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James S. Coon

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Jim was born in Chicago in 1949. He worked as a construction laborer, apprentice plumber, dishwasher, golf caddy, and parking attendant during high school and college. He graduated from Yale University in 1971 and the Lewis and Clark Law School in 1977, having served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review. He spent a year as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert C. Belloni in Federal Court before beginning private practice.

Jim has devoted his practice since 1978 to representing individuals, labor unions and non-profit public interest groups against government agencies, employers and insurance companies. He is a past chair and long-time member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers association Amicus committee. He has taught at Lewis and Clark Law School and speaks at conferences for lawyers on punitive damages, product liability, appellate practice, social security and the coordination of public and private disability benefits.

Jim is a member of the Bars of the Oregon Supreme Court, United States Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States District Court. He has served on the boards of the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Oregon Environmental Council, Portland Sustainability Commission, and Community Cycling Center.

He performs irregularly at Artichoke Music. Jim and his wife Cheryl live in Northwest Portland and ride their tandem bike to work.

Practice area focus: Personal Injury, Appellate, Social Security Disability, Public Sector Labor Law, Coordination of Complex Benefits, Legal Malpractice

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Insurance Covers Mom as Passenger

Adams v. Presnell, 286 Or App 390 (2017) Here’s a case in which the Oregon Court of Appeals applies common sense to liability for injury…

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Asbestos Law

The lawyers at Thomas, Coon, Newton & Frost believe all available remedies for serious injury should be considered together. If they are not, a settlement…

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New Supreme Court Decision On Employer Liability Law

WHAT IS THE EMPLOYER LIABILITY LAW? The Oregon Employer Liability Law (ELL), ORS 654.305, provides a high standard of care to prevent injury to Oregon…

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Oregon Supreme Court Reaffirms Jury's Role

On July 21, 2016, the Oregon Supreme Court issued its opinion in Piazza v. Kellim, in which a foreign exchange student was gunned down outside…

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