William Barton

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Newport, Oregon

Barton Trial Attorneys, PC
William Barton
Barton Trial Attorneys, PC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Oregon since: 1972

Education: Willamette University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

Barton Trial Attorneys, PC

214 Southwest Coast Highway
Newport, OR 97365 Visit website


The law itself can do nothing for a client; it's the attorney's understanding of the law that makes justice happen. William (Bill) A. Barton, a founding partner of Barton Trial Attorneys in Newport, Oregon, not only understands the law, he knows how to work within the system to promote positive change.

Bill is a plaintiff’s jury trial lawyer who has tried and won a number of landmark cases over the course of his career. His focus is on cases of serious injury and on collecting damages for individuals who have suffered psychological or physical injuries as a result of civil rights violations, sexual abuse, medical and professional neglect, and other wrongs.

Bill has practiced law for more than 45 years while remaining highly active in the professional community, serving on many boards, writing and teaching. He has lectured on trial advocacy in 35 states and four countries. In addition to professional accomplishments and contributions, Bill has received a number of honors from the legal communities he is a part of, including an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, election as one of Oregon's Top Ten Super Lawyers and a fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Bill is the recipient of the Owen M. Panner Professionalism Award and the Oregon State Bar's Award of Merit.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 40% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 40% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1972, Oregon

Professional Webpage: http://bartontrialattorneys.com/team/bill_barton

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Past President, American Board of Trial Advocates, Oregon Chapter
  • Past President, Western Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past President, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past Chairman of the Child Abuse Litigation Group, Past Board of Governors, American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association, State Delegate, Oregon
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified by the Oregon Supreme Court as an Oregon Trial Courts Judge Pro-Tempore
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, Recovering for Psychological Injuries, 2nd Edition
  • Former Adjunct Faculty Member, Willamette University College of Law
  • Award of Merit, Oregon State Bar, 2015
  • Owen M. Panner Professionalsim Award, Oregon State Bar Litigation Section, 2013
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in three categories (Medical Malpractice,  Personal Injury Litigation & Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense)
  • Listed in The Outstanding Lawyers of America
  • Listed in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Listed in Who's Who in the World
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Listed in The Best of the U.S. under Plaintiffs' Personal Injury & Plaintiffs' Malpractice Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell's highest "A-V" rating for legal ability and strict adherence to the highest ethical standards
  • 2005 Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Distinguished Trial Lawyers

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“The best medical malpractice and sexual abuse lawyer in Oregon, and one of the best in the nation.”

“Still the best trial lawyer in Oregon!”

“One of the finest trial lawyers and legal educators in the country.”

“Bill Barton is an incredible lawyer, who is a leader of the plaintiff's bar in Oregon.”

“The best plaintiff lawyer in Oregon without question. He also has helped a generation of lawyers improve their advocacy skills.”

“He is excellent!”

Office location for William Barton

214 Southwest Coast Highway
Newport, OR 97365

Phone: 541-265-5377

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