Donald E. Templeton

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Donald E. Templeton

Wendi Schaener, Assistant

Don Templeton is a partner at Dunn Carney, and is co-leader of the Litigation Team. Don has a diverse litigation practice, including more than three decades of experience in the areas of insurance coverage, professional liability, insurance defense, real estate litigation, estate and trust litigation, and business litigation.

Don has successfully tried to verdict more than 50 cases in the state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington. In addition to his extensive trial experience, Don has successfully resolved numerous cases and disputes through arbitration and mediation.

At the beginning of each case and matter, Don talks with the client about the client’s goals and options, and then develops a plan to achieve the client’s goals. Don involves the client in the decision making process from beginning to end. Don aggressively represents the client’s interests and position, while at the same time remaining pragmatic to achieve the client’s goals as efficiently and economical as possible.  This includes exploring early options of resolving the dispute when the client wants to explore these options.

Outside the office, Don enjoys playing golf, walking the family dog, and exploring the scenic areas of Oregon and Washington.


Washington, 1984

Oregon, 1986

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1985

U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1987

U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1986

U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, 1987


University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1984

University of Oregon, B.S., Political Science, 1981



Published Work

Damages Ch. 11, Wrongful Death, Oregon State Bar CLE, 2016 Revisions

Arbitration and Mediation, Ch. 11, Arbitration Under PIP/UM/UIM Provisions in Automobile Insurance Policies, Oregon State Bar CLE, 1996 and Supp., 2000

Civil Litigation Manual Ch. 25, Trial Motions, Oregon State Bar CLE Supp., 1999

Insurance Ch. 28, Comprehensive Personal Liability Coverage, Oregon State Bar CLE Supp., 1999

Insurance Ch. 28, Comprehensive Personal Liability Coverage, Oregon State Bar CLE, Revision, 1996

Representative Clients

Alaska National Insurance

Arch Insurance

Berkley North Pacific Insurance

Country Financial

Oregon State Bar Professional Liability  Fund

QBE Insurance

Sentry Insurance

Practice Areas


Professional Affiliations

Multnomah Bar Association, Professional Responsibility Committee, 1993-1996; Chairperson, 1995-1996

Oregon Board of Bar Examiners, 1999-2002, Chairperson, 2001-2002

Oregon Association of Defense Counsel

Defense Research Institute

Honors & Recognitions

Oregon Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage, 2006-present

Best Lawyers in America 2013-2021 Editions for Insurance Law

Lawyer of the Year for Insurance Law*, Portland, Oregon. (*“2021 Lawyer of the Year”designation indicates the highest overall peer-feedback for the practice area of Insurance Law )

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