Corporate, Employment Law, Real Estate, Environmental Law & Litigation Law Firm
Stoel Rives LLP
12265 El Camino Real, Suite #303
San Diego, California 92130
Phone (858) 794-4100
Stoel Rives LLP Overview
Stoel Rives grew up with some of the Northwest’s earliest railroads and electric utility companies. Having gone through many name changes over the years, the current firm is the result of the 1979 merger of two important Portland firms—Davies, Biggs, Strayer, Stoel and Boley; and Rives, Bonyhadi and Smith—followed by the 1987 joinder with the Seattle firm Jones, Grey and Bayley; the firm’s expansion to Boise and Salt Lake City in the 1990s; and the 2001 combination with the California-based firm Washburn, Briscoe and McCarthy. In 2007, the firm expanded to the Midwest for the first time, when it opened an office in the Twin Cities. Encouraged perhaps by the ability of visiting Stoel Rives lawyers to endure the Minnesota winter cold, the firm opened an office in Anchorage, Alaska, in 2008. The latest expansion came in 2013, when the firm opened an office in Washington, D.C.
The roots of the firm of Davies, Biggs, Strayer, Stoel and Boley date to 1883, the year the Northwest’s first transcontinental railroad was completed with Portland its terminus. That year Charles H. Carey began a long career—practicing law in Portland and representing the Northern Pacific Railroad as its Oregon counsel. Carey, who later penned the still-popular “General History of Oregon,” formed a partnership with James B. Kerr in 1907.
In 2008 a group of lawyers originally from the Heller Ehrman law firm joined Stoel Rives and founded the firm’s Anchorage office. Included in the group was litigation partner Jim Torgerson, who later assumed the role of Stoel Rives firm managing partner—the first Alaska-based FMP at a major law firm in U.S. history. In 2013 the firm opened a DC office to serve as the hub for federal regulatory work performed on behalf of clients engaged in major client industry sectors, including energy, transportation, food and alcohol, manufacturing and distribution, timber, health care and technology.