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Personal Injury Attorneys Dedicated To Your Recovery

Charlie Burt and Lawrence Brown joined forces in 1958 to start Brown & Burt, PC, a firm focused on representing individuals. In the 1970s, they were joined by Keith Swanson, Neil Lathen, Mic Alexander and Don McCann, where the firm became one of Oregon’s premier personal injury law firms and known as Burt, Swanson, Lathen, Alexander & McCann, PC. Travis Prestwich and Brian Lathen ushered in the third generation of lawyers, focusing solely on personal injury, car accident, and wrongful death claims and changing the name to Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC.


Compassionate Allies, Zealous Advocates

At Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC, our personal injury and car accident attorneys exclusively represent injured individuals and their families in Oregon. We never represent insurance companies, so you’ll always know we are 100 percent on your side. Lawyers and judges frequently send cases to us because we have the experience, skill, commitment and integrity to be the best advocates for our clients.

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Why Choose SLP?

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Recognized by Our Peers

Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC’s attorneys, Travis Prestwich and Brain Lathen, have been recognized by many peer-review rated groups which identify the top one to five percent of lawyers in their given practice area. These include: Oregon Super Lawyers, US News & World Report”s Top Law Firms, American Board of Trial Advocates, Million Dollar Advocates and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates, The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100, Oregon’s Top Verdicts, AVVO, and more.

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Experienced and Tenacious Lawyers

Insurance companies know two key things about Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC: We work with integrity and we don’t give up. We have built a reputation among insurance companies, and the lawyers that represent them, that we act with integrity and honesty. We also are undaunted in getting maximum value for our clients’ cases. While some lawyers fear litigation or going to court, and roll over for lower values, we employ every tool available to get our clients the compensation they deserve.

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Bigger Isn't Better

Other firms advertise being the “biggest” or “largest”, but that doesn’t mean better or best. At Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC, we give each client our individualized attention to make sure your rights are protected and we help you navigate this confusing and challenging process. Our client reviews are proof that we take on the worry so you don’t have top – and get you the results you deserve.

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Relevant Expertise

Many firms do some personal injury cases, but the lawyers at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC, only handle personal injury and wrongful death claims. Through decades of work and study, we have gained the knowledge, expertise and experience to deal with both the general factors that are important to a case, as well as, the more subtle nuances of laws and facts that help us achieve better results for our clients. Don’t trust your case to lawyers that don’t specialize in personal injury or that can’t give your case the personal attention it needs.

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We Fight For You

We hear lots of stories from clients that previously worked with other lawyers. They tell us how eager their lawyer was to settle. While settlement is good and almost always is the outcome, a great personal injury lawyer knows not only how to settle but how to litigate and take a case to trial. Insurance companies keep track of lawyers that always settle. Perhaps the lawyer lacks the experience to know the case’s value. Perhaps she or he is afraid to litigate the case. We know how to win at all stages and have a proven track record of success, whether it be in the courtroom or well before we get there.


Travis Prestwich

A graduate of Willamette University College of Law, Mr. Prestwich has over 20 years of experience practicing law in the state of Oregon. During that time, he has successfully resolved many complex injury cases through litigation or alternative dispute resolution — including multi-million dollar settlements. An experienced and skilled trial advocate, he has been well-recognized both locally and nationally for his legal accomplishments.


Brian Lathen

Mr. Lathen has been practicing law in Oregon since 2004. A graduate of Willamette University College of Law, Mr. Lathen obtained his first verdict in excess of one million dollars while in his early 30s — a trajectory that has continued to earn him the distinction of one of Oregon’s top personal injury attorneys. With 18 years of experience, Mr. Lathen is a seasoned negotiator and aggressive advocate.

We're an Award-Winning Salem Law Firm

Rising Stars -
Distinguished - Martindale-Hubbell
Top 100 - The National Trial Lawyers
Rated by Super Lawyers
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5 Years Badge - Super Lawyers
Distinguished - Martindale-Hubbell

Let Us Help You

We offer free consultations to all prospective clients and if we take your case on, there is no fee unless we win. Let us know how we can help you!