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John Rothermich helps clients successfully resolve critical business disputes, regulatory and government investigations, and other complex litigation.

For more than 15 years, John has advised clients in matters ranging from large, high-stakes matters such as the defense of a transportation services provider in a $250 million False Claims Act suit in federal court, to smaller cases such as the representation of individuals in federal antitrust investigations and commercial disputes involving business agreements.  He is committed to obtaining the best possible result for his clients in a compassionate, efficient, and cost-effective manner, whether this involves working closely with key expert witnesses or applying his deep experience in managing complicated and voluminous document discovery.

Representative matters and industries include:

  • False Claims Act: John represented a transportation services provider in federal court in defense of claims asserted by the United States Department of Justice and whistleblower employees under the False Claims Act seeking over $200 million in damages and statutory penalties.  On the eve of trial, John obtained summary judgment for his client resulting in dismissal of the majority of the government’s claims and a highly favorable settlement.
  • Healthcare:  John obtained dismissal of a competitor’s administrative appeal for an Alaska hospital client after a three-day hearing before an administrative law judge.  John has also successfully represented physicians in business disputes and has represented health insurers in federal court litigation involving policy provisions and coverage issues.  John is also the current President of the Board of Outside In, a Portland non-profit that runs a Federally Qualified Health Care Center serving at-risk youth and the homeless, among other services.
  • Financial Institutions:  John obtained a favorable settlement for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in complex professional liability claims against former officers and directors of a failed bank related to real estate development lending after more than a year of contentious litigation.  John has also represented banks in defense of fraud and negligence claims related to Ponzi schemes engaged in by bank customers, and has also assisted bank clients in responding to document and deposition subpoenas.
  • Antitrust: John has represented individuals targeted by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for possible criminal antitrust charges, and participated in the defense of a large transportation industry client in both a criminal investigation and the resulting multidistrict class action lawsuit.  He is also currently serving as the Chair of the Executive Committee for the Oregon State Bar Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section.
  • Real Estate and Land Use: John has represented clients in several real estate and land use cases, including obtaining a favorable jury verdict for his client in an earnest money contract dispute after the jury deliberated only 10 minutes, and crafting a summary judgment motion in a condemnation case for a municipal client resulting in voluntary dismissal by the plaintiff.  He also obtained a grant of summary judgment for a Central Oregon municipality on a case involving zoning issues.
  • Construction:  John obtained a favorable settlement for a general contractor client in federal court litigation involving claims asserted by a subcontractor related to the construction of the exterior walls for a federally owned Alaska hospital, and also represented a local Portland subcontractor in contract disputes related to the renovation of a historic public building.
  • Employment Litigation:  John has obtained favorable settlements for employers in discrimination suits in state and federal court involving hostile workplace, retaliation and workers’ compensation discrimination claims.
  • Other Complex Commercial Litigation:  John obtained a favorable summary judgment ruling in federal court for a Texas private equity firm reducing the plaintiff’s claimed damages from millions to less than $200,000, leading to a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Pro Bono Service:  Both at Garvey Schubert Barer and before that at WilmerHale in New York, John has provided hundreds of hours of free representation to indigent clients, benefiting both individuals in need and the community.  At Garvey Schubert Barer, his pro bono representations include obtaining a favorable settlement for a prison inmate in a federal civil rights case regarding inadequate medical care, representation of the Oregon Advocacy Center in connection with complicated confidentiality issues, and legal work for the Oregon chapter of the ACLU.  In New York, he obtained relief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals for an immigrant client who had been deported due to the malfeasance of his attorney and helped defend a criminal fraud case for a defendant in need.

Prior to joining Garvey Schubert Barer, John was an associate with the New York office of WilmerHale, where his practice focused on defense of securities and bank fraud cases and class actions. Prior to WilmerHale, John served as a law clerk for Judge Maryanne Trump Barry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Professional Activities

  • Executive Committee Chair, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Executive Committee Member, Securities Regulation Section, Oregon State Bar, 2013-2014
  • Barrister, Owen M. Panner American Inn of the Court, 2009-2014
  • Former Member, Court Liaison Committee, Multnomah Bar Association, 2008-2010
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, 2008-present
  • Member, New York City Bar Association, 2001-2006

Community Activities

  • President, Board of Directors of Outside In, 2015-present
  • Treasurer, Beach School PTA, 2010-2011

News & Insights


  • Oregon, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 2005
  • New York, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2001


Fordham University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2000

  • Order of the Coif
  • Senior Articles Editor, Fordham Law Review
  • Joseph R. Crowley Scholar in International Human Rights
  • Co-Director, Fordham Housing Advocacy Project

Brown University, A.B., Semiotics, with honors, 1995

Honors | Recognitions

  • Named by the Daily Journal of Commerce as an “Up And Coming Lawyer” for 2010
  • Legal Aid Society of New York Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, 2005
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