Joan Steiner

$10.4 Million Verdict for Injuries in 2016 NW 23rd Gas Explosion Case

On October 13, 2022, a Multnomah County jury awarded several million dollars to two people who suffered physical and emotional injuries in a 2016 gas explosion in Portland, and assessed punitive damages of $4.6 million against Loy Clark Pipeline Co. Both plaintiffs were represented by Greg Kafoury and Mark McDougal of Portland.   Firefighters responded after a natural gas explosion … Continue reading

A Washington County Jury awards Nearly $1 Million to ESD Whistleblower.

In what may be the largest jury award in the history of Washington County, jurors in the courtroom of Judge Thomas Kohl on Wednesday night awarded $970,000 to Michael Wright, a former employee of the Northwest Regional ESD. Mr. Wright was represented by Jason and Gregory Kafoury of Kafoury & McDougal. The jury found that Wright was fired in retaliation … Continue reading

Fired ESD Teacher Files $2 Million Lawsuit

A former special education teacher at the Northwest Regional Education Service District has filed a $2 million lawsuit against his former employer. Michael Wright, who taught blind students, lost his job last September after officials said his teaching license had expired and he failed to renew it. Wright’s lawsuit, filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, claims the district retaliated against him for … Continue reading