Jeff Edelson represents individual and corporate clients in business, real estate, construction, and employment disputes with an emphasis on competitive injury, trade secrets, and other business torts and contracts. While much of his practice is devoted to helping his clients avoid litigation, such as counseling businesses and employees on noncompetition agreements and trade secrets, Jeff is an aggressive and gifted trial lawyer when litigation becomes necessary. Jeff relishes opportunities to bring and defend against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions and has proven adept at recovering attorney fees for his clients after defeating or prosecuting claims for trade secret violations, contract breaches, and securities law violations.
Jeff has not lost touch with his roots as a lawyer for disadvantaged legal aid clients or with his experiences as a judicial law clerk. Drawing on that background, Jeff brings compassion and objectivity to each client, producing outstanding and efficient results for a diverse clientele. Jeff’s litigation experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in a wide array of civil cases also makes him well-suited to serve as a neutral for mediations and arbitrations.
Jeff is ranked by the publications Best Lawyers in America and Oregon Super Lawyers as a top Portland attorney in commercial litigation and labor and employment law. He is also recognized by Benchmark Litigation Plaintiff's edition as a Litigation Star.
After graduating from the Villanova School of Law, Jeff served as a staff attorney for Delaware County Legal Assistance Association in Chester, Pennsylvania, where he represented indigent clients primarily in bankruptcy, public housing, and healthcare. In 1988, he became a member of the Oregon State Bar and served as a staff attorney for Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service in Salem, Oregon. From 1988 to 1989, Jeff served as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge George E. Juba. In 1991, Jeff served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner, until joining Markowitz Herbold later that year.
Jeff serves on the board of directors for the Campaign for Equal Justice, which funds legal aid for low-income Oregonians. He is a former board member and membership chair for the Oregon chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and a former board member of the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and the Portland Metro American Heart Association.
Boards and Affiliations
Admitted to Practice
October 20, 2020
Environmental advocacy coalition sues Homeland Security, alleging tear gas, chemical munitions causing health hazards
October 21, 2020
Lawsuit accuses Homeland Security of violating environmental law with Portland tear gas deployment