James C. Chaney


Stanford University, Stanford, California
Bachelor of Arts, Economics, 1979

University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Juris Doctor, 1982

Served as Assistant Dean of Students, UCLA Housing Office, 1980-82


Oregon, 1991; California, 1983 (inactive); United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Central Districts of California (1983-84), Southern District of California (1986), District of Oregon (1991), and District of Arizona (1999); United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1991).


The Chaney Firm LLC, Eugene, Oregon: 2003 – , organizer and owner. Civil litigation, emphasizing the areas of insurance defense, product liability defense, employment law, professional liability litigation, and business litigation. Practice before the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals, and over twenty jury trials in state circuit courts throughout Oregon.


Jaqua & Wheatley, P.C., Eugene, Oregon: Associate, 1991-93, and shareholder, 1994-2002. Insurance defense, product liability defense, and business litigation, including over twenty trials to judgment.

Private practice, San Diego and Costa Mesa, California: 1983-1991. Civil litigation, emphasizing the areas of construction defect defense, and mental health care provider defense.

Professional service and affiliations

Bar service: Member, 1995-99, and Chair, 1998-99, Oregon Joint Bench/Bar Commission on Professionalism; member, 1992-95, Oregon State Bar Task Force on Professionalism; member, 1992-94, OSB Task Force on Insurer/Insurance Defense Counsel Conflicts; Panel Member, OSB Continuing Legal Education (Dilemmas in Professionalism, 1996; Ethics With Professor Gillers, 1998); Member, OSB House of Delegates (2002 -).

Arbitrator: 1995 – present, Lane County Circuit Court. Serve on panels for personal injury, contract disputes, construction disputes, and general civil litigation. Arbitration services of Portland; listed as panel member, 2005-present on matters including real estate litigation, construction litigation, and business litigation.

Educational: Instructor, Trial Practice, University of Oregon School of Law (1998, 2001-02); Panel member, Willamette University School of Law Professionalism Orientation (1996-98); Guest Lecturer in Ethics, University of Humanistic Studies, San Diego, California (1991).

Memberships:  Oregon State Bar; Lane County Bar Association; Oregon Association of Defense Counsel.

Community service: Member, 2005- present, and Chair, 2009-present, Community Action Advisory Committee to the Lane County Human Resources Commission; Member, San Diego Multidisciplinary Task Force on Psychotherapist/Patient Abuse (1990-91); parent volunteer: Evergreen Elementary School (1993-2000); Roosevelt Middle School (2000 – present), South Eugene and International High School (2000 – present); created and taught two-week mock trial course at elementary school level (1997 and 1999).


Born Denver, Colorado, 1958; father of two adult sons. Patrick (27) is currently a second year student at the University of Oregon School of Law after having received his bachelors degree in political science from Williams College  in 2010; Kevin (25) is currently serving as a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps after having received his bachelors degree in history from Claremont McKenna College in 2012.