OSB Professional Liability Fund

Carol J. Bernick - Chief Executive Officer

Carol Bernick is the Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund (PLF).  Oregon lawyers in the private practice of law are required to maintain professional liability coverage with the PLF.  It is the only such program in the United States.  The PLF covers approximately 7500 attorneys and handles over 900 cases per year.  PLF claims attorneys also take over 1000 informational calls from attorneys every year.  The PLF’s loss prevention programs are rated as among the best in the nation, offering hundreds of forms and checklists free to Oregon attorneys as well as office practices advice, CLEs and a robust attorney assistance program which provides confidential services for lawyers and judges with issues impacting their ability to function effectively.
Ms. Bernick received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, graduating in 1989.  Ms. Bernick was an associate then partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Portland, Oregon from 1989 until 2014.  She served in many roles including chair of the firm’s Attorney Evaluation Committee; member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Portland office.  Ms. Bernick is an experienced trial lawyer, including several significant wage and hour class action cases.  She was recognized as one of the best employment attorneys in Oregon by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Oregon by Super Lawyers.  She is the recipient of the Peter Perlman Service Award from the Litigation Counsel of America and a Fellow in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.  She previously was a member of the board of the Multnomah Bar Association, where she chaired the Judicial Selection Committee and served on the Court Liaison and Equality and Diversity Committees.