I have over 25 years of diverse litigation and trial experience. After two years as a prosecutor and nearly a decade working at several Portland law firms, including some of the largest firms in the Northwest, I opened The Rundle Law Firm.
I received my law degree in 1992 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a private Ivy-League school in Philadelphia, PA that ranks in the top-ten out of approximately 200 ABA-approved law schools.
Before entering private practice, I served for 2 years as a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County where I tried dozens of cases to juries and the court and achieved a high ratio of prosecution verdicts.
I then worked as a civil litigation attorney at one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest law firms, and later joined a medium-sized law firm emphasizing business, contract, real estate, construction, and employment litigation, where I became the youngest attorney in the firm to attain partnership.
After practicing for over 11 years in Oregon and Washington, I opened my own firm in 2003 as a sole practitioner. Since then I have continued to handle a wide variety of litigation matters, including many large, complex cases, business disputes, real estate and construction disputes, and claims involving serious personal injury. In 2007, I also began to take legal malpractice cases -- a practice that has grown dramatically over more than a decade. Learn about my practice philosophy >
I am a classical pianist with a deep affinity for the works of Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff. I am an avid traveler and scuba diver, voracious reader of history, and fine wine enthusiast. I also enjoy snow skiing, tennis, and precision marksmanship. I live in Vancouver, Washington with my wife, and our two daughters and chocolate Havanese dog.
I am a sole practitioner attorney. For my larger cases, I often co-counsel with another attorney. Rather than formally partnering with other senior attorneys or hiring junior associate attorneys, my approach has been to associate with independent attorneys whom I carefully select and present to the client for approval as additional counsel-of-record on a case-by-case basis. This affords me greater flexibility to work with just the right co-counsel for the case.
This practice is most pronounced in my legal malpractice cases. Such cases often involve an in-depth examination, trial, or re-trial of the underlying case or transaction that was mishandled in order to prove the client suffered damage as a result of the previous lawyer’s mistakes. My own unusually diverse legal background, including complex litigation, makes me particularly suited to handling the diversity of issues and practice areas that legal malpractice claims often present. However, no attorney’s experience is all-encompassing, and often it makes sense to bring into the malpractice case as co-counsel a lawyer whose practice is more focused on the area of law presented in the underlying case-within-a-case. When it comes to selecting my co-counsel, an excellent choice for one case may not be the optimal fit for another. By approaching the selection of co-counsel on a-la-carte basis, I can fine tune the composition of your legal team for the best synergy. I have done this very successfully on many occasions. I always remain actively involved in all of my cases, as lead counsel or co-lead counsel.
For contingency fee cases in which I am associating with co-counsel, an aggregate fee structure is presented, and the Rundle Law Firm shares the fee with co-counsel at rates mutually agreed upon by counsel and client. The presence of co-counsel in your case comes out of this firm’s pocket, not yours.