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Since 1999, Portland attorney Bryan Dawson has represented individuals and companies as both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide array of Oregon personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, patent infringement, employment, and construction defect disputes.  He has taken over a hundred Oregon cases through trial or arbitration and is experienced in discovery, motion practice, and appeals.  He has tried cases in most of the Circuit Courts in 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. Bryan has settled hundreds of personal injury claims and lawsuits. Bryan’s client reviews appear on Avvo, a major lawyer rating website.


Bryan was born in Portland in 1967 and attended Clackamas High School in its old building.  He attended colleges and graduate schools in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Chicago, New York, and Berkeley.  After graduating from Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California Berkeley, 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 Dawson Law Group.  He is very active in the Lake Oswego community, where he coaches high school mock trial teams. Bryan commutes to work on his Trek cyclocross bicycle as often as possible.



  • 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 & Dawson, West Linn OR, 1999-present
  • Cooley Godward, Palo Alto CA, 1996-1999
  • Intern for Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament, Subsequently 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)


Hobbies and Interests:

  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Fishing



Contact info:

(503) 919-1315



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