Tim is experienced
Tim Volpert is a Portland lawyer who has practiced appellate law in Oregon for over 30 years. He has handled over 100 appeals before state and federal courts, spanning a remarkably wide variety of legal issues. Tim has practiced civil and criminal litigation, representing individuals, businesses, and public bodies in cases before Oregon trial courts.
Tim is one of a select few Oregon attorneys who have argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. He successfully represented the school district from Vernonia, Oregon in a landmark case on constitutional law—Vernonia School District v. Acton. The Supreme Court’s decision in that case establishes that, without violating the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, public schools can require random drug testing of a student as a prerequisite to the student participating in high school sports.
Numerous groups have asked Tim to share his expertise in constitutional law. He has made presentations to students and teachers in law schools, colleges, high schools, middle schools and even elementary schools. He has also made presentations to government agencies including the White House Office of Drug Control Policy, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Academy of Law and Mental Health.
Tim has devoted thousands of hours to community service
In 1999 Tim helped co-found the Grant High School Constitution Team. For the past 12 years, with the help of an enthusiastic and able group of attorneys he recruited, Tim has volunteered his time to help teach constitutional law and history, and the values of active citizenship, to over 400 Oregon high school students. Tim has never said “no” when asked to share his knowledge with Oregon students. He loves teaching them about the Constitution, the rule of law, and the justice system.
Tim is a long-time member and past chairperson of the board of the Classroom Law Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing youth to become active, engaged, and informed citizens. He also served for years on the Board of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, a statewide association of congregations, ecumenical organizations, and inter-faith partners working together to improve the lives of Oregonians through community programs, dialogue, environmental ministry, and public policy advocacy.
The Oregon State Bar awarded Tim with the President’s Public Service Award for his service to volunteer law-related services to the public. In addition, the Senior Law Project of Legal Aid Services of Oregon gave Tim an Award for Outstanding Service for providing pro bono legal services to seniors.
Tim is a good friend and a leader
Tim has many good friends and they aren’t only lawyers. His friends include a remarkably wide variety of people of diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Just ask anyone who knows him: Tim likes people, empathizes naturally with all those he encounters, has a knack for making people feel at ease, and knows how to build consensus. Tim is a leader.
Tim and his wife Joan, who is also an attorney, live in Northeast Portland. They have two children. Joe is a senior at Whitman College. Emily is a senior at Grant High School.
- Governor Barbara Roberts
- The Oregonian
- Earl Blumenauer, US Representative
- Suzanne Bonamici, US Representative
- Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice, W. Michael Gillette
- Representative Lew Frederick
- Rev. John Dennis
- Oregon Education Association
- Michael D. Schrunk , Multnomah County District Attorney
- John Henry Hingson III
- Joint Council of Teamsters No. 37
- Former Attorney General Hardy Myers