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Many of our clients are navigating complicated and emotional circumstances. Significant injury, or the loss of a family member due to another's negligence, is devastating, and finding the right support is crucial. As personal injury lawyers, we aim to provide top-tier advocacy in each and every case we take.
Our firm has particular success in seeking civil justice for clients who have experienced traffic-related injuries, medical negligence, elder and child abuse and more. Forum Law Group employs lawyers and staff with a broad range of professional skills to help resolve your case; we're comfortable gathering evidence, preparing demand packages, resolving medical liens, negotiating with insurance companies, and going to court for clients when necessary. Our attorneys are well-qualified to handle complex cases. We have the resources to handle just about anything. If a case calls for extra help in particular sub-specialty or jurisdiction, we team up with other firms (and split the fee, so it doesn't cost the client any extra).
We encourage you to click through our list of practice areas and consider contacting us if you believe that you may have a claim. We’re also eager to provide you with a referral if necessary.
“Working with the Forum Law Group was a great experience. They are kind, helpful, respectful, and helped me to understand the process and what to expect.” – Client Hayley
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Meet the Team
Scott F. Kocher,
Pedestrian, Bicycle and Vehicle Injuries
Child Abuse & Neglect
General Personal Injury
Scott Kocher is a native Oregonian and graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. 2001) and Harvard College (A.B. 1997 magna cum laude). He worked for Oregon’s largest law firm for four years before establishing his personal injury law practice with Vangelisti Kocher LLP and then Forum Law Group LLC.
Scott represents individuals and families in tort cases, consisting of personal injury, wrongful death, and in appropriate situations, class actions. He has specialties in pedestrian and bicycle injury cases, and cases involving sexual or physical abuse of children. He has obtained seven-figure results on behalf of clients in each of these areas. He has distinguished his work by obtaining Oregon's largest jury verdict against an elder care facility, and Oregon's first result of more than $1 million for claims against Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) relating to abuse of a foster child. We believe DHS must be accountable, and we take every opportunity to spur elected officials to lead change.
Scott is a past member of the City of Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee, past Chair of the Products Liability Section of the Oregon State Bar, and has twice co-presented the Oregon State Bar's Continuing Legal Education seminar on bicycle law. He has provided pro bono services through the Domestic Violence Project of Legal Aid. Scott serves on the board of directors of Oregon Walks, Oregon's pedestrian advocacy organization. He has also served on the board of directors of Chamber Music Northwest, the Oregon Bicycle Advisory Committee and the policy committee for Oregon's Transportation Safety Action Plan (2016). Scott is a longtime bicycle commuter, enjoys group rides and races road Category 2. He lives with his family in Northwest Portland.
Stephen J. Voorhees,
Motor Vehicle Injuries
Defective & Dangerous Products
General Personal Injury
Stephen is licensed to practice in Oregon, Missouri and Kansas. His legal career began in 2005 when he was awarded the Judge Glenn Evans Scholarship to study at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where he obtained his law degree in 2008. In his final year of study, Stephen received the prestigious CALI Award in Trial Practice. After passing the bar, he served a one-year term as a clerk for Missouri Court of Appeals Judge Harold Lowenstein, then the longest serving appellate court judge in Missouri history.
Thereafter, Stephen found his passion working as a personal injury trial attorney fighting insurance companies and corporations. In a recent trial, the jury awarded his client 10 times the amount of the insurance company’s final pre-trial settlement offer. His past successes include a $500,000 verdict in an insurance bad faith case and a $1,200,000 settlement in a lawsuit against a drunk driver.
Stephen has practiced exclusively in the discipline of personal injury law for nearly 10 years. He is motivated by helping individuals and families obtain justice after enduring some of the most difficult hardships of their lives. He is an active member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and Oregon State Bar. He was also recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” and The National Trial Lawyers organization as a “Top 40 under 40” trial lawyer.
Stephen lives in southeast Portland with his wife and German shepherd rescue (Duckie – the firm’s mascot). He enjoys being outdoors, rock climbing, yoga, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Motor Vehicle Injuries
General Personal Injury
Sarah earned her law degree (2010) and undergraduate degree (2005 cum laude) from The George Washington University located in Washington, D.C. She joined Forum Law Group upon completion of her clerkship with the Oregon Supreme Court in 2017.
During her first years as an attorney, she served as as a judicial clerk at the federal and state levels. She held clerkships with Hon. Martha Walters of the Oregon Supreme Court and Hon. Meagan Flynn of the Oregon Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. She also clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Through her clerkships, Sarah has had the opportunity to help draft opinions resolving complex legal issues.
Sarah is a member of the Oregon State Bar, Oregon Women Lawyers, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), Multnomah Bar Association (MBA), and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). She currently serves on the OTLA Amicus Committee and has served on the MBA Young Lawyers Section Continuing Legal Education committee. She is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Washington.
Sarah lives in Northeast Portland with her husband and young daughter. On the weekends, she enjoys exploring Portland’s parks with her family, reading, jogging, and listening to music and podcasts.
Lisa is originally from Albuquerque, where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Anthropology and Psychology at the University of New Mexico. She holds a Paralegal Certificate from Portland Community College and has worked in the legal field since 2011. Previously, Lisa worked with children as a Qualified Mental Health Associate for 4 years. She relocated to Portland in 2009, and spends her weekends exploring the Oregon coast and mountains with her dog.
Lisa is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyer Association Legal Staff section.
Liz was raised in Hillsboro, Oregon and loves living and working in Portland. She graduated with an Associate’s degree in paralegal studies from Portland Community College in 2016. Prior to her career in the legal field, Liz obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and taught third grade in Springville, Utah. Liz enjoys hiking, cycling and singing with the Aurora Women’s Chorus.
Liz manages cases, helps clients with a wide range of questions, and is an expert in everything related to medical records, liens and billing.
Giving to Our Community
When we are successful in our work, the firm focuses its charitable giving and sponsorships on community groups working in two areas in which we can contribute financially as well as professionally: for safe streets, and on behalf of child abuse victims.
We are a Titanium supporter of Community Cycling Center, a Gold Level Supporter of Oregon Walks, a Premier Business Member of The Street Trust, and a substantial ongoing supporter of Families for Safe Streets and BikePortland.org.
With each of these groups, our dollars go a long way to making a difference. We encourage you to learn more, or ask us about them.