Joel Wilson

Shareholder, Portland Office

Direct Dial: 503.499.4469
Fax: 503.295.0915

Practice Areas


Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1976 (inactive)
  • Oregon, 1980

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon

Peer Recognition


  • University of Missouri, School of Law - J.D., 1976

Practice Experience

Joel Wilson chairs the firm's Professional Liability Practice Group. His practice emphasis includes defense of errors and omissions claims against architects, engineers, contractors, real estate agents and brokers, surveyors, appraisers, property managers, accountants, lawyers, corporate directors and officers, and security offering participants.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • American Election (Observer, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member, Insurance Law Committee; Member, Professional Liability Committee)
  • Multnomah Bar Association (Member)
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (Member)
  • Former Assistant Attorney General, Tax Litigation and Governmental Tort Defense

Awards and Honors

  • AV® Preeminent™, Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Oregon Super Lawyers (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 — Professional Liability: Defense)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 — Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants)
  • Named as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation (2018, 2017, 2016)

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-Speaker, "Thou Shall Not Breach: Ethics in Professional Liability Claims," Defense Research Institute (DRI) Professional Liability Seminar (2015)
  • Panelist, "Corporate Representative Depositions – Practicalities, Pitfalls and Strategies," Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC) Fall Seminar (2015)
  • Co-Speaker, "Thou Shalt Not Breach! How Allegations of Breaching Professional Ethics Affect the Defense of Professional Liability Claims,"  Defense Research Institute (DRI) Annual Meeting (2014)