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Wm. Jere Tolton, III
Attorney at Law

Kilmer Voorhees & Laurick, P.C.
732 NW 19th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209

Tel 503-224-0055 ext. 217
Fax 503-222-5290

I have over 23 years’ experience in employee benefits and first-party insurance litigation, counseling and defending insurers, administrators and employers involved in employee benefits and fiduciary lawsuits arising in both the ERISA and non-ERISA cases. My clients include national life, disability, and accident insurance companies, and I advise them about coverage issues and compliance with DOL regulations. I have successfully defended or assisted clients resolve more than 600 actions in federal and state courts, including complex actions alleging unfair claims practices and RICO violations. I recognize the importance to corporate clients of cost-effective representation, and work closely with my clients at the outset of litigation to develop a practical and goal-driven defense strategy. I was asked to serve as an arbitrator by one of the nation’s largest health insurers, and have lectured and published numerous articles concerning ERISA Best Practices and insurance litigation.

ERISA – Extensive experience in pension and welfare benefits regulation and litigation and in claims arising under the MPPAA.

Civil Appellate – Since 1995, served as lead appellate counsel in more than 40 appeals with arguments before state and federal appellate courts in personal injury, products liability, first-party insurance, toxic tort, medical malpractice, premises liability, and ERISA cases.

Insurance Defense – Representation of first-party insurers in civil lawsuits involving life, accident, and disability claims, coverage disputes, rescission actions, interpleader actions, unfair claims practices, and RICO claims.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Appellate
  • Insurance Defense


  • Stetson University College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1991
    • Book Award/Excellence in Real Property; ADR and Collective Bargaining; Trial Practice
  • Stetson University, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1987


  • Oregon Bar
  • Florida Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, and Middle Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar (Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section;
  • Appellate Court Rules Committee, 2006 - 2009)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Bar Standing Committee - Appellate Court Rules