Pre-loss legal services

Get advice you can trust before a situation gets out of control. PACE members have access to full-time attorneys who are experienced in dealing with education and employment related issues. They are able to offer advice, investigation, defense and audit services.


  • Reduce the time and money you spend in legal disputes.
  • Access to expert attorneys with vast experience in school issues ready to advise members and provide defense, investigation and audit services.


  • Free legal consultation ($1,000 per incident)
  • Waiver of most employment practice deductibles if you use this service before you decide to terminate an employee.
  • Phone access – Call 503-485-4800 and ask to speak to a pre-loss attorney.
  • Submit an inquiry now

Examples of when to call a pre-loss attorney

  • Personal injury on school property – Whether it’s a student injured at sports practice or a parent injured while attending a school event, our staff can often help avoid a lawsuit.
  • Employee termination – Most PACE deductibles are waived If your district consults with a PACE pre-loss attorney prior to making an employment termination or suspension decision.
  • Student or employee harassment, bullying, discrimination or retaliation – Call as soon as you receive notice of a complaint. We can assist with investigation and follow-up to minimize liability and resolve the situation.
  • Inappropriate staff/student relationships – Pre-loss staff can assist with investigation; ending the employment relationship; and communicating with the press, the community, criminal attorneys and law enforcement.
  • Review of Indemnification Provisions – Before you sign a contract, run it by pre-loss staff to make sure you're protected.  PACE attorneys routinely review all types of indemnification provisions.
  • Review student activity and waivers – If your staff suggest an activity, call pre-loss to discuss ways to reduce your liability.

Submit an inquiry to the PACE Pre-loss attorneys now.

Download the PACE pre-loss brochure (658k This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.).