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James Huegli is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and advocate, beginning practice in 1972 in Portland, Oregon. He brings a unique practice that gives him the opportunity to see all sides of an issue and comfortably move the parties to common ground. A solution to conflict is always available when the right balance and perspective is delivered.


Law Practice and Mediation

Mr. Huegli has represented such major companies as Ford Motor Co., Fred Meyers, Remington Arms, Toro Corporation, Key Bank, Weyerhaeuser, Boise Cascade, SDS Lumber and Lamb Weston and many more. Mr. Huegli has also represented numerous physicians, both in direct malpractice actions and as general counsel for excess liability. He has litigated on behalf of Insurance Company of North America, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, Safeco, Allstate, CNA, CIGNA, Heritage, The Hartford, Farmers Insurance Group, Industrial Indemnity and others.


Mr. Huegli, as a plaintiff’s lawyer, secured the largest wrongful death verdict in Oregon, in a case involving a helicopter crash into Crater Lake, and followed with a successful defense of the appeal through the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. Mr. Huegli also obtained the largest malpractice award in Massachusetts for a case involving sexual abuse of a patient by a Harvard psychiatrist.


Mr. Huegli’s extensive trial experience involves an equal balance between plaintiff and defense work, embracing insurance defense, workers- compensation, construction litigation, fidelity and surety litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, legal malpractice and aviation law. He has tried to conclusion over 200 cases and has mediated for over 20 years.


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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
    43 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    43 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 25%
    43 years



Contingent (20-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael O. Roe

    I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a top notch attorney and i would recommend him to anyone.


    Michael Roe Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Richard Lee Stacey Jr.

    Terrific arbitrator and mediator!! I endorse this lawyer.


    Richard Stacey Construction & Development Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

101 SW Main St.
Suite 1900
Portland, OR, 97204


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
6.1 Challenge AwardIdaho State Bar2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyHuegli Fraser Law2012 - Present
AttorneyJames D. Huegli PC1988 - 2012
PartnerSchwabe Williamson & Wyatt1972 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Academy of Trial LawyersFellow1993 - Present
American Inns of CourtBarrister1992 - Present
Portland Rose FestivalDirector1984 - 1996
Owen M. Panner American Inn of CourtN/AN/A
Casa Volunteer LawyerN/AN/A
Idaho Lawyers Assistance CommitteeMemberN/A
Idaho State Federal Bar Executive CommitteeSecretaryN/A
International Academy of Trial LawyersFellowN/A
Oregon Court of AppealsCertified MediatorN/A
American Arbitration AssociationCertified ArbitratorN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Edward Tulleners v. American EurocopterJury award: $29 million
Bad Faith Insurance Claim$10,000,000 jury verdict
Wrongful Death$2,100,000 jury verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Schwabe, Williamson, Wyatt, Moore & RobertsBank Mergers: Which Fidelity Bond Covers the Loss?1984
Oregon Workers Compensation Law in OregonChapter AuthorN/A
Insurance Law in OregonFidelity and Surety SectionN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
Oregon State UniversityBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Idaho Association of HR ManagersEmployment Law Discrimination in the Workplace2012
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationInjury by Animal1994
Oregon Medical Association ConferenceCharting to Avoid Litigation1994
NW Human Resource ManagersHearing Loss in the Workplace1986
Oregon State Bar, Workers' Compensation SectionWorkers Compensation Law1985
Oregon State Bar, Workers' Compensation SectionFidelity & Surety Law1984