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Elizabeth R. Bain

Elizabeth R. BainOf Counsel
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Elizabeth R. Bain


Elizabeth Bain serves as Of Counsel in the Portland office of Williams Kastner, and her practice focuses on product liability and mass torts. Elizabeth’s experience includes representing clients from all facets of asbestos litigation, including a former asbestos mine, premises owners, contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers of a variety of products. Additionally, she has experience defending clients in aviation, construction defect, and transportation-related litigation.

Elizabeth developed facts leading to dismissal prior to oral argument on motions in limine for a California case with a demand of $1.5 million and previously played a key role in the development of defense strategy that led to an in-trial dismissal for a federal case with a pre-opening demand of $1.7 million. She is also responsible for aggressively pursuing medical defense in a disputed mesothelioma case that drove settlement down from a demand in the millions to a four-figure settlement.

Prior to joining the private practice of law, Elizabeth served as a Research Analyst at the House Research Organization for the 77th Legislative Session in 2001 in Austin, Texas, researching and writing bill analyses. She was also a Briefing Attorney to the Honorable Lawrence Meyers of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (the highest state court for criminal cases in Texas), researching and drafting judicial opinions.


Professional Experience

Present           Williams Kastner, Of Counsel
2017-2020      Bullivant Houser Bailey PC, Of Counsel
2008-2017      Foley & Mansfield, PLLP Oakland, CA Associate Attorney
2001-2003      The Rosen Law Firm, Portland, OR Associate Attorney
2001                 House Research Organization, Austin, TX Research Analyst, 77th Leg. Session
1999-2000      Bell, Turney, Coogan & Richards, L.L.P., Austin, TX Associate
1999                 Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas Pro Bono Attorney
1997-1999       Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Briefing Attorney
The Honorable Lawrence E. Meyers
1996                 Davis & Wilkerson, P.C., Austin, TX Law Clerk
1996                 The Texas Civil Rights Project, Austin, TX Law Clerk
1995                 U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, Burlington Summer Law Clerk,
The Honorable Jerome J. Niedermeier


  • Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. (Life Member; Gold Award Recipient)
  • American Mensa
  • Penn State Alumni Association (Life  Member)
  • American Volkssport Association
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Collegian, Inc.
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Phi Sigma Iota honor society
  • Order of Omega honor society
  • Omicron Delta Kappa honor society

Community Involvement

  • Team Imerman Angels (Chicago Marathon 2019, Chicago Marathon 2022)
  • Run The Year (Lead Fitster for Portland, Oregon 2019)
  • Noah’s Light Foundation (Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon, 2014)
  • Susan G. Komen 3 Day For The Cure Bay Area (SF Bay Area walk, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • American Cancer Society DetermiNation (Detroit International Half Marathon 2012; featured speaker, team dinner)
  • Women’s Health Magazine Action Hero Team, supporting Run 10 Feed 10, a fundraiser for FEED (2012-2014)
  • Junior League of Oakland-East Bay (2008-2010)


University of Michigan Law School – J.D., 1997

Portland State University – B.A., Spanish, 2004

Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College B.A. with Distinction, Theatre Arts, 1994

Presentations & Seminars

  • Co-chair & Speaker, PLI’s Manufacturing and Consumer Products Institute (April 13, 2022)
  • Speaker, “CBD and consumer packaged goods,” DRI Products Liability Conference (2021)
  • Speaker, “Who’s Suing Whom: Current Asbestos Filing Trends,” Harris Martin’s Northwest Asbestos Litigation Conference (2019)
  • Panelist, “Persuasive Techniques at Trial,” Perrin Conferences Asbestos Litigation: A National Overview and Outlook (2017)
  • Speaker, “Sign on the Dotted Line: Contract Law for Bloggers,” FitBloggin’ (2016)
  • Speaker, “Legal Advice for Bloggers,” IDEA World BlogFest (2015)
  • Speaker & Co-Chair, “,” Travis County Bar Association Technology and the Law CLE

Articles & Publications

  • Author and Speaker, “Who’s Suing Whom: Current Asbestos Filing Trends” Harris Martin Northwest Asbestos Litigation Seminar 2019
  • Co-Author, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Autopsies (and Probably More),” DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar (2017)
  • Author, “Persuasive Techniques at Trial: Wrangling Reptiles for Defendants,” Perrin Conferences Asbestos Litigation: A National Overview and Outlook (2017)