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  • 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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Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 45%
    18 years, 500 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 45%
    18 years, 500 cases
  3. Business: 5%
    20 years, 100 cases
  4. Construction: 5%
    18 years, 25 cases



Contingent (33%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Bryan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Phillip Charles Gilbert

    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.


    Phillip Gilbert Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Dawson Law Group

1020 SW Taylor
Suite #445
Portland, OR, 97205


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
California Law Review EditorshipUniversity of California, Berkeley1996
Award for AdvocacyBoalt Hall1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDawson Law Group1999 - Present
AttorneyCooley Godward1996 - 1999
Summer AssociateFulbright & Jaworski1995 - 1995
Summer AssociateHeller Ehrman White & McAuliffe1994 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Oregon Association of Defense CounselMember2007 - Present
Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsMember of Attorney Bar2002 - Present
Oregon State BarAttorney at Law1999 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Clackamas County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember -- inactive1996 - Present
Federal District Court -- Northern District CaliforniaMember (inactive)1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hall v. Allstate et al$100,520.67 awarded to client
Straka v. SwansonPlaintiff awarded $2,500 total damages.
Minor (name withheld) v. American Family InsuredSettlement of $1.1 million
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Publication nameTitleDate
Portland Injury AttorneysDawson Law Group Blog2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of ChicagoCommitee on Social ThoughtMA - Masters1993
Claremont McKenna CollegeGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
University of London School of LawGovernment and International AffairsN/A1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Constitutional LawThe Civil War Amendments2012
UM/UIM 101UM/UIM Arbitrations2011
State vs. Federal Rules of Procedure and EvidenceState and Federal Court Procedure2011
Lakeridge High School - Mock TrialTrial advocacy2009