Criminal Defense Attorney Profile
John Henry Hingson III is listed in The Best Lawyers in America with specialties in drunk driving defense, white collar criminal defense, blue collar criminal defense, and administrative law (think DMV hearings). A lawyer can’t pay the publisher a million dollars to be listed in that book. A lawyer is listed in this publication only after the lawyer’s skills have been rated by other lawyers.
John Henry is a nationally recognized criminal defense lawyer. He served as President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (The NACDL) in 1993-1994. The NACDL is comprised of 10,000 criminal defense lawyers throughout the United States and its territories.
John Henry is a lawyer’s lawyer. He served as chair of the NACDL’s Lawyers Assistance Strike Force from 1985 – 1987 coming to the aid of criminal defense lawyers who came under improper governmental attack (being subpoenaed to testify against clients, being threatened by governmental efforts to disqualify them from representing a client, etc)
John Henry is a trial lawyer. He has conducted jury trials throughout the majority of the counties of Oregon. He has traveled to California, Alaska, North Dakota and the United Arab Emirates to assist in the defense of citizens accused of crime.
John Henry is an appellate lawyer. He has briefed and argued over 80 appeals in the state and federal courts. His proudest victory – battling an issue he fought for over 20 years – is State v. Fish, 321 Or 48, 893 P2d 1023 (1995) where he convinced the Oregon Supreme Court that the Oregon Constitution forbids admission of evidence of a drunk driving suspect’s refusal to perform field sobriety tests.
John Henry is an Oregon lawyer. He started practice in 1971 in Oregon City, the first capital of The Oregon Territory. He served as President of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for two years, 1982 -1984 .
John Henry is a published author. In the 1980’s a New York publishing company asked him to write a book on drunk driving defense. He accepted the offer and wrote How to Defend a Drunk Driving Case. Published by Clark-Boardman Co., the book went through 5 editions before the company was bought by another company that discontinued publication due to already having a similar book in print. (Don’t bother trying to find a copy – they are as rare as a wild Chinook salmon caught on a dry fly!)
John Henry is a nationally sought after speaker. He has lectured before lawyers throughout the United State, Mexico and Canada. At last count, he has delivered in excess of 100 presentations. He has been described as the nation’s leading expert on the use of state constitutions in the defense of citizens accused of crime.
In 1998 John Henry and a group of his colleagues founded the National College For Drunk Driving Defense. He taught at its first four day program at Harvard University Law School in 1998.
Drunk Driving Defense
License Suspension Hearings
Oregon State Bar: 1971
United States District Court for the District of Oregon: 1972
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: 1972
United States Supreme Court: 1974
Southern Methodist University, B.A. 1968
University of Texas Law School, J.D. 1971