Attorney James M. "im" Pippin is dedicated to advancing the ethical and professional practice of representing injured parties, consumers and workers. His practice has always been limited to representing injured parties and never corporations or insurance companies. Jim has represented injured parties in a wide variety of cases including defective products, medical negligence, wrongful death actions, bad faith insurance practices and automobile accidents. In those cases Jim has procured numerous million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.
Jim Pippin attended undergraduate and law school at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. While in law school he served as a clerk to the Honorable William M. Dale, a trial judge for the State of Oregon who was later named a Magistrate for the Federal District Court in Portland, Oregon. His first job in the private sector was with the prominent trial attorney Burl Green. He and Burl Green secured the first million dollar verdict for a personal injury claim in the State of Oregon in 1974. Within two years he was made a partner in the firm of Green, Griswold and Pippin. In 1975 he formed his own firm and practiced with Mark Bocci as Pippin and Bocci until taking an extended sabbatical in 2006.
For over a decade Jim represented the Master, Mates and Pilots which was a union comprised of all of the tug boat personnel on the navigable waters in the northwestern United States. That representation generated a large number of claims under the Jones Act for injured workers. He also associated with the law firm of Hildebrand, McCloud and Nelson in representing hundreds of injured railroad workers under the Federal Employers Liability Act. Jim and his partner secured a verdict for over eleven million dollars for a young man who was wearing a defective football helmet which until recently was the largest single award in the State of Oregon.
Jim is a Fellow in the very prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers which invites less than one percent of the attorneys nationwide. He is also a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and has served on many of the Oregon State Bar committees including prosecuting cases for the bar for unethical conduct. He has also served as a presenter and speaker for the bar and OTLA at various legal education seminars.
Martindale-Hubbell recently recognized Jim as an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer which is a peer review rating demonstrating the highest level of ethical standards and professional ability. He will be recognized in Martindale-Hubbell's publication entitled Legal Leaders: Oregon's Top Rated Lawyers.