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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2340

Justin C. Sawyer

Partner
Obtained seven figure recovery on behalf of a shareholder asserting minority oppression and multiple breaches of fiduciary duty.
Obtained $1.4 million arbitration award and permanent injunction based on claims for corporate raiding, breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.
Successfully defended against $23 million personal injury claim alleging traumatic brain injury arising from snowboarding accident.
Successful defense of multiple defendants in a $5.4 million securities arbitration arising from investments in tenant-in-common interests.
Defended brokerage firm against $1.5 million raiding claim. After one week of arbitration, claimant rested and the panel granted brokerage firm’s motions dismissing all claims.
Successful defense of university, head football coach, and athletic trainer in a lawsuit seeking in excess of $5 million based on injuries relating to a concussion that was sustained by a student-athlete during a college football game.
Recovered $15 million in breach-of-contract, successor liability, fraudulent transfer, and corporate piercing action arising out of sale of business. Settled after eight days of jury trial in federal court.
Successfully defended brokerage firm against investor’s claims under Oregon Securities Law and common law arising from purchase of Kmart bonds. Panel denied claims in their entirety.
Claimants sought compensatory and punitive damages and attorney fees, alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, and misrepresentation. The arbitration panel denied claimants’ claims in their entirety.
Successfully defended aircraft manufacturer against $100 million claim for breach of design and development agreement in four-week arbitration.
Assisted common shareholder in obtaining a multimillion-dollar recovery against preferred shareholders arising out of claims that the preferred shareholder and others breached fiduciary duties owed to the common shareholders by selling the company in a manner that destroyed common shareholder value.
Defended manufacturers against claims based on alleged product defects and failure to warn.
Represented automobile manufacturer in products liability action alleging that the automobile was defectively designed and manufactured.
Successful defense of school district against claims arising from a concussion sustained by a student-cheerleader.
Conducted numerous internal investigations into employee fraud, director and officer liability, and accounting malpractice.
Prosecution of extensive multimillion-dollar construction defect and design claims for coastal resort property to successful mediation.
Successful defense of university against claims arising from head injuries allegedly sustained during a scuba diving class.