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

John C. Clarke

Associate

As an Oregon native, John brings significant value, commitment, and experience to the work that he performs for a diverse group of businesses, nonprofits, public entities, and individuals. He is an associate in the firm’s litigation group, where he focuses on securities, corporate governance, class action, and business litigation, representing clients in a wide variety of disputes in state and federal courts, and in arbitration proceedings. John is also proud to serve his clients beyond litigation, assisting with internal compliance reviews and representing clients in administrative investigations and enforcement proceedings.

John is a constructive writing advocate, formulating strategies that go beyond traditional legal arguments and brief-writing. He is adept at telling a compelling story, untangling complicating facts, and maintaining the highest level of professionalism to maximize the potential for favorable outcomes. John has made winning arguments and achieved successful outcomes in several matters, including:

  • Compelling the production of documents withheld under the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine;
  • Opposing motions to dismiss for failure to state a claim under the Oregon Securities Law;
  • Prevailing on a motion for summary judgment in a state-court action asserting claims under antidiscrimination statutes;
  • Creating new law in California for compliance with the Oregon Tort Claims Act.

Before joining the firm, John graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, becoming a member of the Order of the Coif, an honor society that recognizes the top graduating law students from their class. During school, John obtained valuable experience by serving as an extern for the Honorable Michael J. McShane of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, and as a law clerk at Eugene-based firm Arnold Gallagher P.C. He received the Laird Kirkpatrick Book Prize in trial practice, awarded to the top student in a class that focused on trial strategy and oral argument. As part of the University of Oregon’s nationally ranked legal-writing program, John also served as a tutor and mentor for legal-writing students.

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.