Stoel Rives

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Stoel Rives LLP
Stoel Rives
Headquarters Portland, Oregon
No. of offices 12
No. of attorneys 349 (2015)[1]
No. of employees 856 (2010)[1]
Major practice areas Business law and litigation
Key people Robert D. Van Brocklin, Managing Partner,[2] Alan Merkle, Firm Chair[3]
Revenue $205M (2015)[4]
Date founded 1907
Founder Charles H. Carey, James B. Kerr[5]
Company type Limited liability partnership

Stoel Rives LLP is a U.S. business law firm with 12 office locations in seven U.S. states and Washington, D.C. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon in the Park Avenue West Tower, it is the largest law firm in the state of Oregon.

With 391 attorneys and a total staff of 856 as of 2010.[1] Stoel Rives is considered a leader in the Pacific Northwest in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources and renewable energy law.[6][7][8]


Stoel Rives traces its lineage back to the Portland-based firm of Davies, Biggs, Strayer, Stoel and Boley, which was founded in 1907. At the time the firm was located at sw Third and Stark streets in the Chamber of Commerce Building before moving to the Yeon Building in 1911.[9] In 1930, the name became Carey, Hart, Spencer & McCulloch, with the later being Charles E. McCulloch for which McCulloch Stadium is named after.[10][11] The firm moved in 1970 to the Georgia-Pacific Building (now Standard Insurance Center) on sw Fifth Avenue.[9] In 1979, this firm merged with another large Portland firm, Rives, Bonyhadi and Smith, which had been founded in 1935.[12]

Standard Insurance Center acquired the Seattle-based Jones, Grey and Bayley (founded 1912) in 1987. The firm expanded into Boise, Idaho in 1991, Salt Lake City, Utah in 1992, and in 2001 established a California presence in Sacramento, San Francisco and Lake Tahoe with the acquisition of Washburn, Briscoe & McCarthy. The firm's geographic footprint expanded further with the opening of offices in San Diego, California (2006), Minneapolis, Minnesota (2007), Anchorage, Alaska (2008) and Washington, D.C. (2013).[5] In June 2013, the firm was hit with a $12.8 million judgment in Utah for negligence in handling a land use application, though the firm planned to appeal.[13][14] Stoel Rives moved into the new Park Avenue West Tower in May 2016.[9]


  • Stoel Rives is rated among the nation’s 30 Best Law Firms for Outstanding Client Service, in an independent study conducted by the BTI Consulting Group.[15]
  • The firm ranks among the top 20 nationwide for the total number of lawyers listed in Best Lawyers in America, with 135 attorneys and 43 legal practice categories represented.[7][not in citation given]
  • Leading independent legal researcher Chambers and Partners currently rates 90 Stoel Rives lawyers among the best in their practices areas. The firm's Renewable and Alternative Energy Law practice and Food and Beverage practice are both rated among the best in the United States by Chambers, with another 22 practice areas receiving recognition across multiple states.[6]
  • In its inaugural “Best Law Firms in America” survey, U.S. News & World Report ranks Stoel Rives national first-tier for Construction Law, Energy Law, Mining Law, Native American Law and Timber Law, placing the firm among the top 30 U.S. law firms for the number of first-tier rankings. In addition, the firm received 56 metropolitan first-tier listings, placing it within the top 15 U.S. law firms for the number of rankings awarded in this category.[8]
  • Corporate Board Member Magazine has rated Stoel Rives one of the top 25 dominant corporate law firms in the nation’s leading markets.[16]
  • Portland Afoot rated Stoel Rives' Portland headquarters among downtown Portland's top 10 employers for low-car commuters,[17] the highest such ranking for any law firm.

Blogs and Publications[edit]

Stoel Rives publishes a series of “Law of” handbooks, intended to provide a general overview of the legal and business issues involved in specific emerging or rapidly developing areas of law. The series include The Law of Wind—A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Lava Law—Legal Issues in Geothermal Energy Development, The Law of Building Green—Business and Legal Issues of Sustainable Real Estate Development, The Law of Ocean and Tidal Energy—A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Lex Helius: The Law of Solar Energy—A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, The Law of Biofuels, The Law of Biomass, The Law of Algae—Business and Legal Issues of Producing Algae Biofuels, and Show Me the Money—The Law of the Stimulus Package.[18]

Notable lawyers and alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Mayer, James (August 13, 2010). "Stoel Rives walks away from would-be Park Avenue West office tower". The Oregonian. Portland, Ore. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ Van Brocklin firm bio
  3. ^ Merkle firm bio
  4. ^ "The AmLaw200 2015". 
  5. ^ a b Firm history
  6. ^ a b "Chambers USA". 
  7. ^ a b "Best Lawyers in America". 
  8. ^ a b "U.S. News & World Report 'Best Law Firms in America'". 
  9. ^ a b c Siemers, Erik (May 27, 2016). "DataBank: Another big (if infrequent) move for Stoel Rives - Portland Business Journal". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "$50,000 Received By Willamette". The Oregonian. June 16, 1947. p. 5. 
  11. ^ "Timeline". Anniversary. Stoel Rives LLP. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Culverwell, Wendy (November 11, 2014). "Stoel Rives founding partner George Rives dies". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Stevens, Suzanne (June 25, 2013). "Stoel Rives ordered to pay $12.8M in negligence case". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Stevens, Suzanne (June 26, 2013). "Failed real estate development may cost Stoel Rives $12.8M". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "BTI Client Service A-Team". 
  16. ^ "Corporate Board Members Magazine 'Biggest Firms in 25 Metro Areas". 
  17. ^ "Portland Afoot 'Best Portland employers for low-car commuters". 
  18. ^ "Stoel Rives Law of Books series". 

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