Will Gunnels is most often brought in on catastrophic injury and product liability cases involving complicated issues. He does the preliminary preparation and research to flag issues when sorting through evidence, helping to paint the picture and identify key areas of focus for assessing claims. He is skilled at breaking things down, cutting through complexity and explaining nuances as simply and clearly as possible to clients or to a jury. Will served in many roles during and after law school where he worked on trials and gained insight into how judges think as well as the various approaches attorneys take.
Before joining the firm, Will was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Josephine H. Mooney of the Oregon Court of Appeals, working on an array of cases. He researched and drafted bench memoranda and opinions on a variety of topics, including contract law, property law, family law, land use, administrative and criminal procedure, workers compensation, and juvenile dependency. Will also worked as a student-certified law clerk for the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, where he tried cases and got early courtroom experience.
- Oregon, 2019
- Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law – J.D., cum laude, 2019
- University of Portland – B.A. in Political Science, minor in Spanish, 2016
HONORS & AWARDS
- Recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award (Legislation and Administrative Law)
- Graduated with Pro Bono Distinction
CENTRAL OREGON ROOTS
Growing up on a small cattle farm in Central Oregon, Will took care of his farm duties each morning as a kid, which instilled a strong work ethic and a love of the outdoors. Since he has always liked tools and working with his hands, he now finds himself doing house projects and gardening. He enjoys the process of working in the earth to grow his own food and then cook up a meal he can pair with good wine.
Will still visits his family farm and often goes hiking with his wife and two dogs. As an avid long-distance runner, he has done several half marathons over the years, sometimes racing them back to back, and is still running three to four miles every day.