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I am now semi-retired after 44 continuous years of practice. I am admitted to practice law before the courts of the State of Oregon at all levels; to the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, and to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to more than 35 years of intensive trial experience, I have served on the Oregon State Bar's Committees on Legal Ethics and Uniform Civil Jury Instructions, on the ORegon Attorney General's Task Force on Police Use of Deadly Force, on the Legislative Joint Interim Committee on the Oregon Tort Claims Act, and on the Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Board. I have instructed in various areas of municipal and law enforcement legal issues for the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Law Institute, the Oregon State Sheriff's Association Command College, the Oregon Chapter of the APWA, the Oregon Chapter of the Public Risk & Insurance Management Association, the Oregon Police Firearms Instructors Association, and others. I am currently focusing my practice on training and consultation in law enforcement liability issues, and in mediation and arbitration.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 80%
    39 years
  2. Government: 20%
    47 years



Hourly ($185-275/hour)

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  • Beau D. Harlan

    I endorse this lawyer. Bill is a wealth of knowledge and and has delivered exceptional results for his clients for decades. As a personal injury lawyer working on the opposing side, I, and others of my ilk, look forward to his well deserved retirement.


    Beau Harlan Car accident Attorney
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Contact info

PO Box 5476
Beaverton, OR, 97007


ORPro Bono - Active196907/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawWilliam G. Blair, PC2010 - Present
Senior Assistant County CounselWashington County Counsel1997 - 2010
Assistant City AttorneyCity of Salem, Oregon1969 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State Bar, Disciplinary BoardN/A2007 - Present
Oregon Association of Defense CounselN/A1998 - Present
Oregon County Counsel's AssociationN/A1997 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Oregon chapter)N/A1997 - Present
Oregon State BarN/A1969 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Uniform Civil Jury Instructions CommitteeN/A2003 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
VanWormer v. SpennerDefense verdict
Knupp v. AlexDefense verdict
Layman v. BlalackDefense verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
Willamette University College of LawEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1966
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Police Liability in OregonPolice Liability in Oregon2013
Command CollegeOfficer-Involved Shootings2012
Command CollegeOfficer-Involved Shootings2011
Command CollegeOfficer-Involved Shootings2010
Summer ConferenceDiscretionary Immunity in Oregon2009
Command CollegeOfficer-Involved Shootings2009
Command CollegeOfficer-Involved Shootings2008
Command CollegeOfficer-Involved Shootings2007