Sarah Nelson, P.C.

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Street Address 111 Southwest 5th Avenue Suite 1940
City Portland
State/Province Oregon
Zipcode 97204
Phone 503-928-8053
Fax 503-417-4250
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Oregon Personal Injury Arbitrations & Mediations

Personal injury arbitration and mediation cases occupy a unique corner of the legal universe. These cases bring with them their own set of challenges and their own uniquely personal, emotional and financial impact on both parties. Oftentimes, maybe most times, going all the way to trial is in not in the best interest of either litigant. Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, which are in many cases mandatory, are often the best way for all parties to find a resolution that they can live with, so they can get on with the business of living their lives. Personal injury lawyers know this and many of their clients learn it in the process. Whether it’s a mediation or arbitration, the neutral party must have experience in the unique elements of the personal injury field. Having spent nearly half of her career on the defense side and half of her career on the plaintiff side, Sarah Nelson brings the kind of experience to a mediation or arbitration that is required to achieve a fair, balanced and measured resolution to a case.
About Sarah Nelson Arbitrations and Mediations

Sarah Nelson is the right neutral for your case because she has experience on both sides of any case. She understands the concerns of both sides and she knows how to truly hear the facts from both sides. In a mediation setting, Sarah Nelson takes that information to heart in attempting to fashion a resolution both sides can live with. In an arbitration setting, Sarah Nelson applies the law to the facts in a fair and decisive manner. Either way, the parties can move forward with their lives without the stress, risk and intrusion of a formal trial. More About Sarah


Premier Portland Attorney Sarah Nelson Arbitrations and Mediations

Sarah Nelson has more than 17 years experience in personal injury litigation. It is the only law she does. Sarah Nelson spent the first half of her career working on the defense side of personal injury litigation as an in-house lawyer for Farmer’s Insurance. She has spent the second half of her career representing personal injury plaintiffs in working to recover from the insurance companies she used to represent. Sarah has taken over 100 cases to arbitration and trial as both a plaintiff’s lawyer and a defense lawyer. In the process, she has learned what facts matter to a jury, what facts and circumstances matter to the litigants and insurance companies. Most importantly, Sarah has learned to identify the value range of a case – and the only way to do this is to do it from the perspective of both sides and the potential jury. In the last several years, Sarah has taken her knowledge and applied it to mediations and arbitrations, to the benefit of both plaintiffs and defendants. Today, Sarah Nelson acts exclusively as a mediator and arbitrator.


  • University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon
    • J.D.
  • Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Awards & Recognition

Sarah has taken well over 200 cases to trial and arbitration. She has earned many accolades that reflect her skill in this forum, as well as the respect of her peers. She was named West Coast Trial Lawyer of the Year by her employer in 2007 and was selected for inclusion in 2010 and 2011 as a Rising Star in Oregon’s Super Lawyers. Sarah is one of Portland’s highest-rated female lawyers handling accident injury cases, according to the independent lawyer rating directory, Avvo.

Past Employment Positions

  • Sarah Nelson Arbitrations and Mediations (representing personal injury plaintiffs)
  • Zipse Elkins Mitchell (Farmer’s Insurance)
  • Yamhill County, Deputy District Attorney

To schedule your free and confidential consultation, please contact Sarah Nelson Arbitrations and Mediations at (503) 417-4227.

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