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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2450

Elisa J. Dozono


Elisa J. Dozono is a litigation and government affairs partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, recognized by her peers as a "Top 25 Women Oregon Super Lawyer" in Super Lawyers magazine. She helps businesses solve problems from employment, to real estate, to intellectual property and regulatory disputes. Before law, she spent 11 years in public affairs with the Port of Portland, former Portland Mayor Vera Katz, former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, and Clinton/Gore '96, and worked for Channel 2 News. Building on that experience she also provides advice regarding elections law, public records, and other regulatory and administrative law issues. In 2018, Elisa was appointed by the Oregon Supreme Court to serve a three-year term as a Judge Pro Tempore for Washington County.

A former extern for the Honorable Ann Aiken of the U.S. District Court of Oregon, Dozono is a co-founder and member of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and has served on several state and federal judicial screening committees. She is a former chair of the Oregon Lottery Commission and the Metro Expo Recreation Commission. The numerous non-profit boards Dozono has served on include Albina Opportunities Corporation, which provides gap-financing for women and minority owned businesses and Emerge Oregon, which she co-founded to recruit and train women to run for office. Dozono was chosen as a Woman of Influence Orchid Award winner (large business) by the Portland Business Journal in 2012 and received the Oregon Area Jewish Committee's Emerging Leadership Award in 2010.

Representative Experience

  • Advised and litigated election law claims concerning public financing, campaign donations, and constitutional challenges to ballot measures and ordinances. 
  • Represented landlord in development proposal process with City of Portland.
  • Provided advice regarding compliance with local City of Portland lobbying laws.
  • Provided advice regarding compliance with new transportation network provider regulations.
  • Successfully brought claims against former non-profit leaders who wrongfully received excess benefits.
  • Represented publicly traded company in defending wrongful-termination claim by executive officer. 
  • Successfully resolved interest of minor league baseball team owner in minority shareholder oppression lawsuit.
  • Successfully resolved claims against broker and broker dealer accused of placing client in unsuitable investments.
  • Successfully defended bank from multiple claims in Oregon and Montana related to tenant-in-common securities investments.
  • Resolved claims of fraud, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty and securities fraud brought against investment firm for alleged failure to implement client's unique investment strategy.
  • Successfully defended investment firm from allegations regarding failure to preserve funds
  • Trademark: (1) Defeated on summary judgment the region's second largest lawsuit of 2014, brought by Nigerian distributor asserting trademark infringement against local manufacturer; (2) Defended apparel manufacturer in federal trademark infringement action over allegedly competing marks incorporating similar animal graphics. (3) Defended international French company in federal trademark infringement and unfair competition action related to home-brewing industry.
  • Copyright: Defended bookseller from copyright infringement allegations related to retail sales of allegedly infringing products.
  • Patent: (1) Defended electronics accessories company against alleged infringement regarding retail security technology; (2) Defended bookseller from patent infringement allegations related to retail sales of allegedly infringing products; (3) Prosecuted claims against software company related to digital security protocol.
  • Cyberlaw: Defeated defamation claims brought against a business directory/networking Web site for comments posted by an anonymous third party. The court dismissed the claims based on Oregon's anti-SLAPP (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) statutes and the federal Communications Decency Act, 47 USC ยง 230.
  • Trade Secrets: (1) Successfully prosecuted claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and interference with economic relations against three former executives who covertly began a competing company two years before resigning; (2) resolved claims against investment bankers who departed for larger bank; (3) resolved claims against cleaning supply company and several of its salespeople for misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of non-solicitation and non-competition agreements; (4) Represented plaintiffs in unfair trade practices class action regarding ticket resales.
  • Wage-and-Hour Class-Action Lawsuits: (1) Defended class action brought against a restaurant for tip calculations and lost equipment charges, and another against a food processor for time spent complying with health and safety regulation training; (2) defended class action brought against food processor alleging failure to pay for training time. 
  • Wage claims: regularly defend cases against employers brought by plaintiffs regarding failure to pay all wages at termination. 
  • Internal investigations: conducted independent investigation into sex discrimination claims against human resources executive.