About Bullivant Houser Bailey PC


Founded in 1938, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC has grown to be one of Portland's largest law firms. Once recognized by Chambers as a "West Coast litigation powerhouse," the firm has earned a reputation for creativity and courtroom skills in matters ranging from asbestos litigation to employment law.

Pacific Coastline Counsel

V.V. Pendergrass, known during his time as the "dean" of Oregon bank attorneys, used expertise culled from years of serving as counsel for the First National Bank of Oregon to form a law firm with fellow attorneys Charles Spackman Jr., a trial attorney, and R.R. Bullivant, who had worked as counsel for the Portland Terminal Railroad Company. Since those early days, Bullivant has expanded to outposts in three other states. In 1983, it launched an office in Vancouver, and has since set up shop in Seattle and San Francisco.

Adopting its current name in 1998, the firm has built strong practices in product liability defense work, insurance and employment law. In addition to its strength in commercial litigation, the firm handles domestic and international business transactions, real estate, acquisitions, franchising, estate planning and intellectual property matters. Bullivant's diverse client list includes Costco, McDonald's Corp, T-Mobile, Caterpillar, Inc., Dr. Marten's AirWair USA, John Deere and State Farm Insurance.

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye

After experimental forays into the international and entertainment law arenas, the firm has recently scaled back and refocused on complex litigation and insurance. This move may have contributed to the departure of dozens of partners, who took expensive shareholder buyouts with them. The firm assured shareholders that former partners would be repaid, but in installments, and in a letter expressed confidence that the firm would be able to honor its debts while continuing to thrive. 

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Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

888 SW Fifth Avenue Suite 300
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 228-6351
Vault ID: 38545


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 50

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Asbestos Litigation
    Business & Corporate Law
    Commercial Litigation
    Employment Counseling & Litigation
    ERISA & Employee Benefits
    Estate Planning, Trusts & Probate
    Fidelity & Surety
    Insurance Industry Services
    Intellectual Property
    Personal & Catastrophic Injury Litigation
    Product Liability
    Professional Liability
    Real Estate & Land Use

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