Cliff Wilson
Partner
Expertise Overview

Cliff’s practice focuses primarily on the defense of personal injury and property damage claims brought against commercial and personal lines insurers and their insureds. His practice involves the handling of a wide range of cases, including personal injury negligence, errors & omission, liquor liability, construction defect, and business litigation.

Cliff has experience taking cases to jury verdicts as a lead trial attorney and has conducted numerous arbitrations and mediations in both Oregon and Washington. Cliff is also experienced in insurance coverage matters and regularly advises and defends carriers in coverage disputes. In addition, Cliff manages the firm’s probate and subrogation practices.

Cliff’s well-rounded legal background has provided him with the ability to quickly evaluate key issues and identify strategic opportunities in his cases. This enables his clients to efficiently and effectively prepare for trial or pursue favorable early resolution of matters when appropriate.

 

Relevant Cases

Cliff successfully argued the case of Morgan v. Amex Assurance Company, 242 Or App 665 (2011) on behalf of an uninsured motorist coverage provider. He has obtained a favorable settlement for a national retailer in a slip-and-fall and premise liability dispute, as well as, a national carrier in a case involving damages and allegations in excess of $1 million.

Education

Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., 2005
Marylhurst University, B.S., Business Management, 2001

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
American Bar Association – TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy
Admitted, United States District Court, District of Oregon
Admitted, United States District Court, Western District of Washington
Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program Graduate
CIPP/US Certified

Practice Areas
  • Practice Area
    • Commercial Liability Defense
    • Negligence
    • Products Liability
    • Tenant Landlord
    • Premises Liability
    • Wrongful Death
    • Personal Lines
    • Automotive Defense
    • UM/UIM
    • PIP
    • Dog Bite
Bar Admissions
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Success Story Dog Bite Personal Lines Dog Bite Dilemma Friday December 20, 2019 By: Cliff Wilson
public domain condemnation Success Story Construction & Development General Litigation Cracked Concrete and Damaged Sheetrock Friday December 20, 2019 By: Cliff Wilson
Small Claims Big Headache Success Story Automotive Defense Personal Lines Small Claims, Big Headache Thursday December 27, 2018 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Commercial Liability Defense Persistence and Staying Focused on the Facts Leads to Unanimous Defense Verdict Wednesday January 10, 2018 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Whose Fault is it Anyway? Friday December 11, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines PIP The Show Must Go On Thursday July 9, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Automotive Defense Personal Lines Sticking to Your Guns with Trucking Clients Tuesday June 30, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Automotive Defense Personal Lines Credibility Clenches Case Tuesday June 30, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Automotive Defense Personal Lines The Buck Stops Here Friday June 26, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Automotive Defense Personal Lines Burying Your Head in the Sand Will Get You Nowhere Friday June 26, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Automotive Defense Personal Lines Plaintiff’s Case Lost in Translation Friday June 26, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Commercial Liability Defense Bringing Down the House (By Proving Plaintiff Brought Down the Door) Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Personal Lines UM/UIM Is UIM Coverage for Claimants in Insured Vehicles on the Horizon in Oregon? Monday July 5, 2021 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert ORS 20.080 Attorney Fee Personal Lines UM/UIM If you Sail Out of the Safe Harbor, Expect to Pay the Price (in Attorney Fees) Wednesday April 28, 2021 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Personal Lines Texting While Driving? Not Relevant! Wednesday February 10, 2021 By: Cliff Wilson
Steering Wheel Legal Alert Automotive Defense Personal Lines UM/UIM UIM Benefits for Non-Relative Passenger? Denied! Wednesday December 30, 2020 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Automotive Defense General Litigation Personal Lines UM/UIM Oregon Court of Appeals Confirms that Plaintiffs Have the Burden to Prove Damages Should be Allocated in Multiple Accident Scenarios Thursday November 12, 2020 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development General Litigation Personal Lines Oregon Court of Appeals Determines that Dismissal Without Prejudice Does not Necessarily Deprive a Plaintiff of their Day in Court. Thursday April 16, 2020 By: Cliff Wilson
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Webinar Minor Settlement Personal Lines Wrongful Death The When, Where, Why, and How of Settlements Involving Minors, Estates, and Liens Thursday April 4, 2019 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Personal Lines Oregon Case Law Update: Oregon Court of Appeals Reminds Litigants That Medical Bills Alone Do Not Prove That Their Treatment was Reasonable Thursday March 28, 2019 By: Cliff Wilson
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Webinar Personal Lines 2019 – Year In Review – Personal Lines in OR & WA Thursday December 20, 2018 By: Cliff Wilson
Plaintiffs and Treating Physicians Legal Alert Automotive Defense Motorist Minor Impact ORS 20.080 Attorney Fee Personal Lines PIP UM/UIM Oregon Case Update: Oregon Supreme Court Restricts the Scope of Discoverable Communications Between Plaintiffs and Treating Physicians Thursday December 6, 2018 By: Cliff Wilson
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Webinar Automotive Defense Personal Lines UM/UIM Attorney Fee Exposure in UM/UIM Friday October 5, 2018 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Personal Lines PIP Oregon Case Law Update: Oregon Court of Appeals Provides Guidance on a PIP Insurer’s Duty to Promptly Pay PIP Benefits after Receiving Proof of Loss Friday September 21, 2018 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Personal Lines UM/UIM Oregon Case Law Update: UM/UIM Insurer May Dispute Damages without Losing Safe Harbor Thursday July 6, 2017 By: Cliff Wilson
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Webinar Commercial Liability Defense Minor Settlement Personal Lines Wrongful Death Minor Settlements and Wrongful Death in Oregon & Washington Friday April 7, 2017 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Personal Lines Oregon Case Update: First-party UIM Claims at Trial: When Can the Exclusion of Policy Limits Lead to Reversal? Friday May 20, 2016 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense UM/UIM OR Case Update: Will an Insurer’s Reference to a Nonissue Disqualify it from the Attorney Fee Exemption? Thursday March 31, 2016 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Construction & Development General Contractors Subcontractors OR Case Update: When is a Court Incorrect in Awarding Specific Fees? Thursday March 3, 2016 By: Cliff Wilson
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Webinar Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense Dram Shop & Tavern Keeper Personal Lines PIP UM/UIM 2015 – Hit the Ground Running – Oregon Edition Monday February 1, 2016 By: Cliff Wilson
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Webinar Commercial Liability Defense Trucking & Transportation Preparing for the Long Haul: How to Successfully Defend Trucking Claims Wednesday August 12, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Personal Lines Oregon Case Update: Oregon Governor Signs SB 411: Big Changes for Oregon UM/UIM and PIP Coverage Friday March 20, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Oregon Case Update: Not Paying Attention? No Problem! Part I Tuesday April 29, 2014 By: Cliff Wilson
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