DRI Honors Douglas G. Houser with the Louis B. Potter Lifetime Professional Service Award

In a career that spans more than 50 years, Douglas G. Houser has been honored many times by his peers, his law firm and his community. Doug has been recognized by the Defense Research Institute (DRI) with the Louis B. Potter Lifetime Professional Service Award.

"I am particularly pleased and honored to receive this award recognizing a lifetime of professionalism. This award is very meaningful at a time when the legal profession is sometimes accused of becoming more a business than maintaining the values and character of a profession."

Douglas G. Houser Senior Counsel, Bullivant Houser Bailey

Doug received the award at the annual meeting of the 22,000 member DRI, held in mid-October in Chicago, Ill. The award recognizes a career where "professionalism goes beyond observance of the legal profession's ethical rules and serves the best interests of clients and the public in general." The award honors Louis B. Potter, DRI's second executive director, with whom Doug shared a close working and professional relationship.

"We are delighted by DRI's recognition of Doug's extraordinary commitment to clients, our profession, and the highest standards of practice. Doug is a lawyer who has always gone 'above and beyond,' and the Potter award is a fitting tribute to his contributions."

Jess Millikan Firm President, Bullivant Houser Bailey

Doug's commitment to DRI, a measure of his commitment to the profession, began over 40 years ago. He served twice on DRI's Board of Directors, and also served as National Treasurer, chaired the first Annual Membership Convention in the early 1990s and lectured at DRI National Continuing Education programs dozens of times both here in the U.S. and Europe.

At a local level, Doug has also held many leadership positions, including president of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC), the state arm of DRI. His leadership has paved the way for a number of other Bullivant lawyers who have held important positions in both national and state DRI organizations.

Bullivant is proud not only of Doug's achievements, but also of the leadership that he brings to the many lawyers who have practiced with him at the firm. Countless lawyers have honed their craft under his tutelage and consider him a mentor. Doug's commitment to the practice of law continues as he represents clients, counsels younger lawyers, and contributes to the legal profession, delivering zealous representation balanced by high standards of professionalism.

About the Louis B. Potter Award

Recipients of this annual award exemplify both professional service and professionalism, with professionalism defined as follows:

Professionalism goes beyond observance of the legal profession's ethical rules and serves the best interests of clients and the public in general; professionalism requires that lawyers conduct themselves before the Court and with opposing counsel in a manner which demonstrates respect for the law and preserves decorum and integrity of the judicial process; it preserves and enhances the image of the legal profession in the eyes of the public; it supports programs and activities to educate the public about the law and the American legal system; and it fosters respect and trust among lawyers.

DRI Leadership Positions

Board of Directors, 1990-1997
Treasurer, 1997

Committees:
Chair, International Law
Chair, Task Force on Tort Reform
Past Chair, Administration of Civil Justice
Past Chair & Founder, Insurance Coverage
Past Vice Chair, National Law Institute


Peer Recognition

Recipient of the 2007 Lestle J. Sparks Medallion Lifetime Service Award at Willamette University

Named by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading commercial litigation lawyer & Senior Statesman

Named the Best Lawyers® 2011 Portland-OR Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year"

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 - Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law)

Selected for inclusion in Oregon Super Lawyers (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 - Insurance Coverage)


Professional Involvements

American College of Trial Lawyers

American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel

American Arbitration Association

American Bar Association

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

American Bar Foundation

American Judicature Society

American Law Institute

AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society

Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances (AIDA)

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys

Beta Theta Pi

Defense Research Institute

Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Oregon Governor's Commission on Judicial Fitness

International Academy of Trial Lawyers

International Association of Defense Counsel

International Bar Association

People to People

Loss Executives Association

National Center for State Courts (Lawyers Committee)

National Crime Victim Law Institute

National Judicial College

Oregon Association of Defense Counsel

Oregon Law Reform Commission

Oregon State Bar Foundation

Oregon State Circuit Judge Pro Tem

Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB)

RAND Institute for Civil Justice

Society of Registered Professional Adjusters

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators