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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 focuses her practice on product liability litigation where she represents businesses involved in automotive, pharmaceutical, and medical device cases in federal, state, and multi-district proceedings. In addition, Ms. Fife regularly represents clients in consumer warranty disputes, disability and life insurance coverage, and premises liability adjudications. She also devotes considerable time to advising manufacturers, distributors and sellers on the enforceability of product warranties and in drafting product warranties, disclaimers, warnings and limitations of liability. She has been an attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt since she became a member of the Oregon State Bar in 2004.

Ms. Fife received her JD from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2004. During her time at Oregon she was Associate Director of the Moot Court Board, a student member of the Admissions Committee and a legal research and writing tutor for the director of the Legal Research and Writing program. Ms. Fife completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2000. During her undergraduate years Ms. Fife also spent a semester studying abroad in Seville, Spain.

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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