Aaron DeShaw

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Portland, OR

Dr. Aaron DeShaw Esq. PC
 | 2350 NW York St., Portland, OR 97210
Phone: 503-227-1233
Fax: 503-227-2489
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2019
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Former co-chair of the American Association for Justice’s publishing division and CEO and founder of Trial Guides, Aaron DeShaw is a personal injury lawyer with Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq., P.C. His practice focuses on brain injuries, semitruck accidents, car accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, DUI, DUII, DWI and wrongful death. He has almost two decades of experience.

After completing his undergraduate work at Willamette University, Mr. DeShaw attended University of Western States where he earned a Doctor of Chiropractic. Returning to Willamette University College of Law, he studied and obtained his Juris Doctor and spent time in London.

Admitted to practice in Oregon, Mr. DeShaw is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the Washington State Bar Association, the Oregon State Bar, the American Association for Justice and the organization’s Brain Injury Litigation Division. To actively give back to his community and help as many people as possible, Mr. DeShaw is also on the board of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon.

Throughout his career, Mr. DeShaw has helped those who were injured at the hands of another to reach verdicts and settlements totaling more than one billion dollars. With his medical background, he is uniquely qualified to handle complex medical injury cases.

The author of three books, Mr. DeShaw has been a legal resource for organizations such as BusinessWeek, MSNBC, CNN and A.M. Best. Lecturing to both legal and medical professionals, he has presented for the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, the American Association for Justice, the Brain Injury Association of California, the North American Brain Injury Society and the Brain Injury Association of Oregon.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (80%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2019

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About Aaron DeShaw

Admitted: 2000, Oregon

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected as Top 5% of lawyers in Oregon in Personal Injury law., Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2019
  • DeShaw is the youngest trial lawyer ever published by Trial Guides, the country's leading plaintiff lawyer publishing company, where he is joined by Rick Friedman, David Ball, Paul Luvera, Gerry Spence, and others.
  • Selected for Super Lawyers 2013 in Oregon, Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers - Oregon, 2013
  • DeShaw was co-chair of AAJ Publishing, the legal publisher for the American Association for Justice., American Association for Justice - Publishing Division, 2010
  • One of Oregon's few leading lawyers selected for Barton's Boot Camp, an invitation only event for the state's leading trial lawyers.
  • Superlawyers - Oregon - 2012, Superlawyers

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • DeShaw is a former Doctor of Chiropractic, who practiced in the US and Europe prior to his legal career.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Founder - Trial Guides, 2004
  • Member - American Association for Justice
  • Washington State Bar
  • CEO - Trial Guides, 2019
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Co-Chair - AAJ Publishing, publisher for the American Association for Justice., 2010
  • Guardian Member - Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • AAJ Brain Injury Litigation Division, 2019

