Mediator's Profile


John Bachofner

Business Name: Bachofner Arbitration & Mediation
Phone: 503-830-6706

With more than 34 years of civil litigation experience, John Bachofner has attended hundreds of Arbitrations and Mediations on behalf of both Plaintiffs and Defendants.  He has extensive experience serving on Arbitration panels, and is frequently chosen to Arbitrate or Mediate disputes throughout Oregon and Washington.   In 2023, John received his Certification from the National Association of Certified Mediators.

Whether your case involves minor or catastrophic injuries, a complex business dispute, a dispute over insurance coverage, or malpractice, John Bachofner founded BAM to help parties resolve their disputes quickly and reasonably.

Over his three decades of practicing law, John has become familiar with the unique challenges faced by large corporations and insurers, as well as small businesses. His work has ranged from representing companies before local regulatory agencies to interpreting complex contracts and insurance policies, to providing day-to-day advice on business or creditors’ rights matters.

John has represented individuals and organizations in a variety of state and federal courts, arbitration forums, and agency hearings, as well as in a variety of transactions. Having taken or defended hundreds of depositions, he is frequently involved as an expert or arbitrator in binding arbitration of matters. Since 1996, he has first-chaired many jury trials to verdict that lasted from one day to as long as two weeks.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Business Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bankruptcy
  • Professional Liability
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims
  • Personal Injury Protection Claims


  • University of Puget Sound School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1988
  • Pacific Lutheran University, B.A., 1985
  • Certification, National Association of Certified Mediators, 2023


  • State of Oregon
  • State of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Membership & Activities

  • Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association
  • Oregon State Bar: Board of Governors, Out-of-State Region Member (2016–2019)
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (1992–Present)
  • Washington State Bar Association, Taskforce on Mandatory Malpractice Insurance (2018–2020)
  • Washington Scuba Alliance, Board of Directors (2010–Present)
  • Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce (2004–Present); Board of Directors (2012–2014)
  • Oregon Council on Court Procedures (2009–2017), Chair-Elect (2015–2016), Chair (2016–2017)
  • Oregon Law Commission, Auto Insurance Legislation Workgroup, Appointee (2003–2007)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (2023 – Present)
  • Oregon Mediation Association

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