The Oregon State Bar
's board of governors will decide this week whether to recommend reinstating one of Portland's most notorious lawyers.
Divorce lawyer Allan Knappenberger
has asked the bar to return his license to practice law—a necessary step for lawyers under lengthy disciplinary suspension. The bar's 16-member board is set to vote Saturday whether to recommend returning Knappenberger's license.
The board next week intends to forward its recommendation to the Oregon Supreme Court, which is tasked with making the final decision.
An Oregon State Bar panel in 2007 ordered Knappenberger disbarred, calling him "a lawyer with a broken compass.” But Knappenberger appealed the case, and the Supreme Court in 2008 gave Knappenberger a two-year suspension
instead. It was his fourth suspension since 2004.
As first chronicled in a 2000 WW cover story
, Knappenberger has long generated anger in Portland legal circles—both among his fellow lawyers and his former clients. While suspended from representing others in court, he has kept himself busy acting as his own attorney and suing his clients
Check back next week for updates on the bar's decision.