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecture on insurance company claims handling at scientific conference for doctors who treat traumatic injuries., Lecturer, Colossus, SRISD Scientific Conference, Spine Research Institute Of San Diego
  • Text on insurance software related to the review and reduction of medical bills in personal injury cases., Procedure & Billing Denials, Trial Guides, 2005
  • High level conference for physicians, and auto researchers on all aspects of auto injuries ranging from discussions on car seat design to crash testing to injury prevention and treatment, to dealing with litigation in auto claims.  DeShaw spoke on insurance claims practices in auto claims.  He was joined by Brian O'Neil (from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety - creator of the national crash test program), the designer of the Saab safety seat, Dr. Michael Freeman, Dr. Arthur Croft, and others., Lecturer, Insurance Claims Practices in Personal Injury Cases, CRASH, Spine Research Institute Of San Diego
  • Vermont Trial Lawyer Journal article on Colossus insurance software., Colossus, Vermont Association For Justice
  • Lecture to ADR certificate program participants regarding the negotiation with insurers using claims software., Lecturer, Negotiating with Insurers using Colossus, Willamette University College Of Law Negotiation Seminar
  • Article on negotiating non-demonstrable cases analyzed by Colossus insurance software., Negotiating a Non-Demonstrable Case, Forum, Consumer Attorneys Association Of Los Angeles
  • Lecture for ATLA Jazzfest Auto Seminar on the topic of Colossus claims software., Lecturer, Colossus, Jazzfest Auto Seminar, ATLA
  • Article on Colossus insurance software, Author, Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know, Trial Trends, Montana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Webinar recording of lecture on handling neck injury cases., Speaker, Increasing Claim Value on Neck Injury Cases, Trial Guides, 2013
  • Article on Colossus insurance software, Author, Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know, Louisiana Advocates, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Webinar recording of insurance company methods of defending minor impact cases and how to overcome those with science, physics and trial preparation., Speaker, Overcoming "Minor Impact" Defenses in Auto Cases, Trial Guides, 2013
  • Article on Colossus insurance software, Author, Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know, Trial Briefs, North Carolina Association For Justice
  • Webinar recording for lawyers on how to qualify chiropractors to testify in trial., Speaker, Working with Chiropractors on Auto Cases, Trial Guides, 2012
  • Article on Colossus insurance software, Author, Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know, The Gavel, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Article on Colossus insurance software, Author, Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know, The Verdict, Wisconsin Academy Of Trial Lawyers
  • Lecture on litigation trends and writing demand letters., Keynote Speaker, Iowa Association For Justice, 2014
  • Article on the evaluation of soft tissue injury cases in the Colossus insurance software program., Author, Soft Tissue Cases in Colossus, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, ATLA
  • Speaker at national advanced course on handling auto accident cases.  Spoke on spinal cord injuries and disc herniation claims., Speaker, Auto Litigation 3.0 (Chicago), 360 Advocacy, 2014
  • Article on Colossus insurance software, Author, Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know, Advocate, Consumer Attorneys Association For Southern California
  • Spoke on writing demand letters in auto claims, Speaker, Writing Demand Letters, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Article on Colossus insurance software, Author, Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know, The Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecture on cross examining psychologists and neuropsychologists in trial., Speaker, Cross Examining the Neuropsychologist, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Article on negotiating a non-demonstrable (non-visible) injury claim with insurers using insurance claims software., Author, Negotiating a Non-Demonstrable Case, Colorado Trial Lawyer Association publication, Colorado Trial Lawyer Association
  • Lecture for physicians at the Brain Injury Association of Oregon's annual convention on diagnosing traumatic brain injuries., Speaker, Detecting Traumatic Brain Injury Cases, Annual Convention, Brain Injury Alliance Of Oregon, 2014
  • Article discussing the negotiation of non-visible injuries evaluated by insurance claims software., Author, Negotiating a Non-Demonstrable Case, The Prairie Barrister, Nebraska Association Of Trial Attorneys
  • Speaker for the BIAOR at the Eugene Veterans Administration to doctors and therapists who work with veterans on the topic of brain injury., Keynote Speaker, Diagnosing and Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries, Brain Injury Alliance Of Oregon, 2014
  • Article for lawyers on understanding how claim software analyzes auto injury claims, Author, Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know, Journal of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Academy Of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Day long continuing education event for doctors on diagnosing, advanced imaging, and working with other professionals on traumatic brain injury cases.  Lecture was approximately six hours long., Keynote Speaker, Diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injuries, Oregon Chiropractic Association, 2014
