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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.224.5858

Dennis P. Rawlinson

Litigation Department Chair, Partner

Dennis P. Rawlinson concentrates his practice on commercial and “Bet-the-Company” litigation. He has handled more than 150 trials and arbitrations, including more than 50 jury trials to verdict, on a wide range of commercial subjects, such as breach of contract, commercial torts, construction and design, shareholder disputes, lender liability, real estate, professional negligence, employment, and trademark disputes. Recent cases handled include a multimillion-dollar recovery arising from construction and design claims, a multimillion-dollar recovery relating to professional malpractice, successful defense of a financial institution from multimillion-dollar lender liability claims, successful defense of independent directors from claims of breach of fiduciary duty and related claims, and a multimillion-dollar recovery in the telecommunications industry arising from claims of breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, and fraud.

Denny was the 2006 president of the Oregon State Bar, is the founder and planning chair for more than 20 years of the Litigation Institute and Retreat (annual seminar for seasoned Oregon lawyers), and has been selected a number of times as a "Top List" Super Lawyer for Business Litigation for the State of Oregon and as one of the Best Lawyers in America. He is a recommended commercial litigation lawyer by Chambers USA and the Association of Corporate Counsel, and is a frequent writer and speaker on litigation topics.

Denny has had considerable experience working with the media and has been interviewed on client-related matters by Diane Sawyer, Connie Chung, and Katie Couric.

SEE ALSO Links to Activities, Publications, Presentations, and Recognition above at the beginning of the Biography Section, the information on practice teams, industries, and education in the column to the right, and information below on Representative Experience, Client Testimonials, and Professional Background.

Representative Experience

Recovery and corporate governance changes arising from two federal cases filed in the Western District of Oklahoma. Local newspaper reported the cases resulted in the largest recovery in the more than 140 year history of the law firm. Cases involved claims by a 50 percent shareholder against another 50 percent shareholder arising from claims for breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, breach of fiduciary duty, and waste and mismanagement.
Federal lawsuit and three-week arbitration resulting in successful defense of Hoffman and Intel in the face of claims approaching 40 million dollars by a subcontractor.
Successful defense of wrongful death case arising in products liability case, including recovery of attorney fees. Client: Defendant URS Electronics, Inc. Claims: Wrongful death, loss of consortium, strict liability, and negligence claims arising from the distribution of two-way radio components containing phenolic resins which plaintiff claims caused him to contract Mesothelioma. In this “new wave” asbestos case, we cross-claimed on behalf of the distributor against radio manufacturers GE, RCA, Motorola, and Raytheon based on indemnity in contribution . . . breaking the traditional practice among asbestos defendants to unite. We also filed a motion for summary judgment against plaintiffs, which was heard by the court on the “eve” of trial. The court granted summary judgment to URS alone and dismissed the multi-million dollar claims against URS. Claims against insurers resulted in reimbursement of defense costs.
Multimillion-dollar recovery in the largest construction-defect case in the history of the state. Case involved claims of negligence, breach of contract, and breach of warranty. Representation of the Resort at Seaside against a general contractor and some 28 additional subcontractors, architects, designers, vendors, and material suppliers. Case complexities included dealing with condominium association rights and complex insurance and coverage issues.
Successful defense of homeowners association board and the recovery of costs and attorney fees in the face of multimillion-dollar claims. Recovered more than $1 million in attorney fees and costs and disbursements. Plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction was denied. Claims against Rippling River Association and its board included breach of fiduciary duty, breach of state statutes relating to homeowners association and master plans, and violation of homeowners association articles and bylaws. The case involved an effort by minority members to take over the board of a homeowners association and recover millions of dollars in damages and attorney fees based on, among other things, failure to obtain proper membership vote for change in voting procedures and election of directors.