Dan Rayfield is one of our leading Oregon attorneys. In 2012 and 2013, he was nominated by his peers and selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” in Oregon. Less than 2.5 percent of attorneys under forty are selected for this distinction.
A product of the Oregon public school system, Mr. Rayfield graduated from Western Oregon University in 2003 and Willamette University College of Law in 2006. In 2005, with an eye on returning to the Linn and Benton County area, he clerked for the Benton County District Attorney’s office. During his time at the District Attorney’s office he gained valuable trial experience prosecuting DUIIs and other misdemeanor charges.
Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Rayfield was hired by the law firm Weatherford Thompson in Albany, Oregon. His practice initially focused on general civil litigation but began shifting towards representing individuals against insurance companies and large corporations. This shift enabled him to level the playing field for his clients and force insurance companies and large corporations to be accountable for their actions. While other areas of law were engaging, he did not feel the same satisfaction as he did when working to protect the rights of individuals and fighting to ensure they were treated fairly and with respect.
In 2007, Mr. Rayfield’s passion for protecting individual rights would take center stage after accepting a civil rights case where a local police officer was accused of falsely arresting several individuals. This case made statewide news and eventually led to the officer’s resignation. Since that time, Mr. Rayfield has developed a niche specializing in civil rights cases. Mr. Rayfield has successfully handled civil rights cases against numerous counties, cities, and the State of Oregon. He firmly believes that our civil justice system acts as a check and balance against individuals that choose to violate the constitutional rights of others.
In May of 2009, Mr. Rayfield accepted a position with the Albany firm of Nelson & MacNeil effectively narrowing his practice to plaintiff litigation. In 2013, Mr. Rayfield became a shareholder with the firm.
Mr. Rayfield believes that part of an attorney’s role is to be a problem solver. As such, Mr. Rayfield’s representation of his clients has, at times, gone beyond the courtroom. In 2009, after several of his clients were unable to achieve an adequate remedy at law, he looked to the legislature. Mr. Rayfield testified before the House Judiciary Committee in an effort to get a bill passed (HB2318) that now enables falsely arrested/innocent citizens to remove/set aside an arrest for a traffic offense that was otherwise detrimental when seeking employment or traveling. Mr. Rayfield can be found at the capitol throughout legislative sessions advocating on issues related to an individual’s access to justice.
In addition to practicing law, Mr. Rayfield is active in the community. His a commissioner on the board of the Linn-Benton Housing Authority, member on the board of New Roots Housing, and coach of the OSU Mock Trial Team. He is a past President of the Linn Benton Bar Association, past President on the board of the Majestic Theatre Management, and a former Linn County Peer Court Judge.
Mr. Rayfield lives in Corvallis with his wife and their son. His spare time is mostly spent with his family, traveling, cooking, and on occasion performing in local theater. He enjoys basketball, hiking, mountaineering/alpine climbing, and is an avid Portland Trailblazer fan.