Dan Rayfield

Dan Rayfield is one of our leading Oregon personal injury attorneys. Since 2012, Mr. Rayfield has been annually nominated by his peers and selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” in Oregon. Less than 2.5 percent of attorneys under forty are selected for this distinction.

A product of the Oregon public school system, Mr. Rayfield graduated from Western Oregon University in 2003 and Willamette University College of Law in 2006.  In 2005, prior to his law school graduation, he clerked for the Benton County District Attorney’s office.  During his time at the District Attorney's office he gained his first trial experience prosecuting DUIs and other misdemeanor charges.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Rayfield began his legal career with the law firm of Weatherford Thompson in Albany, Oregon. His practice initially focused on general civil litigation but shifted towards representing individuals with insurance claims.  His current practice focuses entirely on helping his clients with malpractice, civil rights, and personal injury claims against insurance companies and large corporations. 

In 2007, Mr. Rayfield’s passion for protecting individual rights took center stage while representing several individuals that were falsely arrested by a local police officer.  This case made statewide news and eventually led to the officer’s resignation. Since that time, Mr. Rayfield has developed a niche specializing in civil rights cases. Mr. Rayfield has successfully handled civil rights cases against numerous counties, cities, and the State of Oregon. He firmly believes that our civil justice system is a check and balance against those that choose to violate the constitutional rights of others.

Dan3In May of 2009, Mr. Rayfield joined the Oregon law firm of Nelson & MacNeil. In 2013, Mr. Rayfield became a partner with the law firm. Since becoming a partner, the law firm has expanded its personal injury practice across the state of Oregon opening offices in the cities of Corvallis and Portland to better serve clients.  Mr Rayfield's practice primarly focuses on malpractice, civil rights, and general personal injury cases.

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Rayfield is active in the community including serving as a State Representative for House Disttrict 16 in the Oregon Legislature.

Mr. Rayfield lives in Corvallis with his wife and their son. His spare time is spent with his family, traveling, cooking, and on occasion performing in local theater. He enjoys basketball, hiking, and is an avid Portland Trailblazer fan. 

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U.S. District Court of Oregon


Associations and Professional Activities

Oregon State Bar 
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice
Linn-Benton Bar Association


Honors and Awards

2012 - Super Lawyers  - Rising Star
2013 - Super Lawyers  - Rising Star
2014 - Super Lawyers  - Rising Star
2015 - Super Lawyers  - Rising Star
2016 - Super Lawyers  - Rising Star
2017 - Super Lawyers  - Rising Star

2016 - Oregon League of Conservation Voters - Rising Star

2017 - Oregon AFL-CIO - Legislator of the Year


Education

Western Oregon University
Degree: BS in Geography and Economics

Willamette University College of Law
Degree: Juris Doctorate

Willamette University College of Law
Degree: Certificate in Dispute Resolution


Community Involvement

Commissioner
Linn-Benton Housing Authority

Current Board Member
New Roots Housing

Past President
Linn-Benton Bar Association

Past President
Board of Majestic Theater Management

Past Co-Chair
Benton County Judicial Screening Committee

Past Chair
Linn County Judicial Screening Committee

Past Committee Member
Linn County Court Security Committee

Former
Linn County Peer Court Judge

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