James Cartwright


Email: jcartwright@cart-law.com

Professional Experience

Mr. Cartwright has extensive trial experience litigating matters that range from will contests and removal actions, trust litigation, elder financial abuse cases, shareholder freeze-outs and squeeze-outs, and a broad range of property and tort actions.

Mr. Cartwright has been a contributing author to several Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education publications. He has also been a featured speaker on probate and elder financial abuse litigation issues at seminars sponsored by the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Law Institute and the Multnomah Bar Association.


B.A., University of Wisconsin
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law

Professional Organizations

Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon State Bar

Admitted to Practice by the Oregon State Bar, 1975

Featured Speaker Oregon Law Institute

◾Probate Litigation, "How to Protect an Estate Plan Against a Contest (reprised)," co-presented with Philip N. Jones, 11/15/12
◾Probate Litigation, "How to Protect an Estate Plan Against a Contest," co-presented with Philip N. Jones, 12/03/2010
◾Representing Vulnerable Adult Abuse Victims, "Issues in Trial of a Financial Abuse Case," 5/21/2010
◾The Latest in Probate Practice, "Attorney Fees in Probate," 3/14/2008
◾Guardianships and Conservatorships, "Supreme Court Task Force on Protective Proceedings - Attorney Fee Issues," 11/9/2007
◾Probate Litigation, "Attorney-Client Privilege and Probate Procedures," 5/18/2007
◾Estate Planning for Protected Persons and People with Disabilities, "Estate Planning by Protected Persons," 12/01/2006
◾Claims By and Against Estates, "Real Parties In Interest," 3/12/2004
◾Effectively Litigating Probate Problems, "Litigation Issues in Probate Court," 6/6/2003
◾The Contested Estate Plan, "Tactical Considerations," 10/2/2002
◾Estate Claims, "Real, Proper and Necessary Parties in Interest," 10/15/1999
◾The Contested Estate Plan, "Getting Started" and "Legal Capacity Standards Applicable to Wills and Trusts," 7/24/1998
◾Probate from the Ground Up, "Removal of Personal Representatives and Other Litigation Issues," 5/15/1998 

Oregon State Bar

◾Basic Estate Planning and Administration, "Protection from Challenges", co-presented with Phillip N. Jones, 11/18/16
◾Advanced Estate Planning, "How to Avoid a Will or Trust Contest," co-presented with Philip N. Jones, 06/24/11
◾Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias: The Emerging Pandemic Affecting Your Practice, "Assessing and Maximizing Decision-Making Capacity," 11/17/2006
◾Administering Trusts in Oregon, "Litigating Trust Issues," 11/04/2005
◾Administering Oregon Estates, "Litigation Issues in Estate Proceedings," 6/14/2002
◾Elder Law, "Actions to Invalidate Trusts, Actions Against Trustees," 7/26/1996
◾Administering the Basic Estate, "Will Contests," 11/17/1995 

Multnomah Bar Association

◾Financial Abuse of a Vulnerable Person, 02/01/2011
◾The Dark Side of Revocable Trusts, "A Litigator's Perspective," 10/05/2004 


Oregon State Bar
◾Elder Law (Oregon CLE 2000), Chapter 10, "Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Litigation: Common Law Remedies" 
◾Administering Trusts in Oregon (Oregon CLE 1995), Chapter 12, "Litigation - 2000 Supplement" 

Oregon State Bar Committees

Chairman (2006), Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Administration Section Executive Committee

Task Force

Member, Oregon Supreme Court Task Force on Protective Proceedings (2007-2008)