ABOUT OUR FIRM
HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
Founded in 1938 in Portland, Oregon by V.V. Pendergrass, Charles R. Spackman, Jr., and R.R. Bullivant, Bullivant’s early focus was on banking and corporate while Spackman was noted as an excellent trial lawyer, an early foundation for the firm’s focus on trial practice.
Preceding Bullivant’s founding, but paralleling the growth of legal markets in the urban west, was McClanahan and Derby, later to become Derby Cook Quinby & Tweedt, in San Francisco. Derby Cook as the firm became known, was widely regarded for its admiralty and maritime practice. In 2000, Bullivant merged with Derby Cook, tracing the firm’s history back to 1906.
Bullivant’s traditions in insurance, business, and casualty law are underpinned by the firm’s long tradition of excellence in trial practice. Derby Cook’s influence is still felt through the firm’s successful maritime, admiralty, and transportation practices.