About Chad Stavley
Chad Stavley is a Portland personal injury lawyer who specializes in significant injury and wrongful death cases. He has tried more than 100 cases including over 75 jury trials; considerably more than most lawyers try in their entire careers. He has achieved some of the highest verdicts by case type in recent Oregon history including a $404,044.75 dog attack verdict and a $384,213.89 bicycle injury verdict. Chad is based in Portland but practices in courts throughout Oregon and Washington.
Prior to opening the Law Office of Chad Stavley, Chad worked as a Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney and then as an insurance defense lawyer for a large Portland firm. As a criminal prosecutor, Chad tried numerous jury trials, becoming familiar with judges and juries and learning how to work effectively in the courtroom. As an insurance defense lawyer, Chad learned how insurance companies value claims and how they defend personal injury cases. In 2008 Chad opened the Law Office of Chad Stavley and put his knowledge and trial experience to work representing people against large corporations and insurance companies. He is passionate about righting wrongs.
Chad graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with Honors. He won merit scholarships in his third year of law school based on excellence in Miami’s mock trial program.
When not at work, Chad spends time with his wife Annalisa and their two-year old son George. Chad and Annalisa are currently preparing for the newest addition to their family. Chad is an avid college football fan.
We are a completely results-driven law firm. We aren’t interested in taking on hundreds of clients and working a settlement factory. In fact, we reject more than 90% of all those who seek our help. We take fewer clients so that we can be completely focused on those we do take. We prepare every case like it’s a trial and then negotiate from a position of strength. If we don’t get an offer that is fair, we are prepared and willing to go into the courtroom, where our verdicts have outperformed last/best offers by more than three to one.
- Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent (highest ranking possible) since 2014.
- Oregon Super Lawyer 2016-Present.
- Oregon Super Lawyer “rising star” 2012-2013.
Travers v. Scheffer, Multnomah County Case No. 1401-00913. Chad represented a woman who fell and tore her ACL after being chased by a pit-bull. She was fired by her previous lawyer because the case was “unwinnable.” Allstate insurance offered her nothing prior to hiring Chad. The jury returned a verdict of $404,044.75, the largest Oregon dog attack verdict on record.
Holder v. Richter, Multnomah County Case No. 1204-04296. Chad represented a young man who was hit while riding a bicycle and suffered a significant laceration to his back. Other lawyers rejected the case because his only remaining issue was the scar on his back. The Hartford offered Mr. Holder nothing before he hired Chad. The jury returned a verdict of $384,213.89, one of the largest recent bicycle verdicts in Oregon and the largest Oregon scar verdict we are aware of.
Paris v. Twitchell, Benton County Case No. 1010048. Chad represented a woman who was riding her bicycle to work when a pickup pulling a flat-bed trailer pulled out in front of her. She was unable to stop in time and struck the end of the trailer. The crash caused her to tear her ACL, requiring surgical repair. The defense denied liability. They claimed that the truck slowly pulled out from the driveway and that the cyclist should have been able to stop in plenty of time if she had been paying attention. They made no offers to settle. Chad took the case to trial and received a verdict of $132,349.60.