Clients choose Garvey Schubert Barer because of our experience across a diverse array of substantive areas and industries, our ability to efficiently staff and manage cases, our extensive real-world trial experience and a proven track record.
We provide commercial litigation services in most key legal areas. These include antitrust issues, bankruptcy, intellectual property, labor and employment, maritime law, real estate, taxation, securities, contracts, civil and administrative claims, white-collar criminal defense, as well as defense of corporate directors and officers, professionals and other fiduciaries. In addition, we serve — and are knowledgeable about — a wide range of industries. Those within which we have successfully defended cases include
- Communications and media
- Entertainment, arts and sports
- Environment and natural resources
- Financial services
- Health care
- Information technology
- Maritime companies and fisheries
- Real estate
- Technology and e-commerce
- Transportation and logistics
We well understand that litigation can be costly and disruptive. So we look for alternatives, such as a negotiated settlement, arbitration or some other form of alternative dispute resolution. But if litigation is unavoidable, our experienced trial lawyers will tenaciously represent you. In addition to jury and nonjury trials, we handle appeals, administrative proceedings, government agency investigations and transnational disputes.
As a mid-sized firm, we can respond more nimbly and cost-effectively to your needs than bigger firms. Yet our depth and breadth of experience and capacity equals far larger firms, and we are able to successfully litigate large, complex cases across multiple jurisdictions. No matter what type of commercial litigation we are providing, we will always seek the result you define as a success.
- [Injured Burn Victim] v. General Motors Corp.
In product liability C-K fuel tank litigation, drafted briefs in favor of plaintiff that successfully opposed manufacturer's motions to dismiss and summary judgment.
Obtained dismissal with prejudice of suit alleging negligent misrepresentation against asset purchaser.
Lead trial counsel for transportation company on multiple legal matters arising from planned use of marine terminal to serve oil company, including SEPA and land use challenges. Prevailed in full after multiday hearing.
Lead counsel advising stock purchaser of $94 million company in prosecuting claims against sellers for purchase price adjustments, indemnity claims and related litigation.
Lead counsel defending lender from claims for fraud, criminal conspiracy, state and federal RICO. Plaintiff’s claims for over $9 million dismissed on summary judgment shortly before trial; judgment entered for lender for all loan balances and all attorneys’ fees expended; client recovered all amounts in full.
Lead counsel pursuing breach of fiduciary duty claims against client’s former corporate officers, director and attorneys who formed competing company.
Lead counsel in defense of breach of fiduciary duty claims in derivative shareholder litigation – closely held family company.
Lead counsel defending investment advisory firm in matters arising from investments in business alleged to be Ponzi scheme.
Lead counsel advising stock purchaser of minor league sports team against seller for adjustments under purchase and sale agreement.
Lead counsel in defense of employment discrimination claims made by former VP of Human Resources of client.
Lead counsel in numerous maritime matters, including dozens of personal injury cases, oil spills, P&I investigations, claims for damage to cargo and docks, insurance coverage, broker liability, demurrage, maintenance and cure, and vessel casualties.
Won summary judgment on multiple breach of contract cases involving failure to repay commercial loans.
Obtained summary judgment in the amount of $1,850,000 against a major banking institution for breach of contract after the bank failed to prevent the theft of client funds by the client's accountant/bookkeeper defeating among other things, bank’s alleged defenses under the Uniform Commercial Code and Statute of Limitations.
Obtained an Award after a three day arbitration before the American Arbitration Association directing that clients owned a 91% interest in a family limited partnership despite the fact that company tax returns showed a 0% ownership interest for the clients over the preceding ten years. Successfully confirmed the Award in Supreme Court, Nassau County, prevailed on the Appeal of the lower court judgment confirming the Award after oral argument in the Appellate Division, Second Department and successfully procured from both the Appellate Division, First Department and the New York Court of Appeals a denial of leave to appeal the affirmance of lower court judgment.
Obtained an Order vacating an arbitration award on, among other things, the grounds that one of the arbitrators did not fully disclose a financial relationship with one of the parties in the arbitration and, accordingly, the client did not provide his informed consent to arbitrate the dispute when he executed the arbitration agreement.
