David P. Morrison - Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP

David P. Morrison

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

David Morrison is a veteran trial attorney with thirty eight years of experience in state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington.  David’s practice focuses on railroad, personal injury, toxic torts, products liability, Oregon Employers Liability Act claims,  construction, contracts and real estate disputes, as well as environmental and employment litigation.  He has tried over 100 cases.

Representative Cases:

Obtained defense verdict in favor of BNSF Railway in an employee lawsuit for permanent injury and disability based on claimed violations of the Federal Employer Liability Act and the Locomotive Inspection Act.

Obtained defense verdict for BNSF Railway in case brought by one of its employees who claimed back injury and disability caused by alleged defective locomotives, seats and track.

Successfully resolved fire trespass case where plaintiff claimed damages of approximately $12 million due to loss of house, structures (including an historic flume) and over 10,000 destroyed trees. Plaintiff’s treble damage claim under Washington statute was dismissed on summary judgment and affirmed on appeal. Retained appraisals for both the land and the trees to combat plaintiff’s four experts.  Dispute was complicated by Columbia Gorge approvals for a resort on plaintiff’s property.  Case was ultimately settled for about one-tenth of the amount claimed.

Obtained summary judgment for contractor/manufacturer in products liability suit seeking indemnity of $7.6 million.

Successfully defeated a suit by a developer/buyer seeking to enforce real estate sale agreement.  The contract was instead rescinded allowing the sellers to resell their property for an additional  $1.9 million and recoup attorney fees.

Obtained a greater than $1 million judgment for contractor against commercial developer and defeated a $2 plus million counterclaim.

Secured summary judgment in favor of owner of large building complex avoiding low income housing obligations under the Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

Represented homeowner’s association (121 units) in construction defect case against developer, contractor and window manufacturer resulting in an agreement to perform a complete repair at no cost to the HOA, plus a cash settlement.

Prevailed in contribution/indemnity claim against general contractor arising out of a C-1 quadriplegic injury.

Obtained multiple six figure judgments in favor of contractors performing commercial work including soil, foundations, parking lots, framing, siding and roofing.

Successfully defeated $1 million punitive damage claim and limited wrongful death damages to below $10,000 in defense of residential care facility.

Obtained more than ten defense verdicts from juries in actions where negligence was admitted.

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions — The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
University of OregonBA 1974Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & ClarkJ.D. 1977
National Association of Railroad Trial CounselALFA International Business Litigation Practice GroupLitigation Counsel of AmericaAmerican Board of Trial Advocates

Office Location

Pioneer Tower, Suite 500
888 Southwest Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants of the Portland-OR Metro Area
David P. Morrison has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Railroad Law

Other Information

Gender: Male