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About me

I have been a personal injury litigator since first being admitted to practice law in 1996. For over twelve years, I worked exclusively for the insurance industry and learned the intricacies of how claims are investigated and evaluated. I use that experience and knowledge every day to assist my clients to obtain the best possible result in each and every case. I am an experienced trial lawyer and have also participated in hundreds of arbitrations and mediations. I fully and aggressively investigate every aspect of every case - by knowing all the facts, I am better able to advise my clients whether trial or settlement is in their best interest. 

I am an active member of the Washington County Bar Association and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, I spend many hours every year in continuing legal education to learn the latest developments in my areas of legal practice. I meet frequently with recognized experts in the fields of medicine, rehabilitation, biomechanics, economics, and accident reconstruction in order to have the most cutting edge information to assist my clients.

Please contact me to discuss your case and your legal options.


Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 25%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Litigation: 25%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Car Accident: 25%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Casey Dylan Gish

    I have worked with Mr. Vames on multiple cases over the years. I have always found him to be extremely competent, capable, knowledgeable about the law, and ready to take a case all the way through trial if necessary. He puts his clients' interests above all else. He is not afraid to fight the other side. Because of his background working for insurance companies in the past, he understands their tactics and how they evaluate cases. He uses this knowledge to achieve outstanding results for his clients. I strongly endorse him as an attorney.


    Casey Gish Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Justin Johnson

    Paul Vames is a highly skilled and very experienced civil litigator. If you spend 10 minutes talking with him, you will know he is the real deal. Paul is a dedicated advocate who I'm sure you will be impressed by if you give him a call.


    Justin Johnson Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Harris Law Firm

165 SE 26th Ave
Hillsboro, OR, 97123


NVAdministrative - Not authorized to practice199604/10/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatingMartindale Hubbell2011
MembershipWhittier Trial Advocacy Honors Board1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge Pro TemCircuit Court - Washington County, Oregon2016 - Present
AttorneyHarris Law Firm2009 - Present
AttorneySmith Freed & Eberhard2006 - 2009
Founding MemberAtkin Winner Sherrod & Vames2003 - 2006
AttorneySelman Breitman LLP2001 - 2003
AttorneyRyan Marks Johnson & Todd2000 - 2001
AttorneyEdwards Hale Sturman & Atkin1996 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington County Circuit Court - Supplemental Local Rules CommitteeCommittee Member2012 - Present
Washington County Circuit Court - Arbitration Rules CommitteeCommittee Member2012 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMembership Committee2009 - Present
Washington County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2005 - Present
American Inns of CourtMember1997 - Present
State Bar of NevadaMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Injured Husband/Father Abused by Insurer - Aggresive Litigation Vindicates Happy ClientAwarded 100% of prayer, all attorneys' fees, and all litigation costs
Dental Malpractice Causes Client to Lose AppendixPretrial settlement on favorable terms for our client - settlement covered medical expenses and non-economic damages
Bicyclist Struck And Injured By MotoristFavorable Personal Injury Settlement and Reversal of Insurer's Refusal to Cover Medical Expenses
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
California State University, Long BeachFinance, Real Estate and LawBS - Bachelor of Science1985
Willamette University College of LawLawTransferredN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington County Bar Association, CLE CommitteeLitigating Personal Injury Cases in Washington County2015