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James H. Gidley

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

Perkins Coie LLP

Jim Gidley has 40 years of litigation experience. His experience includes product liability, commercial and business litigation, real estate litigation, insurance coverage disputes, personal injury defense, counseling on corporate and individual insurance claims issues, mass tort litigation, work site accidents, defense of premises liability claims, and construction and building materials defects. He also is experienced in representing builders and developers on contract and trespass claims and representing property owners in condemnation.  He counsels clients regarding Consumer Product Safety Commission and acts as mediator in cases involving areas in which he practices.

Case History

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


  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star in Commercial Litigation; Insurance and Product Liability
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a National Litigation Star
  • Listed in Expert Guides, "World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers," 2013
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2012
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Litigation Lawyers", 2005 - present

Client Comments

  • "James Gidley is a very good attorney who obtains very good results."

    Lynne Tomeny

    Terex Corporation

  • "Jim Gidley stepped into a dangerous case outside Oregon, brought it back on track and secured a favorable result. Since then, he has been our "go-to" person for all legal matters in Oregon."

    Robert Hunter
    Sr VP and General Counsel
    Altec Industries

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1120 Northwest Couch Street, 10th Floor
Portland, OR 97209-4128
Phone: 503-727-2038
Firm Phone: 503-727-2000

Practice Areas

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants


  • University of Wyoming (BS)
  • University of Oregon School of Law (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers — Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates — State Board Member and Officer
  • International Association of Defense Counsel — Member
  • Product Liability Advisory Council — Member
  • Oregon State Bar Association — Member
  • Washington State Bar Association — Member