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Attorney Joseph M. Harder
Partner - Baxter Harder Attorneys at Law

Attorney Joseph M. Harder Meet Attorney Joseph M. Harder

Partner

Our co-founder is committed to protecting the rights of our clients. His extensive experience in business, real estate, and domestic relations enables him to guide our clients through the complexities of those areas, helping them obtain the most favorable outcome possible.

Joseph is an avid fan and participant in team sports, such as baseball, basketball, and football. He is also passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys activities including camping, hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts, Portland State University
  • Juris Doctor Degree, University of Denver, Sturm College

Legal Experience:

  • Business/Real Estate/Landlord-Tenant Law
    • Counseled small and emerging businesses as to entity choice and formation, buy-sell and non-competition agreements, establishing and protecting trade secrets; drafted and reviewed bylaws and operating agreementsSuperLawyers.com Rising Star Award
    • Represented individuals and small businesses in lease and contract disputes; reviewed and drafted client contracts and commercial leases; pursued and/or defended collection actions including garnishment, execution, and foreclosure
    • Represented clients in a wide variety of civil actions, including trial and arbitration, in both state and federal court; litigated issues relating to tort
    • liability, contract disputes, real property transactions, land use, landlord-tenant, and bankruptcy
  • Debtor-Creditor Rights
    • Represented clients with issues relating to debt collection, including litigation and judgment collection; garnishment, execution and foreclosure sale; credit clean-up, and bankruptcy
    • Represented clients in Oregon state court relating to violations of the Oregon Unfair Debt Collections Practices Act, Federal Unfair Debt Collections Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act and similar statutes
  • Domestic Relations
    • Represented clients with issues relating to restraining orders; child custody, parenting time, and child support; and modifications thereof
    • Assisted clients in resolving both simple and high-asset dissolution and legal separation; negotiated and/or litigated spousal support, property, asset, and debt division issues
    • Represented clients at the Oregon Court of Appeals, including researching and drafting legal memoranda, and oral argument

To discuss your case during a free consultation, call our Bend attorney at (541) 238-9210.

  • Better Business Bureau
  • 10 Best Attorney
  • Rising Stars Joseph
  • Avvo 10.0
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 40 Under 40
  • Avvo
  • Rising Star Casey

Client Reviews & Testimonials

  • Casey Baxter is one of the best lawyers

    “Casey Baxter is one of the best lawyers I've worked with. His many years of experience in the courtroom as well as a former prosecutor was apparent in negotiating my specific case. He worked on my case until a resolution was accomplished that he and I both determined was the best outcome for me and all the work he put in for my release, plea and sentencing was performed in a time frame that was appropriate for not only my case but for me as well. I would highly recommend Mr. Baxter for anyone looking to hire a tremendously enthusiastic albeit law savvy attorney. Thanks Casey!”

    Kimberly

  • In the end, all criminal charges were dropped.

    “I was referred to Casey from another attorney for my criminal charge of Vehicular Assault of a Pedestrian and Reckless Driving. Casey saw me right away and knew how to handle the case. Since Casey used to work for the District Attorney's office he knew the opposing attorney, their style, and how to direct the case. In the end, all criminal charges were dropped. Thank you Casey!”

    Anonymous

  • Absolutely Amazing!

    “This law firm is absolutely amazing! They did a great job in communicating with me in a timely manner, followed through on their word, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone needing legal help.”

    Charles

  • By far the best

    “My experience with Casey Baxter was nothing short of amazing. His whole office is so helpful, his paralegal and secretary are great as well. He is on your team 100%, other attorneys seem wishy washy but not Casey, he truly seems genuine and willing to go to bat to fight for you. He made me completely confident in going to trial. In my particular case we didn't have to because he was able to wheel and deal with the D.A. And get me an incredible deal. On top of that he was able to do everything in a timely matter. I had a nearly impossible deadline, we talked at 11 am and he had me on the docket for 1 pm that same day. I feel safe on Mr. Baxter's case load, anyone would. His background is very impressive, everything a person would want in a man defending them in a courtroom. When comes to little things other attorneys need to be reminded of with him there is no need, he is already on top of it. In other words Casey Baxter and his staff are a great team and are by far the best at representing you in your time of need.”

    Jaclyn H.

  • DUI, Reckless, and Interfering Defense

    “I selected Mr. Baxter to defend me against charges stemming from a DUI arrest. In addition to the DUI, I was also charged with reckless driving and interfering with the duties of a peace officer. Mr. Baxter's calm demeanor and support during this difficult, embarrassing incident were his primary assets. His extensive experience working in Deschutes County, in particular the District Attorney's office, also were factors in my decision. In the end, Mr. Baxter was able to get the Reckless and Interfering Charges dismissed and I am currently enrolled in diversion for the DUI. This was the best possible scenario I could have envisioned after facing the possibility of additional charges that would have resulted in substantial penalties. I have certainly learned a life lesson as a result of this arrest and am thankful to Mr. Baxter for his representation.”

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