994 survey of 25% females and 75% males. Regional data varies somewhat with the Upper Valley and Tri-County regions having the highest percentage of females and the Southern Oregon and Oregon Coast regions having the highest percentage of males.

Gender

Gender

Oregon

Portland

Tri-
County

Upper
Valley

Lower
Valley

Southern
Oregon

Eastern Oregon

Oregon
Coast

Male

71%

72%

66%

65%

74%

77%

74%

77%

Female

29%

28%

34%

35%

26%

23%

26%

23%


Age :
The age of respondents, which was collected as the respondent's actual age, was broken down into five categories. The highest concentration of attorneys (38%) was in the 40 to 49 age category with the median age being 45 years. In 1994, the highest concentration of attorneys was in the same 40 to 49 age category with 43% and the median age was 44 years. Regional data differs somewhat from the overall data.

Age

Age Category

Oregon

Portland

Tri-
County

Upper
Valley

Lower
Valley

Southern
Oregon

Eastern Oregon

Oregon
Coast

Under 30

8%

8%

8%

8%

10%

5%

9%

4%

30-39

24%

28%

23%

23%

16%

26%

27%

18%

40-49

38%

36%

41%

39%

37%

33%

37%

51%

50-59

22%

19%

21%

25%

27%

26%

18%

19%

60 or Over

8%

9%

7%

5%

10%

11%

10%

7%

Median Age

45

44

44

45

47

46

45

45


Years Admitted to Practice in Oregon : Data was collected on the number of years admitted to practice in the state of Oregon and the total number of years admitted to practice in any state. The data is presented in the following two tables. Approximately 17% of respondents were admitted to practice in another state prior to being admitted in Oregon, compared to 16% reported in the 1994 survey. This data does not identify the number of Oregon attorneys who have been admitted to practice in another state subsequent to being admitted in Oregon.

Twenty-one percent of attorneys were admitted to practice in Oregon in the category from 21 to 30 years ago. The smallest group, with 7%, was the category 10 to 12 years. In 1994, the largest category of attorneys was the 0 to 3 years with 19%. The average number of years in practice in Oregon was 15 years and the median number was 14 years. A comparison to the 1994 Survey indicates that the average number of years was 14 and the median was 13 years.

Years Admitted to Practice in Oregon

Years Admitted

Oregon

Portland

Tri-
County

Upper
Valley

Lower
Valley

Southern
Oregon

Eastern Oregon

Oregon
Coast

0-3 Years

14%

14%

13%

14%

17%

17%

20%

8%

4-6 Years

12%

12%

14%

11%

10%

15%

10%

9%

7-9 Years

11%

10%

12%

15%

10%

12%

13%

14%

10-12 Years

7%

9%

9%

6%

4%

5%

3%

4%

13-15 Years

9%

9%

9%

9%

8%

5%

8%

18%

16-20 Years

16%

16%

17%

17%

15%

14%

14%

14%

21-30 Years

21%

20%

18%

23%

27%

21%

24%

26%

Over 30 Years

9%

10%

7%

5%

10%

11%

7%

8%

Average Number of Years

15

16

14

14

16

16

15

17

Median Number of Years

14

15

13

14

16

13

14

15


Total Years Admitted to Practice
: The average number (16) and the median number (16) of total years admitted to practice were each greater than the average and median years admitted to practice in Oregon. Attorneys with over 15 years since being admitted to practice represent 51% of the respondents for total years admitted to practice compared with 46% for the same groups in Oregon. In 1994, these numbers were 45% and 41% respectively.

Total Years Admitted to Practice

Years Admitted

Oregon

Portland

Tri-
County

Upper
Valley

Lower
Valley

Southern
Oregon

Eastern Oregon

Oregon
Coast

0-3 Years

12%

12%

10%

12%

13%

14%

13%

4%

4-6 Years

10%

10%

12%

8%

8%

11%

10%

11%

7-9 Years

11%

8%

12%

14%

10%

10%

14%

14%

10-12 Years

7%

9%

9%

7%

4%

7%

5%

4%

13-15 Years

10%

10%

9%

10%

10%

6%

9%

12%

16-20 Years

17%

17%

18%

16%

16%

13%

14%

19%

21-30 Years

24%

23%

22%

28%

27%

28%

23%

27%

Over 30 Years

10%

11%

8%

5%

12%

12%

11%

9%

Average Number of Years

16

17

16

15

18

17

16

18

Median Number of Years

16

16

14

15

17

16

15

16


Type of Employment : Overall, 71% of attorneys were in private practice with an additional 5% in private non-profit settings. Government lawyers represent 14% overall, ranging from a low of 8% in Portland to a high of 36% in the Upper Valley region, which includes the Salem area. The largest concentration of in-house counsel was in the Tri-County region with 12%. These numbers are comparable to the 1994 survey data.

