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John R. Bachofner John Bachofner's practice focuses on litigation and jury trials, as well as on insurance coverage, product liability, general business, bankruptcy, and creditors' rights issues. He has represented individuals and organizations in a variety of state and federal courts, arbitration forums, and agency hearings, as well as in a variety of transactions. Having taken or defended hundreds of depositions, he is frequently involved in binding arbitration of matters. Since 1996, he has first-chaired a number of jury trials to verdict in trials lasting from one day to as long as two weeks.

Over his more than two decades practicing law, John has become familiar with the unique challenges faced by large corporations and insurers, as well as small businesses. His work has ranged from representing companies before local regulatory agencies to interpreting complex contracts and insurance policies, to providing day-to-day advice on business or creditor's rights matters. His reputation and breadth of experience has earned him the AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the organization's highest rating.

John is a frequent lecturer at seminars, client and bar-sponsored events with respect to creditor's rights, insurance coverage, business, and litigation matters.

An avid scuba diver since 1982 and a current PADI scuba instructor, John combines his passion for the law with his passion for diving by representing local dive shop owners and other diving-related professionals. In this regard, he has provided advice and guidance to the diving profession in business transactions, regulatory work, business advice, and litigation.

Education and Professional Qualifications

B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 1985

J.D., cum laude, University of Puget Sound, School of Law, 1988

Memberships and Affiliations

2013 Top Rated Lawyer in "Insurance Law" Martindale-Hubbell™

Member, Oregon State Bar Association

Member, Washington State Bar Association

Member, Multnomah County Bar Association

Member, Clark County Bar Association

Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (1992-present); Board of Directors (2012-present)

Delegate, Oregon State Bar House of Delegates (2000-present)

Oregon State Bar (Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services, 2013; Litigation Section Executive Committee, 2010-present; Law Related Education Committee, Past Chair and Secretary; Member, New Lawyer's Division Law Related Education Committee, 1993-1995; Member, Public Service and Information Committee, 1993-1996)

Board of Directors, Washington Scuba Alliance (2010-present)

Member, Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce (2004-present); Board of Directors (2012-present)

Member, Oregon Council on Court Procedures (2009-Present)

Appointee, Oregon Law Commission, Auto Insurance Legislation Workgroup (2003-2007)


Oregon State Bar, President's Public Service Award (1994)

AV, Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Articles and Presentations

Speaker, "Obtaining and Collecting Your Client's Judgment — Show Me the Money," Oregon State Bar (2013)

Speaker, "Litigating the Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claim," National Business Institute (2013)

Speaker, "Collections: Seeking and Collecting a Judgment," National Business Institute (2012)

Oregon Supreme Court Decision Expands Attorney Fee Exposure on Insurance Cases

Speaker, "Presenting and Defending Uninsured, Underinsured, and PIP Claims in Oregon," Oregon State Bar (2011)

Speaker, "Collections: Seeking and Collecting a Judgment," National Business Institute (2011)

Speaker, "Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law 101," National Business Institute (2011)

Speaker, "Common Questions Asked by Adjusters and Attorneys Handling UM/UIM Claims," Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (2011)

Speaker, "Recent Developments in UM, UIM and PIP Coverage," Multnomah Bar Association CLE (2011), (2010), (2004), (2003)

Speaker, "Collection Law from Start to Finish," National Business Institute (2010), (2008), (2007)

Speaker, "Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage," National Business Institute (2009), (2008)

Author, "FDIC Insured: What Does It Really Mean?" Vancouver Business Journal (2008)

Author, "Federal and State Laws Designed to Curb Identity Theft Impact Business," Vancouver Business Journal (2008)

Author, "New Electronic Discovery Rules Impact Business," Vancouver Business Journal (2007)

Author, "Impact of New Wireless Communication Limits on Business," Vancouver Business Journal (2007)

Speaker, "Pleadings and Parties," Oregon State Bar Civil Procedure (2007)

Speaker, "Debt Collection From Start to Finish in Oregon," National Business Institute (2006), (2004)

Author, "Insurance Coverage Considerations for the Business Owner," Vancouver Business Journal (2006)

Speaker, "How to Successfully Collect on Judgments in Oregon," National Business Institute (2005)

Speaker, "Persuasion within the State," OADC Annual Convention (2005)

Speaker, "Auto Insurance Repair," OADC Fall Seminar (2004)

Speaker, "Personal Injury Protection and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage," IISOI (2003)

Speaker, "Auto Insurance Law and Accident Litigation in Oregon," CLE (2003)

Author, "UM, UIM and PIP Coverage," Supplement Oregon State Bar Insurance CLE, Chapter 19 (2003)

Speaker, "What Every Oregon Lawyer Should Know About Washington PIP & UIM," OADC Annual Convention (2002)

Speaker, "Fundamentals of Oregon Civil Trial Procedure," OSB CLE (2001)

Speaker, "UM/UIM Issues," OADC Annual Convention (2001)

Speaker, "Five Strategies to Reduce Your Bottom Line in UM/UIM Cases," Oregon Casualty Adjusters (2000)

Speaker, "Tips for Defense Counsel and Adjusters in Dealing with UM/UIM Claims," OADC Fall Seminar (2000)

Author, "UM, UIM and PIP Coverage," Supplement Oregon State Bar Insurance CLE, Chapter 19 (1999)

Speaker, "UM, UIM Strategies & Developments," OSB Insurance Law CLE (1999)


John R. Bachofner
OR Direct: 503-598-5509
WA Direct: 360-567-3906

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State of Oregon; U.S. District Court, District of Oregon; State of Washington; United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington; Western District of Washington; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

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