Tessan Wess

Associate

Tessan Wess is an associate in the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability and General Liability Practices. She is from Toronto, Canada and began her legal career in South Florida, before putting down roots in the Pacific Northwest, where she enjoys being outdoors with her family and their adopted dog, Niko.

Tessan graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2007 with a B.S. in Legal Studies and minor in Business. She earned her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2010. During law school, she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and competed in the National Environmental Moot Court Competition at Pace University in New York. Additionally, Tessan pursued a focus in environmental law courses as a visiting student at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Tessan has a background in coverage and bad faith litigation, construction defect, employment disputes, product liability and general liability litigation. She has represented clients in every phase of litigation, including jury and bench trials in federal and state courts in Oregon and Washington.

Publications

Article, "Recreational Marijuana and Insurance Coverage Considerations," The Verdict (Issue 3, 2015)

Professional Presentations

  • Speaker, Don’t Leave! The Heartbreak of Handling Employee Leaves of Absence, Oregon Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Human Resources Management Meeting, February 2019
  • Speaker, Who? What? Where? Sorting Out Coverage in an Increasingly Small World, OADC Annual Convention, June 2018
  • Speaker, Sticky Green: Legal Implications of Marijuana Legalization, OADC Annual Convention, June 2015
  • Speaker, Let’s Be Blunt: Clearing the Haze Surrounding Legalized Marijuana, CPCU All Industry Day, November 2014

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • Florida
    • Oregon
    • Washington
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the District of Oregon
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

Admissions

Oregon

Washington

Florida

U.S. District Court of Oregon

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

Associations

  • Vice Chair, Product Liability Section, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel

Awards & Honors

Super Lawyer Rising Star in Oregon, 2018

Education

Nova Southeastern University

Juris Doctor, 2010

University of Central Florida

Bachelor of Science, 2007

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