Bryan Boender, Attorney

Bryan Boender, Attorney


  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell™
  • Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney, Super Lawyers
  • Associate Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Top Attorney, Avvo
  • Tillman Military Scholar, Pat Tillman Foundation
  • Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
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Bryan Boender is a criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer. He leads the criminal defense practice at Boender & Payment, Attorneys. Bryan has jury trial experience in Oregon’s federal, state, and municipal courts. He also defends university students facing Title IX allegations involving felony or misdemeanor sexual misconduct, physical assaults, and for various off-campus criminal charges. In addition to his criminal defense practice, Bryan assists the firm’s family, business, and estate planning clients with understanding any potential criminal liability or exposure.

​Bryan is a member of the Oregon State Bar. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Criminal Defense Attorney

As a dedicated criminal defense lawyer, Bryan Boender has represented clients facing the most serious high-profile crimes, including aggravated murder, “Measure 11,” and “Jessica’s Law” charges. His criminal law experience includes defending many other complex criminal cases, such as federal criminal defense, murder, manslaughter, negligent homicides, rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Bryan also defends misdemeanor offenses and university student conduct cases. Since the earliest days of his career, Bryan has defended many driving under the influence cases involving drunk or drugged driving (DUII).

Bryan began his criminal defense career at Public Defender Services of Lane County, Inc., where he clerked for two years during law school. After entering private practice, the theme of Bryan’s early practice was a “public interest attorney in private practice” because of his focus on civil rights and indigent defense. Bryan has experience with Section 1983 civil rights claims and other civil practice areas related to criminal defense.

Bryan is a life member of both the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

​University Student Defense

Bryan practices conduct code defense and criminal defense for university students. Bryan is experienced with student disciplinary proceedings at Oregon’s colleges and universities.

Bryan has represented students facing the most serious conduct code violations, such as Title IX violations involving sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual violence. Student conduct code cases often involve simultaneous off-campus criminal charges. As a result, Bryan will defend students whose conduct code cases involve related off-campus felony or misdemeanor criminal charges.

Combat Veteran Who Supports Veterans and Refugees

Bryan is a combat veteran and former paratrooper. He served more than four years of active duty with the U.S. Army. As an airborne infantryman, Bryan served with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 2007, Bryan embarked on a fifteen-month tour to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom VII-VIII. Years later in 2021, Bryan was among those veterans who participated in what some have called Digital Dunkirk when he helped to coordinate the evacuation of a former interpreter and his family from Afghanistan who were being threatened and pursued by the Taliban.

Veterans’ issues remain very important to Bryan. He is a founder of the first Free Legal Clinic for Veterans in Oregon, a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the non-profit law firm Access the Law, the clinic has provided free legal services to more than 1,500 veterans.

Educational Background and Advanced Criminal Defense Training

​Bryan earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from the University of Oregon in 2012. Bryan also earned a Statement of Completion in the Criminal Practice Program. The Pat Tillman Foundation also honored Bryan during law school by selecting him as a Tillman Military Scholar. Bryan was the J.D. class commencement speaker at graduation. Ten years later, Oregon Law recognized Bryan as an Outstanding Recent Alumni.

Bryan continues to participate in focused criminal defense training. He has completed the Trial Practice Institute at the National Criminal Defense College held at Mercer Law School in Macon, GA. Bryan also completed the National College of Capital Voir Dire held at the University of Colorado Law School to learn the “Colorado Method” of jury selection. Bryan has published written materials and presented criminal defense trainings on the topic of military personnel records, the Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and Touhy regulations as applied to criminal defense. Bryan has also been invited to lead workshops for law students studying trial practice.

In addition to his law degree, Bryan earned his master’s degree (M.S.) in public policy from Rutgers University in 2000. At Rutgers, Bryan was named an Eagleton Fellow to the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Bryan completed his bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from Seattle University in 1998. He worked his way through college and completed his undergraduate degree in four years.

Bryan lives in Eugene with his wife Amanda. She is also a practicing attorney.