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Bryan W Dawson

Personal injury Attorney at Portland, OR

4.7   12 reviews

also known as Bryan Dawson, Bryan Dawson

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  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 25 years
    California - CA 27 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Bryan

Learn Bryan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Insurance
    Defending people sued over car crashes.

    26 years, 500 cases

  2. Personal injury
    Conducting lawsuits and claims for people who have been hurt in auto accidents.

    26 years, 500 cases

  3. Business
    I have handled patent infringement suits. I have obtained a verdict for $1,500,000 in a wholesale product liability/breach of contract trial. I handle property infringement and damage cases, as well.

    28 years, 100 cases

  4. Construction and development
    Suing and defending people in disputes over building construction defects.

    26 years, 25 cases



  • 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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Dawson Law Group staff
Bryan at his desk
Bryan's 3 kids circa 1999
Bryan with Willamette River sturgeon.


Dawson Law Group
1020 SW Taylor
Suite #445
Portland, OR, 97205
Dawson Law Group
5695 Hood Street
West Linn, OR, 97068
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4.7 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by David | November 17, 2009
Good job with an auto injury lawsuit
Bryan Dawson represented me as I attempted to collect medical costs and damages from the insurance company of a driver who rear-ended my car. The case took more than six months, went through depositions and arbitration, then settled. I received full payment of my medical treatment costs plus a reasonable settlement for damages. At all times, Bryan Dawson was pleasant to work with, clear in his communications, and assertive of my interests. I would ask him to represent me again if I needed legal help. I fully recommend him with no reservations.
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Posted by April | March 10, 2010
Workers comp claim
Bryan helped with my workers comp claim against a business owner and a building owner. He kept me informed throughout the process and took the time to explain what was happening to where I understood it. His staff was excellent in their dealings with me.
Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
Bryan and his team are very professional and easy to work with! They responded quickly and answered all of our questions. We had a great experience!
Posted by Quinton | January 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney!
I was in a pretty bad car accident recently. While recovering, I received word that the other driver was not accepting reponsibility. I was referred to the Dawson Law Group by several sources...some friends, some family. I contacted Bryan Dawson specifically and explained my situation. Mr. Dawson wrote an effective letter to the insurance company and it wasn't long before they had accepted fault. My case was complicated because it involved a natural disaster. When a case gets complicated, often both sides just agree to mutual fault. In my case the other driver had been negligent and operated his vehicle in my lane. Mr. Dawson made it clear that disregarding standard driving safety laws are not excused by inconvenience...especially when you cause damage and bodily harm to others. During my case, Mr. Dawson exhibited kindness, compassion and effectiveness. His secretary and associates were helpful when he was unavailable assisting other clients. He was punctual in returning my calls and he listened to me when decisions needed to be made. I highly recommend Bryan Dawson and his whole law group. They're professional, friendly and very effective. I am grateful for their help.
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Posted by John & Michele | September 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bryan's services was fantastic - he's the best lawyer we've ever had for this type of case!
We went through many lawyers before Bryan took on our case so words can not describe how grateful we are for finding him. In all honestly, we were lost, and we were at the end of our rope with no hope... We have exhausted all our resources, lost our home, lost our lien rights, etc... but when we hired Bryan for our Subcontractor Construction Case, things turned around... Bryan brought us back to life, and we gained hope again. Bryan was on top of everything, he contacted us at all times when necessary, reminding us of notices and other things. Bryan's services was fantastic! He's the best lawyer we've ever had for this type of case. Things were intense, but Bryan stuck with us all the way through and assisted us every step of the way on our case. It was a brutal couple of years but we all fought our best fight at trial and at the end, we won. Therefore, we can say that we are Bryan's most grateful client that comes from our heart. Thank you so much for your services Bryan! We appreciate all your efforts you have put in to this case and to have the truth be seen in court! We can never thank you enough! We highly recommend utilizing Bryan's law firm anytime! With best wishes & Mahalo, John & Michele
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest, generous genuinely nice guy
I called Mr. Dawson when I was in a serious jam with a construction company. He explained that although he was happy to represent me, it would not make financial sense for me to hire him. Instead, he offered me free general legal tips, even emailed me a general document I could use as a template. He listened to my long winded story and details and gave me suggestions even though he knew he would not get paid. What a great guy!
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Posted by Stephanie | November 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service!!!
Brian and his team did an excellent job with my auto accident claim. Brian explained every step along the way and gave me realistic expectations. His office was in constant communication, never leaving me wondering if progress was being made. I felt confident making decisions with Brian guiding me along the way.
Posted by Mike | January 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Integrity, Empathy, and Hardworking
