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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2330

Michael Porter

Partner
Obtained jury verdict in favor of institution of higher education in Multnomah County Court lawsuit asserting claims potentially infringing on institution’s discretion in academic matters.
Obtained dismissal of federal lawsuit of and judgment in favor of university and head football coach in case asserting Title IX deliberate indifference claims against institution and due process and equal protection claims against coach.
Obtained summary judgment ruling dismissing case by university instructor in which court determined that in-class speech was not protected under the Constitution because it was not speech made as an employee on a matter of public concern.
Obtained jury verdict in favor of employer in lawsuit asserting disability discrimination, workers’ compensation discrimination, and violation of whistleblower statute.

Obtained summary judgment in favor of school district and administrators in student-athlete's claims of Constitutional procedural and substantive due process brought under Section 1983.

Represented institution of higher education in just cause arbitration with no progressive discipline for performance based dismissal, resulting in arbitration decision upholding determination based on finding of gross negligence in performance.
Coauthored amicus brief in Doe v. Medford School District, addressing public-entity rights as property owner and employer and state statutes concerning concealed weapons.
Obtained dismissal of lawsuit by college instructor concerning comments made to media.
Represented medical office in claims of sexual harassment and retaliation, resulting in summary judgment for employer.
Coauthored amicus brief in Washburn v. Columbia Forest Products concerning intersection of Oregon Medical Marijuana Act and federal law pertaining to controlled substances.
Defended employers in multiple wage-and-hour alleged class and collective actions.
Obtained summary judgment in breach-of-contract and tort claims brought by former student against university.
Represented school district in First Amendment claims arising out of discipline of student who made inappropriate statements about others on Web site; student represented by American Civil Liberties Union.
Represented school district in religious-freedom claims brought by student represented by American Center of Law and Justice.
Represented hospital in contract interpretation arbitration concerning layoff/recall provisions resulting in arbitration decision in favor of hospital’s implementation of layoff.
Represented hospital in just cause determination concerning discipline of long-term employee resulting in arbitration decision upholding dismissal.