Diane Polscer

MANAGING PARTNER, PORTLAND

9755 SW Barnes Road, Suite 650
Portland, Oregon 97225
Telephone: 503-242-2922
Fax: 503-242-1264

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Diane Polscer is a founding member of Gordon & Polscer, L.L.C. and has been the managing partner since the firm’s inception in 1994 in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. Gordon & Polscer was named, once again, one of the 2016 U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” recognized as Tier 1 in Portland for Insurance Law. Diane focuses her practice on insurance coverage, commercial litigation, and a wide range of business and insurance disputes.

Diane was admitted to the United States Supreme Court in October, 2014. She has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers since 2006 - the eleventh consecutive year she has been named to this peer-elected distinction that is only awarded to the top 5% of attorneys in Oregon. She was featured in the 2014 Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine, August Editionclick here to read the full article. She was also named a Corporate Counsel Super Lawyer.  In addition, Diane has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” from 2011 - 2017 and has been a Martindale-Hubbell 5.0 AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer for over 20 years. 

Diane has extensive commercial and complex civil litigation experience, including work on numerous bad faith claims and appeals. She is a frequent speaker and author, and a past faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She served as past Chair of the Excess and Reinsurance Subcommittee of Defense Research Institute (DRI) Insurance Law Committee. She is currently Chair of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Diversity Committee and past Chair of the Insurance Coverage Section of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). In May 2016 Diane was selected to serve on United Heritage Mutual Holding Company Insurance Boards as Vice Chairman of the Board. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013.

Diane is a co-founder of and regular contributor to the National Insurance Law Forum, which is a national law blog devoted solely to legal and legislative developments in the area of insurance law. The blog is run by Gordon & Polscer in conjunction with five other nationally recognized insurance law firms. You can view the blog and subscribe to updates here.

Diane is the president of the Oregon Chapter of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (www.INBLF.com). INBLF is an organization of preeminent single-discipline law firms throughout the United States and includes some of the world’s most prominent full-service law firms in foreign nations. Diane is also a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL); a member of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), and currently serves on NAMWOLF's Admissions Committee; a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) and a founding member and chair of the LCA Insurance Litigation Institute.


Education & Credentials

  • B.A., with distinction, Pennsylvania State University

  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law

  • University of Oregon Law Review, Associate Editor

  • Law Clerk, Chief Judge Robert J. McNichols, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington


Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Bar
United States District Court, District of Oregon

Washington State Bar
United States District Court, Western District of Washington
United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Ms. Polscer is also admitted as a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.


Recognitions & Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell 5.0 out of 5.0 AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer for over 20 years
  • Oregon Super Lawyer, 2006 – 2016
  • Oregon Super Lawyers Business Edition
  • Oregon Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2011 – 2017
  • Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners

Board Memberships, Honorary Positions, Professional Organizations & Community Involvement

United Heritage Mutual Holding Company Insurance Boards (Vice Chairman of the Board, 2016; Board of Directors Member, 2013 – Present)

Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees (Member, 2012 – Present)

Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners (Appointed by Oregon Supreme Court, 1991 – 1994) 

The Harmonie Group (Co-Liaison)

International Network of Boutique Law Firms (President, Oregon Chapter, 2007 – Present)

American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (immediate past Co-Chair of the Extracontractual and Bad-Faith claims Litigation Committee)

Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel since 1998 (Second woman lawyer in Oregon to be selected; Past Chair, Insurance Coverage Committee, 2006 – 2008; Past Chair, New Membership and Corporate Development Subcommittee; Current Chair of the Diversity Committee; Past Chair, Foundation Fundraising Committee; and Vice Chair of the Admissions Committee)

National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (Admissions Committee Member; Chair, Insurance Coverage Committee)

National Charity League (2006 – Present; Chair, Recognition Event; Susan G. Komen Liaison; Special Olympics Liaison; Portland Art Museum Liaison)

Oregon Episcopal School (Chair, Friends of OES Library, 2005 – 2015; Parent Common Link, 2005 – 2015)

Defense Research Institute (Past Chair, Insurance Law Excess & Reinsurance Committee; frequent speaker and author on commercial litigation and insurance issues)

American Bar Association (Member, Litigation Section, Insurance Coverage and Tort and Insurance Practice Sections; Past Chair, Tort and Insurance Practice Self-Insurers Committee, 1996 – 1997; Co-Chair of Annual Program, 1994; Editor, Tort and Insurance Practice Section Self-Insurers Newsletter, 1994; Co-Editor, Tort and Insurance Practice Section Self-Insurers Annual Survey, 1993)

Institute for Managerial and Professional Women (Member, Board of Directors, 1991)

Oregon Women Lawyers (Founding Member, Board of Directors, 1989 – 91; Secretary, 1989 – 90; Treasurer, 1990 – 91; Chair, Professional Liaison Committee, 1989 – 90)

Oregon State Bar Judicial Administration Committee (Appointed Member by Oregon Supreme Court, 1989 – 92)

Washington Women Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors, 1987)

Inland Empire Girl Scout Council (Member, Board of Directors, 1984 – 87)

Multnomah Bar Association (Member)


Professional & Community
Memberships & Activities

Federal Bar Association

Oregon State Bar Association (Member, Litigation, Construction Law and Toxic Tort sections)

Washington State Bar Association (Member, Litigation and Construction Law sections)

Diversity Law Institute (DLI) Advisory Board (Charter Member, 2014 – 2015)

Gus Solomon American Inns of Court (Founding Member, Master)

National Institute for Trial Advocacy (Selected faculty member for the professional training program in Trial Advocacy Skills)

Litigation Counsel of America
The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American trial lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only.

Insurance Litigation Institute of America of the Litigation Counsel of America (Founding Member and Chair)

Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
The CLM is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies. Selected attorneys are only offered membership through invitation only based on nomination from CLM Fellows.

Associates of Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland, Oregon (Member, 1995 – Present)

Children's Cancer Association, Dream Catcher Program (Volunteer, 2001 – Present)