Bryan W. Dawson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Portland, OR

Dawson Law Group
 | 1020 SW Taylor St, Suite 445
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-447-3759
Fax: 503-656-2109
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (20%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Bryan W. Dawson is an attorney at Dawson Law Group, P.C. in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Dawson practices personal injury law and serves clients in Portland and throughout the state of Oregon.

Mr. Dawson has two decades of experience and handles cases involving catastrophic injuries caused by car accidents, business losses, construction law, bicycle accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, premises liability, slip and fall, and wrongful death. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants and has experience with civil litigation defense.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Dawson has arbitrated, litigated and settled hundreds of cases in the state of Oregon at the trial and appellate levels. He is knowledgeable regarding all aspects of the litigation process.

Before joining Dawson Law Group, Mr. Dawson practiced at a California-based technology law firm. He also interned for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a member of the U.K. Parliament.

Involved in his legal community, Mr. Dawson is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel. He is active in his local community as well and regularly coaches high school mock trial competitions.

Mr. Dawson earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Claremont McKenna College and received a master’s degree in committee on social thought from the University of Chicago. He obtained his law degree from the University of Berkeley School of Law. He holds a license to practice law before all Oregon state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Personal Injury - Defense

Personal Injury - General (20%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Personal Injury - Defense

Construction Litigation (10%): Construction Defects

Civil Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Personal Injury - Defense, Construction Defects


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Super Lawyers: 2019

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White Papers

  • Advice on How to Survive a Deposition (part 1) (2018) - This is a three-part blog entry about depositions.  In the first post, I talk about the basic format for a deposition and give several general guidelines that should diminish the stress involved for most witnesses.

  • Surviving A Deposition (part 2) (2018) - A blog article, in three parts, explaining the logistics of civil depositions, and offering advice about how to effectively testify.  The first installment explains what to expect from a deposition, such as the usual setting in a lawyer's conference room, the court reporter's role, what to wear and what ground rules usually apply.  In this post, I explain the importance of just answering the questions a witness is asked, rather than anticipating potential questions or randomly going off on a tangent. 

  • Surviving a Deposition (part 3) (2018) - In the last of the posts, I discuss the key rule for depositions - telling the truth.  I discuss the importance of being completely honest even when honest answers appear to harm a party's case.  I also discuss how being honest sometimes is complicated, and provide advice about how to deal with issues a witness doesn't fully remember or can only estimate. 

  • About Bryan Dawson

    Admitted: 1999, Oregon

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top Lawyers -- Selectee, Who's Who, 2018
    • Selected as one of the lawyers for Oregon., Outstanding Lawyer - personal injury, American Bar Journal, 2016
    • Board of Editors -- California Law Review, Law Review, California Law Review, 1995
    • AV - Pre-eminent, Martindale Hubble, 2018
    • A five star rating based on comments from numerous clients, Google, 2018
    • Award for appellate advocacy -- law school mock appeal competition, 1994
    • 10/10 Rating, Avvo, 2018

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Clackamas County Bar Association, member, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Oregon State Bar, Member
    • U.S. District Courts for California, 1996-present
    • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals -- bar member
    • California state courts
    • Oregon state courts and U.S. District Court for Oregon, 1999-present
    • US District Court for the District of Central California
    • Selected as one of the lawyers for Oregon., Outstanding Lawyer - personal injury, American Bar Journal, 2016, 2018
    • Multnomah County Circuit Court, panel of arbitrators, 2018
    • US District Court for the District of Northern California
    • State Bar of Oregon, 2018
    • Clackamas County Circuit Court panel of arbitrators, 2018
    • US District Court for the District of Oregon
    • State Bar of California, 2018
    • — Board of Editors -- California Law Review, Law Review, California Law Review, 1995, 1995
    • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, member, 2018

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Attorney advisor -- Lakeridge High School mock trial team 
    • Youth baseball coach -- Lake Oswego youth baseball
    • Youth basketball coach -- Lake Oswego Community School League
    • Youth soccer coach -- Lake Oswego Soccer Club
    • Society of St. Vincent De Paul, volunteer with help hotline and food distribution kitchen., 2018

