Philip Bennett

Philip Bennett

Partner

Biography

Over the last 25 years, Phil has defended liability claims brought against insured parties throughout the state of Oregon. He has handled cases on all manner of personal injuries and a broad range of liability bases including: premises liability, products liability, transportation industries, construction and general negligence.

Phil is frequently called upon to defend insurance carriers directly. He successfully defended a difficult coverage case for a large national insurer in Multnomah County against a minor plaintiff who had been blinded by another young man who was “playing around” with a BB gun. After a jury trial lasting over a week, the jury returned a verdict finding that the catastrophic injury suffered by the child was the result of an intentional wrongful act of the other boy, and that there was no coverage available to the party whose actions had caused the injury.

He has also defended numerous dram-shop cases, including one involving death, a severe injury and a claim of over $1 million. The plaintiff had gone drinking with another man after they had visited a mutual girlfriend who had been hospitalized after a suicide attempt. Despite undisputed testimony that plaintiff’s driver had just consumed 5-6 beers with straight shots, and had a post accident blood-alcohol level of over .25%, Phil was able to convince the jury that the driver (who died in the crash) had not been served alcohol while visibly intoxicated, and the bar was found free from fault.

Professional Certification & Accolades

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon Federal Court
  • Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon

Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • University of Oregon, B.A. Political Science and History, 1981
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