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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2477

C. Marie Eckert

Partner

C. Marie Eckert, a member of the litigation department, is an experienced business litigator with particular expertise in financial institutions litigation and creditors’ rights matters. She practiced at Perkins Coie from 1988 to 1994, and then at U.S. Bancorp until early 2002, as litigation manager and senior corporate counsel in charge of litigation for the western region. Marie has handled a wide range of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, including contract and business valuation disputes, business torts, lender liability claims, regulatory enforcement actions, insurance coverage actions, and employment, trust, and environmental litigation.

Representative Experience

Defended franchisee against claims by state attorney general that it engaged in unlawful trade practices and failed to adequately disclose the costs and terms of its services and products. Engaged in extensive negotiations with the attorney general that ultimately resulted in resolution of claims without litigation and handled related insurance coverage issues.
Defended institutional trustee in trust litigation in which plaintiffs sought $3.7 million in compensatory damages and $74.6 million in punitive damages based on claims of breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, fraud, and unjust enrichment. Case settled favorably after one week of jury trial.
Successfully represented various financial institutions in actions by consumers alleging wrongful foreclosure, violations of the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act, the Fair Housing Act, and claims related to the proper role of the Mortgage Electronic Registrations Systems, Inc. in real estate transactions.
Represented former owner of wood products facility in negotiating insurance coverage for environmental contamination and cost-sharing agreement with multiple insurers. Continue to represent client with respect to ongoing coverage issues related to defense and indemnity costs.
Successfully represented various financial institutions in judicial foreclosure actions and actions on personal guaranties arising from multi-million dollar real estate ventures, including defense of lender liability counterclaims.