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Christiane Fife - Product Liability Litigation Attorney - Portland, OR

Christiane R. Fife


503-796-2881 Direct

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Professional Experience

Christiane Fife's practice is focused on representation of businesses involved in product liability, business and tort litigation and on providing clients with advice on consumer protection and other regulatory matters. She frequently defends manufacturers in complex product liability lawsuits that involve automobiles, recreational vehicles, drugs and medical devices and manages all aspects of those cases from inception to completion, in federal, state and multi-district proceedings.

In her advisory practice, Ms. Fife assists manufacturer and food and beverage clients in ‎managing risk. She helps clients create warranties and warning labels for new products, advises ‎on the enforceability of existing warranties and disclaimers, the sufficiency of existing product ‎warnings, and compliance with other laws and regulations including California's Proposition 65.

Ms. Fife has been an attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt since starting her career in 2004. She enjoys getting to know her clients' products and their businesses in order to assist them in developing tailored solutions to achieve their individual goals.

Professional & Community Activities

  • IADC Trial Academy, Stanford University, 2012
  • NITA Deposition Skills Training, 2009
  • Oregon Trial Advocacy College, 2007
  • Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors, 2008-2011
  • DRI Young Lawyers Steering Committee, 2007-present
  • DRI Product Liability Committee, 2011-present
  • Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt Women's Initiative Committee, 2012-present
  • Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt Lateral Integration Committee, 2012-present
  • Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt Hiring Committee, 2009-2012
  • Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt Hood to Coast Team Captain, 2007-present


  • Rule 30(b)(6) Notices of Deposition: How to Protect Your Corporate Clients, DRI The Whisper (2007)
  • The Effective Client Relationship: Practical Tips for Success, DRI The Whisper (March 2008)
  • DRI Corporate Privilege Compendium, Waiver of Corporate Privilege: How and Where it Occurs and How to Keep Confidential Information Protected (2008)
  • DRI Punitive Damages Compendium, Co-Author Oregon Chapter (2009)


  • Ethical Issues That Arise During the Deposition Phase Of Discovery, DRI Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (2008)
  • Achieve Your Poker Face: Tips to a Successful Mediation, DRI Young Lawyer Spring Webcast (2010)
  • My Publicist Will Now Make A Statement On My Behalf: Use of Public Relations Firms During Litigation, DRI Product Liability Conference Young Lawyer Breakout, New Orleans, LA (2011)
  • Big Hat, No Cattle: Using Your Opponent's Spoliation of Key Evidence to Your Advantage, DRI Young Lawyers Seminar, Austin, TX (2011)

Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Courts
United States District Court, District of Oregon


University of Oregon School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (2004)
University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts degree (2000)
Universidad De Sevilla, Advanced Elements of the Spanish Language (1999)

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