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Brian D. Chenoweth - Portland, OR

510 SW Fifth AvenueFourth Floor Portland, OR 97204

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Updated: 07/06/2020

Portland Environmental Law Lawyer


Brian formed CLG in 2006, after an 8-year, successful run as the co-founder and managing partner of Rycewicz and Chenoweth, LLP. Brian represents clients in all aspects of commercial litigation in state and federal courts. With over 25 years of experience in law, Brian is recognized for his litigation work with plaintiffs and defendants alike throughout Oregon and Washington...

About Brian D. Chenoweth

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Managing Partner

Practice Areas

  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use
  • Business Litigation
  • Personal Injury/Toxic Torts
  • Construction Litigation
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates Litigation


Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1994
  • Washington, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009

Other Affiliations

  • Oregon State Bar, Environmental and Natural Resources Section
  • Owen M. Panner Inn of Court, 1997 - 2010 (Barrister)

Classes and Seminars

  • Mastering Land Use & Planning Processes, 2007
  • Ethical Considerations in Insurance Practice, National Business Institute, 2005
  • What to Do When Construction Projects Go Bad, Lorman Education Services, 2005
  • Bad Faith Litigation in Oregon, National Business Institute, 2004
  • Litigating Lost Policies, Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transaction, Oregon State Bar, 2002
  • Environmental Issues affecting Land Use, Major Land Use Laws in Oregon, Oregon Law Institute, 2002
  • Insurance Coverage for Environmental Cleanup Costs, Lane County Bar Association, 1998
  • Litigating Lost Policies, Insurance Coverage for Environmental Cleanup Costs, Environmental Law Education Foundation
  • Liability and Insurance Coverage for Heating Oil Tank Releases, Oregon State Bar, Environmental and Land Use Section, 1997

Past Positions

  • Rycewicz & Chenoweth, LLP, Partner, 1997 - 2006
  • Detlefsen Law Office, P.C., Attorney, 1995 - 1997


  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia, 1994
    Honors: cum laude
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 1989
    Major: Political Science


Published Works

  • Insurance Coverage in Environmental Law Deskbook, Oregon State Bar, 2002
  • Environmental Issues affecting Land Use in Major Land Use Laws in Oregon, Oregon Law Institute, 2002
  • Recent Case Finds the "Absolute Pollution Exclusion" Not So Absolute When Gasoline Involved, Oregon Petroleum Marketers Association, May, 1998
  • Not Just for "Environmental Lawyers," In Brief, Professional Liability Fund, January, 1998
  • "Litigating Lost Policies, Insurance Coverage for Environmental Cleanup Costs", Environmental Law Education Foundation, December, 1997
  • Case Note: Martin v. State Farm, Environmental and Land Use Section Newsletter, Oregon State Bar, May, 1997
  • "Liability and Insurance Coverage for Heating Oil Tank Releases," Environmental and Land Use Section CLE, Oregon State Bar, May, 1997

Office Information


510 SW Fifth AvenueFourth Floor Portland, OR 97204


  • 503-221-2182


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