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Bryan M Donahue

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Bryan gained considerable courtroom experience representing clients in criminal proceedings.  While he never anticipated his career would take him into criminal defense, he values the experience.  “I learned to think on my feet, to present cases before both judges and juries.”  In a legal environment where only select civil cases make it into the courtroom, few personal injury attorneys have much courtroom experience under their belt.  “To be able to take the fight to the next level, and feel comfortable doing it, is something so invaluable to me, and my clients.”

Increasingly, the utilization of skillful negotiation is critical to obtaining the best possible outcome for injured people.  Even before becoming an attorney, Bryan developed valuable dispute resolution skills as a licensed mediator with the State of Oregon.  Later, Bryan hammered out deals with hard-nosed, and entrenched prosecutors. Bryan understands the issues at the heart of disputes and is capable of facilitating solutions meeting his client’s needs.  With fewer civil and personal injury cases being litigated in the courtroom, Bryan’s considerable experience in negotiations is a highly valued and utilized skill. However, when the opposing party is unwilling to budge, he is prepared to go to trial for his clients.

Bryan is dedicated to the protection and representation of personal injury victims.  An active member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice, Bryan believes in fighting for civil justice and insurer accountability.  His paper, Medical Malpractice: Litigation, Investments, and Insurance Industry Cycles, exposes the deceit medical malpractice insurers have levied on the public and their doctors for years—blaming injury victims and their attorneys for exorbitant increases in physician medical malpractice premiums.  

Utilizing econometric regression analysis, Bryan proved that insurers themselves were responsible, through poor investment practices, for disproportionately high premiums they charge to doctors.  By misleading the public that the cause of the malpractice rates are due to greedy lawyers, they have obtained improper profits while turning doctors and the public against lawyers who are protecting the public.

Bryan grew up in the Willamette Valley.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon graduating Magna Cum Laude and with Departmental Honors.  Bryan later graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School. In law school, Bryan was honored with the “Best Appellate Brief” award.  The following year, he served as President of the Student Trial Lawyers Association and was selected to the prestigious Environmental Law Review, one of the top law reviews in the Country.  The following year, Bryan served as Managing Editor of the Journal’s online publication.

Bryan is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington State.

When outside the office Bryan is rarely idle.  Though he resides in NW Portland with his furry companion “Kodi”, he is more than likely enjoying the great outdoors.  On weekends in the winter, you’re likely to find him careening down the mountain; in the summer, riding through the Gorge on his bike or seeking out the perfect slip of water.  When weather forces him indoors, he enjoys working with his hands—rebuilding vintage cars and motorcycles.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 65%
    1 year
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    1 year
  3. Car Accident: 10%
    1 year



Hourly ($200-250/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert Kaine Meyer

    I endorse this lawyer. Bryan is a great lawyer and enjoyable to work with. I highly recommend him.


    Robert Meyer Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Roger Priest

    Mr. Donahue is an accomplished and competent trial attorney who does not shy away from litigating when it is in his clients' best interests.


    Roger Priest Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Donahue Law Firm, LLC

220 NW Oregon Ave.,
Suite 202
Bend, OR, 97703

Donahue Law Firm, LLC

818 SW Third Avenue
Suite 260
Portland, OR, 97204



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2016
10 Best - Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2016
Best Appellate BriefLewis & Clark Law School2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDonahue Law Firm, LLC2014 - Present
AttorneyDeShaw Trial Lawyers2012 - Present
AssociateJeffrey D. Barrar, P.C.2011 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationTop 40 Under 402016 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
Oregon State BarAttorney Member2012 - Present
Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Professional Development and Education CommitteeCommittee Member2012 - Present
American Association for JusticeAttorney Member2012 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationGuardian Member2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
T.O. v. Saccarecia$100,000 (Policy Limits)
S.W. V. State Farm Mutual Insurance Co,$66,173.52
T. G. v. D. Desvoigne$100,000 (Policy Limits)
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Publication nameTitleDate
KTVZ News 21Edwin Lara waives extradition, due back to C.O. next week2016
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Bill Barton's Trial Advocacy Boot CampN/AN/A2013
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association - Trial AcademyN/AN/A2012
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
University of Oregon School of LawPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Luncheon Conference Series-Continuing EducationPreparing for Testimony in Arbitration and Trial2012
Luncheon Conference Series-Continuing EducationPI Considerations in Diagnosing & Imaging C1 Instability After Trauma2012