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • I spoke on two topics to a group of paying attendees:  1) ethical issues in handling UM/UIM claims and 2) a roundtable discussion of current topics in UM/UIM law.  , Speaker, Complex Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Issues, National Business Institute, 2017
    • I spoke for 1.5 hrs about how to evaluate claims of traumatic brain injuries, concussion, and post-concussion syndrome to a group of 25-30 insurance attorneys and claims adjusters. , main speaker, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Insurance Claims Adjuster Groups + Regional And National Claims Lawyers, 2019
    • I have been invited to speak about discovery during litigation and about ethical considerations., Speaker, A Litigation Paralegal’s Guide to Case Management, National Business Institute, National Business Institute, 2018
    • I will speak to a group of lawyers in a seminar "Rules of Evidence.", Speaker, Faculty, National Business Institute, 2018


    • Trial verdict:  defended a client accused of negligence and recklessness, where plaintiff sought compensatory and punitive damages.  The defense admitted liability and made an early settlement offer of $35,000.  Jury awarded $48,000 in total damages., 2009
    • Claims against clients dismissed in clear liability car accident case based on motion for discovery sanctions., 2015
    • Trial verdict:  defended a driver admitted to be negligent in causing an accident.  Plaintiff sought more than $100,000 in damages, but was awarded $2,500 total damages., 2009
    • $155,000 settlement for client (plaintiff) in car accident case., 2016
    • Settlement for $105,000.  Client's vehicle was struck by a police car and client was injured.  The settlement was with the City of Gresham and Multnomah County., 2009
    • $350,000 settlement of a personal injury claim, 2017
    • Dismissal of claim against my client (an insurer) in a UIM claim.  The dismissal occurred after depositions were completed and shortly before the hearing., 2014
    • Defense verdict at trial for client in civil claim for assault, battery, and property issues., 2016
    • $50,000 UIM settlement for client MZ, 2018
    • Trial verdict:  defended an individual alleged to be negligence.  The jury returned a defense verdict., 2009
    • $900,000 arbitration award for client injured in auto accident., 2015
    • Arbitration award:  Defended an individual alleged to be negligent in operating a farm implement on a road.  Defense verdict., 2009
    • $100,000 settlement of premises liability case where my firm represented the plaintiff., 2015
    • Settlement in negligence case: $275,000., 2009
    • Dismissal of my client without payment from a lawsuit involving a truck v. auto collision with +$1M claimed.  The dismissal occurred after numerous depositions and shortly before trial., 2014
    • Policy limit settlement for $25,000 in Orange County CA injury claim, 2018
    • Trial verdict:  represented a plaintiff injured in an auto accident.  The jury awarded client $100,520.67, 2009
    • Trial verdict:  Defended a "phantom vehicle" alleged to have caused an auto accident.  The jury found 60% liability on phantom vehicle and 40% on another driver. , 2009
    • $500,000 settlement of wrongful death case where my firm represented the PR of the estate., 2015
    • Settlement of negligence case for $332,000., 2009
    • $73,000 settlement for client in auto accident case., 2016
    • Claims by primary plaintiff dismissed against clients in case for extensive property damage and for alleged rental violations.  The dismissal occurred after depositions and was based on counsel's motion for sanctions. , 2016
    • $100,527.50 jury verdict  and +$100,000 in fees on a breach of contract claim in Telles v. Catamount Constructors, 2017
    • Policy limit settlement for $100,000 in auto accident for client MZ., 2018
    • Settlement for minor client injured in auto accident:  $1.1 million, 2008
    • Summary judgment granted for clients in claims related to an industrial accident where plaintiff had sought +$1,000,000., 2016
    • Policy limits settlement for $96,000 for an auto accident case., 2018

    Representative Clients:

    • Insureds of Sublimity Insurance Company, 2014
    • Wallace Steel, 2017
    • Telles Painting, 2017
    • County Mutual Insurance Company, 2018

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Completed Basic (Mountain) Climbing Education Program through Mazamas, 2016
    • Completed Hood to Coast, a 199 mile relay, as part of a 12 person team, 2018
    • Worked in Parliament for now-Prime Minister Gordon Brown, 1988
    • Finished Portland Marathon, 2015
    • Climbed Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, 2009
    • Finished Newport Marathon in 3:58, 2016

    Educational Background:

    • Claremont McKenna College; B.A. in Government, 1989
    • J.D. Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley, 1996
    • University of London.  Studied government and worked in Parliament for one semester., 1988
    • University of Chicago; M.A. in Social Thought, 1993
    • A visiting graduate student at Columbia University in New York, NY, 1992

    Industry Groups

    • American Bar Association
    • Oregon Association Of Defense Counsel
    Office Location for Bryan W. Dawson

    1020 SW Taylor St
    Suite 445
    Portland, OR 97205

    Phone: 503-447-3759

    Fax: 503-656-2109

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    Last Updated: 3/13/2019

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