Bruce C. Hamlin

Of Counsel | Portland | 503.778.2102 |

Areas of Practice

Bruce Hamlin has substantial experience in the areas of legal ethics and professional responsibility, and serves as Firm Counsel in the Portland office. In addition, Bruce has a substantial litigation practice focused on complex commercial disputes, including insurance disputes (including coverage, disputes between insurers and agents or brokers, ERISA and individual plans) and product liability defense. Bruce has served as national and regional counsel. He has extensive trial experience, having tried dozens of cases covering a wide variety of issues and products. Bruce also provides risk management advice to manufacturers and other businesses.

Professional Experience

  • Lane Powell PC
  • Martin, Bischoff, Templeton, Langslet & Hoffman, LLP

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • University of Oregon School of Law (J.D., Order of the Coif, 1979)
  • Whitman College (B.A., cum laude, 1976)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Life, Health, Disability and ERISA
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate Litigation

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Teplick v. Boeing Employee Welfare Benefit Plan (D. Or.) (Summary dismissal of all ERISA disability claims applying de novo review)
  • Bryant v. Policy for Basic Life (Sun Life) (D. Or.) (Summary dismissal of all ERISA disability claims, applying de novo review).
  • Stamp v. Fortis Financial Group, 2000 WL 35616048 (Or.Cir.) (Summary dismissal of ERISA benefit claim)
  • Represented multiple carriers and plan administrators on claims against individual life and disability policies and ERISA plans, sponsors and fiduciaries
  • Supervised nationwide litigation involving allegedly defective roofing material installed on roofs of both residential and commercial structures
  • As co-lead class counsel, recovered more than $200 million for companies insured by Oregon’s state workers’ compensation carrier
  • Obtained summary judgment for web press seller against claims of serious injury based on claims of post-sale duty to warn or retrofit
  • Defended various tire manufacturers against claims for catastrophic injuries and wrongful death claim based on alleged design and manufacturing defects
  • Obtained summary judgment for chassis manufacturer against wrongful death claim based on alleged design defects
  • Defended lessor of rotary hammer against claims based on alleged failures to maintain and to warn
  • Defended window manufacturer against claims based on alleged design defects and failure to warn that window and screen would not protect against falls
  • Defended RV manufacturer in wrongful death claim alleging that vehicle was not crashworthy


  • “Personal Injury and Property Damage,” Oregon State Bar’s Oregon Statutory Time Limitations Guide (August 2014)
  • “Writing a Reservation of Rights: A North American Compendium,” Defense Research Institute, Co-author (2014)
  • “Product Liability Law: Comparing the Approach in Oregon and Washington,” Oregon State Bar Products Liability Section Newsletter, Co-author (2005)
  • “Tort Law Desk Reference — A Fifty-State Compendium,” Aspen Publishers, Co-author (2005)
  • “Admissible Evidence of ‘Consumer Expectations,’” Oregon State Bar Products Liability Section Newsletter (2004)
  • “Do We Truly ‘Exchange Courtrooms’ When Trying State Punitive Damages Claims in Federal Court?” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Newsletter (Spring 2002)
  • “Joint Tort Feasors,” I Torts, Chapter 8, Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education (1992, 1996 and 2000 Supp.)
  • “Third Party Practice,” I Civil Pleading Practice, Chapter 13, Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education (1985 and 1991 Supp., 1994 Rev., 2000 Supp.)
  • “Limitations on Lawyer’s Duty to Client — Litigation,” Ethical Oregon Lawyer, Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education (1991, 1998 and 2000 Supp.)
  • “Other Limitations on the Lawyer’s Duties to a Client — Litigation,” Oregon State Bar (1989)

Speaking Engagements

  • “The Efficient and Ethical Use of Email in Law Practice,” In-house CLE, Presenter (October 24, 2016)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Product Liability Litigation Defendants (2010-2018)
  • Named as a “Oregon Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers magazine (2009-2017)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, Oregon State Bar
    • Products Liability Section
      • Chair (2008)
      • Executive Committee (2003-2009)
    • Electronic Filing Task Force (2005-2006)
    • Civil Jury Instruction Committee
      • Chair (2004)
      • Member (2002-2004)
    • Legal Ethics Committee (1991-1994)
  • Sustaining Member, Product Liability Advisory Council (2005-Present)
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
    • Articles Editor (2011-2015)
    • Governmental Affairs Committee (2009-2010)
    • Board of Directors, (2004-2006)
  • The Oregon Council on Court Procedures
    • Chair (1998-1999)
    • Member (1991-1999)
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
    • Judicial Selection Committee
      • Chair (1992-1993)
      • Member (1990-1993)
  • President, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. (1987-1988)