Pamela J. Paluga joined the firm as a shareholder in 2019. She is rated AV Preeminent®5.0/5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell®.* Her practice primarily consists of business/commercial and insurance defense litigation, specializing in the defense of construction defect, toxic tort, general liability and real estate professional malpractice matters. She also handles corporate, real estate and other transactional work for various clients.
Pam graduated from U.C.L.A. with a B.A. in Political Science in 1986, and obtained her J.D., with honors, from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts in 1989. During her third year in law school, Pam participated in the “Suffolk Defenders” clinical program, representing indigent individuals charged with misdemeanors in various court proceedings.
Pam returned to California in 1989, where she began her career litigating and trying business, real estate and commercial landlord/tenant matters, and subsequently expanded her practice to include insurance defense litigation, specializing in realtor malpractice, complex construction defect and toxic tort defense. In 2010, Pam relocated to the magnificent Pacific Northwest to join the law firm of Kennedy Bowles, P.C. in Portland, where she worked for almost 10 years before joining the firm. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Oregon and Washington, as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. She holds an inactive license to practice law in the state of California. Pam is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Multnomah County Bar Association and Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and serves as Publications Liaison for the OADC Women in Law Practice Group.
When not working, Pam can be found on the trails walking her 90-pound German Shepherd rescue dog, “Ensign,” or on a yoga mat somewhere in the greater Portland area. She is also an avid reader of sci-fi, fantasy and historical fiction, and enjoys creative writing. She dreams of one day finishing a New York Times crossword puzzle. Learning to cook is a new hobby, and even though Pam manages to create some meals without burning them, she will not be giving up her day job anytime soon.
* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSMand Martindale-Hubbell NotableSMare Certification Marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell®certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell®Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards. An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys holds an AV Preeminent®rating, the highest peer rating standard, signifying that a large number of the lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.