Betts Patterson Mines

BPM Opens Portland Office

Betts, Patterson & Mines, P.S. is proud to announce that it has opened a new office in Portland, Oregon to better meet the needs of its Oregon clients. Effective October 1st, the Portland office will be the firm’s second office and will house two of BPM newest attorneys, David P. Rossmiller and Elissa Meyrowitz Boyd.   BPM’s newest office is located in the U.S. Bancorp Tower in downtown Portland.

“The opening of Betts, Patterson & Mines’ new Portland office is an important step towards realizing our goal of continuing to grow in a way that helps us keep our client relationships as a top priority. Mr. Rossmiller and Ms. Boyd exemplify BPM’s commitment to client relations and we are excited about their ability to help position Betts, Patterson & Mines’ future growth,” commented Managing Shareholder, Larry Gottlieb.

David P. Rossmiller is joining BPM as a director. David has a successful multi-state practice focusing on complex insurance coverage advice and litigation. While David’s insurance practice includes a broad range of issues including environmental property damage, first party coverage, professional liability coverage, directors and officers liability, construction defect, business interruption insurance, and coverage issues regarding clergy and other sex abuse cases, his focus is general commercial liability policies. David routinely counsels insurers on coverage issues given the varying laws of the seven states in which he practices. David has extensive experience in successfully mediating coverage disputes as counsel for insurers and is regularly involved in coverage litigation before State and Federal Courts. David’s expertise has been widely recognized by his peers and the insurance industry due in part to his broad knowledge of insurance law and issues on a national level.

He has written extensively for the Appleman on Insurance treatise and related publications, and is a past author of the Insurance Coverage Law Blog, a popular and influential blog on insurance coverage matters and industry development. In addition, David has been quoted on insurance and other legal topics in numerous media stories including stories in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Oregonian and many more. Besides insurance coverage, David’s practice includes litigation of trademark, copyright and patent infringement, unfair competition, trade secrets, and other intellectual property cases. David also has many years of experience in managing environmental contamination clean-up cases and in environmental advice and litigation under CERCLA and state environmental laws. Before becoming a lawyer, David was an award-winning investigative reporter in Arizona for the now-defunct afternoon daily newspaper The Phoenix Gazette, where he covered crime and city politics. David received his JD cum laude in 1998 from University of Michigan Law School.

Elissa Meyrowitz Boyd is joining BPM as an associate. Elissa focuses her practice on insurance coverage, commercial litigation and employment law. Elissa received her bachelor’s degree in both Women’s Studies and Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2008; and she also received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in December, 2010. While at Michigan Law, Elissa was an Article Editor for the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, and interned at both the Legal Aid and YWCA in Omaha, Nebraska, where she focused on helping survivors of domestic violence.  

The opening of the BPM Portland office “presents exciting new opportunities for client service,” Mr. Rossmiller said. “BPM is one of the top firms in the Northwest Region, with a well-deserved reputation for excellent client service and results,” he said. “BPM has outstanding leadership and some of the best lawyers on the West Coast. Ms. Boyd and I are honored to be a part of BPM and its vision.”