Brent Barton Trial Attorney

Brent has always fought on behalf of working families, injured and underrepresented people. Before joining the Barton Law Firm, Brent litigated at the largest law firm in the Northwest.  He served three terms in the Oregon House of Representatives, where he championed protections for children, seniors, and veterans, including legislation allowing consumers to hold insurance companies accountable for unfair practices. Brent’s work ethic and dedication are renowned, as demonstrated by his first election. In one of Oregon’s great political upsets, the then 28-year-old Brent defeated a well-financed incumbent by knocking on over 11,000 doors (earning three dog bites in the process) to become Oregon's youngest legislator.

“Brent’s energy and tenacity are amazing! He took off running with the case.”

—Casey Deckard, client

The imbalance of power, in both politics and law, fuels his passion for protecting everyday people against powerful interests, and engages his skill set of ideological thinking, advocacy, research, strategy, and asking the big questions. “I firmly believe you can accomplish more working through the process and the system than protesting outside it,” he says.

In his free time, Brent volunteers for two causes important to him: supporting local arts organizations and engaging young people in law and government. He also lends a hand through pro bono legal work to nonprofits like the Oregon Humane Society, the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon, and the Oregon Bus Project, among others. He lives with his wife and young son in Portland, and divides his time between offices in Newport and Portland. 

Education

  • Stanford University, BA, 2002
  • Stanford University, MA, 2002
  • Cambridge University, MPhil, 2003
  • Harvard Law School, JD, 2006

Writing

  • Author, Informal Legal Systems in Latin America
  • Author, Brazil and the Balance of Power
  • Author, Judicial Reform in Latin America

Leadership

  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association ("OTLA"), Board of Governors
  • OTLA Professional Negligence Section, Co-Chair
  • Portland Opera, Board Member
  • Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon, Board Member
  • Oregon House of Representatives, State Representative (2009-11 and 2013-17)
  • Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, Former Member
  • Willamette River Cleanup Authority, Former Member
  • Oregon Parole Board Advisory Committee, Former Member
  • Oregon Ballet Theatre, Former Trustee
  • Oregon Bus Project, Former Board Member
  • Frequent volunteer for Classroom Law Project, teaching civics to students
  • Member, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Oregon State Bar, Multnomah Bar Association, Clackamas Bar Association, Lincoln County Bar Association and American Association for Justice

Recognition

  • Oregon Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Oregon State Bar President's Public Service Award, 2016