Roy Dwyer began practicing law 50 years ago because he wanted to help the underdog. A particularly aggressive attorney who had won tens of millions of dollars for his clients, Roy was guided by one goal – to hold individuals and corporations accountable for careless and negligent acts that injured or killed innocent people. Decades later, his wisdom, razor-sharp legal acumen, and dedication to his clients had made Roy one of the top personal injury attorneys in the Northwest.
Roy had grown his practice to six offices across the state of Oregon and taken hundreds of cases to verdict. In 1982, Roy decided to practice exclusively in the area of personal injury law. He had argued numerous cases before the Oregon Supreme Court and had decades of experience handling cases of medical malpractice, car crashes, workplace accidents, catastrophic injuries, and wrongful death. In short, Roy had seen just about everything.
In his distinguished career, Roy had earned a slate of awards, including the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Outstanding Member award. He had also served in leadership roles for legal professional organizations at the state and national levels.
Roy’s path to building a successful practice was far from typical. He began his career in 1949 when he quit high school at 16 years old to enlist in the United States Air Force. While in the military, Roy earned his GED and, after four years of service, found himself stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. Eager to further his education, he enrolled at the University of Alaska and later transferred to the University of Oregon, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1959. This ambitious young man went to law school immediately, finished in 1962, and promptly opened his own law firm in Eugene.
Outside of Law
When he wasn’t putting his bright mind and wealth of knowledge to work for his clients, Roy still sought adventure. He regularly hiked the Cascades and counted among his more memorable treks The Grand Canyon, the High Sierras, Nepal, and the Great Wall of China. Traveling the world was one of his great joys, but his passion for globe-trekking was trumped by his love for his wife, four children, and seven grandchildren.
Sadly, Roy passed away in July 2022. However, his law partner and son-in-law, Tim Williams, is dedicated to continuing Roy’s legacy of representing his clients with vigor, respect, and perseverance. Indeed, that virtue is instilled in all of the attorneys and staff here at DWC.
Through us, Roy lives on.