Bryana L. Blessinger

Shareholder, Portland Office

Direct Dial: 503.499.4432
Fax: 503.295.0915
bryana.blessinger@bullivant.com



Practice Areas

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 2008
  • Washington, 2010

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Peer Recognition

Education

  • Willamette University, College of Law - J.D., 2008
  • Linfield College - B.A., Communication, 2002

Practice Experience

Bryana Blessinger, a civil litigator in Oregon and Washington, handles complex first and third party insurance coverage matters including extra-contractual bad faith claims, property loss, directors and officers (D&O), professional negligence, product defect, and crime coverage. Bryana also defends general tort actions, with an emphasis on property loss, professional malpractice, and employment law claims.

Throughout her career, Bryana has tried more than 30 jury and bench cases, including the successful defense of a $1 million first-party property claim by a wholesale automotive parts distributor for alleged damage to inventory. Bryana provides coverage opinions and analysis, as well as representation through all stages of litigation, including case analysis, discovery, and pre-trial strategy. She has arbitrated and mediated numerous cases with favorable outcomes for the client, including a multi-day arbitration resulting in a defense verdict for a real estate agent client.

Bryana also understands the risks of taking cases to trial or arbitration. She works to bring many cases to conclusion through successful motion practice in state and federal courts, sparing the cost of trying a case, but achieving the desired outcome. That includes a successful Motion for Summary Judgment (MSJ) in an $11 million construction defect lawsuit, where she successfully obtained dismissal of all claims against a general contractor. Prior to private practice, Bryana was a Deputy District Attorney for Washington County. She draws on that legal experience, where she tried many criminal cases to verdict.

Bryana has also handled large-scale environmental coverage matters, including matters involving Oregon's Portland Harbor Superfund Site. She also has an understanding of EPA, Oregon DEQ, and Natural Resource Damage remedial investigations and feasibility studies.

Bryana presents programs on insurance coverage to professional legal associations and clients and has published numerous articles on the topic. Bryana is actively involved in the Defense Research Institute (DRI), serving as an Editor-in-Chief for The Voice, the Vice-Chair of the Insurance Law Committee's Directors and Officers Substantive Law Group, and the Publications Co-Vice Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Defense Research Institute (Editor-in-Chief, The Voice; Vice-Chair, Insurance Law Committee, Directors and Officers Substantive Law Group; Publications Co-Vice Chair, Young Lawyers Committee)
  • Multnomah Bar Association (Member, Court Liaison Committee; Member, Membership Committee, 2011-2013)
  • Gus J. Solomon American Inn of Court (Member, 2011-2013)
  • Lewis & Clark Law School (Mentor, First Year Student Mentorship Program)
  • Habitat for Humanity (Volunteer)
  • Oregon Food Bank (Volunteer)
  • Oregon Humane Society (Volunteer)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as a "Rising Star" in Oregon Super Lawyers (2017 & 2016 — Insurance Coverage)

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-Speaker, "Preparing for Litigation Success: 1st and 3rd Party Claims," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) Western Regional Adjusters Conference (2017)
  • Co-Speaker, "Directors and Officers Liability Insurance: Avoiding Pitfalls When Serving on a Nonprofit Board," Oregon State Bar (OSB) CLE Seminar: IRS Exempt Organizations Update and Current Topics for Nonprofits (2016)
  • Oregon Chapter Author, "Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Compendium," Defense Research Institute (DRI) (2016)
  • Speaker, "Determining the Number of Occurrences: Current Trends," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) Western Regional Adjusters Conference (2016)
  • Co-Speaker, Bullivant's Pacific Northwest Client Claims Clinic (February 2016)
  • Co-Author, "Getting Straight A's: How to Impress Outside Counsel as Second Trial Chair," Defense Research Institute (DRI), The Whisper (2016)
  • Author, "The Expanding Definition of ‘Collapse,'" Defense Research Institute (DRI), Covered Events (DRI 2015, Issue 6) (2015)
  • Author, "Insurers Not Obligated to Defend in ZIP Code Coverage Suits," Defense Research Institute (DRI), The Voice (2014); Featured Articles (2014)
  • Author, "Navigating Polluted Waters: The Impact of Senate Bill 814," Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC), The Verdict (2014)
  • Author, "Case Notes: Employment Law," Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC), The Verdict (2012)
  • Author, "Case Notes: Medical Malpractice," Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC), The Verdict (2011)
  • Author, "New Approach to Definition of Religious Organization Under Civil Rights Act," Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC), The Verdict (2010)

Outside the Firm

Bryana is a born and raised Oregonian. In her free time, Bryana enjoys hiking, traveling, and camping with her daughter, husband, and their labradoodle. She also enjoys cheering for the Oregon Ducks and has set a lifetime goal of running a half-marathon in every state.