Pat Reece | Why I Practice Law
I learned a lot working for an insurance company.
Now I take that experience to help people in need.
Helping people in need of legal help brings me great personal fulfillment.
For over thirteen years, I worked as a defense attorney for an insurance company. As a defense attorney, I had two clients: the insurance company and the individual being sued. Without exception, the most satisfaction I had was from representing the individual, because they found the legal process overwhelming. My other client, the insurance company, was only worried about the money they would have to pay, not about the people involved.
Personal injury litigation is a very complicated and adversarial system. My work as a defense attorney was essentially about saving the insurance company money — not about making things right. Over time I realized how important personal fulfillment at work was for me, so I started to look for a place that would bring greater meaning in my life.
This led me to Heiling Dwyer Fernandes.
After meeting with Dean, Jim and Roy, I realized I had found the place for me. From their individual philosophies to the firm’s mission of putting the needs of people who have been injured first, is exactly what I am seeking. I learned a lot working for the insurance company. Now I take that experience to help people in need — those who are injured and working through a traumatic event in their lives.
I work hard to make sure there is a positive outcome for each case, so my clients can move forward with their lives. I make sure each client is treated with the respect and the care they deserve–this is at the heart of why I practice law.
Pat Reece grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he graduated with distinction in 1991. In 1992, Pat moved to Portland where he attended Lewis and Clark law school. He served as an articles editor for law review.
While in law school, Pat interned with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office, trying a dozen criminal cases. In Pat’s first five years of practicing law, he represented clients in business and bankruptcy litigation.
For the next fourteen years, Pat represented insurance companies and their clients in personal injury litigation involving car accidents, slip and fall injuries, orthopedic and neurological injuries. During the nearly fourteen years he represented insurance companies, he worked closely with claims adjusters, evaluating and defending claims, trying forty civil jury trials in Oregon and Washington.
Pat married his wife, Larissa, in 2000. They have a daughter who was born in 2002 and a son who was born in 2006. When not at work, Pat enjoys cooking and camping with his wife and children, as well as catching as many Timbers matches as he and his wife can manage. He is a proud Wisconsin Badger fan who also tries to find time to exercise and play his guitar and banjo.
Pat is a member of the Oregon and Washington state bar associations. He is also a member of District Court, District of Oregon and Western District of Washington.
“The best thing that happened to me with my Auto accident claim was Pat Reece. I was told by my previous attorney that I would be lucky to get $1 from my claim, if anything. Pat took over my case and changed everything. He actually listened and took the time to see that I was very mislead previously. He was diligent and thorough. Most importantly, we ended up winning the case and I was very satisfied with the settlement. He’s such a good guy, and in this stressful situation we still managed to laugh and goof around! Thank you so much Pat!!”