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James (Jim) Gidley



Jim Gidley has 40 years of litigation experience. His experience includes product liability, commercial and business litigation, real estate litigation, insurance coverage disputes, personal injury defense, counseling on corporate and individual insurance claims issues, mass tort litigation, work site accidents, defense of premises liability claims, and construction and building materials defects. He also is experienced in representing builders and developers on contract and trespass claims and representing property owners in condemnation.  He counsels clients regarding Consumer Product Safety Commission and acts as mediator in cases involving areas in which he practices.

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Litigation Lawyers", 2005 - present
  • Listed in Expert Guides, "World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers," 2013
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a National Litigation Star
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star in Commercial Litigation; Insurance and Product Liability 
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2014
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2003 - Present: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants 
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, State Board Member and Officer
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Past President and Former Board Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Product Liability Advisory Council
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association

Related Employment

  • Bogle & Gates P.L.L.C., Portland, OR, Member, 1997 - 1999
  • Croze & Gidley, Portland, OR, Partner, 1996 - 1997
  • Cosgrave, Vergeer & Kester LLP and predecessor firms, Portland, OR, Member, 1967 - 1996


  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1967
  • University of Wyoming, B.S., 1964

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


Chambers Ranked