I make sure each client is treated with the respect and the care they deserve--this is at the heart of why I practice law.
I make sure each client is treated with the respect and the care they deserve--this is at the heart of why I practice law.
Pat Reece - Why I Practice Law
Pat Reece - Why I Practice Law

Helping people in need of legal help brings me great personal fulfillment.

For over thirteen years, I worked as a defense attorney for an insurance company. As a defense attorney, I had two clients: the insurance company and the individual being sued. Without exception, the most satisfaction I had was from representing the individual, because they found the legal process overwhelming. My other client, the insurance company, was only worried about the money they would have to pay, not about the people involved.

Personal injury litigation is a very complicated and adversarial system. My work as a defense attorney was essentially about saving the insurance company money — not about making things right. Over time I realized how important personal fulfillment at work was for me, so I started to look for a place that would bring greater meaning in my life.

This led me to Heiling Dwyer Attorneys.

After meeting with Dean, Jim and Roy, I realized I had found the place for me. From their individual philosophies to the firm’s mission of putting the needs of people who have been injured first,  is exactly what I am seeking.  I learned a lot working for the insurance company.  Now I take that experience to help people in need — those who are injured and working through a traumatic event in their lives.

I work hard to make sure there is a positive outcome for each case, so my clients can move forward with their lives. I make sure each client is treated with the respect and the care they deserve–this is at the heart of why I practice law.

Pat Reece, Attorney at work


Pat Reece grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he graduated with distinction in 1991.  In 1992, Pat moved to Portland where he attended Lewis and Clark law school. He served as an articles editor for law review.

While in law school, Pat interned with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office, trying a dozen criminal cases.  In Pat’s first five years of practicing law,  he represented clients in business and bankruptcy litigation.

For the next fourteen years, Pat represented insurance companies and their clients in personal injury litigation involving car accidents, slip and fall injuries, orthopedic and neurological injuries.  During the nearly fourteen years he represented insurance companies, he worked closely with claims adjusters, evaluating and defending claims, trying forty civil jury trials in Oregon and Washington.

Pat married his wife, Larissa, in 2000.  They have a daughter who was born in 2002 and a son who was born in 2006.  When not at work, Pat enjoys cooking and camping with his wife and children, as well as catching as many Timbers matches as he and his wife can manage.  He is a proud Wisconsin Badger fan who also tries to find time to exercise and play his guitar and banjo.


Pat is a member of the Oregon and Washington state bar associations.  He is also a member of District Court, District of Oregon and Western District of Washington.

  • Hard Working and Meticulous

    "Pat and I worked closely as fellow lawyers for 14 years before he joined Heiling Dwyer. During that time he tried dozens of cases involving personal injury and property damage. He worked as hard as anyone could on his cases, and the results were excellent.  He was meticulous in his preparation, sometimes spending all weekend in the office preparing for a trial, and he would often work late in the evening to make sure he was ready with his cross-examination and legal arguments the next day. If you want an advocate to work hard on your case, I heartily recommend him."


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