Firm Profile

Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP

Headquarters

Pioneer Tower, Suite 500
888 Southwest Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
United States
(503) 323.9000

Firm Details

Why Choose Cosgrave?
The local law firm with extensive experience—in the boardroom and the courtroom. “I am confident that without your efforts and interest in my case, the outcome would have been much less favorable. I cannot thank you enough for your tenacious belief in my case and the outstanding legal representation you provided me.” —Client Testimonial

Your Local legal Partner
Excellent client service has always been our overarching goal. We build lasting partnerships with clients, getting to know them and their businesses, so that we can provide customized, cost-effective legal solutions and strategic advice. Just as our clients span a wide range of industries, our legal services span a wide range of client needs, including estate planning, business formation, real estate transactions, employment law, and litigation.

Efficient Dispute Resolution
Cosgrave's attorneys are trained in mediation and strive to settle disputes whenever it's feasible and in the client's best interest. But when it's not, we're ready and able to go to trial, and we've done so with excellent results in more than 800 cases. We also offer an all-star bench of appellate attorneys who have argued hundreds of cases before the Oregon Supreme Court, Oregon Court of Appeals, Washington Supreme Court, Washington Court of Appeals, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Industry Knowledge
Our in-depth knowledge of the Pacific Northwest, including its industries, economy, and governments, benefits local clients as well as national clients with local interests. We are active in many industry associations, such as the Oregon Mortgage Lenders Association, Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, Oregon Restaurant and lodging Association, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, Public Risk Management Association, Oregon Society of CPA's, and Commercial Real Estate Women.  In addition, some of our lawyers chose law school following a distinguished career in another field. Their firsthand experience in nursing, counseling, accounting, real estate appraisal and business ownership adds dimension to our legal practice.

Professional Leadership
Our lawyers' achievements in their profession demonstrate our dedication to the practice of law according to the highest standards. Cosgrave is proud to count among our ranks a past Oregon Supreme Court Justice, former Deputy District Attorneys, former Assistant Attorneys General, and a pro tem judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court.We're also leaders in the Bar. Among our lawyers are several former presidents of the Multnomah Bar Association and the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel. Another is past president of the Owen M. Panner American Inns of Court. Still others have served on or chaired various Oregon State Bar committees, sections, and commissions, and as delegates to the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates and the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Even with all this volunteer activity, we still find time to speak at continuing legal education seminars and write for various law-related publications.
For over seven decades, our team of distinguished attorneys has grown, along with the scope of our practice. Today we provide a wide range of business, employment and litigation services to not only clients in the Pacific Northwest, but nationally and internationally.

Peer Recognition
The legal community recognizes our accomplishments. Six Cosgrave partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America, and three of our lawyers have been honored with the Multnomah Bar Association's Professionalism Award.

Community Service
We're not just lawyers—we're also Oregonians. We love the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the lifestyle it offers, and we do our part to protect both through community service. The firm's programs include charitable donations, pro bono legal work, a scholarship fund, and volunteer activities. Individual service is also encouraged. Cosgrave lawyers and staff serve as officers, directors, and active members in diverse organizations that support our community's economic and social well-being.Our firm culture reflects the Oregon lifestyle. Although we have the latest in communications technology, we still prefer a face-to-face, first-name relationship with our clients and colleagues.

International Legal Network
Cosgrave is the only Oregon law firm in the ALFA International legal network, which encompasses 145 law firms with nearly 300 offices throughout the world. Clients of ALFA International firms can use the network to retain skilled, experienced counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions. As an ALFA International member, Cosgrave is available to serve clients based in other jurisdictions, as well as making out-of-state referrals to our local clients.

Management

Paul A. C. Berg
Managing Partner

About Our Clients

AIG
American Bridge Manufacturing
Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies
BNSF Railway Company
Canam Steel Corporation
Chubb Insurance Companies
Country Companies
Con-Way, Inc.
Lanphere Enterprises
Liberty N.W. Insurance Company
Medmarc Insurance Company
Midland Credit Management
National Indemnity Insurance Company
Norris & Stevens
Ochoco Lumber Company
Praxair, Inc.
State Farm Insurance Company
Wells Fargo 
Wilson Construction Company

Contacts

Paul A.C. Berg
Business and Commerical Litigation
503-323-9000
Shane P. Swilley
Employment Relations/Human Resources Advice and Counsel
503-323-9000
David P. Morrison
Environmental Law and Toxic Tort
503-323-9000
David P. Morrison
Railroad
503-323-9000
Jill D. Laney
Real Estate
503-323-9000
Thomas W. Brown
Regulatory
503-323-9000
Julie A. Smith
Appellate
503-323-9000
Andrew T. Burns
Construction Litigation and Services
503-323-9000
Jill D. Laney
Business and Corporate Law
503-323-9000
Shane P. Swilley
Employment Litigation
503-323-9000
Jay Richardson , JD, CPA, CMA, CFM
Estate and Trust Planning Administration
503-323-9000
Nicholas E. Wheeler
Federal Employers Liability Act
503-323-9000
Nicholas E. Wheeler
Product Liability and Medical Device
503-323-9000
Nickolas E. Wheeler
Professional Liability
503-323-9000

Firm Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Railroad Law
  • Real Estate Law

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Oregon

Oregon

Bend, OR

747 Southwest Mill View Way

Bend, OR 97702

United States

(541) 585.1035

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Portland, OR

Pioneer Tower, Suite 500

888 Southwest Fifth Avenue

Portland, OR 97204

United States

(503) 323.9000

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