I've been working with Bryan for about 2 months now. In that short period of time, I've been impressed by his integrity, empathy, and work ethic. I know the old adage is that you win your suits by preparing better than your opponents, and Mr. Dawson and the rest of the fine folks at Dawson Law Group really take this to heart. If you want excellent, vigorous legal representation from lawyers who always will make time to answer your questions, look no further than Dawson Law Group.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bryan is Professional
Bryan Dawson was my attorney for a recent lawsuit against me from a tenant. Bryan handled the case professionally and put my fears at ease. I would definitely retain Bryan again. Bryan was great and so was his staff, very professional and efficient.
Posted by Travis | October 16, 2012
Strongly Recommend
Confident, patient, knowledgeable, kind, gracious, giving and honorable are a few words I use to describe Dawson and Dawson. In the midst of a difficult season they were helpful and wise. I sincerely thank and strongly recommend Dawson and Dawson.
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2012
Personal Injury Lawsuit
Mr. Dawson effectively communicated my case, handled all the pertinent research, and did both in a timely and professional manner. I am happy to say that the outcome exceeded my expectations.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Disappointing
Mr. Dawson was hired as a personal injury attorney, but I had numerous problems. 1. He overstated and oversold his capabilities. The final outcome was much less that stated. 2. After two years on the case he did not have a single medical expert to testify in court for a permanently injured client, leaving no good options. 3. Lack of transparency was a serious issue. Mr. Dawson withheld critical documents from my review and approval, then expected me to sign agree to unsatisfactory terms. 4. Mr. Dawson threatened lien(s) if the case was not resolved, even though the demand letter was rushed out-the-door without my personal review. 5. In the end I felt very strongly the attorney was more concerned about collecting fees for himself than the well being of the client.
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  • Contingency 33%-33%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Dawson Law Group
  • 1999 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Cooley Godward
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Summer Associate
  • Fulbright & Jaworski
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Summer Associate
  • Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe
  • 1994 - 1994
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  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Chicago
  • MA - Masters
  • 1993
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989
  • University of London
  • N/A
  • 1988
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jans v. Chandler & High Five
  • Settled for $325,000.00
  • Client v. Building Owner and Tenant
  • Settled for $200,000.00
  • Straka v. Swanson
  • Plaintiff awarded $2,500 total damages.
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  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member of Attorney Bar
  • 2002 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Attorney at Law
  • 1999 - Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Clackamas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member -- inactive
  • 1996 - Present
  • Federal District Court -- Northern District California
  • Member (inactive)
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rated/Selected
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Rated/Selected
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyers
  • American Lawyer Magazine
  • 2017
  • Legal Leaders
  • American Law Journal
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • California Law Review Editorship
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • 1996
  • Award for Advocacy
  • Boalt Hall
  • 1994
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  • several
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Constitutional Law
  • The Civil War Amendments
  • 2012
  • UM/UIM 101
  • UM/UIM Arbitrations
  • 2011
  • Lakeridge High School - Mock Trial
  • Trial advocacy
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Bryan
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan is a very intelligent, capable, and talented lawyer. He is conscientious and works hard to provide the best legal services possible to his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bryan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Insurance Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Our office and Bryan's have opposed one another numerous times over the years. I have very high respect for Bryan's skillset and the results that he obtains; all while being very professional and reasonable to deal with."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. My practice is confined to California where I represent people injured as a result of auto accidents, motorcycle accident and other types of occurrences. Lawyers must be licensed in the state where they practice. If I have a client in Oregon, I do not hesitate to recommend Bryan as their first call."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with and around Bryan for years and know him to be an experienced, efficient and effective advocate for his insurance defense clients. While I've not had the pleasure of working against him, I can only assume his expertise in defense serves him well in his plaintiff's work. I would recommend him to both insurance carriers needing defense for insureds and to plaintiffs needing representation in personal injury or workers' compensation cases. Bryan is an excellent lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Bryan's work. He is excepitional advocate for his clients. His work is top notch and his trial skills are superb. I know when dealing with Bryan that our interactions will be always be professional."
Insurance Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Bryan and I had a trial together. He is highly intelligent, has excellent trial skills, and represented his client exceptionally well."
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