About My Attorney

Fortunately for me, I was referred to James Buchal as a possible attorney to defend my case. As with any new relationship, I was hopeful James was the right choice. With over 3 years of watching this incredible representative argue the merits of my case, I feel I couldn’t have found a more concerned and experienced litigator and I am extremely happy with his performance and attention to detail.

James Buchal received his A.B. degree in physics from Harvard College in 1981, his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1985, and his M.B.A. from Yale School of Management also in 1985.  Mr. Buchal is a partner in the Portland, Oregon law firm of Murphy & Buchal LLP, and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  Mr. Buchal’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, frequently involving natural resource issues.

Mr. Buchal has defended small scale miners in Washington, Oregon and California from an onslaught of litigation attacks by environmentalists and government agencies in cases such as Siskiyou Regional Education Project v. U.S. Forest Service, 565 F.3d 545 (9th Cir. 2009); Karuk Tribe v. U.S. Forest Service, 681 F.3d 1006 (9th Cir. 2012), and People v. Rinehart, 230 Cal. App.4th 419 (2014).

Mr. Buchal is a member of the Oregon, Washington and California State Bars, and is admitted to practice before the federal bar of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of Oregon, the District of Washington, the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit.

James’ contact information can be found here: http://www.buchal.com/legal.htm