Chad represents a variety of clients, from Fortune 500 companies, to startups, to ordinary people caught up in litigation. He is committed to delivering a positive litigation experience and result for his clients, even in the most challenging disputes. Chad’s clients value his sharp and level-headed approach to litigation. He works hard to understand the strengths and the pitfalls of his cases and partners with his clients to set a winning strategy. As Chad’s clients say:
“Chad is what you want in a litigator. He is efficient with your (and his) time, quickly and strategically assesses the merits and vulnerabilities of the case, is pragmatic about outcomes, and aggressively argues for his clients.” – Renewable energy entrepreneur, San Francisco, CA
“I worked with Chad on a very complicated legal issue that put my safety, financial well-being and reputation on the line. Not only did he get an outstanding result, the best I could have asked for, but he genuinely cared about me as a person.” – Real estate developer, Portland, OR
“Chad is one of the most professional individuals I have worked with. Not only does he provide great guidance and advice when needed, he also does so efficiently and with a keen eye towards creating value for his clients.” – Renewable energy developer, Portland, OR
Areas of Practice and Industry Focus
Chad maintains a broad commercial litigation practice. He regularly works with clients in the technology, entertainment, energy, manufacturing, professional services, and agriculture industries, among others. His main areas of practice include:
- Breach of contract
- Financial fraud and business torts
- Partnership and shareholder disputes
- Professional malpractice – accountants, architects, and attorneys
- Noncompetition and non-solicitation agreements
- Trade secrets
- Probate litigation
- Elder financial abuse
- Securities fraud
- International arbitration and litigation
Some of Chad’s specific case experience is detailed under the “cases” tab below.
Community and Charitable Involvement
Chad serves on the board of directors of Quechua Benefit, a non-profit organization that provides food, shelter, schooling, and medical services to impoverished children in the highlands of Peru. He frequently travels to Peru to work at Quechua Benefit’s children’s village. He also serves as the President of Up & Out, which provides housing and life services to more than 40 adults with developmental disabilities. Chad is also a (somewhat reluctant) “den leader" for his son’s cub scout pack.
Experience and Affiliations
- Rising Star, Oregon Super Lawyers, 2009 - present
- Chair, Oregon State Bar, International Law Section
- Past Chair, Oregon State Bar, Technology Law Section
- Member, U.S.- Mexico Bar Association
- Member, Oregon Hispanic Bar Association
- Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
- Multi-law Academy, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2010
- International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, 2008
- Board of Directors and President, Up & Out, Inc.
- Board of Directors, Quechua Benefit
- Lewis & Clark Law School — J.D., cum laude
- Brigham Young University — B.A.
Admitted to Practice
- U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Dealing with Difficult Clients
Markowitz Shareholder Chad Colton will present at the OADC 2016 Annual Conference on the topic of dealing with difficult clients. Learn tips about how to navigate common client conflicts and difficult situations ranging from the criminal client, to the unavailable client, to the unhappy and hostile client.
Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Oregon
Obtaining Foreign Discovery and Offering it into Evidence
Markowitz Herbold Shareholder Chad Colton will present on strategies for obtaining foreign discovery and then offering it into evidence in Oregon's state and federal courts.
Stoel Rives, 900 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 2600, Portland, OR
Risky Business: Organizational Depositions
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!" Learn the unique issues, preparation and strategy for responding to ORCP 39 Organizational Depositions.
Sun River Resort, Sun River, Oregon
Navigating the Pitfalls of an Online Business Presence—What Your Clients Need to Know
Markowitz Herbold Shareholder Chad Colton will present on how businesses should respond to online defamation and brand disparagement during this all-day conference sponsored by the Computer and Internet Law Section of the OSB.
Oregon State Bar Center, 16037 S.W. Upper Boones Ferry Rd., Tigard, Oregon