- Successfully defended a $38,000,000 claim filed by a national insurance carrier/bonding company against a client
Successfully defended a $38,000,000 claim filed by a national insurance carrier/bonding company against a client based on the client's personal guaranty of his company's debt.
- Obtained summary judgment in New York State Court for a full real estate brokerage commission owed to a commercial real estate broker
Obtained summary judgment in New York State Court for a full real estate brokerage commission owed to a commercial real estate broker after the landlord entered into a lease with a tenant introduced by the real estate broker client to the landlord during the term of the broker/client's exclusive representation, but after the exclusive term expired, successfully arguing that the extension clause in the exclusive brokerage agreement entitled the broker to its full commission.
- Obtained a jury verdict in New York State Court after a three day trial awarding a full real estate brokerage commission to a commercial real estate broker
Obtained a jury verdict in New York State Court after a three day trial awarding a full real estate brokerage commission to a commercial real estate broker notwithstanding the argument that, among other things, the tenant procured by the broker never paid rent and was shut down soon after possession was tendered for health code violations.
- Successfully represented two limited partners claiming breach of fiduciary duty against their general partner
Successfully represented two limited partners claiming breach of fiduciary duty against their general partner, a national real estate developer, resulting in a favorable settlement for the clients.
Successfully appealed and procured a reversal in the Appellate Division, First Department of an Order vacating an arbitration award resulting in the confirmation of the award and the entry of a judgment in the client’s favor in the amount of $17,381,547.36.
Defeated a motion to vacate a default judgment entered on behalf of a client in the amount of $856,000, procured an affirmance on Appeal after oral argument to the Appellate Division, First Department and successfully collected the full amount of the judgment with interest to through the date of collection after leave to appeal to the New York Court of Appeals was denied.
- Defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction brought by a laundry service provider attempting to enforce an automatic renewal clause
Defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction brought by a laundry service provider attempting to enforce an automatic renewal clause in an agreement between the laundry service provider and the owner of a residential multi-family building successfully arguing that the automatic renewal clause could not be invoked because the agreement was a license rather than a lease and the failure to provide a timely notice of the automatic renewal in accordance with General Obligation Law 5-903 negated the renewal.
Regularly counsel and troubleshoot for closely held and family-owned entities (i.e., litigation prevention) in connection with their day-to-day contractual issues and business law needs by, among other things, identifying contractual trouble spots and pitfalls and drafting the necessary language to protect the company and its owners and avoid litigation.
- Regularly counsel and troubleshoot for commercial real estate brokers and salesmen involved in the rental and sale of commercial real estate
Regularly counsel and troubleshoot for commercial real estate brokers and salesmen involved in the rental and sale of commercial real estate including, but not limited, the negotiation of exclusive agreements, landlord/owner brokerage agreements and landlord/leasing agent/outside broker co-brokerage agreements
Successful defense of product liability and misrepresentation claims in the agriculture industry for $40 million.
Lead counsel for commercial broker relating to coverage claims of $40 million in connection with Superstorm Sandy.
Co-trial counsel for manufacturer of goods sold world-wide relating to claims for breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duties in the aggregate amount of $100 million.
Co-counsel for the State of Oregon in litigation against Oracle.
Successful defense as lead counsel for oil recycling company against business interruption claims in excess of $20 million.
Litigated partnership dispute with claims for accounting, breach of fiduciary duties and fraud. Obtained judgment for recovery of legal fees.
- PABD v. [Oregon lawyer].
Multnomah County (Oregon) Circuit Court No. 14-cv-16482. A legal malpractice action arising from a settlement – reached in mediation – of a breach of contract case. Damages of $2.5 million sought. Trial result: Defense verdict (November 2016).
- Brownlow, et al v. [Oregon startup company], (2013).
Defended local startup company in securities fraud action. Damages of over $1.2 million alleged. Successfully defeated plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment with subsequent settlement for client.
- Vassigh v. Boussina, (2012).
Obtained dismissal on summary judgment in favor of client in strict foreclosure and breach of contract action. Recovered attorney fees and costs, and an award of enhanced prevailing party fees.
- CNR Properties v. Equity Options.
