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Government & Public Entities

To effectively represent a public body, an attorney needs to understand and value working with a mission-driven organization that is answerable to the public. Miller Nash Graham & Dunn has an extensive public law practice representing local government and special governmental entities, including school districts, community college districts, public universities, cities, counties, special districts, ports, transit districts, urban renewal agencies, and housing authorities. We serve as general counsel for a number of our public clients and work with in-house general counsel for others. We serve a number of clients in more specialized areas such as employment, labor relations, benefits, elections, ethics, public records and meetings, finance, bonding, land use, taxation, real estate, and construction contracting. Our general approach to mission-driven clients is to learn their mission and become part of the team. We try to provide our services collaboratively and cost-effectively by establishing project parameters, delegating work to associates and paralegals when appropriate, and always keeping the client informed of the work being performed.

In addition to our government practice team, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn consists of nearly 160 lawyers working out of our Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Bend, and Long Beach offices. We are a full-service law firm with many significant practice areas, including transactional work, litigation, environmental law, finance, tax and charitable corporations, and intellectual property. The breadth of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn's experience means that when specialized issues do arise, our public-body clients need not go elsewhere for service.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn understands and respects the work and the mission of its public body clients and takes great satisfaction in helping them to achieve their goals.

Representative Experience

Represented public school district in appeal from judgment for plaintiff on IDEA and ยง1983 claims. Obtained reversal of judgment and affirmance of pretrial rulings dismissing ADA and Rehabilitation Act claims.
Coauthored amicus brief in Doe v. Medford School District, addressing public-entity rights as property owner and employer and state statutes concerning concealed weapons.
Michelle successfully represented the University of Oregon in the jury trial of a Title IX claim in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon and obtained a directed verdict in favor of the University on the third day of trial.
Represented public school district in challenge to reimbursement district that required property owners to share a portion of school district's cost of building roadway. Court of Appeals affirmed trial court's determination that fees assessed against property owners were appropriate and did not violate United States or Oregon Constitutions.
Represented Cities of Lake Oswego and West Linn in a successful challenge to the inclusion of the Stafford basin area within the Metropolitan Urban Growth Boundary.