INSURANCE COVERAGE LITIGATOR WITH IN-HOUSE EXPERIENCE FOR STATE OF OREGON
Richard Williams represents leading insurance carriers in coverage and extra-contractual disputes, advising on their obligations and duties related to their policies and determining whether a claim is covered. Richard helps clients through the litigation process, handling mostly first-party coverage litigation related to property, homeowners, and commercial general liability policies. He also provides counsel on third-party coverage issues. Richard’s goal is to make sure his clients understand the risks involved with proceeding with litigation and provide recommendations on how best to handle a claim considering their best interest in the long run.
Clients appreciate that Richard gives clear, concise, and to the point legal advice and gets to the right legal conclusion. Although his practice is focused on litigating insurance contract disputes, he also provides advice and counsel to clients in the pre-litigation phase to resolve claims before they become lawsuits.
In his former role as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Oregon, Richard was part of the team of attorneys who worked to resolve disputes arising from the rollout of Cover Oregon, Oregon’s ACA healthcare exchange. This experience on large cases instilled a valuable perspective and better feel for how to hone in on what really matters.
- Oregon, 2014
- U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 2017
- University of Oregon, School of Law – J.D., 2014
- University of Oregon – B.S. – Philosophy & Political Science, 2010
- Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (Member)
- American Bar Association, TIPS (member)
- Richard Williams, Chapter 44, “Other Insurance” and Allocation, Insurance Law in Oregon (2020 edition).
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch (2021-2023 — Insurance Law)
A KNACK FOR SLOW YELLOW WAGONS
Taking after his dad who worked on old Porsches, Richard has always been mechanically inclined and in his spare time works on his own cars. His current project is an imola yellow station wagon which is being slowly restored to its former glory. That attention to detail and patience comes in handy not only when working on cars or assembling furniture, but also on the cases he’s working on for clients.
Richard grew up in Eugene and enjoys the simple pleasures in life, including going on walks with his wife and golden retriever (a two-time Bullivant Halloween Pet Costume Contest Winner).