Nelson MacNeil Rayfield

Nelson MacNeil Rayfield

Our personal injury attorneys have more than 70 years of collective legal and trial experience, and are recognized as some of the most trusted and respected injury attorneys in Oregon.

Firm Overview

Nelson MacNeil Rayfield is devoted to protecting the rights of consumers and injured parties, and to increasing safety within the community. In addition to over 70 years of collective legal and trail experience, our lawyers have over 15 years of experience working for insurance companies. As former insurance company lawyers, we understand their negotiating secrets.

Our attorneys are well-versed in personal injury practice areas ranging from auto accidents and malpractice to product liability and wrongful death.

With offices in Portland, Albany and Corvallis, we are able to represent clients across the state of Oregon. We commonly take personal injury cases in the following cities: Portland, Albany, Corvallis, Eugene, Philomath, Salem, Lebanon, Sweet Home, Newport, Waldport, and Lincoln City.
Main Office
Albany Office
421 Water Ave NE, Ste 4200
Albany  OR  97321
  • (541) 928-9147
  • (541) 928-3621

Other Offices

Portland Office
520 SW 6th Ave #1105
Portland,  OR  97209
Corvallis Office
435 NW 4th St.
Corvallis,  OR  97330
Personal Injury
Our attorneys have more than 70 years of collective legal and trial experience, and are recognized as some of the most trusted and respected personal injury attorneys in Oregon.
Our firm commonly handles the following types of personal injury cases:

- Car Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Semi-Truck Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Asbestos Exposure
- Medical Malpractice
- Police Misconduct
- Dog Bites / Animal Attacks
- Sexual Assault / Sexual Abuse
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Legal Malpractice
- Mirena IUDs
- Wrongful Death
- Nursing Home Neglect
- Dental Malpractice
- Defective Products
- Hip Implant Defects
- Premises Misconduct
- Food Poisoning

Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson's interest in becoming a trial lawyer started in high school, where he participated in debates. He followed his interest at Oregon State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis on theories of persuasion. He was an active member of the Oregon State Debate Team. He received useful training for his later legal career as a military policeman in the United States Army.

After his honorable discharge from the Army, he attended Willamette University School of Law, where he obtained his Doctorate degree in Jurisprudence. In law school, he was selected as the Best Oral Advocate in the Moot Court competition by three judges from the Oregon Supreme Court. In law school, he worked part-time as a faculty member of Willamette University teaching speech and debate to undergraduate students.

After law school, he honed his trial skills as a Deputy District Attorney, prosecuting numerous trial cases for nearly three years. In 1976, he joined an Albany, Oregon law firm, where he concentrated on trial practice and for 11 years, worked for insurance companies and major corporations defending personal injury claims, wrongful death claims, and defective product claims. In 1991, he decided to limit his representation to individuals and consumers and quit representing insurance companies. Over his career, Jim has successfully tried hundreds of jury trials and has helped his clients successfully settle thousands of personal injury claims.

Jim has been an active member in his community. He was selected as the Junior First Citizen of Albany by the Albany Chamber of Commerce. He has been the President of the Oregon Jaycees. He has been a board member of numerous charitable foundations and civic organizations. He has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation. He also helped organize the Albany chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Jim has been married for 37 years and has raised five children. He enjoys the outdoors, camping, hiking and fishing.
  • Willamette University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate
  • Oregon State University
    BS in Speech Communication

Chris MacNeil

Christopher MacNeil has been handling cases in Oregon for over twenty-five years. He specializes in cases involving serious personal injury arising out of motor vehicle collisions or defective products. Mr. MacNeil has lived in Oregon since 1979. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and earned his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1984.

After serving as a law clerk in the Oregon Circuit Court, he practiced law with a large firm that represented businesses. Because he preferred to work for individuals, since 1986 his practice has focused on representing clients with claims against insurance companies, large corporations or government agencies. He has represented thousands of clients who have been injured as a result of motor vehicle collisions or defective products. He has been a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association of Justice for over twenty-five years.

Mr. MacNeil was born in Minnesota and grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, where his father worked as an engineer, and his mother worked as a teacher. At an early age he was fascinated by the legal system and how that system could be used to achieve justice.

Mr. MacNeil works directly with each of his clients to achieve fair compensation for the injuries they have sustained. He believes that the role of a plaintiff's attorney is crucial to the administration of civil justice. Only when individual citizens have access to experienced legal counsel can they expect fair claim results. The plaintiff's counsel has the rare privilege of leveling the playing field for the individual citizen against large and powerful organizations.
  • University of Oregon College of Law
    Juris Doctorate
  • University of Oregon
    BS in Geography and Urban Studies

Dan Rayfield

Dan Rayfield is one of our leading Oregon attorneys. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, 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.

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 partner 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.

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, and is an avid Portland Trailblazer fan.
  • Willamette University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate
  • Willamette University College of Law
    Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • Western Oregon University
    BS in Geography and Economics

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