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I accept a small number of seriously hurt clients, who need representation and guidance after a life changing injury.  After studying insurance claims practices for many years, writing books and lecturing on the topic, and working on class action cases involving the way insurance companies actually handle insurance claims, I bring a great deal of experience to a case on how to appropriately handle your case. This combined with my training as a doctor, and interest in brain, spinal cord, and nervous system injuries gives me the expertise to handle the most serious injury cases.  


I also use my background in fraudulent insurance company practices, most notably software systems used to improperly delay, deny, or underpay insurance claims in my role as a lawyer handling class action, insurance claims practice ("bad faith"), and False Claims Act cases.   I am considered one of the leading lawyers in the country on fraudulent underpayment schemes by insurers, and have worked on cases both as a lawyer and a litigation consultant in which policyholders have obtained over $550 million in fraudulently underpaid claims from insurers who defrauded their own policyholders.  


In my legal career, I am most proud to be one of Trial Guides authors along with David Ball, Rick Friedman, Don Keenan and other leading lawyers and litigation experts.  Its a group that is not only the best in their professional lives, but work to improve the the safety of people before they are ever injured.




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Practice areas


  1. Brain Injury: 90%
    15 years, 125 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 8%
    15 years, 280 cases
  3. Federal Crime: 1%
    8 years, 5 cases
  4. Class Action: 1%
    10 years, 2 cases



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • H. Anthony Duncan

    I endorse this lawyer. Aaron's experience as both a doctor of chiropractic and a lawyer help him to obtain the best possible results for his clients. He takes what he has learned to teach other lawyers, too, which makes things better for everyone.


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Contact info

Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq., P.C.

Fox Tower
805 SW Broadway, Suite 2540
Portland, OR, 97205


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerOregon Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerOregon Super Lawyers2012
GraduateBarton Litigation Boot Camp2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselFriedman Rubin2008 - Present
N/ADr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq., P.C.2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Brain Injury Alliance of OregonBoard Member2013 - Present
American Association for Justice - Brain Injury Litigation GroupMember2010 - Present
AAJ Motor Vehicles DivisionMember2009 - 2011
American Association of JusticeMember2007 - Present
AAJ - Insurance Law DivisionMember2007 - 2011
Brain Injury Association of OregonMember2004 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2000 - 2007
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationGuardian Member2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hensley v. CSCOver $1 Billion in payments to class members
Lutes v. Rotchy$700,000 jury verdict
Dr. C v. Safeco$463,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial Guides publicationTraumatic Injuries DVD Set2009
Trial Guides publicationProcedure & Billing Denials2005
Trial TrendsColossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know.2005
ForumNegotiating a Non-Demonstrable Case2005
Louisiana AdvocatesColossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know2005
Trial Briefs (NCAJ)Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know2005
The Gavel (OCTLA)Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know2005
The Verdict (Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers)Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know2005
American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)Soft Tissue Cases in Colossus2005
AdvocateColossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know2005
The Idaho Trial Lawyers Association JournalColossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know2005
Chiropractic EconomicsGetting Paid in PI Cases2005
Colorado Trial Lawyer Association publication (CTLA)Negotiating a Non-Demonstrable Case2005
The Prairie BarristerNegotiating a Non-Demonstrable Case2005
Journal of the Chiropractic Association of OregonGetting Paid in PI Cases2005
Journal of the Academy of Florida Trial LawyersColossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know2005
Trial Guides publicationColossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know2004
Trial Guides publicationColossus: What Every Physician Needs to Know2004
Trial Guides publicationColossus: Legal Forms CD2004
Trial Guides publicationColossus: Physician Forms CD2004
Journal of the Chiropractic Association of OregonColossus2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Western States Chiropractic CollegeN/AD.C. - Doctorate of Chiropractic1993
Pepperdine University School of LawN/AN/AN/A
Willamette UniversityPre-MedicineN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Blockbuster Auto SeminarColossus2011
Torts Made PerfectColossus in settlement negotiations2010
Neck Injury and Treatment SeminarTrying Cervical Injury Cases2010
Innovator Seminar - Cayman IslandsHandling Alar & Transverse Ligament Injury Litigation Cases2010
Annual ConferenceTraumatic Injuries2010
Annual ConferenceColossus2010
2010 AAJ Annual Conference - Vancouver BCAlar & Transverse Ligament Injuries After Trauma2010
Traumatic InjuriesTraumatic Injuries2009
Personal Injury Advanced TopicsTraumatic Injuries2009
WSTLA - Settlement Summit CLEColossus Settlement Methods2008
Brain Injury Association of OregonHandling and Trying Brain Injury Cases2008
SRISD Module 4 - OrlandoInsurance Claims Practices2007
SRISD Module 4 - New YorkInsurance Claims Practices2007
SRISD Module 4 - Las VegasInsurance Claims Practices2007
SRISD Module 4 - ChicagoInsurance Claims Practices2007
Insurance Claims PracticesInsurance Claims Practices2007
American Association for Justice ConventionInsurance Claims Practices in Personal Injury Cases2007
SRISD Module 3How Insurance Companies Really Handle Claims2006
Montana Bad Faith SeminarColossus2006
Insurance Claims PracticesInsurance Claims Practices2006
SRISD Scientific ConferenceColossus2005
LTLA Auto Torts CLE 2005Colossus2005
Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to KnowColossus2005
Bad Faith Seminar - Invite OnlyInsurance Claims Practices2005
Montana State Trial Lawyers Association ConferenceColossus2004
CRASHInsurance Claims Practices in Personal Injury Cases2004
ATLA Jazzfest conferenceColossus2004
Willamette University Negotiation SeminarNegotiating with Insurers Using Colossus2003