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  • Deanna Wray
  • managing partner
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Introduction

Deanna Wray devotes her time and energy to making Bodyfelt Mount run like a "well-oiled machine," combining her industrial engineering background with her love of the law and commitment to promoting other women lawyers. As managing partner, Deanna ensures that the firm zealously represents every client with the best legal talent in Portland. Under Deanna’s leadership, Bodyfelt Mount is able to provide the highest-quality legal service and a truly rewarding workplace for the staff and attorneys. This has been our goal since the day we were founded in 1978. At home, Deanna also "manages" three amazing and talented teenage children. She still refers to North Carolina as home and speaks with a subtle southern accent, but after 21 years of too much rain and not enough sun she has grown to love Portland.

Practice &  Experience
  • Deanna joined Bodyfelt Mount as an associate in 2002 and became a partner in 2006. Prior to joining the firm, Deanna was an associate with the trial lawyers at Gaylord, Eyerman & Bradley PC from 1998 to 2001. She also served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Janice R. Wilson, Circuit Court of the State of Oregon, from 1997 to 1998.

  • Deanna’s engineering background was a natural segue to representing product manufacturers, and over the years she has defended a range of products including hand tools, printing presses, Murphy Beds, bicycles, forklifts, automatic doors and toilets. Following in Dick Bodyfelt’s footsteps, Deanna is local counsel to Chrysler on all automotive product defect claims in Oregon. Deanna has also defended general contractors and electricians on Employer Liability Act cases, and has presented on the topic at the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference. Deanna’s most notable successes and greatest satisfaction come from crafting pre-trial resolutions for clients in catastrophic injury cases.

  • The firm also has a longstanding history of serving as primary and local counsel to asbestos, drug, and medical device clients. In recent years, Deanna has been involved in mass tort litigation of latex gloves, vaccines, Fen-phen, pain pumps, metoclopramide, as well as the defense of a variety of individual medical equipment cases.

  • The Best Lawyers in America, a respected guide to the nation's most outstanding attorneys, lists Deanna in the category of personal injury litigation - defense.

  • Citing her civil litigation defense work, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine recognized Deanna in its 2016 and 2017 ranking of the state’s top attorneys.
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Introduction

Deanna Wray devotes her time and energy to making Bodyfelt Mount run like a "well-oiled machine," combining her industrial engineering background with her love of the law and commitment to promoting other women lawyers. As managing partner, Deanna ensures that the firm zealously represents every client with the best legal talent in Portland. Under Deanna’s leadership, Bodyfelt Mount is able to provide the highest-quality legal service and a truly rewarding workplace for the staff and attorneys. This has been our goal since the day we were founded in 1978. At home, Deanna also "manages" three amazing and talented teenage children. She still refers to North Carolina as home and speaks with a subtle southern accent, but after 21 years of too much rain and not enough sun she has grown to love Portland.

Practice &  Experience
  • Deanna joined Bodyfelt Mount as an associate in 2002 and became a partner in 2006. Prior to joining the firm, Deanna was an associate with the trial lawyers at Gaylord, Eyerman & Bradley PC from 1998 to 2001. She also served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Janice R. Wilson, Circuit Court of the State of Oregon, from 1997 to 1998.

  • Deanna’s engineering background was a natural segue to representing product manufacturers, and over the years she has defended a range of products including hand tools, printing presses, Murphy Beds, bicycles, forklifts, automatic doors and toilets. Following in Dick Bodyfelt’s footsteps, Deanna is local counsel to Chrysler on all automotive product defect claims in Oregon. Deanna has also defended general contractors and electricians on Employer Liability Act cases, and has presented on the topic at the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference. Deanna’s most notable successes and greatest satisfaction come from crafting pre-trial resolutions for clients in catastrophic injury cases.

  • The firm also has a longstanding history of serving as primary and local counsel to asbestos, drug, and medical device clients. In recent years, Deanna has been involved in mass tort litigation of latex gloves, vaccines, Fen-phen, pain pumps, metoclopramide, as well as the defense of a variety of individual medical equipment cases.

  • The Best Lawyers in America, a respected guide to the nation's most outstanding attorneys, lists Deanna in the category of personal injury litigation - defense.

  • Citing her civil litigation defense work, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine recognized Deanna in its 2016 and 2017 ranking of the state’s top attorneys.
Admitted to Practice
  • Oregon
    Washington
    U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Education
  • J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 1997
    B.S. (Industrial Engineering), North Carolina State University, 1990

Professional & Community Activities

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
    Defense Research Institute
    Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
    Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
    Oregon Council on Court Procedures
    Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation
    National Association of Women Lawyers
    Multnomah Bar Association
    American Bar Association

  • Deanna is president of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation. She also served on the board of directors of Oregon Women Lawyers for five years. From 2007 through 2014, Deanna held a seat on the Oregon State Bar Products Liability Section Executive Committee, chairing the group during her 2012-2013 term. Deanna is a past member of the Defense Research Institute Diversity Committee. She has been involved with the Classroom Law Project since 1999, and coached mock trial at Lake Oswego High School and St. Mary's Academy.