Type of Employment

Type of Employment

Oregon

Portland

Tri-
County

Upper
Valley

Lower
Valley

Southern
Oregon

Eastern
Oregon

Oregon
Coast

Private Practice

71%

79%

68%

49%

73%

69%

69%

68%

Private Non-Profit

5%

5%

5%

4%

6%

9%

7%

4%

Government Lawyer

14%

8%

10%

36%

11%

16%

19%

21%

Corporate In-House Counsel

6%

6%

12%

4%

4%

4%

1%

1%

Judge/Hearings Officer

4%

2%

4%

7%

5%

2%

4%

6%


Area of Private Practice : 1,429 attorneys in private practice reported an area of practice. The largest percentage for an area of practice was general private practice (15%) with civil litigation (defendant and plaintiff combined) reporting 28%. The attorneys included in the general category did not identify an area that represented over 50% of their practice. In 1994, this category represented 20%. The regional data indicates some differences in area of practice throughout the state. The general category was only 8% in Portland, while other regions were substantially higher. The Eastern Oregon and Oregon Coast regions have approximately one-third of the lawyers reporting in the general private practice category. In Portland, the highest concentration of lawyers in private practice was in the civil litigation categories (37%).

Area of Private Practice

Area of Private Practice

Oregon

Portland

Tri-
County

Upper
Valley

Lower
Valley

Southern
Oregon

Eastern
Oregon

Oregon
Coast

Bankruptcy

3%

2%

3%

2%

7%

0%

2%

2%

Business/Corporate

10%

12%

9%

6%

8%

9%

3%

6%

Civil Litigation, Defendant

14%

21%

6%

7%

13%

12%

11%

2%

Civil Litigation, Plaintiff

14%

16%

11%

12%

14%

12%

7%

8%

Criminal

7%

4%

6%

11%

9%

12%

12%

16%

Environmental Law

1%

2%

1%

0%

1%

0%

0%

0%

Family Law

11%

5%

18%

15%

10%

14%

15%

10%

Real Estate/Land Use

6%

6%

7%

3%

5%

4%

8%

6%

Tax/Estate Planning

8%

8%

9%

11%

7%

7%

6%

10%

Workers’ Compensation

3%

2%

2%

5%

5%

5%

2%

0%

General (no area over 50%)

15%

8%

15%

22%

16%

22%

32%

35%

Other

10%

12%

13%

7%

6%

4%

2%

4%


Size of Practice : Over half (58%) of attorneys work in offices with 1 to 6 lawyers. The totals of the first two categories ranged from a low of 39% in Portland to substantially higher percentages in many of the other regions. The highest concentration of 1 lawyer offices was in the Oregon Coast and Tri-County regions with 43% and 42% respectively.

Size of Practice

Size of Practice

Oregon

Portland

Tri-
County

Upper
Valley

Lower
Valley

Southern
Oregon

Eastern Oregon

Oregon
Coast

1 Lawyer Office

27%

16%

42%

23%

31%

32%

28%

43%

2-6 Lawyer Office

31%

23%

35%

34%

33%

37%

43%

46%

7-20 Lawyer Office

20%

24%

14%

14%

21%

31%

28%

12%

21-60 Lawyer Office

11%

18%

5%

11%

14%

1%

1%

0%

Over 60 Lawyer Office

11%

20%

3%

18%

0%

0%

0%

0%


Level of Employment : In Oregon, 81% of lawyers were working full-time and 9% were working part-time by choice, totaling 90%. These numbers were the same as the numbers in the 1994 survey. Part-time lawyers by choice ranged from a low of 5% in the Eastern Oregon region to a high of 13% in the Tri-County region.

Overall, 2% of respondents were not working as lawyers, or only working part-time, due to a lack of legal work. This compares to 4% in 1994. The region with the highest percentage in this category was the Tri-County region with 5%. Of these attorneys overall, approximately 31% were admitted to the Oregon bar in 1991 or prior and 42% were admitted in 1995 or after. In 1994, 73% of these attorneys were in the 0 to 3 years category of years admitted to practice in Oregon.

Level of Employment

Level of Employment

Oregon

Portland

Tri-
County

Upper
Valley

Lower
Valley

Southern
Oregon

Eastern
Oregon

Oregon
Coast

No.

%

Full-Time Lawyer

1779

81%

88%

69%

80%

80%

80%

89%

89%

Part-Time Lawyer by Choice

202

9%

8%

13%

9%

8%

11%

5%

8%

Part-Time Lawyer due to Lack of Legal Work

32

1%

0%

3%

1%

2%

2%

1%

0%

Not Working as a Lawyer by Choice

126

6%

3%

11%

8%

7%

2%

3%

1%

Not Working as a Lawyer due to Lack of Legal Work

20

1%

1%

2%

1%

1%

2%

0%

0%

Retired

34

2%

0%

3%

1%

2%

3%

1%

1%


Method of Pay : The following table regarding method of pay includes only those individuals working full-time or part-time as lawyers in all types of employment. Over one-half (53%) were reported as being an owner. This varied by region from a low of 35% in the Upper Valley to a high of 69% in the Oregon Coast region. Individuals paid by contract represented 2%. This item was not included in the 1994 survey.

Method of Pay

Method of Pay

Oregon

Portland

Tri-
County

Upper
Valley

Lower
Valley

Southern
Oregon

Eastern
Oregon

Oregon
Coast

No.

%

Owner (e.g., Partner, Shareholder, Sole Practitioner)

1044

53%

54%

54%

35%

60%

58%

53%

69%

Employee (e.g., salaried or hourly paid)

879

45%

44%

43%

62%

37%

40%

45%

31%

Contract (e.g., paid by hour or assignment)

47

2%

2%

3%

4%

4%

2%

2%

0%