As a litigator, I work with people and companies to resolve civil claims and lawsuits. I help my clients understand the relevant law and legal process, and we work together to fully investigate the case circumstances to present our case in the most compelling manner possible.
Sometimes cases need to be resolved by a jury or arbitrator, and I work on all cases as if they will be tried. Over the course of my 17-plus years in practice, I have tried several cases to jury verdict or arbitration award, including two multi-million-dollar jury trials to defense verdict. But the modern reality is that the high cost and significant inherent risk associated with trial practice means that for most cases, a negotiated resolution makes sense. No matter how a case ultimately resolves, clients know they can trust me to provide regular communication, accurate evaluations, and cost-effective handling. But perhaps most importantly, clients who hire me know that they have a zealous yet professional advocate to guide them through the process.
Summary of representative matters:
Personal injury – waste handler in a motor vehicle accident case. The plaintiff alleged personal injuries and nearly $2 million in damages. A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury awarded a defense verdict.
Wrongful death – meat processor in a case filed on behalf of the estate of a contract worker who died after becoming entangled in a machine he was cleaning. Resolved at mediation.
Wrongful death – fuel transportation company in a double fatality involving prominent members of the community, the State of Oregon, and significant press attention. Case favorably resolved at mediation.
Personal injury – interstate transportation company in a motor vehicle accident case. The plaintiff claimed over $2 million in damages. Defense verdict after a two-week jury trial.
Construction defect – apartment complex owner sued window supplier/installer for construction defects. A Clatsop County jury found significant comparative fault against the owner and awarded damages well below the plaintiff’s pre-verdict settlement demand.
Alcohol liability – an intoxicated driver struck two plaintiffs, one of whom suffered significant injuries, sometime after the driver left my client’s tavern. The plaintiffs alleged that tavern employees served alcohol to the driver while he was visibly intoxicated. After significant discovery and motion practice, a Multnomah County Judge ordered summary judgment in favor of my client’s tavern.