W. Cory Haller

W. Cory Haller

Portland, OR

About Cory

Cory provides a broad range of legal services to clients in the construction and design industries.  His practice involves helping both public and private clients throughout the construction and design process, from bidding and procurement, to pre-construction contract drafting and negotiation, to post-construction payment and defect disputes.  More broadly, he also provides risk management advice and counsel to clients in a number of industries, including insurance coverage advocacy and occupational safety compliance and enforcement issues. 

Before joining Stoel Rives, Cory served as law clerk to Senior Judge John L. Kane in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (2014-2015, 2009-2012). He was also an associate at Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell (2012-2014).

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  • Represented school district in procurement and contract negotiations for multiple service procurements.
  • Represented national developer in contract negotiations with design professionals. 
  • Represented homeowner in payment dispute with general contractor.
  • Represented large manufacturer in appeal of alleged occupational safety violation.
  • Represented government contractor in bid protest.

Pro Bono Work

  • Represented church in commercial real estate transaction. Representation included environmental and zoning due diligence investigations and drafting commercial lease.
  • Represented Indonesian asylum applicant in her appeal of an immigration judge’s denial of her petition for asylum (Board of Immigration Appeals, 2014).
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • "Insurers Attempt to Avoid  Coverage (Mis)using the Professional Services Endorsement," Daily Journal of Commerce, 2017
  • "Think the ADA preempts contractual risk shifting? Not so fast, says the Ninth Circuit." Ahead of Schedule, July 2017
  • "Public Private Partnerships Provide an Opportunity to Leverage Private Sector Expertise and Financing for Public Benefit," Daily Journal of Commerce, 2017
  • "The Devil is in the Details: Contractual Additional Insured Requirements," Ahead of Schedule, 2017
  • "Joint Venturers Must Venture Carefully,” Daily Journal of Commerce, 2016
  • "Without Performance Specifications, Green Building Can LEED to Disputes," Daily Journal of Commerce, 2016
  • “From, For, and Against”:  What’s the Difference?” Ahead of Schedule, 2016
  • “OSHA Law Alert:  OSHA Issues Final Silica Rule”
  • “Think all Oregon Construction Defect Claims are Governed by the Same 10-year Statute of Repose?  Think Again,” Ahead of Schedule, 2016
  • “OSHA Law Alert:  Enhanced OSHA/MSHA Enforcement and Penalties on the Way”
  • “New Year Bring New Obligations for Employers,” Ahead of Schedule, 2016
  • “Take Care in Reaching for Deep Pockets:  Don’t Let Insurance Companies Off the Hook When Drafting Settlement Agreements in Construction Defect Cases,” Daily Journal of Commerce, 2015
  • “The Jury’s Out: AAA Issues New Construction Industry Rules Expanding Powers of Arbitrators,” Daily Journal of Commerce, 2015
  • “SLAPP 2.0: The Second Generation of Issues Related to Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation,” Environmental Law Reporter, 2015
  • “The Colorado Open Records Act: Covering the Basics and Exploring Recent Developments,” Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, 2014
  • “The Supreme Court Term in Review,” Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, 2013
  • “Untangling Federal Administrative Appeals Practice in the District of Colorado,” 42 The Colorado Lawyer 31, 2013
  • “Fort Wayne Airport’s Restrictions on Activities to Free Speech Areas Upheld,” 20 National Lawyer 7, 2013
  • “Administrative Appeals: Potential Pitfalls and Practice Pointers,” Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, 2012

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