Daniel J. Gunter,





Dan is a trial lawyer with wide experience in complex litigation. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Product Liability, and Maritime practice groups.

Dan represents corporations in commercial and product liability lawsuits across the nation. He has also advised corporations in lawsuits and arbitrations involving product liability claims in Europe, Canada, and Australia. Dan has significant experience in lawsuits involving fires and explosions involving natural and propane gas, electrical components (including thermostats, motors, and compressors), and process control systems. Dan has also represented clients in water leak matters and construction defect cases. He has extensive experience in appellate law.

Dan joined Riddell Williams in 1998. After law school, Dan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert R. Beezer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before attending law school, Dan worked 10 years as an editor of scholarly books and also taught writing at the college level. Recently, Dan has taught legal writing as an adjunct professor of law.

“Hell for a Nickel,” Concho River Rev., Fall 2015, at 14.


“The Case for One Space: Typing One Space, Not Two, After a Period,” NW Lawyer, June 2014, at 48.


“Sonnets from ‘Seven Doors,’” 37 Leg. Studies F. 243 (2013).


“United States v. Locke: The Supreme Court Preempts States from Protecting Their Navigable Waters and Marine Resources from Oil Tanker Spills,” 15 J. Envtl. L. & Litig. 37 (2000) (co-authored with R. Brent Walton).


“The Technology of Tribalism: The Lemhi Indians, Federal Recognition, and the Creation of Tribal Identity,” 35 Idaho L. Rev. 85 (1998).


“The Plain View Doctrine and the Problem of Interpretation: The Case of State v. Barnum,” 75 Oregon L. Rev. 577 (1996).

Dan received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Southeast Missouri State University in 1979 and his M.A. in English from Southern Illinois University in 1982. He received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, Order of the Coif, in 1997. He graduated first in his class and also received the D. Benson Tesdahl Legal Writing Award (1995). He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Oregon Law Review for 1996-97.


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