David A. Bledsoe

Perkins Coie LLP - Portland
Perkins Coie LLP - Portland
1120 NW Couch St Fl 10, Portland, OR 97209 United States
PortlandOR 97209
(503) 727-2000

David Bledsoe is a trial lawyer who handles high-stakes civil litigation. He has over 30 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) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)); construction disputes; and commercial disputes (breach of contract, insurance coverage, estate and trusts, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and intellectual property).

Professional Recognition

Listed in Chamber's USA, "Americas Leading Environment & Natural Resources Lawyers," 2009 - 2019

Listed in America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, 2015 - 2019

Listed in National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2014 - 2019

Named Best Lawyers' Portland, OR, "Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year," 2017, 2019

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 - 2020: Commercial Litigation; Environmental Law; Litigation - Construction; Litigation - Environmental; Mining Law

Listed in Oregon Law and Politics, "Oregon Super Lawyers," 2009 - 2019

Listed in Environmental Trial Lawyers Top 10

James M. Burns Federal Practice Award, 2003

Member of Fellows of the American Bar Association

Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America

Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell

(AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

The National Trial Lawyers              

2019 Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Leadership

Federal Court Local Rules Committee Chair, 2013 - 2015

Co-Editor of Litigation Journal, 2000 - 2014

Oregon Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism, President, 2008 - 2009

Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, 2004 - 2007

Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Lawyer Representative, 2000 - 2003

Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter President, 1997 - 1998

Federal Practice and Procedure Committee, 1997 - 2001

Community Involvement

Multnomah Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee, 1997 - 2000

Make Music Day PDX, Founder and Board President, 2014 - present

Donate Life NW, Board President, 2012 - 2014

St. Andrews Legal Clinic, Board President, 2005 - 2006

Friends of Chamber Music, Board President, 2003 - 2008

J.S. Weekes Foundation, Director, 1999 - 2016

Irvington Tennis Club, Director, 1997 - 2000


Environmental Litigation



Business Litigation

Insurance Recovery Law

Energy Law

Environment & Natural Resources



Forest Products

Aerospace, Transportation & Industrial

Financial Services & Investments

Bar and Court Admissions



Supreme Court of the United States

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


UC Berkeley School of Law, (formerly Boalt Hall), J.D., 1985

Harvard University, A.B., History, magna cum laude, James D. Conant Natural Sciences Award, 1978




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