David A. Bledsoe - Perkins Coie LLP
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David A. Bledsoe

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 503-727-2033

David Bledsoe is a trial lawyer who handles high-stakes civil litigation. He has over 20 years of experience trying a wide variety of cases, including environmental disputes (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)) and commercial disputes (breach of contract, insurance coverage, construction, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), intellectual property, injunctions).

Harvard UniversityAB 1978University of California, Berkeley School of LawJ.D. 1985
Multnomah Bar AssociationLitigation JournalFederal Court Local Rules Committee

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

Client Comments

"Mr. Bledsoe is an excellent attorney with outstanding analytical and writing skills. He can take highly complex issues and describe them for non-experts in a clear, understandable manner. He is especially good at providing practical advice and alternatives."

"David Bledsoe has been our environmental attorney for over 10 years. During this time, he has earned our complete trust and respect for the way he watches over and protects our Company's best interests. Mr. Bledsoe is not an attorney who tells his clients what they want to hear. He does an exceptional job of presenting all aspects of a problem or issue and then, if requested, will offer what he feels is the best approach. I have learned to truly value his opinions as they are measured and always tied to what is best from a business perspective. David is loath to unnecessarily 'spend' the clients money unless absolutely necessary and cost effective. Bottom line: I couldn't be more comfortable with having David Bledsoe represent us. If there is a way to obtain favorable results, Mr. Bledsoe will "take the ball into the end zone". If not, Mr. Bledsoe will mitigate the negative impact as much as possible. "

-Bryce DuPere
Vice President of Finance
Carlton Company

"David Bledsoe has been a great asset for our environmental program in the Northwest, keeping our company out of a potentially damaging CERCLA matters. He brings a broad knowledge of the law, environmental science, and the local agencies."

"David is an exceptional trial attorney when it comes to dealing with environmental and construction contract issues. He is excellent at discovery planning, preparation, and execution. He is very strong in trial planning, and he exercises careful and efficient management of his own staff and resources to achieve the desired outcome at the best practicable cost to the client."

-Michael Nearing
General Counsel - Litigation
MasTec, Inc.

"David Bledsoe has a first-class legal mind, is a terrific communicator with the business client, and has the trust and respect of the judiciary. I don't know what more you could ask for in an environmental/natural resources attorney or in a litigator. I have seen David in action in the courtroom and have read his briefs: crisp, clear, analytical writing and forceful, but careful, delivery in front of a judge (and, as I have said, the ones I have seen him before like him.) When thrown into a brand new area - one that carries a lot of transactional weight, too, and is, perhaps, outside of his traditional expertise - he excels and dives in, analyzes, and asks all the questions that need to be asked. Expect to be arguing all the issues ahead of time when David is on point. In addition, and of equal importance, you can expect to get a meaningful answer/pathway at the end of the process. Mr. Bledsoe has been chosen for the most important work of the corporation I represent, and, in my judgment, my corporation has been well served. "

-Richard A. Schneider
General Counsel
Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, Inc.

"From 1994 through 2000, I was the responsible in-house attorney when Mr. Bledsoe represented The Boeing Company in environmental litigation and other environmental matters. The litigation involved a three-week trial in Federal District Court in Portland, Oregon, and Mr. Bledsoe was well organized and efficient; he worked well with me and with Boeing witnesses and others involved in the trial preparation. He was able to communicate clearly his objectives with the case. He was effective in both direct and cross-examination, and his objections were well taken. During the same time period, Mr. Bledsoe successfully obtained dismissal of a case against Boeing on substantive and innovative legal grounds that saved significant legal expense and potentially sums in settlement. More recently, I have talked with my colleagues who work with Mr. Bledsoe from time to time, and he continues to have a reputation for being a thorough, efficient, and effective attorney. "

-Thomas Waite
The Boeing Company

"Mr. Bledsoe has consistently provided valuable counsel to Dana Corporation for the past five years. David has demonstrated the ability to clearly and concisely outline the issues and options available to us and has been able to move the settlement process along through negotiations and creative thinking. Dana will continue to use Mr. Bledsoe's services as our needs dictate."

-Paul Renberg
Director of Environmental Services and Senior Environmental Counsel
Dana Corporation

Office Location

1120 Northwest Couch Street, 10th Floor
Portland, OR 97209-4128
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Portland-OR Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Portland-OR Metro Area
David A. Bledsoe has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!David A. Bledsoe has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Business Disputes, Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, Construction, Contract Disputes, Environmental, Insurance, International, Natural Resources)
Environmental Law (Administrative/Regulatory, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species, Enforcement Defense, Environmental Cleanup, Insurance, Litigation, Plaintiffs/Citizen's Suits, RCRA/Hazardous Waste, Superfunds/Environmental Remediation, Toxic Tort)
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Environmental
Mining Law