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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2312

John C. Clarke


John Clarke focuses his practice on securities, corporate governance, class action, and commercial litigation, representing clients in a wide-variety of disputes in state and federal courts, and arbitration proceedings. Over the past several years, John has developed considerable experience in compliance and enforcement matters, helping clients navigate investigations by financial regulatory authorities.

After graduating from law school, John became a member of the Order of the Coif, an honor society that recognizes the top ten percent of graduating law students from their class. During law school, John obtained valuable experience by serving as an extern for the Honorable Michael J. McShane of the U.S. District Court of Oregon, legal writing tutor, and as a law clerk at Eugene-based firm, Arnold Gallagher P.C.

Representative Experience

  • Representing an Oregon corporation involved in a closely-held business dispute between its shareholders, defending against allegations of minority oppression.
  • Representing a group of investors that collectively lost millions of dollars arising out of the collapse of an Oregon investment company accused of defrauding investors.
  • Represented individual clients involved in a closely-held business dispute, defending against claims for common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and claims under the Oregon Securities Law, obtaining a favorable resolution for the clients.
  • Represented a publicly traded corporation in a securities class action in federal court, a state court shareholder derivative lawsuit, and government investigations by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division, defending against claims that arose from allegations of accounting impropriety and insider trading.
  • Representing an American comic book and manga publisher in a copyright infringement lawsuit in federal court, prevailing on multiple motions to dismiss and successfully obtaining a dismissal of an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Defended a client in a state court action asserting claims under state common law and state and federal antidiscrimination statutes, prevailing on a motion for summary judgment that resulted in the dismissal of all claims.
  • Defended a hydroelectric turbine manufacturer in federal court against claims for product liability and resulting delay. After developing defenses with engineering and construction delay experts, a favorable resolution was obtained for the client.
  • Assisting a Spanish-speaking client in collecting a $30,000 judgment through Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s virtual legal aid clinic.
  • Assisted a client with vacating 25-year-old convictions that were a result of her having been a victim of trafficking in New York.