Don 2 - Profile

Donald B. Bowerman
Bowerman Law Group, P.C.
1001 Molalla Ave., Suite 202
Oregon City, OR 97045

Phone: 503.650.0700
Fax: 503.765.7515

Donald B. Bowerman is a well-known and well-respected pillar of the Clackamas County legal community. With more than 50 years of experience, Don is the right choice for you regarding all of your legal needs.

Before beginning his illustrious legal career, Don was an avid sportsman and  played the position of fullback for the Oregon State University Beavers. In 1959, Don received his Juris Doctorate from Portland State University Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. Following his graduation, Don was appointed Clackamas County District Attorney, where he served and prosecuted until 1963, when he turned to civil litigation.  Don's practice over the years has been primarily in the defense of medical, legal, and casualty claims. He has also handled varied complex litigation cases involving banking, aviation, construction, antitrust, condemnation and school law. Don regularly serves as an assigned pro tem judge in Clackamas County, ruling on the civil motion docket. He has also served statewide as a circuit judge pro tem since 1993 . Drawing on his many years of practice performing pro tem work, Don makes an excellent Mediator or Arbitrator in any civil case.  In recent years, Don has expanded his practice even more to include estate, probate, and land use law.

As a former President of the Clackamas County Bar Association, Vice President of the Oregon State Bar, and  member of the Board of Governors and Chairman of the Professional Liability Fund of the Oregon State Bar, Don is very active with the local and state bar organizations.  He is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In his free time, Don is an avid cyclist and tennis player in the summer, and skier in the winter. When he is not in the office, he can be found flying his beachcraft Bonanza airplane all over this great state.

Appointments and Elections:


    • District Attorney, Clackamas County (1960)


    • Vice President, Oregon State Bar (1978-1979)


    • Board of Governors, Oregon State Bar (1976-1979)


    • Chairman, Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund Board of Directors (1983-1985)


    • President, Clackamas County Bar Association (1968)


    • Board of Directors, National Council of School Attorneys (1988-1992)


    • President, Oregon Council of School Attorneys (1988)


    • Circuit Court Judge Pro Tem appointed by Supreme Court (1992 - current)


    • Civil Motion Judge Pro Tem, Clackamas County (2005 - current)


    • Chairman, Oregon State Bar - Aviation Section (1999)




    • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow (Inducted 1996 Phoenix, Arizona)


    • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member


    • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow (Inducted 2003 Montreal, Canada)


    • Litigation Counsel of America


    • American Bar Association, Member


    • American Bar Foundation, Fellow


    • Clackamas County Pro Tem Judicial Selection Committee, Chair


    • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, Member


    • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Member


    • Oregon State Bar - Litigation Section, Member


    • ORegon State Bar Professional Liability Fund, Defense Panel, Member


    • Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund, Defense Panel Selection Committee, Chairman, 1983-1986


    • Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund, Coverage Committee Member


    • Oregon State Bar Professional Liability FUnd, Excess Coverage Committee


    • State or Oregon Health Division Review Board, 1986-1989


    • Bench/Bar Committee of New Judgeships, 1992-1993




    • Oregon State Bar, Owen Panner Professionalism Award, 2005


    • Clackamas County Bar Association, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2004


    • Oregon State Bar, Award of Merit, 2017