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Ronald J. Clark

Company Information

Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
888 SW 5th Ave Ste 300
Portland, OR 97204-2089
(503) 499-4413
Member Bio
Ron Clark focuses his practice on insurance coverage litigation, and the defense of general tort actions, including product liability claims. His practice emphasizes litigation of claims involving construction-related issues, and allegations of bad-faith claims handling.
Practice Areas
Insurance Industry Services Group
Product Liability

Selected Industries

Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College - J.D., cum laude, 1987, Recipient, Law Review Excellence Award, 1986-87, Environmental Law Review, Associate Editor, 1986-87
Western Oregon State College - B.S., 1983

Bar Admissions
Admitted to Oregon Bar, 1988
Admitted to U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1989
Admitted to Idaho Bar, 2006

Professional and Civic Involvement
• International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
• Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
• Defense Research Institute (Board of Directors, NW Regional Representative; Insurance Law Committee)
• Multnomah County Bar Association
• Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (Coverage and Products Liability Groups)
• National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (Volunteer Lawyer)
• Oregon State Bar Association (Litigation Section)
• U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1980-1984
Representative Trial Results
Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith -
• Metawave Communications Corp. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., et al, California state court and Court of Appeals ($18 million business interruption claim and bad faith allegations tried and won in California State Court and also on appeal)
• Hartford Financial Services Corp. v. Cleveland Public Library, Federal Court in Cleveland, Ohio and 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ($10 million property coverage and bad faith claim tried and won in trial court and also on appeal)
• Stepp v. Safeco Ins. Co., Oregon state court (Arson defense to coverage claim, won at trial)
• Traders & General Ins. Co. v. Freeman, Federal Court in Oregon and on appeal (Arson defense to coverage claim involving "innocent co-insured" won at trial, and also on appeal)
• Koldkist-Beverage Ice., Inc., et al v. Liberty Northwest Ins. Co., Oregon state court (Fraud and bad faith claim won at trial)
Product Liability Suits -
• Weeg v. Lewis Bros. Rental Co., Oregon state court case involving allegedly defective back hoe, won in state court
• Fite-Frazer v. Portland Party Works, Inc., Oregon state court case involving allegedly defective product at convention, won in state court
• Holbrook v. Gowan Company, Oregon state court case involving allegedly defective herbicide, won in state court
Miscellaneous -
• Whittington v. American Family Insurance, Malicious Prosecution case, won in Oregon state court
• Haatia v. American Family Insurance, Defamation case, won in Oregon state court
• Odd Fellows Cemetery Assoc. v. Schenck Communications, Inc., Timber Trespass case, won in Oregon state court
• McCarty v. Trend Setter Home Improvement, Employers Liability case, won in Oregon state court
• Loftus v. Westberg, Wrongful Death case, $400,000 plaintiff's verdict in Oregon state court
• Approximately 20 other jury trials in addition to those listed above

Articles and Presentations
• Author, "September 11 and Business Interruption Insurance," For The Defense (2002)
• Speaker, "Good Faith as a Matter of Law," DRI Seminar, New York , New York (1994)
• Co-Author, "Joint or Several Liability: Allowing the Jury to Consider the Fault of All Tortfeasors," Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Newsletter (1993)
• Co-Author, "Human Factors Testimony: Does the Jury Really Need It?," For The Defense (1993)
• Co-Author, "Good Faith as a Matter of Law: The Insurance Company's Right to be Wrong," 27 Tort & Insurance Law Journal, 665 (1992)
Regional Editor, "Annotations to the Homeowners Policy" (1990)
• Co-Author, "Products Liability in the Sports Industry," 23 Tort & Insurance Law Journal 44 (1987)
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Practice Areas
General Litigation
Insurance Law
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Diversity and Inclusion
Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance
Insurance Law
Insurance Law
Litigation Skills

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