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Francis J. “FJ” Maloney, III

F.J. Maloney is recognized as the “go-to” attorney in large first-party extra-contractual and “bad faith” litigation. F.J. started his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney for Deschutes County, Oregon, where he gained valuable trial experience prosecuting criminal cases ranging from juvenile delinquencies and dependencies to minor misdemeanors and major felonies including capital murder. Since moving to civil practice, he has focused on a wide range of first-party cases involving SIU and fraud, tort defense, “Bad Faith” and extra contractual trial work. F.J. is panel counsel for several national insurance companies and has litigated cases in both the state and federal courts of Oregon, Washington, South Dakota, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona. FJ has also argued appeals in Washington, Oregon, the Eight Circuit and the Sixth Circuit. His published articles have appeared in the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal and Mealey’s Litigation Report, and he is a frequent speaker at events such as the Tort Trial & Insurance Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Large Loss PLRB. Prior to attending the University of Oregon School of Law and “settling down” in Oregon, FJ lived throughout the United States, moving often. He attended school at St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minnesota, Stift Gymnasium Melk in Melk, Austria, and Boston College, where he obtained his degree in English and Environmental Geosciences. FJ also pursued graduate studies at Northeastern University’s College of Criminal Justice while training as an associate instructor with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. FJ later spent a year as a ski instructor in Park City, Utah, then two years as a deckhand and mate aboard a large motoryacht during a global circumnavigation. He continues to stay active as an avid triathlete and ski instructor.

Professional & Civic Involvement:
  • American Bar Association, Insurance Law Committee of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section; Chair, 2012-13; Vice Chair, 2006-11; Organizer and co-chair of the TTIPS 2006 Spring Meeting
  • Federal Bar Association; Member, Board of Directors, Oregon Chapter, 2002-05
  • American Judicature Society, Member of the National Advisory Council, Membership Committee, 2007
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Member of Task Force for Judicial Excellence, 2006
  • International Association of Special Investigation Unit (IASIU), Attorney Panel, 2000-2005
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Archdiocesan Pastoral Council for the Catholic Archdiocese of Oregon at Portland, Member and Chair, 2003-06

Articles and Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, MLR’s Annual Year in Review CLE Presentation (2014-2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Insurance Fraud and Policy Compliance Issues,” The Seminar Group’s 2nd Annual Comprehensive Insurance Law Conference (2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Tort Liability or Extra-Contractual Damages for Not Paying UIM Benefits?,” Oregon Assoc. of Defense Counsel (OADC) Fall Seminar (2013)
  • Co-Author, “Recent Developments in Property Insurance Law,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Vol. 40:2, Winter 2005
  • Speaker, “Avoiding Bad Faith and Pitfalls to Avoid,” AISIU Seminar (2004)
  • Co-Presenter, “Challenges in Oregon Insurance Coverage Litigation,” National Business Institute Seminar (a day-long presentation and CLE) and Author, “Analyzing Insurance Contract Provisions,” “Subrogation,” and “Bad Faith Litigation” portions of presentation materials (2003)
  • Speaker / Co-Author, “Use of a Policy’s Appraisal Provision in Fraudulent Claims,” AISIU Seminar (2003)
  • Author, “Deductibles in First-Party Claims,” Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Vol. 37:3, Spring 2002 (regarding the application of per-occurrence deductibles in first-party property cases)
  • Speaker, “Fighting Insurance Fraud with RICO,” AISIU Seminar (2002)
  • Speaker, “First Party Bad Faith in Oregon – Holding Firm Against the Tide, “Annual International Association of Special Investigations Unit (AISIU) Seminar (2001)