About Thuemmel Uhle & Eder
The original firm, Thuemmel and Uhle was founded in 1987. Bill Uhle and Bob Thuemmel met at the University of Oregon School of law in 1974. The two formed a strong friendship in school and remained close after graduating. After ten years building great reputations as trial attorneys in their own practices, the two realized that they could be stronger together as law partners.
In 2004, Ben Eder was a third year law student at the University of Oregon. He clerked for the King County Prosecutor in Seattle but wanted to live in his hometown of Portland. Ben clerked as a prosecutor and tried to get into the courtroom as much as possible. After one trial, he asked his boss who were the best trial attorneys. Ben sought out the list of lawyers to learn from. Bill Uhle became a willing mentor. Ben spent hours watching trials, discussing trial strategy and learning from the best. In 2005, Ben started working for Thuemmel and Uhle.After years of success, Ben was named a partner in 2012, equity partner in 2013, and managing partner in 2015.
In 2014, David Eder joined Thuemmel Uhle and Eder. After more than eight years as a City Attorney, David prosecuted hundreds of cases and represented the City on civil cases. Thuemmel Uhle and Eder knew that his trial skills could be an asset to the firm and David was brought into the firm as a partner. Within a year of David was obtaining millions in civil lawsuits through trial, arbitration and settlements. David is licensed in Oregon and Washington.
In 2018, Joel Sturm joined Thuemmel Uhle and Eder as an associate attorney and will be focusing on personal injury and property damage lawsuits. Joel’s background as trial advocacy lawyer for a major insurer differentiates his experience from other lawyers and sets him up to represent clients in a truly unique manner. He knows how insurance companies work from the inside.
Bill Uhle and Bob Thuemmel retired in 2017 but continue to consult on cases. Their reputations for integrity, courtroom brilliance and dedication to improving the practice of law remain core values of the firm. Ben, David and Joel carry the legacy that Bill and Bob built by representing clients like they are close personal friends and family.
David is one of the top young lawyers in the country, but he doesn’t act like it. He is respected in the legal community and is also easy to respect as a human being. He is personable and treats you as though you’re his only client. He was extremely easy to work with and did a great job communicating through the entire process.
The thing that was most apparent to me, and most impressive [about Ben] was not only the process of jury selection, but also the way Ben addressed the jury members – explaining the process of the trial. Whereas the prosecutor was frequently and obviously boring the jury, the minute Ben spoke every one was paying rapt attention. He is definitely a gifted communicator.
As a career police officer, I’ve seen lots of lawyers. I have never met a lawyer so sharp, dedicated and effective as David Eder. When my mom was injured in an auto accident, I called him immediately.
David was easy to work with and went above and beyond for us with all companies involved. Ultimately, fighting for us to ensure that we were taken care of from all angles. We were in great hands. Thank you David for your prompt, honest, and personal service!
If I could say only one thing about Ben, it would be that he ACTUALLY CARES. This is a Lawyer who would call me to make sure I understood everything that was going on at every step, even through all the moving pieces and slight changes. My case was complicated and spread between two counties, there were A LOT of moving pieces and changes. He would also ask how I was doing with everything and actually remembered the little details about my case and my life at the time.
Ben doesn’t hand off the job to someone else. He is there for you for every step of the way, and readily answers any and all questions you may have. And is easy to reach. And he knows the system inside out, and has many colleagues and associates in the business. You can sense that his genuine goal is to help people in this unfortunate situation. Don’t even think twice about it. Just hire Ben.
“I have worked with both Ben and David Eder on a professional level for several years, so I know how well they look out for their clients. When I was injured in a car accident they were the first attorneys I called. Their customer service is excellent.”
2017 – Bill Uhle and Bob Thuemmel retire
2014 – David Eder joins the firm with his brother Ben
2012 – Ben Eder becomes a partner
2005 – Ben Eder joins the firm
2004 – Ben Eder begins mentoring with the firm
1987 – Bill Uhle and Bob Thuemmel form partnership
1974 – Founders Bill Uhle and Bob Thuemmel meet in law school