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Dwain M. Clifford2021-02-03T19:52:56+00:00
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Portland, Oregon 97204
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“We have earned a reputation as tough, smart, sure-footed litigators by forcefully pursuing our clients’ interests in every case.”

Dwain M. Clifford

Dwain Clifford is Chair of Ball Janik LLP’s Insurance Recovery practice. He joined the firm in 2002 after representing clients in commercial litigation with a large firm in Dallas, Texas, and he became a partner with Ball Janik in 2008. His principal areas of practice are insurance-coverage litigation, serving as coverage counsel to insureds being defended by insurance-defense counsel or in adjusting a claim, broker-malpractice litigation, general commercial litigation, and construction law. He has represented a wide variety of plaintiffs and defendants in complex business litigation and has experience litigating cases in state and federal courts in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Mr. Clifford has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation – Construction. He has been selected to the Oregon Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list.

Mr. Clifford earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2000. During law school, he served as an Associate Editor for the Texas Law Review and worked as a research assistant for a professor writing an article on class actions. Before joining Ball Janik, Mr. Clifford practiced in the commercial-litigation group of Thompson & Knight LLP, a regional law firm in Dallas, Texas. He handled a wide variety of cases, including general commercial litigation, medical malpractice, personal-injury defense, and product-liability defense. Before attending law school, Mr. Clifford was a high-school teacher and yearbook adviser in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and he taught reading and writing to sixth-grade students in New Braunfels, Texas.

Mr. Clifford is currently the chairperson of the Local Rules Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.


  • J.D., Order of the Coif, 2000
    University of Texas at Austin School of Law Associate Editor, Texas Law Review
  • M.A., Secondary Education, 1992
    University of New Mexico
  • B.A., cum laude, English, 1988
    New Mexico State University


  • Idaho
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington


  • The Best Lawyers in America list since 2018
  • Oregon Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, 2010