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David A. Bledsoe

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Perkins Coie LLP

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).

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation (Business Disputes, Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, Construction, Contract Disputes, Environmental, Insurance, International, Natural Resources)
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental

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."

    Anonymous

  • "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."

    Brian Jacobson
    Safety & Environmental Management
    Qwest Communications International Inc.

  • "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
    Counsel
    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

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Locations

1120 Northwest Couch Street, 10th Floor
Portland, OR 97209-4128
Phone: 503-727-2033
Firm Phone: 503-727-2000

Lawyer of the Year

Education

  • Harvard University (AB) (1978)
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (J.D.) (1985)

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, United States
  • Washington, United States

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Multnomah Bar Association — Member
  • Litigation Journal — Co-Editor
  • Federal Court Local Rules Committee — Current Chair

Awards

  • Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America
  • James M. Burns Federal Practice Award, 2003
  • Listed in Chamber's USA, "Americas Leading Environment & Natural Resources Lawyers," 2009 - present
  • Listed in Oregon Law and Politics, "Oregon Super Lawyers," 2009 - present
  • Listed in Portland Monthly, “Portland’s Top Lawyers”
  • Member of Fellows of the American Bar Association
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell