William C. BerkshireLocation: Portland, Oregon
Phone: 503-542-3000
Fax: 503-233-6874

Founding Partner, William C. Berkshire, has retired from active practice, however he continues to serve as an arbitrator/mediator.

Bill Berkshire was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1950. He grew up in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and Connecticut.

As a boy, Bill was interested in hiking, camping and outdoor activities. As a Boy Scout he attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Bill attended undergraduate school at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in English and secondary studies in art, in 1972.

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After college, he traveled and had a number of jobs doing construction work. Bill moved to Oregon in 1975.

In the fall of 1977, Bill began law school at the University of Oregon School of Law. He graduated in the spring of 1980, and began practicing law in January of 1981. At first, he had a general practice and worked in diverse fields, including personal injury, Workers’ Compensation, domestic relations and criminal law. For approximately a year and a half, he worked for Hyatt Legal Services. In 1988, Bill began his current practice, which specializes in personal injury and wrongful death claims.

William C. Berkshire is admitted to practice before all Oregon courts, including the Federal District Court. He is an active member of the Oregon Trial Lawyer’s Association and the American Trial Lawyer’s Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death Claims

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1984


  • University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon, J.D – 1980
  • Denison University, Granville, B.A – 1972
  • Major: English
  • Major: Secondary Studies in Art

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Oregon Trial Lawyer’s Association, Member
  • Past Employment Positions
  • Hyatt Legal Services