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Paul Bovarnick

About me

My clients include railroaders, their families and friends throughout the West. I also represent many people, usually referred by other clients, injured by the negligence of drivers, big corporations, doctors and hospitals. I, my staff and partners are effective, experienced, hard-working and compassionate. Give me a call if you think we can help.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 80%
    36 years, 500 cases
  2. Discrimination: 10%
    36 years, 75 cases
  3. Workers Compensation: 10%
    26 years, 175 cases



Hourly ($350-400/hour), contingent (25-50%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Paul. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Gregory K Zeuthen

    I have known Paul for over ten years. He is extremely knowledgable and compassionate. Paul has dedicated his career to helping those who are injured by corporate negligence is is one of the best plaintiff railroad lawyers in the state of Oregon. In 2012 Paul and I began working together on the Board of Governors for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.


    Gregory Zeuthen Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1205 NW 25th Ave
Portland, OR, 97210

1205 NW 25th Ave
Portland, OR, 97210-2422



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
The Best Lawyers in America© 2016US News and World Report and The Best Lawyers in America2015
Mentor of the YearMultnomah Bar Association2014
Pro Bono Certificate of AppreciationOregon State Bar2004
Certificate of AppreciationOregon State Bar1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateBricker, Zakovics & Querin1983 - 1985
Manager, Migrant UnitMontana Legal Services1979 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Or State Bar Comte on Practice and ProcedureChair2011 - 2012
Or State Bar Local Prof. Resp. CommitteeMember2010 - 2012
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationGovernor2004 - 2015
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2011
Academy of Rail Labor AttorneysMember1991 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1983 - Present
Montana State BarMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Oviatt v. PearceWon $130,000 following trial in Federal Court
Kawasaki v. BNSFWon $155,000 at trial
Hoppes v. UPSettled in trial for $500,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial Lawyer Magazine (OTLA)Dealing with Bad Behavior2015
Trial Lawyer (OTLA)Motions to Compel in Oregon2013
Trial Lawyer (OTLA)On The Tracks: Helping Injured Railroad Workers2012
AAJ Railroad Law Section NewsletterAnnen v. Union Pacific2012
AAJ Railroad Law Section NewsletterBattling against Open “Scope” Court-Ordered Medical Exams2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1979
Claremont Men's CollegeHistoryOther - Bachelors1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMotions to Compel2013
Oregon Law InstituteBiomechanics at trial2012
Annual conventionElectronic Discovery in Railroad Cases2009