Tanya O’Neil recently re-joined Gordon & Rees’s Portland office, after spending a couple of years as an in-house trial attorney for one of the country’s largest insurance companies. She has extensive experience litigating a variety of matters, including employment, tort and product liability, premises liability, professional liability, construction, trucking & transportation, environmental/toxic tort, and general commercial litigation. She has defended clients in more than 100 arbitration hearings and several trials throughout Oregon and Washington. She has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes, including contractual breaches, employment and civil rights violations, construction defect, patent infringement, and personal injury claims. She was also a member of a two-attorney team that served as general counsel for a large manufacturer, which included managing litigation and supervising local counsel in hundreds of cases throughout the United States. She regularly advises clients in risk avoidance and early resolution of disputes and has repeatedly secured favorable settlements for clients through mediation and informal negotiations.
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Ms. O’Neil enjoyed the distinction of being one of the youngest members ever appointed by the Oregon Supreme Court to serve on the Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners, which was established in 1913 and is charged with evaluating all applicants’ qualifications to practice law in Oregon. She started with the Board of Bar Examiners in 2005, was a Board Member from 2008 – 2014, and served as Chair from 2011 – 2012. She is also active in the Pacific Northwest tennis community, including supporting endeavors that extend the sport’s reach to underserved populations. She is an occasional guest lecturer and law student mentor at Oregon’s three law schools.