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James D Huegli

Medical malpractice Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 3 years
    Oregon - OR 51 years
    Idaho - ID 14 years
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2020
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 51 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1972
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2009
    Former Member - Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

James Huegli is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and advocate, beginning practice in 1972 in Portland, Oregon. He brings a unique practice that gives him the opportunity to see all sides of an issue and comfortably move the parties to common ground. A solution to conflict is always available when the right balance and perspective is delivered.


Law Practice and Mediation

Mr. Huegli has represented such major companies as Ford Motor Co., Fred Meyers, Remington Arms, Toro Corporation, Key Bank, Weyerhaeuser, Boise Cascade, SDS Lumber and Lamb Weston and many more. Mr. Huegli has also represented numerous physicians, both in direct malpractice actions and as general counsel for excess liability. He has litigated on behalf of Insurance Company of North America, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, Safeco, Allstate, CNA, CIGNA, Heritage, The Hartford, Farmers Insurance Group, Industrial Indemnity and others.


Mr. Huegli, as a plaintiff’s lawyer, secured the largest wrongful death verdict in Oregon, in a case involving a helicopter crash into Crater Lake, and followed with a successful defense of the appeal through the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. Mr. Huegli also obtained the largest malpractice award in Massachusetts for a case involving sexual abuse of a patient by a Harvard psychiatrist.


Mr. Huegli’s extensive trial experience involves an equal balance between plaintiff and defense work, embracing insurance defense, workers- compensation, construction litigation, fidelity and surety litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, legal malpractice and aviation law. He has tried to conclusion over 200 cases and has mediated for over 20 years.

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James D Huegli
101 SW Main St.
Suite 1900
Portland, OR, 97204

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Posted by Steve | May 28, 2014
Jim Huegli gets my highest recommendation
Jim helped me through a difficult situation when my now ex-wife moved out unexpectedly and hired an attorney. Jim gave me sound legal advice and provided prompt responses to her attorney's proposals. When the dust settled I got a divorce. Afterward, Jim helped me re-write my will and clean up all the loose ends of paperwork and things to file that I hadn't even thought of. He was a straight-shooter, compassionate, and able to tell me things I had a difficult time hearing. I will always appreciate the work that he did for me and consider myself lucky that he was on my side. His expertise and experience were invaluable. I have used Jim since that time for other legal advice and concerns.
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Posted by Ralph | May 27, 2014
Personal Review
Mr. Huegli is the finest attorney I have ever known. He has an uncanny ability to research and locate all evidence and put forth the finest preparation for trial. He represented us in the successful prosecution of an individual fraudulently promoting himself as a financial advisor to an elderly member of our family. His unyielding efforts were central to evidence prepared for the county prosecutor leading to the conviction of a perpetrator on more than 10 counts of first degree theft. Without Mr. Huegli's tenacity and thoroughness, a similar outcome would have been unlikely.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2013
Better result than imagined
Jim worked with me on case involving a criminal charge that instead of merely ending probation got my record cleared. Excellent work, knowledgeable and completely professional.
Posted by Rick and Carol | April 22, 2013
You're in good hands with Jim.
* Honest * Committed * Caring * Hard-working * Knowledgeable Jim Huegli is a man of high integrity. A great communictor who we feel has been responsive and respectful in the short time we have known him. When our former attorney dropped us we felt very defeated and disrespected. It was by chance that we found Jim, who immediately put us at ease as he reviewed the details of our case. His ability to strategize and zero in on pinnacle points make us feel that we are in very knowledgeable and trustworthy hands. We look forward to seeing this case through with Jim.
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Posted by David | April 22, 2013
A Voice of Reason
Mr. Huegli has served as a mediator in several complex medical malpractice cases we were handling. The effort and energy was outstanding but more important was his vast experience and knowledge which became clearly apparent as he broke down the complex medicine and issues in the case. Amazing how rapidly he digested and understood what had taken us months to grasp! As an experienced litigator in the field of medical malpractice I would highly recommend Mr. Huegli to any injured patient.
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Posted by Stephen | April 21, 2013
Strong review for Jim Huegli!
I've been an attorney for 36 years. Jim volunteered to help me with one of my larger civil rights cases. It involved issues of law that he hadn't dealt with before. He quickly learned the law, and then used his talent, experience, and trial expertise to help us win. Jim is one of the best attorneys I've ever met. I would hire him in a heartbeat!
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Posted by Richard | November 30, 2012
Fearless litigator with attention to detail
Jim is currently representing my interests in a property dispute case. He keeps is informed of every new development and we never feel left in the dark like we had with previous lawyers. I can tell from his approach to litigation that he has my best interest in mind and knows how to achieve the best results. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer to fight for their interests.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Huegli Fraser Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • James D. Huegli PC
  • 1988 - 2012
  • Partner
  • Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • 1972 - 1988


  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1972
  • Oregon State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1969

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Edward Tulleners v. American Eurocopter
  • Jury award: $29 million
  • Medical Malpractice
  • $10,000,000 settlement
  • Medical Malpractice
  • $4,000,000 settlement
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  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 1993 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Barrister
  • 1992 - Present
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Certified Arbitrator
  • N/A
  • Oregon Court of Appeals
  • Certified Mediator
  • N/A
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • Idaho State Federal Bar Executive Committee
  • Secretary
  • N/A
  • Idaho Lawyers Assistance Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Casa Volunteer Lawyer
  • N/A
  • Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court
  • N/A
  • Portland Rose Festival
  • Director
  • 1984 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • 6.1 Challenge Award
  • Idaho State Bar
  • 2011


  • Oregon Workers Compensation Law in Oregon
  • Chapter Author
  • N/A
  • Insurance Law in Oregon
  • Fidelity and Surety Section
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Idaho Association of HR Managers
  • Employment Law Discrimination in the Workplace
  • 2012
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Injury by Animal
  • 1994
  • Oregon Medical Association Conference
  • Charting to Avoid Litigation
  • 1994
  • NW Human Resource Managers
  • Hearing Loss in the Workplace
  • 1986
  • Oregon State Bar, Workers' Compensation Section
  • Workers Compensation Law
  • 1985
  • Oregon State Bar, Workers' Compensation Section
  • Fidelity & Surety Law
  • 1984
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (18)
Endorse James
Mediation Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a top notch attorney and i would recommend him to anyone."
Mediation Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Terrific arbitrator and mediator!! I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've used Jim on several mediations. Jim does an excellent job. His style is evaluative, which allows each side to see the weaknesses in their case, a benefit even if the case does not settle, which is unlikely with Jim running the mediation."
Personal injury Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a fantastic lawyer. I have seen him get outstanding results in cases that others thought were not worth fighting."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Huegli enjoys a stellar reputation in our legal community as a fearless yet compassionate litigator for his clients. Very few lawyers have achieved the level of success James has. He is a gentleman highly respected by others and much sought after by clients in need."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is an outstanding litigator with years of experience and proven litigation results."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"James has a sterling reputation in the Oregon legal community as a civil litigator and all around great attorney. James Huegli has had over 200 trials in his decades long career and is well respected in the legal community amongst his peers and judges alike. If you believe that you have a personal injury claim or have been the victim of medical malpractice, you could find no finer attorney in Oregon than James Huegli to handle your case. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I am proud to have the privilege to practice with and endorse my Dad. His career speaks for itself. He treats every client and case as if they are the only case he has. He puts enormous amounts of time, energy and emotion in to every case. His philosophy is to out prepare opposing counsel and he does just that."
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Portland Medical malpractice Lawyer James D Huegli
James D Huegli
Medical malpractice Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 51 years
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