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Paul S. Bovarnick

Paul represents individual clients who have suffered railroad injuries, construction injuries, medical malpractice injuries, or who have employment discrimination cases. He sues railroads, construction companies, corporations, government and individuals. He has litigated and tried cases against everyone from the State of Oregon to some of the nation’s largest corporations, including the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, the Union Pacific Railroad, Skanska USA, J.R. Simplot, Montana Rail Link and the Willamette and Pacific Railroad and many other big corporations. Paul has had trials and cases in State and Federal Courts in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Montana and Utah.

Paul has a Five Star rating from Avvo, is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, and is listed as a Best Lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America© 2016. He is frequently chosen by other lawyers to act as an arbitrator in their cases. He has published numerous articles in publications of the Oregon State Bar, the American Association for Justice, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the Multnomah Bar Association.

Paul graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College and from the University of Oregon School of Law. He has been married to Nan Waller for 35 years. He and Nan have three adult children. Paul enjoys bicycling, skiing, reading, gardening and cooking.

Attorney Results

Construction Injury

Paul’s client was an iron worker who fractured his pelvis after being knocked out of a manlift.  After he recovered and returned to work, Paul was able to settle his case against the general contractor for $400,000.

Railroad Retaliation

After Gennese Annen was fired by Union Pacific for reporting an injury, she hired Paul. Paul helped Gennese to obtain a decision from OSHA awarding her more than $360,000.

Railroad head injury

Paul’s client suffered serious disabling head injuries when he fell from a rail car.  The Union Pacific and a shipper paid $1,000,000 to settle the case.

Automobile Crash

Katie King was injured when a car driven by King ran into the car in which she was riding. The insurance company refused to offer anything in settlement. After a three-day trial in Corvallis, Paul and Ben got a jury verdict of $56,000.

Crossing collision

Paul’s client, Michelle Kordopatis, was injured when her train struck a hay truck near Dillon Montana. Union Pacific offered to settle her case for $5000. The jury returned a verdict for $499,000.

$155,000 verdict against BNSF for elbow strain

Wally Kawasaki suffered an elbow strain at work for BNSF in Klamath Falls. BNSF refused to make any settlement offer. Paul tried the case. The jury awarded a a verdict of more than $155,000.

On the job injury

Paul’s client was an iron worker who fractured his ankles after falling from a ladder at a construction site. PAul and Ben prepared his case for trial. The case settled for $600.000 shortly before trial. Paul is still helping his client continue to receive workers compensation benefits.

3rd degree burns on the job

Paul’s client was a 65 year old welder who suffered full-thickness burns on his legs while repairing a trailer at the BNSF Intermodal yard in Portland. BNSF paid $900,000 to settle his case shortly before trial, and the workers compensation carrier paid another $140,000.

Published Articles & Decisions

Court Decision for Paul Bovarnick’s Client

Lovato v. BNSF, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28648 (D. Colo. 2002): The Colorado Federal District Court overruled BNSF’s objections to Paul Bovarnick’s expert witnesses.

Court Decision for Paul Bovarnick’s client

Americold v. Hoyt, 209 Or. App. 243 (Or. App. 2006): Paul Bovarnick challenged Travellers Insurance Company’s denial of his clients workers compensation benefits. The insurance company lost before the Administrative Law Judge, appealed and lost before the Workers Compensation Board, and finally lost again in before the Oregon Court of Appeals.