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Partner, Firm Counsel and Chief Operating Officer

Bradley F. Tellam


Brad serves as Firm Counsel and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Stoel Rives. As COO, Brad oversees the day-to-day operations and business management of the firm. As Firm Counsel, Brad is responsible for firm-wide legal and regulatory matters.

A firm partner, Brad practiced as an employment and education attorney and also advised clients on legal ethics and professional responsibility matters. He is considered among the preeminent legal ethics advisers in Oregon and frequently writes and speaks on ethics issues.


Loyola University, J.D., 1982; Law Review

Claremont McKenna College, B.A., 1979




Supreme Court of the United States

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Districts of Oregon and the Western District of Washington


Insights & Presentations

  • “The Oregon Rules of Professional Responsibility Annotated” (co-author), 6th ed. 2010
  • “Negotiation Ethics for In-House Lawyers,” C.P.S., BNA, 2007
  • “The Ethical Oregon Lawyer” (co-editor and co-author), 2006
  • “Changing Times, Changing Rules,” American Bar Journal, 1997
  • “Competence and Confidentiality in the Context of Cellular Telephone, Cordless Telephone, and E-mail Communications” (co-author), Willamette Law Review, 1997
  • “When Waiver Should Not Be Good Enough: An Analysis of Current Client Conflicts Law” (co-author), Willamette Law Review, 1997
  • “A Negotiation Ethics Primer” (co-author), Gonzaga Law Review, 1996
  • “The Dishonesty Rule: A Rule with a Future” (co-author), Oregon Law Review, 1995


  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2020
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Employment Law—Management, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law), 2009–present
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® (Employment Litigation: Defense, Professional Liability: Defense, Schools & Education), 2006–2019
  • Oregon State Bar, President’s Membership Service Award, 2007



  • Oregon Law Institute, Former Board Member
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Member; Professionalism Committee, Former Chair
  • American Bar Association, Death Penalty Representation Project, 1999–2002; Center for Professional Responsibility; Labor and Employment Section; Litigation Section
  • Oregon Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee, Former Member
  • Oregon State Bar, Legal Ethics Committee, Former Member; Labor and Employment Section; Litigation Section
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Member
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