Experience with High-Stakes Disputes

Ian Hale represents companies and individuals in high-stakes disputes involving insurance claims and recovery, business and commercial law, environmental and marine liability, and civil rights and personal injury.

Ian provides focused, effective solutions tailored to each client’s specific goals and situation. He resolves matters through negotiation, meditation, arbitration, litigation, and – when necessary – trial.  Ian has represented not only individuals and local businesses, but also some of the largest national and international companies, including three of the largest agribusiness conglomerates in the world, one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world, one of the ten largest energy companies in the world, and the second-largest landfill operator in the country.

Born and educated in Washington and Oregon, Ian’s roots in the Pacific Northwest translate into an understanding of and appreciation for the local community, and a commitment to the success of his business and individual clients.

Professional Background

Ian has more than a decade of experience in state, federal, and international forums, working for clients in agribusiness, construction, energy, manufacturing, and waste management, as well as individuals in a variety of contexts. He began his career as an attorney at the Kansas City headquarters of an AmLaw 200 law firm, Lathrop Gage. When he returned to Oregon, he became a partner at Portland’s Parsons Farnell & Grein. He founded his own law firm, Hale Law Offices, in 2017.

Before entering private practice, Ian served as a law clerk for The Honorable Michael J. Malone in Douglas County District Court and The Honorable Jan Russell in Johnson County District Court.


Ian dedicates a significant amount of his time helping wrongfully convicted individuals with post-exoneration civil rights claims and insurance recovery, and has successfully represented 15 such individuals in numerous states over the past decade. In October 2016, he was co-counsel in the largest recovery for wrongful conviction and imprisonment in Washington history—$26.5 million in total—for two men who spent nearly 20 years in prison each for a crime they did not commit.

Ian has also handled a variety of pro bono matters for the Innocence Project.

Court Memberships

  • Oregon
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas

Professional Affiliations

  • Oregon Bar Association
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association



  • Panelist and Speaker, Settling the Big Case with Disputed Coverage, InsideCounsel Super Conference, April 2012
  • Speaker, Settling the Big Case with Disputed Insurance Coverage, Lathrop Gage State of Litigation Conference, June 2012