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About me

 - Adept at sizing up situations,
analyzing facts and developing alternative courses of action to achieve
sensible solutions.

- Considered a clear and effective oral and
communicator with the ability to concisely interpret complex laws,
and court opinions, using a common sense approach.

- Blessed with extensive experience in effectively working
with clients and
colleagues from diverse backgrounds, allowing him to be a good listener.

- Well-versed in client counseling, claim
analysis, case preparation, and hearing and appeal representation.

- Aware that while the journey is challenging,
successful outcomes for his clients are particularly rewarding.

- Recognized for forming
quality relationships quickly and instilling a high level of confidence among those with whom he

Acknowledged as a self-starter
with an
involved style of leadership.

Most of all, thankful for all I have, including my
awesome family
and wonderful friends.


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Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 85%
    10 years, 1.25 thousand cases
  2. Administrative Law: 5%
    12 years, 160 cases
  3. State & Local Law: 5%
    12 years, 120 cases
  4. Government: 5%
    12 years, 160 cases



Hourly ($225-375/hour), contingent (20-25%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Clifford Michael Farrell

    Brian always has timely and thoughtful advice and responds to Avvo questions incredibly quickly and in appropriate detail. His knowledge on Social Security issues is well demonstrated in his responses, as is his sensitivity to the nature of the problems facing the person presenting the issue. I would have no hesitation in recommending his counsel to potential clients.


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  • Ronald Lee Burdge

    When it comes to Social Security Law, I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. You can read his numerous answers to consumer questions on Avvo or his numerous Legal Guides or his favorable client reviews or what other lawyers have to say about attorney Wayson - and when you do you will realize that he has an extraordinary knowledge of Social Security Law. If you have a question about Social Security Law, he is your answer. Extraordinary knowledge = extraordinary lawyer. If his office is anywhere near you, I highly recommend him to you.


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Contact info

Cascadia Disability Law f/k/a Brown + Wayson LLC

847 NE 19th Avenue
Suite 260
Portland, OR, 97232

Brown + Wayson LLC

PO Box 11733
Portland, OR, 97211

WaysonLaw LLC

PO Box 11733
Portland, OR, 97211



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Moot Court Honor BoardNorthwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College2003
Natural Resources Law ScholarshipNorthwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College2003
Scholar ListNorthwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College2003
Client Counseling Moot Court Regional CompetitionAmerican Bar Association2003
Best Brief - First Year Moot CourtNorthwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College2002
Natural Resources Law ScholarshipNorthwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College2002
Indian Summer ScholarshipNorthwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College2002
Scholar ListNorthwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College2002
Natural Resources Law ScholarshipNorthwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerCascadia Disability Law formerly known as Brown + Wayson LLC2010 - Present
OwnerWaysonLaw LLC2004 - Present
Administrative Rule WriterOregon, Department of Human Services2008 - 2010
Attorney at LawLaw Offices2006 - 2008
Human ResourcesA Fortune 100 Company2004 - 2005
Law ClerkCity of Portland Attorney’s Office2003 - 2003
Legal InternNatural Resources Law Institute2002 - 2003
Indian Summer Legal InternBonneville2002 - 2002
InternUnited States Green Building Council2000 - 2000
InternCity Commissioner Erik Sten’s Office1999 - 1999
Business ManagementBusinesses small and large1985 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2004 - Present
Metropolitan Learning Center Educational FoundationBoard Member2012 - 2014
Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark CollegeFaculty Meetings, Student Bar Representative2003 - 2003
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Non-Profit Law CommitteeStudent Vice-Chair2003 - 2004
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Aviation and Space Law CommitteeStudent Vice-Chair2003 - 2004
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2005
Journal of Small & Emerging Business LawResearch Editor / Editorial Board, Internet Editor2002 - 2004
Native American Law Students AssociationMember / Treasurer2001 - 2004
Federal Bar AssociationMember2001 - 2004
Student Advocates for Business and Environmental ResponsibilityMember / Treasurer2001 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Client v. CommissionerAward of Benefits for 2004 to present
Client2 v. Social Security AdministrationRemanded for a hearing on the merits
Client1 v. Social Security DisabilityAward of Past-due Benefits for approx. 9 years
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Portland State UniversityNatural Resources Policy & AdministrationMPA - Masters in Public Administration2000
Linfield CollegeSocial & Behavioral SciencesBS - Bachelor of Science1998
University of California - BerkeleyBusiness AdministrationCertificate in Business Adminiatration1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Education courseThe ABCs of Social Security Disability Law2012
Circuit 9 ConferenceEthical Considerations in Social Security Disability Representation2012
ACCESO LEGAL - SiriusXM RadioSocial Security Disability Law2012
Presentation to StudentsSocial Security Disability Law and You2011
Participants' ClassSSD, SSI, Medicare and Medicaid2011
College CourseSocial Security Disability Law2011
Basics of Social Security Disability LawSocial Security Disability Law2011