Rich Spier Resume

Areas of Concentration

Mediation of civil cases, including:

  • Business
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Insurance
  • Employment
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Securities and Finance

Professional Background and Experience

  • Highly experienced mediator of complex and difficult cases
  • Member (2012-2016), Oregon State Bar Board of Governors; President (2015) and Immediate Past President (2016), Oregon State Bar
  • Martindale-Hubbell© AV (Preeminent) rating 
  • Listed in Best Lawyers© for Mediation and in Super Lawyers for Alternative Dispute Resolution, and accepted for membership in the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Served as Chair, Oregon State Bar Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution 
  • Extensive experience as litigating attorney in prominent Portland law firms 
  • Member, Oregon and Washington State Bars and federal court Bars, including United States Supreme Court 
  • Served as Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College 
  • Served as Trainer of commercial and construction arbitrators for American Arbitration Association 
  • Author, speaker and instructor on Alternative Dispute Resolution, civil procedure and insurance 
  • Served as Member, Oregon Board of Bar Examiners 
  • Served as Chair, Oregon State Bar Committee on Federal Practice and Procedure 
  • Served as Member, Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Trial Board 
  • Served as US Navy Line Officer
  • Engagments accepted directly from counsel; also listed with the American Arbitration Association (AAA mediation panels); the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA mediation panel); and the International Mediation Institute (IMI Certified Mediator)


 Educational Background

  • B.A. (with great distinction), Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D. (magna cum laude), Cornell University, Order of the Coif