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Paul Bovarnick

Personal injury Attorney at Portland, OR

4.6   9 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 21 years
    Montana - MT 42 years
    Oregon - OR 44 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State MT
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    I handle railroad injuries (FELA), medical negligence, attorney negligence, premises liability and auto accidents. I have handled and tried cases in court in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Colorado.

    45 years, 500 cases

  2. Discrimination
    I handle employment discrimination claims in Oregon and Washington, in state and Federal court.

    45 years, 75 cases

  3. Workers compensation
    I typically take on only cases involving denied claims in the Portland area and in north central and northeastern Oregon.

    35 years, 175 cases

  4. Car accident


My clients include railroaders, their families and friends throughout the West. I also represent many people, usually referred by other clients, injured by the negligence of drivers, big corporations, doctors and hospitals. I, my staff and partners are effective, experienced, hard-working and compassionate. Give me a call if you think we can help.


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Paul Bovarnick
1205 NW 25th Ave
Portland, OR, 97210
Paul Bovarnick
1205 NW 25th Ave
Portland, OR, 97210-2422
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4.6 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Alan | April 11, 2013
I absolutely recommend Paul Bovarnick
When I called Paul, he promptly returned my call, set up a time to meet, traveled to me, arrived near the location of my injury, visited with me, then we went to the location where he asked the property managers questions related to my case, and took photographs. He told me up front the obstacles, procedures and the approximate value of the case. In the end it settled slightly higher than what he stated up front, and that was due to his extra vigilance on a negotiation with my health care provider, who was not directly related to the aim of the suit. You will develop a freindship along the way with Paul and his staff, because of his and their deep integrity, involvment and understanding of your case. I consider Paul a friend and a superb attorney, including his staff. I do and have recommended Paul to others and will continue to.
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Posted by Charles | April 10, 2013
Al's Back Injury
Paul and his staff did an excellent job of representing me. He always kept me alerted on what to expect throughout my case's progress, kept me informed of progress on my case, consulted with me whenever legal or financial decisions were made, and was generally informative about my case and its progress. Paul never gave me unrealistic expectations concerning the potential outcome of my case. His experience in dealing with a large corporation's legal department was invaluable. I would like to say that my association with Paul Bavarnick was very rewarding. I'd hire him again in a minute!
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Posted by Cindy Morris | September 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gratitude for Paul and his staff
Paul was the absolute perfect choice for me in my worker's comp case. Along with his staff they all worked tirelessly on my case and words cannot express the deep gratitude I feel for all of them. Paul stepped in and made sure I received the care I needed and negotiated a fair settlement for me. Not only was he there as my attorney, I was treated as though I were a family member. I was not the easiest person to deal with but the staff showed me the greatest kindness and respect and that meant everything to me. Without hesitation I would highly recommend Paul Bovarnick to anyone trying to maneuver through the worker's comp mess they might find themselves involved in. Thank you again to Paul and his staff.
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Posted by Jerry | April 20, 2015
Lawyer that is your friend
Paul Bovarnick started out as my lawyer and as the case went I made a friend. He was always honest with me and talk to me often about the plan. Paul always called and questions about the case, more importantly he want to know how I was doing. Then he stayed honest to the case, he never tried to build or take the case anywhere that we could not support the facts. Today we are still friends because of his honesty and friendship. If I have questions about things he still always answers his phone and talks with me and gives me great advice. Paul Bovarnick is my lawyer, my friend and you could not find a better lawyer for your case.
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Posted by David | April 15, 2015
Denied Short Term Disability claim overturned
I asked Paul to write a second appeal for my Short Term Disability after my initial claim and first appeal were denied by a major insurance company and corporation. Paul's professionalism, experience, attention to detail and guidance in this matter resulted in the denied claim being overturned.
Posted by Matt | April 14, 2015
Excellent experience
My experience with Paul was excellent. From start to finish, I was always informed on what was happening with my case. He understands how to communicate effectively with both his client and other attorneys. He is up front and trustworthy. He and his hard working staff are very personable and professional. I highly recommend Paul if you need a an attorney.
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Posted by Dan | April 11, 2013
wrist injury
Paul is very professional and caring about his work. Paul guided me through my legal issue's quick and easy.
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2013
Review -Paul Bovarnick
Paul is an excellent attorney and it is obvious he loves what he does. He is very knowledgeable of the process of personal injury litigation. He was caring and compassionate during the entire time he represented me. He always took the time to listen and communicated promptly when I needed to talk to him. Paul and his staff are very professional and helped to make a difficult and stressful process easier. I was very impressed with how he interacted with the opposing attorneys. At the beginning of my case Paul (and staff) were strangers but by the time my case ended I felt as if I had gained new friends. I would highly recommend Paul to anyone!
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
only takes rich cases
I have been sent to him by the Oregon Bar a few times. When I contact him he agrees my case is horrific and awful and people should not be treated this way and my case is strong, etc. However, he refuses to accept the case saying he is too busy. When the truth is told my case will not bring him enough money (according to other lawyers). He only takes rich cases and leaves the rest of us to rot.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-400 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-50%


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Bricker, Zakovics & Querin
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Manager, Migrant Unit
  • Montana Legal Services
  • 1979 - 1982


  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD
  • 1979
  • Claremont Men's College
  • BA, Cum Laude
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Client v. Class 1 RR
  • Settled for $1.125 million
  • Kawasaki v. BNSF
  • Won $155,000 at trial
  • Annen v. UP
  • OSHA awarded $368,000
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  • Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Montana State Bar
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Or State Bar Comte on Practice and Procedure
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Or State Bar Local Prof. Resp. Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Governor
  • 2004 - 2015
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2011
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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2016
  • US News and World Report and The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Mentor of the Year
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Certificate of Appreciation
  • Oregon State Bar
  • 2004
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Oregon State Bar
  • 1993
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  • Trial Lawyer Magazine (OTLA)
  • Dealing with Bad Behavior
  • 2015
  • Trial Lawyer (OTLA)
  • Motions to Compel in Oregon
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Motions to Compel
  • 2013
  • Oregon Law Institute
  • Biomechanics at trial
  • 2012
  • Annual convention
  • Electronic Discovery in Railroad Cases
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Paul
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Paul is one of the smartest claimant's attorneys I litigate with. He understands the nuances of the law and is as cordial as he is intelligent. I hate seeing him on the other side because I know I'll have to work harder, but I love seeing him on the other side because I know it's going to be an enjoyable fight. Plus, he tells great stories!"
Personal injury Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Paul. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Paul for over ten years. He is extremely knowledgable and compassionate. Paul has dedicated his career to helping those who are injured by corporate negligence is is one of the best plaintiff railroad lawyers in the state of Oregon. In 2012 Paul and I began working together on the Board of Governors for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association."
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Portland Personal injury Lawyer Paul Bovarnick
Paul Bovarnick
Personal injury Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 44 years
Virtual consultation available