Richard J. Whittemore

In Memoriam

Peer Recognition


  • Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College - J.D., 1982
  • Colorado College - B.A., cum laude, 1978

Practice Experience

With great sadness, we regret to tell you that our friend and colleague, Dick Whittemore, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 5, 2015. He was returning from a weekend of sports car racing, a passion for him that was exceeded only by his devotion to his wife, Carolyn, his family, and his clients.

Dick was a tremendous legal advocate: respected by clients, adversaries, and judges. He was also a devoted teacher, spending countless hours working with newer lawyers in Bullivant's trial academy and sharing his deep, practical knowledge of trial practice with all his colleagues. Dick also mentored younger attorneys by volunteering his time to judge local and national legal competitions.

As a firm leader serving for years on the Board of Directors and various committees, he shared his wisdom and incredible sense of humor with us. Both will be very much missed. Dick carried himself through the world with confidence, grace and dignity and will forever be remembered and honored by his friends and colleagues.

Dick had more than 30 years of experience practicing civil law in major exposure cases along the west coast in both state and federal court. His experience with these litigation matters included products liability defense, clergy malpractice, medical malpractice and complex commercial litigation. He tried more than 55 cases to verdict over his career including several wrongful death cases.

We are committed to his legacy of advocacy for his clients and the matters that were entrusted to him. The work in which he was engaged is being managed by most of the same lawyers, paralegals and staff who worked side-by-side with him. If you have questions about representation, please contact Loren Podwill, president of Bullivant Houser Bailey, at 503-499-4620 or

In 2017, the firm established the Richard J. Whittemore Checkered Flag Award in Dick's honor.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association (Former Member, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section; Vice Chair, Section of Litigation, Products Liability Committee, 1997-1998)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate, 2006-2015; Former National Board Representative; Former President Elect; Former Vice President; Former Treasurer)
  • Defense Research Institute (Former Member)
  • International Conference of Sports Car Clubs (Former Insurance Advisor)
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Member, Board of Trustees, 2014-2015)
  • Multnomah Bar Association (Former Member)
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (Former Member)
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association (Regional Judge, Region 13, National Trial Competition, 2015)

Awards and Honors

  • AV® Preeminent™, Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006, 2005 — Commercial Litigation)
  • Selected for inclusion in Oregon Super Lawyers (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 — Personal Injury Defense: Products)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2015, 2014, 2013 — Commercial Litigation)
  • Named as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2009 — Product Liability; General Commercial)

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-Speaker, "Civility Matters," Oregon Trial Lawyers Association's New Trial Lawyer Academy 101 & Lewis & Clark Law School Educational Seminar (2012-2014)
  • Co-Speaker, "Admissibility of NTSB and Other Government Reports," Oregon State Bar & Products Liability, Litigation & Aviation Sections, Joint CLE Program (2012)
  • Speaker, "Dram Shop Claims," National Association of Legal Secretaries (NALS) Education Conference & National Forum (2012)
  • Author, "Dram Shop Act Supplement," Oregon Torts CLE (1996)
  • Author, "Digest of Oregon Law," American Insurance Attorneys Litigation Desk Reference (1993)