Rick Lee practices general civil litigation, with an emphasis on products liability, environmental law, toxic tort, insurance coverage, and professional liability. He joined the Bodyfelt Mount law firm in Portland, Oregon, as an associate in 1986, and became a partner in 1991. Prior to Bodyfelt Mount LLP, he was an associate at Velure & Bruce in Eugene, Oregon, for two years.
Rick has taken part and held positions in many organizations including Hollyrood School Foundation (2005-2007); Vice Chair of Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Coverage Practice Group (1996-2001); Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners (1995-1998 and Chair, 1997-1998); Member of Federal Practice & Procedure Committee (1995-1997); Member of Joint Council on Legal Assistants (1991-1993); and, Session Elder, First Presbyterian Church (2010-present).
Rick has a frequent speaking history for the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (2011, 1998, 1997, 1995, 1993). He has spoken twice for Bad Faith Litigation in Oregon (1997, 1995), and at the Oregon Law Institute (1994). In 2014, he presented at the Multnomah Bar Association's Insurance for Every Practice CLE seminar. Rick co-authored Insurance (Ch. 4, Necessity of an Insurable Interest, 2003, 1996), co-edited Damages (2007, 2002, 1998), and authored Pleading and Practice, (Ch. 41, Post-Trial Matters, 1998, 1994).
Rick also serves regularly as an arbitrator on non-court-mandated cases.
Oregon Super Lawyers magazine has included Rick in its roster of the top attorneys in the state every year since 2007.
Rick Lee's two children dominate his life – leading him on a neverending journey to baseball fields, basketball courts, soccer pitches, school auditoriums, and fishing holes. In his spare time, he tries, generally unsuccessfully, to play tennis.
Associations — American Bar Association
Clark County Bar Association
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Significant Matters — Rick spent six weeks in trial on one of the five environmental coverage cases that went to trial in Oregon. In 2009, Rick tried one of the few construction defect cases to be tried in Oregon, which was also a six-week trial. Rick also tried a three-week product liability "repetitive motion” trial in Seattle, WA.
Eads v. Borman — In the case Eads v. Borman, ___ Or ___ (April 26, 2012), the Oregon Supreme Court upheld summary judgment in favor of our client on the issue of vicarious liability. Molly Jo Mullen and Deanna Wray handled the case before the trial court, and Rick Lee argued the case before the Supreme Court. The key issue determined by the Court was when a nonnegligent person or entity may be held vicariously liable on an apparent agency theory for physical injuries negligently inflicted by a medical professional. The Court provided a much needed analysis of the circumstances under which such vicarious liability would attach, given the modern context in which medical services are provided. The Court also agreed that the record was insufficient to permit a jury to find our client vicariously liable.