Deschutes County (Oregon) Circuit Court No. 09 CV 0525. Defense of LLC counsel for alleged materially aiding securities violations as a result of his formation of LLC in which members were solicited for purchase of “basket of non-performing mortgage-backed notes” from Bear Stearns. Damages of over $2 million alleged. Trial result: Defense verdict (November 2011).
- Bean v. [Regional Law Firm].
Multnomah County (Oregon) Circuit Court No. 1002-01828. A legal malpractice action by a real estate developer over a failed condo conversion project in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trial result: Plaintiff verdict awarding damages of $7.8 million (June 2011).
- Harrell v. [national retailer], (2011).
Defense of civil rights claims brought against national retailer in federal court. Obtained summary judgment in favor of client, affirmed by Ninth Circuit.
- Piazza v. [local hospital], 226 Or App 604, 205 P3d 101 (2009).
Successfully argued to Oregon Court of Appeals, upholding defense verdict in medical malpractice action brought against local hospital.
- Roe v. [local hospital], (2009).
Defended local hospital on federal ADA and discrimination claims. Tried to a jury, resulting in complete defense verdict. Appeal to Ninth Circuit dismissed.
- Galanza v. Supnet, (2008).
Represented plaintiff in breach of contract action and small business dissolution dispute. Tried to a jury. Verdict in favor of client, plus an award of enhanced prevailing party fees.
- Pop v. [Oregon attorney], (2008).
Obtained dismissal of legal malpractice action for client on summary judgment. Affirmed by Oregon Court of Appeals.
- Phillips v. Safeco, 344 Or 196, 179 P3d 633 (2008).
Successfully argued to Oregon Supreme Court, upholding dismissal of underinsured motorist claim.
- Miles v. [National law firm].
Multnomah County (Oregon) Circuit Court No. 0505-05395. A legal malpractice action regarding corporate merger. Lost profits of $8 million alleged. Trial result: Defense verdict (January 2007).
- Lay v. Shoes4work, Inc.
Multnomah County (Oregon) Circuit Court No. 0206-06081. Defense of start-up company and its CEO for alleged securities violations in connection with angel investor's equity and debt investments. Trial result: Defense verdict (April 2005).
- NuGenfx v. Viogenix.
Multnomah County Circuit Court No. 0304-04518. Defense of corporate counsel for alleged securities violations arising from asset sale agreement. Damages of $5 million alleged. Trial result: Defense verdict; company and its former CEO found liable (February 2005).
- Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund v. Simat, Heliesen & Eichner, et al.
191 OrApp 408, 83 P3d 350 (2004). Action for breaches of contracts, piercing the corporate veil and fraud in connection with the state retirement fund's $50 million investment in an airplane maintenance facility in Portland, Oregon. Trial court's $61 million judgment against client reversed on appeal; remanded solely for an award of attorney fees to client. Co-defendant's $34 million judgment affirmed.
- Pufahl v. [Oregon lawyer].
Multnomah County (Oregon) Circuit Court No. 9906-06414. A legal malpractice action involving the proper issuance and cancellation of stock pledged as collateral, and the steps needed to perfect a security interest in certificated stock. Trial result: Defense verdict (August 2000).
- Cargill v. Bunge.
USDC, Oregon, No. 98-303. An action for breach of contract warranties and fraud regarding the sale of an export grain elevator in Portland, Oregon. Damages of $6 million alleged. Trial result: Defense verdict (July 2000).
- Jorgensen v. TRW, Inc. and Experian Information Solutions, Inc.
USDC, Oregon, No. 96-286. Action against two credit-reporting services for violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act in connection with plaintiff's identity theft. Trial result: Defense verdict; co-defendant assessed $600,000 in damages (July 1999).
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- Garvey Schubert Barer Continues Growth, Adds Litigators Gary Grenley and Paul Trinchero to Portland OfficeGSB Press Release, 9.6.11
- The Oregonian, 5.26.11
- Garvey Schubert Barer Owner David Smith Appointed Co-Chair of Federal Bar Association Criminal Law SectionGSB Press Release, 2.9.11
- Panel DiscussionPortland, OR, 3.15.17
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