Heather Beasley

shareholder | portland | LICENSED IN Oregon & Washington

“My clients invest in my ability to thoughtfully handle cases – I owe them the best strategy and creativity I have.”

Doing the right thing – in every case

Heather Beasley has helped countless people in her 26 years of legal experience and litigation. Heather has tried cases in both federal and state courts, and is regarded by opposing counsel and judges as an exceptional trial attorney of the highest integrity and fairness. She is the past Chair of the Products Liability Section of the Oregon State Bar.

With attorney supervision in law school, Heather represented Vietnam-era Veterans to help them obtain disability benefits and also joined the Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. After graduation Heather worked as a JAG, spending three of her five years of active duty as a criminal litigation attorney.

Heather always aims to alleviate stress for her clients by helping them to understand what is happening in their cases. She feels proud to work with good, honest, and fair attorneys at the firm who have a shared commitment to clients and ethical practices.

In her spare time Heather loves watching movies, being around her horses, working on home projects, and Navy Reserve work.

RECOGNITION:

Education

  • The American University Washington College of Law – J.D., 1991
  • Tufts University – B.A., cum laude, 1988

Bar / Court Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar, 1996
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon, 1996
  • Washington State Bar, 2001
  • Pennsylvania State Bar, 1991
  • Massachusetts State Bar, 2000

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Presenter, Information on Changes to Oregon PIP/UM/UIM, client presentation (2015)
  • Speaker, Tort Litigation: Obtaining and Preserving Evidence for Admission in Court, Oregon Law Institute CLE (November 2014)
  • Speaker/Organizer, From Burgers to Biomedicals, Oregon State Bar Products Liability CLE (October 2013)
  • Speaker, Hot Topics, Oregon Casualty Adjusters Spring Symposium (2013)
  • Speaker, Employer Liability Law, Oregon Casualty Adjusters Lunch CLE (2012)
  • Speaker, Handling Auto Cases, National Business Institute CLE (December 2012)
  • Speaker, PIP/UM/UIM, Oregon Casualty Adjusters Spring Symposium (2012)
  • Speaker, The Paralegal’s Guide to Discovery for the Personal Injury Case, Oregon Paralegal Association (2011)
  • Speaker, Personal Injury 101, National Business Institute (December 2010)
  • Speaker, Preparing and Trying the Personal Injury Case, National Business Institute (December 2009)
  • Speaker, Subrogation and Liens in Auto Accident Cases, National Business Institute (August 2009)
  • Speaker, Auto Cases from Start to Finish, National Business Institute (May 2009)
  • Speaker, Landlord/Tenant Law CLE (2003, 2004, 2008)

Firm News

  • Admitted liability commercial truck accident
  • Summary judgment granted on work site injury
  • Dismissal of $3.4 million personal injury lawsuit
  • Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association Spring 2013 Symposium speakers
  • Shareholder featured speaker at Personal Injury 101 Seminar

Organizational Memberships

  • Past Chair, Oregon State Bar Products Liability Section
  • Oregon State Bar Environmental & Natural Resources Section
  • Clark County Superior Court Bench Bar Committee
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association

Notable Trial & Appellate Victories

  • In admitted liability trucking case in which plaintiff sought $750,000 in noneconomic damages and $7,300 in medical expenses for an alleged optic nerve injury and post-traumatic migraines, obtained jury verdict of $25,000 noneconomic damages and medical expenses.
  • Defense verdict, slip and fall, despite employee admission that floors were “like glass.”
  • Dismissal on summary judgment of $3.4 million case against employer, where employee’s fingers were amputated by unguarded equipment. Victory enabled nominal settlement of claims by another employee who sustained identical injuries in a subsequent accident on the same machine.
  • Successfully defended allegations of faulty boat repairs, limiting plaintiff to an award of $200 on a $40,000+ claim, while obtaining full recovery on client’s counterclaims for amounts owing on repairs (three day jury trial).
  • Dismissal on summary judgment of slip and fall claim at private club’s holiday dance party.
  • Defense verdict in favor of landlord on tenant’s allegations of wrongful entry and invasion of privacy.