Robert E. Babcock

Robert is a Partner in the Portland office and has been practicing law in the Portland area for more than 40 years. He is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most experienced lawyers in matters relating to the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and its several extensions.

He has a strong record of effective settlement efforts. When settlements haven’t been reached he’s made appearances before every Administrative Law Judge assigned to the San Francisco office. He is an experienced appellate advocate, and has presented briefing and arguments before the Benefits Review Board, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and, on two occasions, the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to defending his clients, he has been a key participant in legislative efforts to amend the LHWCA and the subsequent regulatory processes. His skills and reputation have resulted in roles as an agreed mediator in cases from Seattle to San Diego and as a featured speaker at more than 50 regional and national conferences.

Practice Focus

He is an authority in the areas of admiralty and maritime, Longshore, and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act defense and mediation.

Professional Associations

Oregon State Bar Association; Longshore Claims Association– former President and founding Board Member; Oregon Appellate Court Settlement Conference Program–Neutral Mediator;


He received his Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College; and Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law, with honors.

Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Court and Administrative Agencies; United States District Court, Oregon; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States Supreme Court;

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