Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP has announced that it has added experienced attorney Frank Langfitt to its premier litigation team. Langfitt joins the firm as senior counsel, and brings a broad background and decades of experience in business and commercial disputes, including insurance coverage and corporate governance.
"I wanted to join an excellent law firm that was dynamic and had a diverse and interesting client base," said Langfitt. "I've had the opportunity to practice on the opposing side and on the same side with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn attorneys throughout the years, and I'm here because I know firsthand just how good they are."
Langfitt joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in late 2015 after years at Ater Wynne, where he focused on business and commercial disputes, insurance coverage, corporate governance and environmental disputes. He frequently organizes and presents at seminars on risk-management topics, including cybersecurity. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon Law School and has a B.A. in economics from Stanford University.
When Langfitt began practicing law, he was working his first trial nearly immediately. His early trial experience involved insurance defense cases. He credits this early litigation experience with building his knowledge and skills at trial.
"I had the opportunity to try all kinds of cases, which is something that is rare for younger attorneys today," Langfitt said.
At Ater Wynne, Langfitt was known as the "Answer Man," in part because of his open-door policy for young associates seeking advice. He hopes to continue mentoring young attorneys at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn; he believes mentorship helps improve the quality of legal services that the firm provides.
"Mentorship is a benefit to associates and the firm as a whole, and it’s also a benefit to clients," said Langfitt. "Clients get better quality service and results when younger attorneys are learning from more experienced attorneys."
During his long practice, Langfitt has had the opportunity to work on many interesting cases, including helping to represent a client in one of the first civil RICO cases in Oregon federal court. RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.