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Lane Powell PC

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President: Barbara J. Duffy
Vice President: Thomas W. Sondag
Number of partners in the US: 109   Number of other lawyers in the US: 72
Languages: Arabic , Armenian, Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Kyrgyz, Latin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Firm Overview:
Lane Powell is a Pacific Northwest law firm with a national — and international — reach. The firm's approximately 180 attorneys are trusted advisors, counsel and advocates for individuals, small and large businesses, including Fortune 50 companies. Since 1875, clients have relied on Lane Powell’s exceptional legal acumen and forward-thinking approach to resolve their most complex business, litigation and regulatory challenges.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Business:
Lane Powell provides a full range of general business services to individuals, as well as local, regional, national and international companies. Delivery of legal services is organized around one or more industry teams or areas of practice. Business services the firm provides include: aviation; banking and financial services; antitrust; clean tech; construction; cooperative law; corporate finance and securities; dealers and manufacturer relations; electronic discovery, technology and strategy; environmental; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, bribery and international anti-corruption; food, beverage and hospitality; franchising; government; healthcare; immigration; intellectual property and technology; international business and investment; long term care; mergers and acquisitions; real estate and land use; retail; startups and emerging companies; taxation; and executive compensation and personal planning.

Labor & Employment:
Lane Powell represents management in the entire range of labor and employment matters and issues. Serving clients in virtually every industry in both the private and public sectors, Lane Powell advises in matters relating to: labor relations; class action defense; employment discrimination; wrongful discharge; unions; civil rights; employee benefits (ERISA, COBRA, etc.); workers’ compensation; OSHA/WISHA matters; immigration in state and federal courts; wage and hour audits; and before the NLRB, OFCCP, EEOC and all other state and federal agencies involved in employment matters. The firm frequently arbitrates or represents clients in employment-related jury trials. Whether developing an ERISA plan, amending an existing one or facing litigation involving plan terms, decisions or benefits, Lane Powell’s breadth of experience, collaborative approach and extensive resources enable it to be handled in a consistent, efficient and effective manner. The firm also regularly advises in ERISA fiduciary matters and assist clients to address preemption, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation, reporting and disclosure, and potential financial exposure issues.

Litigation:
Lane Powell has extensive litigation experience, including consumer and wage and hour class-actions from regional to international levels. Lane Powell was recently named “Northwest Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation and has been named a “Firm of the Year” in Oregon or Washington since the award’s inception in 2013. The recognition arises from the strength of the firm’s case matters, including precedent set or verdicts with notable high-dollar amounts at stake. The firm represents clients in all aspects of commercial litigation, including trials and appeals in all state and federal courts; federal, state and self-regulatory administrative proceedings; and arbitrations and mediations. Lane Powell’s broad range of litigation matters include: complex litigation (including class actions); securities; commercial disputes; virtually every type of litigation involving financial institutions; intellectual property; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; antitrust; health care; intellectual property and technology; appellate; insurance premises liability; products liability; real estate and environmental; and architects, engineers and construction.

International Work:
Lane Powell’s international business and investment practice provides a full range of legal services to clients whose businesses cross international borders, including: independent sales representative agreements; joint ventures; strategic alliances; licensing and other forms of proprietary protection; distribution arrangements; the establishment, financing and operation of foreign branches and subsidiaries; international business negotiations; structuring, acquiring and disposing of real estate investments; international disputes; trade regulation; compliance with US securities and export laws; immigration matters; trademark, copyright and other intellectual property; and all aspects of international and domestic tax law.

Clients:
The firm represents emerging and established businesses. Respected clients — from individuals to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies — turn to Lane Powell for trusted legal counsel. In fact, Fortune 500 companies including Home Depot, Tesoro, Wells Fargo, Aetna and Nordstrom have named Lane Powell as one of the prestigious “Go-To Law Firms of Top US Companies®” in Corporate Counsel magazine.