  • Lecture for the legal track at the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon's annual convention.  (Announced Muriel Lezak, Ph.D., coauthor of Neuropsychological Assessment, for prior lecture.), Speaker, Cross Examining the Neuropsychologist in Brain Injury Cases, Brain Injury Alliance Of Oregon, 2014
  • Lecture on Colossus., Lecturer, Colossus, Blockbuster Auto Seminar, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecture on cross examining psychologists and neuropsychologists in trial., Speaker, Cross Examining the Neuropsychologist, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Lecture on negotiating settlements with insurers using claims assessment software like Colossus., Lecturer, Colossus in Settlement Negotiation, Torts Made Perfect
  • Lecture for the physician track of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon's annual convention on advanced brain imaging methods including 3T MRI, SWI, DTI, CT, PET, SPECT, HDFT, MEG, etc., Speaker, Advanced Diagnostic Imaging in Brain Injury Cases, Brain Injury Alliance Of Oregon, 2013
  • Lengthy lecture for lawyers with a panel of medical specialists on detecting cervical spine injuries and trying cases for those injuries., Lecturer, Trying Cervical Injury Cases, Neck Injury and Treatment Seminar, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecture with Rick Friedman and Dr. Arthur Croft for an audience of doctors and lawyers on the topic of detecting traumatic brain injuries and litigating those cases. Four Seasons Hotel - Seattle., Lecturer, Traumatic Injuries, Trial Guides
  • Lecture for physicians and lawyers on detecting traumatic injuries and litigating cases., Lecturer, Traumatic Injuries, Personal Injury Advanced Topics, Trial Guides
  • Lectured on Colossus claims program.  On program with Mark Lanier, Cliff Atkinson, Milton Grimes, etc., Lecturer, Colossus, Annual Conference, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lectured on detecting and trying traumatic injury cases.  On program with Mark Lanier, Cliff Atkinson, Milton Grimes, etc.  , Lecturer, Traumatic Injuries, Annual Conference, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecture for lawyers and physicians on the handling of traumatic brain injury cases., Lecturer, Handling and Trying Brain Injury Cases, Brain Injury Association Of Oregon
  • Lecture for settlement CLE on how to use negotiation methods that correlate with the insurance industry's Colossus software., Lecturer, Colossus Settlement Practices, Settlement Summit CLE, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Day long lecture for doctors and lawyers on insurance claims practices that impact auto injury claims., Lecturer, Insurance Claims Practices, SRISD Module 4 - Orlando, Spine Research Institute Of San Diego
  • Full day lecture for doctors and lawyers on insurance claims practices that impact auto injury claims., Lecturer, Insurance Claims Practices, SRISD Module 4 - New York, Spine Research Institute Of San Diego
  • Full day lecture for doctors and lawyers on insurance claims practices that impact auto injury claims., Lecturer, Insurance Claims Practices, SRISD Module 4 - Las Vegas, Spine Research Institute Of San Diego
  • DeShaw's book Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyers Needs to Know, uncovered the auto insurance industry's adherence to computer generated evaluations for bodily injury claims., Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know, Trial Guides, 2004
  • Full day lecture for doctors and lawyers on insurance claims practices that impact auto injury claims., Lecturer, Insurance Claims Practices, SRISD Module 4 - Chicago, Spine Research Institute Of San Diego
  • Full day lecture for lawyers on national insurance claims practices with insurance consultant Gary Fye., Lecturer, Insurance Claims Practices, Insurance Claims Practices, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecture on handling litigation cases involving injuries to the alar and transverse ligaments in the upper neck.  Lecture to a mixed group of physicians and lawyers., Lecturer, Handling Alar & Transverse Ligament Injury Litigation Cases, Innovator Seminar
  • Discussion of insurance claims practices in personal injury cases, Lecturer, Insurance Claims Practices in Personal Injury Cases, American Association For Justice Convention
  • DeShaw's book Colossus: What Every Physician Needs to Know, uncovered the auto insurance industry's adherence to computer generated evaluations for bodily injury claims.  This book was written for physicians treating people injured in auto accidents, Colossus: What Every Physician Needs to Know, Trial Guides, 2004
  • Lecture on traumatic alar and transverse ligament injuries in the upper neck, during the 2010 Annual Convention of the American Association for Justice in Vancouver BC., Lecturer, Alar & Transverse Ligament Injuries After Trauma, American Association For Justice
  • This CD provides physicians with the clinical forms necessary when dealing with modern insurance companies on personal injury cases., Colossus: Physician Forms CD, Trial Guides, 2004
  • Lecture on insurance claims handling practices for a group of doctors and lawyers., Lecturer, How Insurance Companies Really Handle Claims, SRISD Module 3, Spine Research Institute Of San Diego
  • This CD provides lawyers with the necessary forms to obtain higher offers in auto accident cases evaluated by bodily injury claim software like Colossus., Colossus: Lawyer Forms CD, Trial Guides, 2004
  • Lecture on the bad faith aspects of an insurers handling of claims using the Colossus claims programs., Lecturer, Colossus, Montana Bad Faith Seminar, Montana Trial Lawyers Association
  • This video contains Dr. DeShaw’s lecture on spotting commonly missed traumatic injuries in personal injury cases. It includes presentations on traumatic brain injuries, inner ear injuries, C1 ligament injuries, and more., Traumatic Injuries, Trial Guides, 2009

