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During the last 45 years, J. William (Bill) Savage has represented hundreds of individuals who have suffered serious injuries and trauma from auto accidents, medical negligence, sex abuse and other wrongful acts. Bill has represented people of all ages, from young children to adults, who have been injured or traumatized.

Bill has been successful in recovering millions of dollars in a wide variety of cases. These have included actions against state governments for inadequate supervision of sex offenders, actions against public figures for violence against women, and actions against hospitals and doctors for medical negligence. Bill is an active member in state and national trial lawyer associations.

In 1999, Bill was one of 48 attorneys who were invited to attend Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College at the Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming. The 31-day college brought together some of the best trial lawyers in America, including Morris Dees, Milton Grimes, Paul Luvera and Gerry Spence. The Trial Lawyers College is a personal and professional experience that few trial lawyers have been privileged to attend.

Bill grew up in Seattle, Washington. His father was a tool and die machinist. His mother worked as a secretary at the University of Washington. Bill graduated from the University of Washington in 1973, and he attended law school in Oregon at the Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law. Bill attained his law degree in 1977.

Bill is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Oregon as well as all state courts in the State of Washington, and the US District Court of the Western District of Washington. He is also admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit, United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Bill has been active in local, state and national bar associations. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and has earned an AV Rating, the top professional rating for both legal skill and integrity, from Martindale-Hubble, the leading lawyer evaluation service in the nation. Bill is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.

Volunteer Activity:
Justice Advocacy Africa, Instructor.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon – 1977
  • University of Washington – 1973

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law, AV Rating
  • AV Rating, Top Professional Rating, from Martindale-Hubble

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member