My litigation experience includes everything from foreclosures and collection matters to complex litigation all dealing with business, real estate or probate matters. I practice only in the Oregon state courts.
Litigation has its place.However, I believe that clients should be fully informed of the costs (including their own time and efforts), risks and the time delay.In today’s environment, litigation is an expensive and risky undertaking.
Currently Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings (mediation, settlement conferences or negotiation) are required by many of the courts and should be used.
In litigation, preparation is the key.
As an example of the type of cases that I have handled, the following is a list of cases that I have both tried and argued on appeal in the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court:
Wilson v. Smurfit Newsprint Corp., 197 Or.App. 648 (2005);Originating and lead counsel.Successful class action against employer for failure to timely pay wages at termination.Total damages exceeded $3,000,000.
KMT Enterprises, Inc. v. Nyssen, 154 Or.App. 477 (1998);Defense of suit on commercial lease.
Klokke Corp. v. Classic Exposition, Inc., 139 Or.App. 399 (1996);Suite on commercial lease.
Polizos v. Skoro, 129 Or.App. 51 (1994);Breach of warranty on sale of property.
Widmer Brewing Co. v. Rolph, 128 Or.App. 666 (1994);Suit for breach of land purchase agreement.
Wood v. State Farm Mutual Auto. Insur. Co., 100 Or.App. 576 (1990);Represented insured who sought declaration that limits of under/uninsured motorist coverage should be the same.
King v. Highland, 48 Or.App. 241 (1980);Action for monies owed.
Sam Paulsen Masonry Co. v. Higley, 276 Or. 1071 (1976);Oregon Supreme Court case.Suit to establish priority of construction loan over construction liens.
Kem v. Dept. of Revenue, 267 Or. 111 (1973);Oregon Supreme Court case.Property tax appeal on shopping center to establish that recent sale established market value.
Bauer v. Poppen, 13 Or.App. 474 (1973);Co-counsel in action to require county recorder to update recording system to conform with state law.
Oregon Summer Home Owners Assoc. v. Johnson, 265 Or. 544 (1973);Declaratory judgment action in Oregon Tax Court to determine taxability of recreational forest service permits for summer homes.
Currently, I am representing three individual land owners in their Measure 37 claims before the Court of Appeals after obtaining a State Court judgment against METRO for over $14,000,000. A petition for review before the Oregon Supreme Court is now pending on this matter. See Bleeg et al v. Metro, 229 Or. App. 210, 211 P.3d 302 (2009)