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General Defense
960 Liberty Street SE, Suite 110
Salem, Oregon 97302
Telephone: 503-581-1542
Fax: 503-585-3978
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2206, Salem, OR 97308-2206
Established: 1953

Practice Areas
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Agriculture
  • Automobile
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Environmental Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Construction Defect
  • Product Liability
  • Food and Agriculture Liability
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
American Family Insurance CompanyAmerican National Property & Casualty
Bankers Life and Casualty CompanyColonial Penn Insurance Company
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.Guaranty National Insurance Company
The Infinity GroupInsurance Corporation of British Columbia
Integrity AdministratorsJefferson Insurance Company
Kentucky Central Insurance CompanyMonumental General Casualty Company
Mutual of Omaha Insurance CompanyNational American Insurance Company
North Pacific Insurance CompanyThe Omaha Indemnity Company
OneBeacon InsuranceOregon Insurance Guaranty Association
Oregon Mutual Insurance CompanyState Farm Insurance Companies
St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance CompanyTIAA-CREF Group
21st Century Insurance CompanyViking Insurance Company of Wisconsin
Western Pacific Mutual Ins. Co.Zurich Insurance Company
Non-Insurance Clients
Albertsons, Inc.Boardman Foods, Inc.
Calyx Fruit, LLCCascadia Development, Inc.
Clayton-Ward CompanyColumbia River Processing, Inc.
Country Natural BeefDermatology Clinic, P.C.
Family Building BlocksFleetwood Enterprises, Inc.
Gerlinger Carrier Co.Jenks-Olsen Farms, Inc.
LCG Pence Construction, LLCOlsen Agriculture Company
Oregon Coast Foods, Inc.Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund
OUM GroupPioneer Trust Bank
Portland General Electric CompanySalem Area Mass Transit
Salem Clinic, P.C.Salem Rehabilitation Associates, Inc.
Stahlbush Island FarmsTillamook County Creamery Association
West Coast Beet Seed CompanyWest Salem Machinery
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Personnel Information
Managing Partner
James C. Edmonds
Salem, OR
  • Oregon, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1990
  • American Bar Associaiton
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Marion County (Bar Board of Directors, 1996-1999; President, 1999) and Multnomah County Bar Associations
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (Board of Directors, 1999-Present; President, 2003)
  • Local Professional Responsibility Committee (2005-Present)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • University of Oregon, B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa), 1982
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (with honors), 1986
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Ben C. Fetherston, Jr.
Salem, OR
  • Oregon, 1981
  • Washington, 2006
Additional Biographical Details:
Associated Oregon Industries (Board of Directors and Executive Committee)
  • American, Washington State and Marion County Bar Associations
  • Oregon State Bar
  • University of Denver, B.A., 1978
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, J.D. (cum laude), 1981
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Christopher B. Matheny
Salem, OR
  • Oregon, 2002
  • Washington, 2012
  • Washington State and Marion County Bar Associations
  • Oregon State Bar
  • University of Portland, B.S., 1998
  • Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 2002
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Ashley L. Brown
Salem, OR
  • Oregon, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • American, Marion County and Linn-Benton County Bar Associations
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Oregon Women's Lawyers
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • University of Oregon, B.A., 2009
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2016
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Service Areas
Albany, Oregon25 miles
Bend, Oregon132 miles
Corvallis, Oregon34 miles
Dallas, Oregon16 miles
Eugene, Oregon64 miles
Hillsboro, Oregon49 miles
Madras, Oregon156 miles
McMinnville, Oregon31 miles
Newport, Oregon86 miles
Oregon City, Oregon41 miles
Prineville, Oregon149 miles
Tillamook, Oregon75 miles
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