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Bryan W Dawson

About Bryan Dawson

About me


  • University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) J.D. and Law Review, 1996
  • University of Chicago, M.A. Committee on Social Thought, 1993 
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A. Government, 1989 
  • Clackamas High School, 1985 


Work Background:

  • Dawson Law Group, Portland and West Linn offices, 1999-present
  • Cooley Godward, Palo Alto CA, 1996-1999 
  • Intern for Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament, Prime Minister, U. K,. 1988 
  • Intern for Ron Wyden, House of Representatives, D.C. 1987



  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001-present
  • Oregon state courts and U.S. District Court for Oregon, 1999-present 
  • California state courts (inactive) and U.S. District Courts for California, 1996-present 
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel 
  • Oregon State Bar (Member # 990123)
  • State Bar of California (Member # 184086)


Law Practice:

Since 1996, Bryan has represented individuals and companies involved in personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, insurance defense, patent infringement, employment, and construction defect disputes.  He has taken hundreds of cases through trial or arbitration and is experienced in discovery, motion practice, and appeals.  Through both jury trials and settlement, he has helped his clients recovery millions of dollars.  He has tried cases throughout Oregon, and has twice argued before the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He has also served as an arbitrator in numerous cases involving bodily injury and breach of contract.

Personal Background:

Bryan was born in Portland in 1967 and attended publics schools in the suburbs.  He attended colleges and graduate schools in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Chicago, New York, and Berkeley.  After graduating from law school, he worked for a large technology law firm for three years, representing clients such as Sun Microsystems and Cadence Designs.  In 1999, he and his wife and three kids returned to Oregon, where Bryan joined the family's law practice.  He is very active in the Lake Oswego community, where he coaches youth sports and advises high school mock trial teams.


Hobbies & Interests:

  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Skiing

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