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Jeff Eden - Product Liability Litigation Attorney - Portland, OR

Jeffrey S. Eden


503-796-2837 Direct
503-970-8846 Cell

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Professional Experience

Jeff Eden is the Practice Group Leader for the firm's Products and Business Litigation Practice Group. Throughout his 30 year legal career, Mr. Eden has gained extensive experience in a broad range of civil litigation, including product liability, professional liability and catastrophic injury. In addition to his product liability work, Mr. Eden also has significant experience handling general commercial litigation, such as UCC matters and governmental investigations including responding to and challenging the Oregon Department of Justice CIDs. He has successfully tried more than 85 jury trials to verdict in the state and federal courts of Oregon and Washington. As a result of his extensive trial experience, Mr. Eden has been retained by many corporate and other clients to counsel them on how to control litigation costs through arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods. He has also advised U.S. product manufacturers, distributors, and sellers on product modifications and risk management strategies designed to avoid future litigation.

Mr. Eden has represented manufacturers in the trucking and automotive, industrial and aircraft manufacturing industries, sporting goods manufacturers, paint and coating manufacturers, and sellers of childproof packaging. He also has routinely worked with local and national manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceutical products, medical devices, and nutritional supplements. Prior to joining Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Mr. Eden was an attorney at Bullivant, Houser, Bailey and has previously served as national coordinating defense counsel to a leading Western retailer in national drug litigation.

Mr. Eden has also represented numerous professionals--including physicians, pharmacists, chiropractors, dentists, attorneys, and agents--in professional liability and alleged professional negligence matters. He has assisted his professional clients in disciplinary matters and administrative hearings.

As an AV, Peer Reviewed rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Eden is a sustaining member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, has been selected by his peers as an Oregon Super Lawyer (2007-2015) and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America (2007-2015) for his work in Commercial, Securities and Product Liability Litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended and settled catastrophic injury cases for heavy equipment manufacturers and retailers
  • Provided risk management advice for discovery coordination
  • Represented numerous orthopedic implant manufacturers in product liability litigation
  • Successfully defended leading Western retailer in product liability case involving nutritional supplements and consumer goods litigation
  • Defended numerous manufacturing clients in consumer goods product liability cases
  • Represented manufacturers of both guns and ammunition in product defect claims
  • Successfully defended major retailer in an MDL consumer products liability case
  • Litigation and regulatory defense of an out-of-state pharmaceutical retailer


  • Speaker "Navigating the CPSC: Advice from the Trenches," at the DRI Annual Product Liability conference, National Harbor, MD, on April 3, 2013.- Mr. Eden was joined by Marc Schoem, Deputy Director, Office of Compliance and Field Operations for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Speaker, "Annual Tort Law Update on Emerging Torts – Lead and Lead Paint Litigation," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, December 2007

Professional & Community Activities
Sustaining member of The Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. (PLAC)
American Board of Trial Advocates
Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Defense Research Institute 
Oregon State Bar
Washington State Bar Association 
Multnomah Bar Association
Former Vice Chair of the Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Tort & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL)

Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Courts
Washington State Courts
United States District Court, District of Oregon
United States District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court

Author, Oregon chapter in DRI's book, Product Liability Defenses, 2007 and 2013

Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude (1985)
University of Oregon, Bachelor of Science degree (1982)

Oregon Supreme Court Refuses to Enforce Ski Resort's Anticipatory Release, December 24, 2014
Dealing with the CPSC Boomerang: Managing Mandatory CPSC Disclosures, February 29, 2012

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