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Price v. DJO, LLC  $550,000 Client sustained erosion of the shoulder joint as a result of a defective pain pump in his shoulder.  With Beasley Allen
  • Hensley v. CSC, recovered over $1 Billion for policyholders for institutional fraud and conspiracy of insurers to underpay personal injury claims using bodily injury review software.  The lawsuit was a class action case against over 580 insurance companies and manufacturers of three bodily injury claims evaluation software. Co-counsel with four other law firms.  Defects in programs and institutional underpayment had been detailed in Dr. DeShaw's book on Colossus.
  • Fitzgerald v. Shelby  $1,600,000 record trial verdict on $25,000 offer in auto vs. motorcycle case resulting in the amputation of client's right leg.  Largest recorded civil trial verdict in Columbia County, Oregon.  Client was uninsured at the time, preventing recovery of non-economic damages.  
  • Osborne v. Thomas Wiser, Inc.  $400,000 mediation settlement.  Mild Traumatic Brain Injury as a result of motor vehicle collision.
  • Silva v. Wesco Distribution et al. $400,000 settlement for inner ear injury including semicircular canal dehiscence.
  • Shunk v. Shunk. $300,000 policy limit settlement in serious brain injury case.  Home was improperly maintained, leading plaintiff to fall down stairs striking head and leaving him in a six week coma, and resulting in permanent cognitive problems, vision deficits and behavioral dysfunction.  Given that plaintiff and defendant were cousins, plaintiff chose not to seek defendant's personal assets.
  • Stephens v. Halsey Auto  - Mild Traumatic Brain Injury following motor vehicle crash.  Trial Verdict for $367,167 on $45,000 mediation offer.
  • Doe v. Fishing Fleet.  $3,500,000.00 settlement.  Maritime case in which client was injured by a freon leak in the boat's refrigeration system, causing extensive damage to client's heart.  Client died during litigation of hear failure.  With Friedman | Rubin.  
  • Kletzer v. Heiberg Garbage $550,000.00 61 year old female pedestrian run over by garbage truck causing head laceration, facial fractures, facial scarring, and bilateral complex tibia fractures, including rod insertion into one leg and permanent lower leg edema. Client returned to work within months of the collision, and despite the severity of injuries, did not expect future treatment related to the injuries beyond her pre-existing treatment, or diminished earning capacity. Total past and future economic damages were $118,000.  The remainder was non-economic damages. 
  • Carlson v. Safeco. $463,000 settlement for mild traumatic brain injury as a result of motor vehicle collision.
  • Garcia v. Stonington Insurance / QBE - $400,000 - UM litigation claim for mild traumatic brain injury.  Pre-litigation offer was $5,000.
  • Clevenger v. Smith. $300,000 mediation settlement, including $150,000 in personal assets of defendant. Unlit tractor implement tore through plaintiff's car on roadway at night, severely damaging plaintiff's arm. Defendant farmer had chosen to have no insurance on his farm, and so the only insurance available in the case came from the lead vehicle (which was substantially too far ahead of tractor to provide adequate warning.)
  • Sikes v. Farmers.  Consultant, creating strategy, analyzing data, and preparing lead lawyers for depositions in national class action against Farmers insurance for the use of bodily injury software which systematically underpaid claims.  Unable to serve as counsel due to the potential of being called as a material rebuttal witness. Policyholders were paid in excess of $150 million.
  • Edlin v. Doe  Trial Verdict of $1,125,000 on mediation offer of $37,000.  Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury from auto accident.
  • Dr. S v. Safeco Insurance, $264,236 settlement.  Physician sustained permanent cognitive damage and behavioral changes from a mild traumatic brain injury, making practice difficult and leading to decreased earnings.  Client requested settlement for a lesser amount, rather than continue with the stress of litigation with his insurer.
  • Lutes v. Rotchy, $700,000 verdict with Rick Friedman.  Mild traumatic brain injury from motor vehicle collision.
  • Bauer v. Progressive Insurance.  $181,000 arbitration award on $5,000 offer.  Neck injury in UIM case arising out of drunk driving incident.  Arbitrators decided that due to a failure of treating doctor to note the brain injury and temporal lobe seizures, they could not be considered as part of the arbitration award.
  • Kutsev v. Farmers.  $308,000 UIM arbitration with Jan Baisch.  Low back injury after motor vehicle collision.  Significant prior disability.
  • Swaim v. Farmers Insurance.  $222,000 UIM arbitration award.  Chronic pain after two motor vehicle collisions occurring closely together both of which showed little or no vehicle damage.
  • Doe v. Doe  $800,000 Settlement in 3rd week of trial, on mediation offer of $30,000.  Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Alar Ligament injury after traumatic injury at retail store.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Founder and CEO of legal publisher Trial Guides.  Through his founding and operation of legal publisher Trial Guides, DeShaw is considered one of the most influential plaintiff lawyers in the country, overseeing the creation of many of the best selling legal texts including Rules of the Road, David Ball on Damages, Polarizing the Case, and many more.  He was also a consultant on Don Keenan and David Ball's highly influential book "Reptile" originally distributed by Trial Guides. In 2010 after six years in business, DeShaw led Trial Guides to take over publishing for the American Association for Justice from Thomson Reuters / West Legal Publishing.  Trial Guides is now the legal publisher of choice for the nation's leading plaintiff lawyers, including more authors from the Inner Circle of Advocates than all other legal publishers combined.  DeShaw's leadership provides him access to cutting edge litigation tactics well in advance of their release to the legal community.
  • Co-Chair of AAJ Publishing, the publishing division of the American Association for Justice., 2010

Educational Background:

  • Doctorate of Chiropractic from Western States Chiropractic College., 1993

Industry Groups

  • AAJ
  • OTLA
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Office Location for Aaron DeShaw

2350 NW York St.
Portland, OR 97210

Phone: 503-227-1233

Fax: 503-227-2489

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Last Updated: 7/22/2019

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