What do Peter Parker, Clark Kent, and Paul Bierly have in common? They all disguise their superpowers behind a mild-mannered, congenial demeanor. In the world of litigation where the stakes are high, deadlines are tight, and cases are often won or lost on written briefing, Paul is an unflappable force and potent weapon.
Paul focuses his practice on complex litigation and appeals, and on representing companies and individuals in obtaining insurance coverage from their insurers. He has authored countless briefs and motions that resulted in favorable opinions and outcomes for clients. Paul has also consistently obtained favorable appellate judgments for clients in the Oregon and Washington Courts of Appeal, as well as in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Paul is also the firm’s go-to lawyer when clients need advice on insurance disputes. He was the author of a chapter in the Oregon State Bar’s Continuing Legal Education book on how insurance policies should be construed in Oregon.
After obtaining his law degree, Paul clerked for the Alaska State Courts, and then for Judge H. Russell Holland of the United State District Court for the District of Alaska. While there, he gained experience on such diverse matters as Indian sovereignty rights, admiralty law, savings and loan defaults, and corporate bankruptcies. Before joining the firm in 2000, Paul practiced at another leading Northwest law firm where he worked on a wide variety of cases, ranging from the Exxon Valdez case and tobacco litigation to small pro bono disputes. In addition to his regular practice, Paul served as a member of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners from 2001 to 2004.
Away from the office, Paul has enjoyed participating in Olympic-style weightlifting for over a decade. In addition, he is a certified judge for the USA Weightlifting Federation. He organizes and runs meets, and judges Olympic-style weightlifting competitions in the Pacific Northwest.
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