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Erick Ward

Erick Ward - Partner: Ward Grover & Ash, Criminal Defense Attorneys
Erick was born and raised in the high desert of Southern Idaho and loves Bend because it feels like home. Erick found his calling at a young age when an astute lawyer helped a family member out of a frightening legal problem. In high school, Erick developed his future courtroom skills on the declamation (competitive speaking) team, where he won every major state competition and two Idaho State championships in 3 years. After graduating with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Erick attended Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. During his time in Portland, he honed his courtroom skills and earned an excellent trial record as a Certified Legal Intern with Metropolitan Public Defender Services, Inc. Upon graduating from law school in 2000, Erick and his wife moved to Santa Monica, California, where he started a private criminal defense practice. Over the next eight years, Erick successfully defended progressively bigger, more complex, and higher-profile cases. He has learned a lot about winning jury trials, but has always found his most rewarding work outside the courtroom. Helping people with compassion and dedication has always been his primary objective.

After a few visits to Bend, Erick and his family decided to return to Oregon to enjoy the outdoors and be closer to family. In 2011, Erick teamed up with his law school friend, Todd Grover, to found Ward Grover, a criminal defense firm exclusively dedicated to fighting injustice and defending the rights of the accused.   

Erick is happily married and the proud father of two young sons. He enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, traveling, a good crossword puzzle and, most of all, spending time outdoors with his family. 

Erick is admitted to the state and federal courts in Oregon, Idaho and California, though he is currently only active in Oregon. He is a member of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

Erick W WardReviewsout of 25 reviews

Recent Results

  • State v. R.S.: (7/19/19) – Not guilty jury verdict, Assault II x2 (Measure 11); Assault III, Reckless Endangerment x3.
  • State v. D.B.: (5/2/19) – Not guilty jury verdict: Reckless Driving.
  • State v. D.S.: (4/19/19) – Not guilty jury verdict: Menacing.
  • State v. C.R.: (3/20/19) – Not guilty verdict: Private Indecency, Criminal Mistreatment I x2 (felony).
  • State v. P.M.: (10/25/18) – Not guilty jury verdict: Sex Abuse III x4.
  • State v. P.G.: (6/13/18) – Not guilty jury verdict: Assault IV.
  • State v. D.S.: (4/6/18) – Not guilty jury verdict: Att. Rape I, Sex Abuse I (Measure 11), Sex Abuse III, Assault IV x 2.
  • State v. C.F.: (2/16/18) – Not guilty jury verdict: Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangerment.


Not guilty is right! Thank you!


We are so thankful for your services throughout this challenging process. And needless to say, ecstatic with the results. Thanks again for having such a calm, knowledgeable, patient, caring, and reassuring demeanor through out. There were so many opportunities for this situation to potentially go multiple different directions, it definitely helped knowing you were at the tip of the spear.

Honest and Compassionate


Erick helped me get my seized property back. Although I thought I had no hope in retrieving what once was mine, Erick took the time to listen to my side, he gave his opinions and recommendations and together we agreed on a plan. I appreciated his honesty and integrity, not to mention he always kept me up to date on the proceedings. Thankfully everything worked out, I learned a lot about the legal system from Erick and am thankful he was in my corner.

Delivered above and beyond my expectations.


I was wrongfully accused of a horrible crime. Erick was not only incredibly decent throughout the whole situation, he was pragmatic, which served to give me hope in the face of something that seemed a bit hopeless. Ultimately, he delivered above and beyond my expectations. I highly recommend Erick and his firm.

Highly Recommended!


I hired Mr. Ward for a very complicated matter which left me extremely frightened and emotionally distraught. What struck me most about Mr. Ward was his calm demeanor, compassion and empathy for my situation. He did not try to frighten or pressure me and he was very honest about all of the various options available to me. He took the necessary time to explain the difficult legal language until I felt comfortable and not just falsely confident. He was always professional and prompt. Mr. Ward absolutely shined in the courtroom with a very thorough and passionate closing argument.

I highly recommend Erick Ward and would hire him again.

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