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Allen Eraut 

Allen Eraut

Allen Eraut - 2023 - Recognized by Best Lawyers


Allen enjoys an active litigation practice defending personal injury and property claims. He has defended local and national companies in asbestos litigation, handled multi-million-dollar casualty cases, and managed construction defect cases for both general contractors and subcontractors.

Allen has a wide variety of trial, arbitration, and mediation experience and has successfully argued in front of the Oregon Court of Appeals and Land Use Board of Appeals. He also has tried ten cases to verdict, including a recent defense verdict on the longest construction defect trial in Oregon's history.

After graduating from the University of Oregon, Allen clerked with Lane County Circuit Court Judge Lyle Velure, where he gained first hand knowledge of effective motion and trial practice. He spent three years with the Medford, Oregon firm Frohnmayer Deatherage, and five years with a large Northwest law firm defending individuals and businesses in civil lawsuits. Allen has now found a home in Portland and enjoys living and working here.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • United States District Court (Oregon, Western Washington, Eastern Washington)


  • J.D., University of Oregon, School of Law, Eugene, OR -- 1999
  • B.S., Santa Clara University, Political Science, Santa Clara, CA -- 1996

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Construction Section Chair
  • Campaign for Equal Justice, Mid-Size Partners Committee
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys

Recognition and Awards

  • Selected to Oregon Super Lawyers, 2021-2023
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in two categories:  Construction Litigation and Product Liability Litigation Defense, 2018-2023

Articles and Presentations

  • Presenter, "ORS 20.080 - A Trap for the Unsuspecting Claim Handler," 2023
  • Presenter, "Panel Discussion of Recent Asbestos Trials," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association, 2023
  • Co-Moderator, 2021 Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Annual Convention
  • Author, “Oregon Supreme Court Addresses Bad-faith Processing of Claims Allegations & Elder Financial Abuse,” The Verdict, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Moderator, “What Can I Say? Ethical Reporting on the Tripartite Relationship,” OADC Convention, 2018
  • Co-author, “$500,000 Non-economic Damages Cap Successfully Challenged,” CLM Magazine, 2018
  • Moderator, “What to Do When Mediation Fails,” OADC Construction Practice Group Meeting, 2018
  • Presenter, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Defense Practice Academy, 2017
  • Co-author, “Jurisdiction Limited for Out-of-state Defendants,” CLM Magazine, 2017
  • Co-author, “No Place Like Home: The Latest on General Jurisdiction,” The Voice, 2017
  • Presenter, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Construction Trivia Challenge, 2017
  • Co-author, “Don't Touch My Six Years! What Goodwin Says About Breach of Contract Statute of Limitations,” The Verdict
  • Presenter, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Annual Convention, 2016
  • Author, “Oregon Discards 'Bare Metal Defense' for Products Liability Cases,” The Verdict, 2016
  • Co-author, “Another State Says 'Yes' to Consent Judgments," The Voice, 2016
  • Co-author, “Oregon Says 'Yes' to Consent Judgments,” OSB Construction Law Section Newsletter, 2016
  • Author, “Compensatory Damages,” 2015 Damages CLE Supplement Presenter, "Northwest Litigation & Coverage," Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Training, 2015
  • Presenter MC Consultants 20th Annual West Region Construction Litigation and Insurance Coverage Conference, 2014
  • Presenter MC Consultants 5th Annual Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Law Seminar, Seattle, WA, 2014
  • Presenter MC Consultants 19th Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, 2013
  • Presenter, "Lessons from an Epic Trial," Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Fall Seminar 2012
  • Author, Case Notes, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Quarterly
  • Co-author, "Defamation and Invasion of Privacy" 2002 Damages CLE Supplement
  • Co-author, "Compensatory Damages" 2007 Damages CLE Supplement
  • Editor, "We, the Jury, Object!" by Hon. Lyle C. Velure, OSB Litigation Journal

Did you know?

Allen commutes to work every day by bicycle, rain or shine (and it rains a lot in Portland).


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