Oregon Supreme Court upholds disbarment of Portland lawyer
The Oregon Supreme Court this week ruled that a Portland lawyer, Edward Andrew Long, should be disbarred from the practice of law, putting an end to an unlikely but long-running saga.
Long, who goes by his middle name, had been a law professor. He spent only two years practicing in Portland before the Oregon State Bar in late 2017 launched an ethics prosecution based on complaints that included mishandling client funds and showing up to court intoxicated.
The Bar also examined his possible involvement in crimes including witness-tampering, stalking and harassment.
Long has strenuously denied wrongdoing throughout the process. But he was disbarred anyway.
In an opinion dated July 29, 2021, the Oregon Supreme Court upheld the decision to disbar Long and found his denials at odds with the facts and law.
While the court did not agree with every allegation lodged by the state bar, it agreed with the vast majority of them — finding dozens of ethical violations.
Long's "misconduct caused extensive injuries, which were not merely financial," the opinion said. "Respondent repeatedly put his own interests ahead of his clients, to their financial and emotional detriment." It accused him of a failure to accept responsibility, which the opinion termed, "to put it quite bluntly, incredible."
The Oregon State Bar is authorized by the state to investigate ethical complaints against lawyers.
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