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My law practice emphasizes personal injury and workers’ compensation law. One of my primary jobs is to take care of my client’s legal hassles, so they can take care of recovering from their injuries. I keep my practice small so my clients get the attention they need and deserve. When a client calls, they talk directly to me.

My experience with the law started at the age of 12 when I went to work at my father’s law firm making deliveries to the post office, bank and taking documents to the courthouse on bike. I grew up going to legal seminars and helping my dad prepare cases.

I started practicing with my father in 1988 in Eugene, Oregon, where my primary focus was on helping people who were injured through no fault of their own. In 1998 I moved to Portland. Since then I have worked with Dean Heiling. I continue to practice personal injury and workers’ compensation law.

I have been married to my wonderful wife since 1990. I have two amazing daughters. My oldest is a sophomore in college and is majoring in Neuroscience. My youngest is a senior in high school and works part time at my office. I love cooking, traveling, volunteer work and spending as much time as possible with my family.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 75%
  2. Workers Compensation: 25%



Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • John M O'Brien

    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


    John O'Brien Personal injury Attorney
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  • Roy C Fernandes

    I have witnessed Jim advocate for his clients frequently. He is a compassionate, kind professional who genuinely cares about his clients. If I ever needed an attorney, Jim would be my go-to guy. I am truly lucky to be working with him and learning from him.


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Contact info

Heiling Dwyer Attorneys

1220 SW Morrison St.
Suite 820
Portland, OR, 97205-2227

1220 SW Morrison Ste 820
Portland, OR, 97205



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Volunteer of the YearOregon Trial Lawyers Association2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyHeiling Dwyer Attorneys1998 - Present
AssociateDwyer Simpson & Wold1988 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
American Bar Associationmember1995 - Present
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregonmember1995 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1988 - Present
Oregon State Barmember1988 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Personal InjuryPolicy limit settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
OTLA Motor Vehicle Litigation DeskbookCoordinating Medical Treatment2015
Two By Four PressThe Caged Truth2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Legal Staff SectionHow to Train Your Attorney2015
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationFiduciary Duties 3602014
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, CLE CommitteeHow To Collect Attorney Fees with PIP2002