Peter Chamberlain Law Mediation


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Mediation ♦ Arbitration
2445 NW Westover Road Suite 405
Portland OR  97210


The primary focus of my nearly 30 years of private practice was civil litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.  I have represented plaintiffs and defendants in many types of cases including personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, commercial litigation, construction defect litigation, insurance litigation, property damage, and real estate disputes.

In my first year of practice, I participated in four jury trials. I have since participated in dozens of jury trials as well as trials to the court and other evidentiary hearings.  In my first year as a lawyer, I argued my first appellate case and have now represented parties in over 100 cases in the Oregon appellate courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and in the Washington Court of Appeals (admitted pro hoc vice).
My practice has also included sitting as an arbitrator in hundreds of circuit court cases and underinsured motorist cases, serving as a pro tem judge,  serving as a mediator in cases pending in trial courts, and as part of the Oregon Court of Appeals Appellate Mediation Program.


1978         Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, J.D.
                1976 - 1978 Member, Law Review
                1977 - 1978 Managing Editor, Law Review
                1978 Cornelius Honor Society
                    Class Rank: top 10%

1972         California Polytechnic State University
                San Luis Obispo, California
                B.S. Business Administration


6/1/08 - Current           Mediator/Arbitrator
                                   Chamberlain Mediation ♦ Arbitration

1/1/07 - 4/31/07          Of Counsel
                                   Bodyfelt Mount Stroup & Chamberlain LLP

1/1/82 - 12/31/06        Partner
                                   Bodyfelt Mount Stroup & Chamberlain LLP

9/19/78 - 12/31/81      Associate
                                   Bodyfelt Mount & Stroup

1/1/78 - 9/18/78          Law Clerk
                                   Bodyfelt & Mount

6/74 - 12/31/77           Paralegal and Law Clerk
                                   Tooze Kerr Peterson Marshall & Shenker


Member, Oregon State Bar, since 1978

Admitted, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon 1978

Admitted, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 1982

Pro Tem Judge 1997-2000 and 2010-2013

Arbitrator, Oregon State Bar Fee Arbitration Panel, early 1980’s

Arbitrator, Multnomah County Circuit Court Arbitration Panel, since program inception in the 1980’s

Arbitrator, Washington County, Clackamas County, Marion County

Bar Counsel for Disciplinary Matters, Oregon State Bar, most years from 1984-2006

Member, Uniform Civil Jury Instruction Committee 1987-1990

Member, Prepaid Legal Insurance Committee, Oregon State Bar 1990-1992 Secretary, 1991-1992

Member, Multnomah Bar Association, Circuit Court Liasion Committee 1991-1993

Member, Uniform Trial Court Rules Committee 1992-1997
Chair, 1993-1996

Board of Directors, Lewis and Clark Law School Alumni
Association 1992-1995

Board of Directors, Professional Liability Fund 1994-1999
Secretary -Treasurer 1997-1998

Board of Directors, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Member, State Professional Responsibility Committee, 2009-2012
Chair, 2012

Moot Court Judge - Lewis & Clark Law School

Mock Trial Judge- Classroom Law Project


Co-Author, “Appeal and Review,” Ch. 3, Civil Appeals in the Oregon Appellate Courts
1983 and 1986 rev.

Author, “Pleading and Practice,” Ch. 45, Appellate Procedure
1985 and 1991 rev.

Author, “Powers and Duties of the Adjuster,” Ch. 11, Insurance 1987 and 1992 rev.

Co-Author, “Bad Faith Litigation in Oregon,” National Business Institute Inc. 1995

Contributor, "Practical Tips for Excelling at Mediation, Straight From the Mediators" The Verdict, Fall 2011


“Punitive Damages,” Professional Education Systems, Inc. – Tort Reform, December 1988

“Punitive Damages,” Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education – Tort Law, June 1989

“Examination of Experts,” Oregon State Bar Litigation Section, May 1990

“Indemnity and Contribution,” Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association, April 1991

“Uniform Trial Court Rules,” Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education – Legal Assistants, February 1995

“Bad Faith Litigation in Oregon,” National Business Institute, Inc., September 1995

Ethics in Mediation, Oregon State Bar ADR Section Annual Meeting, October 2011