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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. 

Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

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

Firm Stats

Total No. Attorneys (2020):
50 - 100

Major Departments

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