Roy Pulvers is an experienced appellate lawyer who also represents lawyers and law firms in a range of matters, including appeals, related to legal ethics and professional responsibility and liability.
Mr. Pulvers has been counsel on private-sector appeals that are among the largest personal injury, products liability, antitrust, and class action cases in Oregon. He has represented the Oregon State Bar and numerous government bodies in appeals and on appellate matters, including the Oregon Judicial Department, Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon Health & Science University, and the Port of Portland.
Over a long career in and out of public service, Mr. Pulvers also has represented and advised Oregon government officials including governor, secretary of state, speaker of the house and other legislative leaders; the Oregon Supreme Court; and local government officials. He has represented the Democratic Party of Oregon since 2003, and he represents a range of non-profits, campaign committees and candidates in his election law practice.
Since 1996, Mr. Pulvers has served as a mediator through the Oregon Court of Appeals Appellate Settlement Conference Program.
Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in April 2007, Mr. Pulvers was a partner and member of the management committee at the law firm of Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler, LLP, where he had practiced since 1997.
From 1989 to 1997, Mr. Pulvers was the staff attorney to the Oregon Supreme Court, where he advised and represented the chief justice and the Court on matters including attorney and judicial discipline, death penalty, proposed legislation, mandamus and opinions of the Court. His government legal career also included serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Jonathan U. Newman of the Oregon Court of Appeals, and as an honors attorney with the Appellate Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
Since 2008, he has been named annually to the Oregon Super Lawyers
list in the area of Appellate Law. Mr. Pulvers has been selected annually since 2009 for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America®” in the area of First Amendment Law. He holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability.
He served on the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Constitutional Law Section from 2000 to 2005, and was chair from 2001 to 2002. He was a member of the Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners, and served as a hearing panel chair and rules of procedure author from 1990 to 1993.
He is an invited Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the preeminent resource on the theory and functioning of law, legal institutions and the legal profession.
Mr. Pulvers was an adjunct faculty member with Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College from 1990 to 1999, where he designed and taught seminars in the law of appellate practice and state constitutional law. From 2000 to 2005, he taught the constitutional law class and team at Lincoln High School.
Mr. Pulvers has conducted many CLE presentations before a variety of organizations, including the American Bar Association National Conference on Professional Responsibility, Oregon State Bar, Oregon Law Institute, Oregon Appellate Court Judges Association, Federal Bar Association, Multnomah County Bar Association, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Portland law firms. The topics of these presentations have included protective orders, mandamus practice, legal ethics, appellate law, election law, state constitutional law, government liability, mandamus practice, protective orders and habeas corpus reform.
He has also written articles, conducted speeches and panel presentations, and appeared on television concerning the ballot initiative process and drug testing in the workplace.
His publications include:
- “Petitioning for Review in the Oregon Supreme Court,” Appeal and Review (Oregon State Bar CLE, 2011)
- "Compendium of Relevant Case Law,” co-author, Appeal and Review (Oregon State Bar CLE, 1994, with 1998 Supplement)
- “Issues for In-House Counsel in Dealing With Contacts of Represented and Unrepresented Persons,” principal author, Legal Ethics for In-House Corporate Counsel, 87 C.P.S. (BNA) A-91 (Sept. 2007)
- “Separation of Powers Under the Oregon Constitution: A User’s Guide,” 75 Oregon Law Review 443 (1996)
- “Revolution and Evolution: What is going on with statutory interpretation in the Oregon Courts?” co-author, Oregon State Bar Bulletin (January 1996)
Mr. Pulvers was a manuscript editor for “Taming the Storm: The Life and Times of Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. and the South’s Fight Over Civil Rights,” by Jack Bass (Doubleday, 1993), and research and editorial assistant for “Unlikely Heroes
,” by Jack Bass (Simon & Schuster, 1981).
Among Mr. Pulvers’ civic and political activities:
- Founder and co-chair of the Oregon Democratic Lawyers Council;
- Member of the Advisory Committees and a founding lawyer-director of Oregon Progressive Fund and Oregon Progressive Alliance;
- Founding member of the Steering Committee of Oregon Lawyers for a Sustainable Future;
- Treasurer for the Committee to Re-Elect Judge Rick Haselton to the Oregon Court of Appeals;
- Volunteer attorney and member of the Lawyers Committee of the Oregon ACLU.