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

Joshua M.F. Sasaki

Partner

Josh Sasaki is a partner in the business litigation practice group. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a diverse range of disputes involving corporate governance and shareholder rights, securities, real estate, energy, creditors' rights, insurance coverage, and product liability. He has tried and arbitrated cases involving construction defect, corporate governance, creditors' rights, trusts and estates, real estate, and product liability. He has defended clients in numerous class action lawsuits, including securities fraud, product liability, and consumer protection statutes.

Josh also has an active pro bono practice. As a young associate, he helped establish the firm's FED defense program with Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Currently, he actively represents clients referred to the firm by the United States District Court for the District Court of Oregon in conjunction with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn's pro bono Virtual Legal Aid Clinic in Central Oregon.

Representative Experience

  • Regularly represents investor-owned utility in a variety of litigation-related matters, including multiple lawsuits and demands arising out of the failure of a dike that flooded approximately 2,300 acres of farmland, a golf course and a state highway, contract-based claims by customers over rate increases, disputes with public utility districts over terms of power purchase agreements, claims against a contractor for an explosion at a power plant, litigation relating to the contamination of a power plant's natural gas fuel supply, and challenges relating to the constitutionality and legality of certain taxes. 
  • Defended publicly traded manufacturer against breach-of-contract claim by foreign distributor, seeking approximately $100 million in damages. Court granted summary judgment in favor of client. 
  • Successfully recovered over $100 million in minority oppression dispute between two shareholders of closely held company. Also obtained changes to board of directors and corporate governance in favor of client. 
  • Recovered multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of a helicopter company against manufacturer in antitrust and breach-of-contract dispute.
  • Obtained dismissal (and indemnification) of independent director in minority oppression lawsuit between members of a prominent Portland real estate family.
  • Recovered reimbursement of defense costs from director and officer liability insurer after client shareholder group successfully assumed control of publicly traded company through litigation and proxy contest.
  • Represented golf course in dispute with developer over fraudulent misrepresentations concerning financial partner.
  • Recovered more than $50 million from multiple insurance companies involved in the Archdiocese of Portland bankruptcy.
  • Defended manufacturer of building products in several product liability and construction-defect actions and disputes. Cases have been resolved through arbitration and settlement. 
  • Successfully defended landlord of automobile repair facility in wrongful-death and catastrophic-personal-injury litigation resulting from gasoline and natural gas explosion. Case was resolved after mediation. 
  • Defended manufacturers of commercial vehicles and industrial engines in multiple product liability and breach-of-warranty actions in state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington.