John R. Bachofner

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John R. Bachofner

OVERVIEW

An experienced trial lawyer, John represents businesses, insurers, creditors, and individuals in a wide variety of civil matters, including coverage litigation, personal injury defense, business disputes, and bankruptcy. Having drafted and revised policy forms for several insurers, he is a trusted adviser and preferred counsel for many insurance clients as well as other lawyers. He is panel counsel for the Oregon Professional Liability Fund, representing other lawyers against whom claims have been asserted, and serves as the firm’s ethics and loss prevention advisor. His fair and balanced approach to litigation has resulted in him frequently serving as an arbitrator, mediator, or expert in civil matters.

Over his three decades of 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 creditors’ rights matters.

A former elected member of the OSB Board of Governors, John’s reputation and experience over the last 33 years has resulted in him receiving a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating, the organization’s highest rating; listing in The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation – Insurance; and listing in Washington Super Lawyers, Creditor-Debtor Rights. He is a past chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Litigation Section, past chair of Jordan Ramis PC’s Litigation Group, and current chair of the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Defense Group. 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 as an expert or arbitrator in binding arbitration of matters. Since 1996, he has first-chaired many jury trials to verdict that lasted from one day to as long as two weeks.

 As a recognized leader in insurance and litigation issues, John frequently speaks at seminars, client- and bar-sponsored events with respect to creditors’ rights, insurance coverage, business, and litigation matters.

When not practicing law, John enjoys an eclectic variety of hobbies, from singing and acting, to camping, Ham radio, swimming, teaching, and scuba diving. An avid scuba diver since 1982, John is a licensed scuba instructor for PADI and NAUI. John combines his passion for the law with his passion for diving by representing local dive shop owners and other diving-related professionals, providing advice and guidance to the diving profession in business transactions, regulatory work, business advice, and litigation.

 

Education

  • B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 1985
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Puget Sound School of Law, 1988

Admissions

  • State of Oregon
  • State of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Membership and Activities

  • Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (1992–Present); Board of Directors (2012–2014); Chair Practice Management Group (2021–Present)
  • Oregon State Bar: Board of Governors, Out-of-State Region Member (2016–2019)
    • Procedure and Practice Committee (2013–2015)
    • House of Delegates, Delegate (2000–2015) Out-of-State Delegate (2020–Present (three-year term))
    • Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services (2013)
    • Litigation Section Executive Committee (2010–2019), Chair (2016)
    • Law-Related Education Committee, Past Chair
    • New Lawyer’s Division Law-Related Education Committee (1993–1995)
    • Public Service and Information Committee (1993–1996)
  • Washington State Bar Association, Taskforce on Mandatory Malpractice Insurance (2018–2020)
  • Washington Scuba Alliance, Board of Directors (2010–Present)
  • Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce (2004–Present); Board of Directors (2012–2014)
  • Oregon Council on Court Procedures (2009–2017), Chair-Elect (2015–2016), Chair (2016–2017)
  • Oregon Law Commission, Auto Insurance Legislation Workgroup, Appointee (2003–2007)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

Awards and Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®,Litigation – Insurance, 2018-2022
  • Oregon State Bar, President’s Public Service Award, 1994
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Top-Rated Lawyer in “Insurance Law,” 2013

Presentations

  • “UM/UIM Arbitration – Maximizing the Benefits and Minimizing the Pitfalls,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Fall Seminar, November 2019
  • Speaker, “Obtaining and Collecting Your Client’s Judgment–Show Me the Money,” Oregon State Bar, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • “It’s a Whole New World! What’s New in Stacking and UM/UIM Set-offs,” National Business Institute Seminar, December 2017
  • “From PIP to UIM to Every Lien in Between,” Oregon Law Institute, April 2016
  • “How to Effectively Present and Defend PIP and UM/UIM Claims,” Multnomah Bar Association, December 2015
  • “Legislative Update and the New World for UM/UIM/PIP Claims,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, November 2015
  • “Get What You Paid For: Stacking of UIM and PIP under SB 411,” Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, October 2015
  • “Negotiation Ethics: Winning Without Selling Your Soul,” Oregon State Bar, October 2015
  • “Collecting Judgments in Oregon,” Oregon Civil Trial Procedure, Oregon State Bar, September 2015
  • “Legislative Changes to Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist and PIP Coverage,” Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association, July 2015
  • “Impacts of Measure 91,” Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association, April 2015
  • “Advanced Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Issues,” Oregon Law Institute, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, May 2014
  • “Obtaining and Collecting Your Client’s Judgment — Show Me the Money,” Oregon State Bar 2013
  • “Litigating the Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claim,” National Business Institute 2013
  • “Collections: Seeking and Collecting a Judgment,” National Business Institute 2012
  • “Presenting and Defending Uninsured, Underinsured, and PIP Claims in Oregon,” Oregon State Bar 2011
  • “Collections: Seeking and Collecting a Judgment,” National Business Institute 2011
  • “Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law 101,” National Business Institute 2011
  • “Common Questions Asked by Adjusters and Attorneys Handling UM/UIM Claims,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel 2011
  • “Recent Developments in UM, UIM and PIP Coverage,” Multnomah Bar Association CLE, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011
  • “Collection Law from Start to Finish,” National Business Institute, 2007, 2008, 2010
  • “Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage,” National Business Institute, 2008, 2009
  • “Pleadings and Parties,” Oregon State Bar Civil Procedure, 2007
  • “Debt Collection From Start to Finish in Oregon,” National Business Institute, 2004, 2006
  • “How to Successfully Collect on Judgments in Oregon,” National Business Institute, 2005
  • “Persuasion within the State,” OADC Annual Convention, 2005
  • “Auto Insurance Repair,” OADC Fall Seminar, 2004
  • “Personal Injury Protection and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage,” IISOI, 2003
  • “Auto Insurance Law and Accident Litigation in Oregon,” CLE, 2003
  • “What Every Oregon Lawyer Should Know About Washington PIP & UIM,” OADC Annual Convention, 2002
  • “Fundamentals of Oregon Civil Trial Procedure,” OSB CLE, 2001
  • “UM/UIM Issues,” OADC Annual Convention, 2001
  • “Five Strategies to Reduce Your Bottom Line in UM/UIM Cases,” Oregon Casualty Adjusters, 2000
  • “Tips for Defense Counsel and Adjusters in Dealing with UM/UIM Claims,” OADC Fall Seminar, 2000
  • “UM, UIM Strategies & Developments,” OSB Insurance Law CLE, 1999

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