Mark McDougal

K&M Files Lawsuit Over Dangerous Highway Ramp

The state of Oregon didn’t fix the on-ramp to Highway 217 despite a slew of wrecks caused by a defective metal joint, according to 15 motorists who are being represented by Kafoury & McDougal. The plaintiffs in the case all suffered injuries from accidents caused by the unsafe joint between April and June of 2014. The claims add up to … Continue reading

Judge Upholds $755K Award Against UO Police Chief

University of Oregon Police Chief Carolyn McDermed and two other managers intentionally and maliciously harmed a young officer’s career after he spoke out about department policies allowing officers to carry Tasers and the department’s violations of laws, a federal judge found. Jason Kafoury and Mark McDougal secured the $755,000 jury verdict in September for James Cleavenger, who claimed McDermed, Lt. … Continue reading

Former University of Oregon public safety officer awarded $755K

Today, a federal jury in Portland awarded $755,000 to James Cleavenger, a former public safety officer at the University of Oregon who claimed retaliation and loss of his law enforcement career at the hands of the University of Oregon Chief of Police and two commanders. The jury found that defendants Chief Carolyn McDermed, Lt. Brandon Lebrecht, and former Sgt. Scott … Continue reading

UPDATE: Jeffrey McAllister pleads GUILTY; the full story remains to be told

Jeffrey McAllister, a nurse at Legacy Emanuel, pled guilty today to a long list of Measure 11 crimes for his sexual abuse of 10 women at Emanuel’s emergency room and will spend a minimum of 15 years behind bars. “McAllister’s crimes covered a period of more than seven years,” said attorney Mark McDougal of Kafoury & McDougal. “During that time, … Continue reading

Greg featured in Oregon Business Journal article

The Avenger That’s his babysitter,” says Greg Kafoury, looking at a yellowed news-clip of former Oregon Sen. Bob Packwood leering at a young woman. Her frozen half-smile is a terrific contrast to Kafoury’s glee as he points out other mementos covering the walls of Kafoury & McDougal’s offices in downtown Portland. Here is coverage of the 1997 sexual harassment case the firm … Continue reading

UPDATE: Feds investigated Legacy Emanuel in McAllister case

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that Legacy Emanuel Medical Center flouted federal regulations designed to protect patients. The investigation revealed how hospital staff  repeatedly bungled their handling of the complaints and found that Legacy had failed to thoroughly investigate a series of complaints from patients who accused emergency room nurse, Jeffrey McAllister, of sex abuse. Read our initial story … Continue reading

Paralyzed Agricultural Worker Wins $6.2 Million

On June 21, 2013 a Multnomah County jury found for the plaintiff Zeferino Vasquez, an agricultural worker, against Double Press Inc, the manufacturer of a hay bale slicer. In March of 2010, Mr. Vasquez (age 21) forgot to take the hay bale slicer out of automatic mode before he left the control panel and went to remove a jam in … 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

Banks Allow Scams to Continue Unchecked

In February, 71-year-old Khin Aung was defrauded of $125,000 — her life savings — by an inventive team of scam artists based in Ghana. Khin lost her home and her IRA. And Wells Fargo and Citibank, the U.S banks that handled the wire transfers, facilitating the scam? They allowed it to happen. Read more: The Oregonian – Steve Duin (3/19/2012) The … 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