Inspired to enter the legal industry when he was just a young boy, Paul S. Bovarnick graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history from Claremont McKenna College in 1974. Subsequently, he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1979 and was admitted to practice law in the States of Oregon and Montana. At the inception of his career in 1979, he served Montana Legal Services as a staff attorney and managing attorney between 1979 and 1982 before relocating to Hillsboro, Oregon, to serve as a managing attorney for Oregon Legal Services until 1983.
Following this appointment, Mr. Bovarnick joined Bricker & Zakovics in Portland, Oregon, in 1983 as an associate, where he remained until 1985. For the following seven years, he served in a solo practice in Portland. Shortly thereafter, he joined Rose, Senders & Bovarnick LLC as partner in 1993, serving in that role until 1998 when he became of counsel with the firm. Serving of counsel from 1998 to 2019, Mr. Bovarnick has excelled as the owner of the firm since 2019.
In his myriad roles throughout his career, Mr. Bovarnick has represented clients who have suffered from railroad injuries, construction injuries and medical malpractice injuries, as well as those who have faced employment discrimination. Notably, he has litigated and tried cases against the State of Oregon, as well as such high-profile corporations as Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, the Union Pacific Railroad, Skanska USA, J.R. Simplot, Montana Rail Link, and the Willamette and Pacific Railroad, among others. A prolific writer as well, Mr. Bovarnick has published articles in several law-related journals, such as the Oregon State Bar Journal and the magazine of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. He has further spoken before the Oregon Law Institute, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the Multnomah Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.
To attest to his success, Mr. Bovarnick has received numerous accolades. Possessing a Five-Star rating from AVVO, he has also held an AV Rating via Martindale-Hubbell for numerous years. In 2016, he was named a Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers in America and, over the course of his career, he received the Mentor of the Year Award from the Multnomah Bar Association and the Pro Bono Award from the Oregon State Bar.