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Brian Chenoweth is founder of Chenoweth Law Group, PC where he represents clients in all aspects of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts. 


His practice emphasizes environmental, real estate, land use, business, construction, injury, insurance and administrative law.  With over eighteen years of experience, Brian is recognized for his litigation work with plaintiffs and defendants alike throughout Oregon and Washington.


Brian's environmental clients include property owners and businesses facing regulatory compliance and cleanup costs for all types of contamination. His specific experience includes cases involving gas stations, oil bulk facilities, dry cleaners, chrome plating facilities, auto wrecking facilities, ship repair yards, underground storage tanks, landfills, gas pipelines, PCB contamination, and wood treatment facilities. In addition, Brian represents clients in matters regarding environmental consultant and contractor negligence, water quality, endangered species, and bodily injury and property damage related to chemicals, lead, asbestos, and mold.


During his career Brian has negotiated complex settlements with state and federal agencies, advised clients on their legal responsibilities, and pursued recovery of cleanup costs from other responsible parties. Brian has also defended businesses and individuals regarding environmental claims. He also represents neighboring property owners who are impacted by pollution.

In addition to his litigation practice, Brian advises clients in business and real estate transactions with respect to environmental liability and regulatory compliance. Other work includes brownfield redevelopment and agency enforcement matters.


Brian’s environmental practice brings him face to face with government agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the Washington Department of Ecology.


Brian also represents clients regarding real estate transactions and disputes, land use law, business formations, sales, and purchases, insurance disputes, disputes with administrative agencies, and construction law.


Representative clients include food processing companies, outdoor advertising companies, real estate brokerages, insurance agencies, construction companies, small and medium size business of all types, attorneys seeking to co counsel on complex cases, municipal housing authorities, insurance companies, personal representatives and trustees, trucking companies, environmental consultants and and clean up contractors, testing laboratories, private universities, and individuals.


Licensed to practice law in Oregon and Washington, Brian received his law degree (cum laude) from the American University, Washington College of Law in 1994, and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from University of Oregon in 1989.

Brian speaks to industry professionals, governmental agency staff, and other lawyers on environmental, insurance, real estate, and land use.


Away from the office, Brian enjoys writing and playing music (in the firm's band--the Everyday Heroes), boating (on the firm's boat--"Short Sale"), hiking, traveling, and spending time with his children.


Languages spoken: English, German

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Practice areas


  1. Environmental: 20%
    21 years, 300 cases
  2. Insurance: 20%
    21 years, 200 cases
  3. Litigation: 20%
    21 years, 500 cases
  4. Real Estate: 10%
    21 years, 100 cases
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Hourly ($295-350/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jonathan Mcwhinnie Norling

    Brian is an environmental law expert and top-notch litigator who is great to work with. I endorse him highly.


    Jonathan Norling Energy and utilities Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lake James H Perriguey

    I endorse this lawyer. He and the other lawyers in his firm are strong advocates for their clients.


    Lake James Perriguey Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Chenoweth Law Group, PC

510 SW 5th Avenue
5th Floor
Portland, OR, 97204


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Preeminent 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder/President/Managing PartnerChenoweth Law Group, PC2006 - Present
PartnerRycewicz & Chenoweth, LLP1997 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Owen M. Panner American Inn of CourtBarrister1997 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Oregon State BarN/AN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Northwest Environmental Business CouncilN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Environmental Law DeskbookInsurance Coverage2002
Oregon Law Institute (OLI)Environmental Issues Affecting Land Use, Major Land Use Laws in Oregon2002
Oregon Petroleum Marketers AssociationRecent Case Finds the "Absolute Pollution Exclusion" Not So Absolute When Gasoline is Involved1998
In Brief, Professional Liability FundNot Just for "Environmental Lawyers"1998
Environmental Law Education FoundationLitigating Lost Policies, Insurance Coverage for Environmental Cleanup Costs1997
Environmental and Land Use Law NewsletterCase Note: Martin v.State Farm1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of OregonPolitical ScienceBA1989