Bill Taaffe
Partner
Expertise Overview

Specializing in the defense of large loss and catastrophic injury claims, Bill Taaffe regularly defends claims based on premises liability, products liability, liquor liability (Dram Shop), defamation, commercial auto liability, and general negligence. If it is a large, complex case, it often ends up on Bill’s desk.

In addition to his expertise in the Commercial Lines realm, Bill has considerable international business experience–having worked in several different countries over a period of many years. His international background has provided him with the ability to masterfully view case handling situations through multiple perspectives and continues to help him find creative solutions to complex legal matters.

Bill has extensive experience defending large, complex GL claims ranging up to 28 million dollars. He has successfully represented clients from all over the US and abroad and, in the last 5 years, Bill has successfully defended many complicated matters involving products liability, fire loss, premises liability, and Dram Shop. He regularly obtains excellent results for his clients–often far beyond expectations.

In sports parlance—Bill has a “strong motor”—always ready to jump on a plane to meet with out-of-state clients, work long hours, and do whatever is necessary to fully defend a claim and take care of his clients.

 

Education

Lewis and Clark Law School, J.D.
Temple University, M.A., Education
University of Oregon, B.A. Political Science

Professional Certification & Accolades

Member, Oregon State Bar Association
Member, Washington State Bar Association
Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Oregon Super Lawyers Rising Star - 2020, 2021
Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program Graduate
Proficient in the Japanese Language

Practice Areas
  • Practice Area
    • Commercial Liability Defense
    • Negligence
    • Trucking & Transportation
    • Products Liability
    • Slip and Fall
    • Timber Trespass
    • Tenant Landlord
    • Premises Liability
    • Jobsite Injury
    • Wrongful Death
    • Dram Shop & Tavern Keeper
    • Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O)
    • Excess and Surplus Lines
Bar Admissions
  • Oregon
  • Washington
on-demand
Bill Taaffe
Webinar Commercial Liability Defense Dram Shop & Tavern Keeper Jobsite Injury Negligence Premises Liability Products Liability Slip and Fall Tenant Landlord Timber Trespass Trucking & Transportation Wrongful Death 2018 – Year In Review – Commercial Lines in Oregon Thursday November 8, 2018 By: William Taaffe
Bill Taaffe Case Update Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Oregon Case Law Update: Oregon Court of Appeals Reminds Litigants That Destruction of Evidence Can Warrant Serious Sanctions Thursday October 25, 2018 By: William Taaffe
Medical Records Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Legislative Update: Washington’s New Law Restricts Access to Medical Records in Discrimination Suits Thursday June 21, 2018 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert First & Third Party / SIU Property Loss Oregon Case Law Update: Oregon Supreme Court Limits Claims Based on Abuse of Vulnerable Persons Wednesday February 14, 2018 By: William Taaffe
on-demand
Bill Taaffe
Webinar Commercial Liability Defense General Litigation Handling Sexual Abuse Claims in Oregon and Washington Tuesday February 13, 2018 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Washington Case Law Update: Employer Not Strictly Liable for Missed Meal Breaks Thursday August 17, 2017 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Oregon Employment Law Update: Oregon’s New “Predictive Scheduling” Law Thursday August 17, 2017 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Oregon Employment Law Update: Oregon’s New Minimum Wage Law Now in Effect Thursday July 27, 2017 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Oregon Case Law Update: No Attorney Fees for Unlawful Withholding of Wages Where Defendant Acted in Good Faith Wednesday June 14, 2017 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Oregon Employment Law Update: Oregon Changes Law on Pay Equity Wednesday June 7, 2017 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Oregon Case Law Update: Oregon Trial Court Rolls Back BOLI Guidance on Overtime Laws Thursday May 25, 2017 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Jobsite Injury Washington Case Law Update: Jobsite Owner Not Entitled to Reduce Liability by Allocating Fault Thursday March 30, 2017 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Employment Update: FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked Until May 2017 Wednesday February 22, 2017 By: William Taaffe
on-demand
Bill Taaffe
Webinar Commercial Liability Defense Jobsite Injury Negligence Premises Liability Products Liability Slip and Fall Wrongful Death Retail Store Liability Tuesday December 20, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert General Litigation Washington Case Update: Employment Discrimination: “Pretext” Jury Instruction Held to be Unnecessary Wednesday December 7, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Oregon Case Law Update: When Can an Agent’s Actions Bind the Principal? Thursday October 13, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Employment Update: Watch Your Back – EEOC Updates Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation Wednesday September 28, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Employment Update: Marijuana Still Schedule 1 Thursday September 22, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Employment Update: Put ‘em Up – US DOL Mandatory Posters Monday September 12, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Employment Update: An “Uber” Problem – Independent Contracting and Moonlighting Monday September 12, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Washington Employment Case Law Update: Retail Business Includes Sales to Other Businesses Thursday August 25, 2016 By: William Taaffe
on-demand
Bill Taaffe
Webinar Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense Dog Bite First & Third Party / SIU General Litigation Negligence Personal Lines PIP Premises Liability Products Liability Slip and Fall Timber Trespass Trucking & Transportation UM/UIM Wrongful Death Discovery in the Information Age – Using Technology and Data to More Effectively Defend and Settle Your Claims Thursday July 21, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Oregon Employment Update: Oregon Minimum Wage – 10 Things to Know Thursday July 7, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Employment Update: Exempt or Non-Exempt – That is the Question: The Updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and How They Affect Employers Thursday July 7, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Oregon Case Update: Violators Beware: A Look at the Veterans’ Preference Law Wednesday April 27, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines WA Case Update: Is Respiratory Sensitivity to Mold Considered a Disability? Thursday January 21, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines OR Case Update: Oregon Imposes Hefty Fine on Business that Excluded Transgender Group Thursday October 22, 2015 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Oregon Case Update: Be Careful What You Wish For: Arbitrators May Interpret Their Own Authority Saturday February 14, 2015 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Washington Case Update: Employing Washington’s Long-arm Statute Against Out of State Employers Thursday October 16, 2014 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Washington Case Update: Why Your Subcontractor’s Employee May Be Your Employee and What To Do About It Thursday September 25, 2014 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Oregon Case Update: Lack of Interpersonal Skills and the ADA Saturday September 13, 2014 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Washington Case Update: Washington Applies the Federal Burden Shifting Framework to Disability Discrimination Claims Under WLAD Friday August 22, 2014 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Washington Case Update: When Independent Contractors Sue for Discriminatory Employment Actions Wednesday August 13, 2014 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Oregon Case Update: Intentional Torts Do Not Require Special Relationship to be Actionable Thursday March 27, 2014 By: William Taaffe
Let’s Talk

Tell me about your legal challenge.
Then we’ll tell you how we can help.


*Form secured with reCAPTCHA