Tab’s practice focuses on representing individuals and business, both large and small, in civil litigation. He defends complex personal injury claims, including premises and product liability actions. He has specialized knowledge in defending litigation brought under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA), and the Oregon’s Employers Liability Act (ELA). He also has experience representing contractors and construction design professionals.
- Defended a personal injury claim for damages allegedly suffered as a result of a software malfunction on a piece of heavy machinery. Won full indemnity on summary judgment against the third-party software designer and manufacturer, based on product liability and contract theories.
- Defended utility companies and manufacturers in workplace injury claims brought under the Employers Liability Act.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant client in a multi-million dollar products liability case involving allegations of defective design and inadequate product warnings.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant client, a restaurant, in a personal injury action based on premises liability allegations.
- Successfully negotiated and obtained favorable resolutions in claims under the Federal Employers Liability Act, the Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA), and the Federal Safety Appliance Act (SAA).
- Successfully prosecuted third-party indemnity claims under theories based on contract and common law.
- Successfully mediated complex injury and property damage disputes.
Education & Bar Admissions:
Tab received his bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in Spanish, from Sewanee: The University of the South. He obtained his law degree from the University of Oregon. During law school, Tab worked for the Civil Enforcement Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. He also participated in the University of Oregon’s prosecution clinic, where he gained valuable courtroom experience at the Lane County District Attorney’s Office. Tab served as an Editor for the Oregon Law Review and as Chair of the University of Oregon Pro Bono Executive Board. He also competed at the regional and national levels of the American Bar Association’s Negotiation Competition.
Most recently, Tab honed his trial skills by completing the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel’s (NARTC) College of Railroad Trial Advocacy, a rigorous six-day interactive program put on annually in Irving, Texas.
Tab is admitted to the Oregon State Bar, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, the Washington State Bar, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Tab serves on the Associates Committee for the Campaign for Equal Justice and is a member of the Multnomah County Bar Association. He is also a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.
Tab spends his time outside the office with friends and family including his wife, Abby, their son William, and their dog, Jack. He enjoys playing soccer, skiing, and trying new restaurants.
In 2017, Tab was chosen by his peers as a “Rising Star”, an honor that is reserved for no more than 2.5 percent of Oregon lawyers.