James N. Westwood

James N. Westwood
Senior Counsel
Portland, OR
P: 503.294.9187
Overview

About Jim

Jim Westwood is Senior Counsel to the firm and concentrates his practice in state and federal appellate courts.  Well known as a constitutional scholar, Jim has handled more than 200 appeals, including important cases in state and federal constitutional law, energy, administrative law, insurance, banking, and punitive damages.

Previously, Jim was associate and partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP (1974-1976, 1978‑1999), and assistant to the President at Portland State University (1976‑1978).

A fifth generation Oregonian, Jim has worked as a television meteorologist and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy (Naval Security Group) in Southeast Asia.

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Experience

Experience

Representative Cases

  • Utility Reform Project v. Public Utility Commission 277 Or App 325 (2016) – Amortization in rates of utility expense
  • Gearhart v. Public Utility Commission and Portland General Electric Company, 356 Or 216 (2014) – Utility ratemaking; authority of Public Utility Commission
  • Richards v. American Medical Response Northwest, 172 Wn App 1022 (2012) – Wrongful death; corporate liability
  • Oregon Firearms Education Foundation v. State Board of Higher Education, 245 Or App 713 (2011) – Administrative procedure; regulation of firearms on state university campuses
  • Matson v. Oregon Arena Corp., 242 Or App 520 (2011) – Personal injury; premises liability
  • Emerald Steel Fabricators v. BOLI, 348 Or 159 (2010) – Regulating employee use of medical marijuana
  • Pendleton School District 16R v. State of Oregon, 347 Or 344 (2009) – Public school funding under Oregon Constitution
  • Goddard v. Farmers Insurance Company, 344 Or 232 (2007) – Constitutional limitation of punitive damages
  • Friends of Parrett Mountain v. NW Natural, 336 Or 93 (2003) – Energy facility siting
  • Hensley v. NW Permanente, 258 F3d 86 (9th Cir 2001) - ERISA.
  • PGE v. Duncan Weinberg, 162 Or App 265, 986 P2d 35 (1999) – Legal ethics
  • Harris v. American Air Lines, 55 F3d 1472 (9th Cir 1995) - Federal preemption of state tort law
  • Harper v. Federal Land Bank of Spokane, 878 F2d 1172 (9th Cir 1989) – Private rights of action under federal statutes
  • Andor v. United Air Lines, 303 Or 505 (1987) – Corporate punitive damages
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers – Fellow
  • Oregon State Bar Appellate Practice Section – Past Chair
  • Oregon State Bar Constitutional Law Section – Past Chair
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation), 1998‑2017
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® (Appellate, Energy & Natural Resources, Business Litigation), 2006‑2017
  • Oregon Legal Citizen of the Year, 2012
  • American Bar Foundation – Lifetime Fellow

Civic Activities

  • City Club of Portland – Past President
  • Portland State University Alumni Association – Past President 
  • Classroom Law Project – Board Member, 1998-2002
  • CASA for Children – Board Member, 2006-2014
  • Multnomah Bar Foundation – Board Member, 2009-2012
  • Volunteer coach, “We the People” Constitution teams at Grant High School and De la Salle North Catholic High School
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Presenter at numerous appellate and constitutional law continuing legal education programs, state and federal
  • Appeal and Review: Beyond the Basics (Oregon State Bar 2014) – Co-Editor
  • Appeal and Review: The Basics (Oregon State Bar 2010) – Co-Editor
  • Oregon Constitutional Law (Oregon State Bar 2013) – Chapter Author, Initiative and Referendum
  • Oregon Civil Pleading and Practice (Oregon State Bar 2012) – Chapter Author, Mandamus
  • Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts (Law Journal Press 2011) – Chapter Author, Appellate Decision-Making
  • History in Oregon Constitutional Analysis: Should We Even Worry About It? (2007)



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