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Catching up with Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

Bullivant Houser is a mid-sized law firm with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest and in the insurance industry.  The majority of the firm’s lawyers provide services to insurers and insureds.  Bullivant Houser lawyers’ expertise covers all major defense and coverage areas including E&O, D&O, EPL, fiduciary, professional and financial lines.  The firm’s lawyers have successfully litigated some of the highest exposure matters in the Pacific Northwest. 

Bullivant Houser’s core competency is to provide clear, thoughtful and timely advice to its clients in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  The primary goal of the firm is to match the skills of its lawyers with the needs of clients, and to develop long-term relationships.

For many years Bullivant has and continues to serve as panel counsel for major insurers in all lines.  These relationships are the result of years of diligent service and proven results.  Bullivant Houser lawyers have been recognized by Chambers, ABOTA, SuperLawyers, Benchmark Litigation, and Best Lawyers in America.

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Laura CalderaShareholder, Business Law Practice Group Leader

Laura is the Practice Group Leader of Bullivant Houser's Business Law Group. She is a trial attorney focusing her practice on complex business, professional liability, and intellectual property disputes. Her approach is consistent regardless of the area of the law: gain a full understanding of the issues, but more importantly, the client's needs. Once understood, she prepares a vigorous defense or representation that draws on her many years of successful trial experience.

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What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned since COVID-19 disrupted your “normal” routine (work or personal)?

While I’ve always loved having family around, during quarantine, each minute with my college-age kiddos has felt like such a blessing.  On the work front, I’ve become rather proficient at all things video-conferencing, and quite frankly, I’ve found video-communication to be both efficient and fun.

When things return to “normal,” what is the one thing you cannot wait to do?

Hug.  I’ve been doing socially distanced outdoor activities with friends and family, but I can’t wait to hug my friends and family again!

Favorite pastime during quarantine

Biking, running, walking, paddle-boarding, and hiking have helped me keep my sanity.  Well, that, and the company of my fur baby. 

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Tom HutchinsonShareholder

Tom is a trial lawyer whose Washington and Oregon business litigation practice focuses on advising entities and individuals regarding a wide range of issues with an emphasis on disputes involving financial matters. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, he spent three years as a financial consultant with a top-tier CPA firm. His areas of expertise include all varieties of commercial disputes, litigation involving claims against attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors, and general contract litigation.  Tom has been recognized for years by SuperLawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Benchmark Litigation.  He was also recently ranked by Chambers USA as one of the top commercial litigators in Oregon. 

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What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned since COVID-19 disrupted your “normal” routine (work or personal)?

Working from home full time has taught me the importance of keeping a routine and appreciating the upsides of being locked down.  Spending time in the garden and with family has been great.

When things return to “normal,” what is the one thing you cannot wait to do?

I can’t wait to get on a plane again and see the world.  I also really miss being able to see live music in a filled-to-capacity venue.

Favorite pastime during quarantine

Taking hikes in the great Pacific Northwest.  I’ve also developed an obsession about perfecting the art of homemade pizza. 

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John KreutzerShareholder

John Kreutzer's practice focuses on employment litigation, advice, and counseling. His litigation experience includes representing employers in the defense of claims for discrimination and harassment in the workplace, protected leave and disability claims, wage and hour claims, actions based on breach of contract including non-competition agreement defense and enforcement, and trade secret violation claims. John is experienced in the defense of both class and representative actions.

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What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned since COVID-19 disrupted your “normal” routine (work or personal)?

The most meaningful lesson that I have learned since COVID-19 disrupted my normal routine is that I am truly blessed to be in a profession that allows me to continue to work remotely.  I am tired of my basement and miss personal interactions but realize that I am very fortunate.

When things return to “normal,” what is the one thing you cannot wait to do?

I am really looking forward to getting together with friends to catch up and celebrate the events that have been missed like graduations and birthdays.  And visiting the 19th hole after a round of golf is long overdue!

Favorite pastime during quarantine

Daily “mental health breaks” riding around on my wife Lori’s scooter from college that we have stored all this time.  I live on a bluff overlooking downtown Portland and the University of Portland campus is on the end of the bluff.  So it is fun to ride around campus and get the downtown view.