Paul Xóchihua

retiring | portland | LICENSED IN Oregon & Washington

“Keeping things calm, steady, and professional gives clients peace of mind.”

A transformative path from clerk to co-founder

Before becoming a lawyer in 1988 , Paul Xóchihua attended law school at night and discovered his path to his law career as a clerk for a local judge. He has come a long way since then, having co-founded the Davis Rothwell his clients know today.

Paul has tried numerous cases to verdict in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts, including multi-million-dollar extended duration cases. During his career he has been a frequent speaker on multiple topics relating to his practice, an adjunct law professor at his alma mater, a member or chair of multiple bar committees, and an occasional contributor of humorous writings here and there. Paul has also enjoyed his expanding practice as a mediator and arbitrator.

Paul is most proud to be an integral part of the firm: he appreciates that it’s a great place to work with reputable, high quality, ethical lawyers helping clients involved in litigation. Paul enjoys helping newer lawyers achieve their potential and discover the most efficient resolution of cases (which does not mean settling every case). His clients frequently thank him for making stressful situations a little easier.

Outside of work, Paul enjoys time with his family and friends, cooking, exploring new places, and brewing and sampling hop-infused, grain-related byproducts.

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    • Lewis & Clark Law School – J.D., 1988
    • Lewis & Clark College – M.P.A., 1984
    • Lewis & Clark College – B.S., 1983

    Bar / Court Admissions

    • Oregon State Bar, 1988
    • United States District Court, District of Oregon, 1989
    • Washington State Bar, 1989
    • United States District Court, District of Washington, Western and Eastern Districts, 1989

    Professional & Civic Involvement

    • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (former board member and former chair of the Trial Practices Committee)
    • Oregon State Bar, Multnomah County Local Professional Responsibility Committee (former member and chair)
    • Oregon State Bar, Ethics Committee (former member)
    • American Bar Association
    • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
    • Community Energy Project (former board member)
    • Rose City Park Neighborhood Association (former board member)
    • Selected for inclusion on the Oregon Super Lawyers® List for 2007-2019
    • Selected for inclusion on the Best Lawyers in America® List from 2016-2020

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