Dallas DeLuca

Dallas DeLuca


Dallas DeLuca represents businesses, energy companies, government entities, and individuals in commercial litigation. He has successfully resolved disputes, both in and out of court, for his clients concerning all manner of breach of contract and business torts, including LLC member liability and membership agreements, trade secrets, long-term power supply contracts, patent licenses, legal malpractice claims, loan guarantor obligations, website development and hosting contracts, and manufacturing and distribution contracts.

Dallas represented the Oregon Attorney General, the State of Oregon, and Cover Oregon in their litigation against Oracle, the second-largest software company in the world, in multiple cases concerning the Oregon health insurance exchange website. Dallas played a central role in all the cases, including briefing and arguing dispositive motions, managing the litigation teams, and defending key depositions. Dallas co-chairs the firm's Energy practice group and also represents energy companies before the Public Utility Commission of Oregon in contested case litigation.

Dallas’ business experience helps him understand client problems and goals. Before entering law school, Dallas worked for eight years as an export marketing consultant for the International Trade Administration and as the director of operations for the North and Central American apparel sourcing office for Gap Inc. At Gap Inc., Dallas gained experience in supply chain management, apparel and fabric manufacturing and sourcing, and contract negotiation. He understands the competing pressures that businesses face from cash management, customers, suppliers, owners, employees, and management, and that background helps him craft litigation and settlement strategies to meet client needs. Dallas’ background in sourcing and supply chain issues helped him understand a processed-food client’s business needs in litigation concerning an alleged breach of a multi-year supply contract; the jury returned a defense verdict for our client.

In March of 2014, Dallas was recognized as a Rising Litigator by the Oregon State Bar’s Litigation Section and honored at the Section’s Litigation Institute & Retreat. He is recognized as a Super Lawyer by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, a Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers in America, and in 2009 he was honored by the Multnomah Bar Association as the Rookie of the Year.

Dallas volunteered at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office in January 2013, where he prosecuted misdemeanor crimes. He has represented pro bono clients before administrative law judges and the Oregon Court of Appeals for claims for unemployment insurance benefits. In 2020, the Multnomah Bar Association presented Dallas with its pro bono award of merit. 

Dallas graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor for the Environmental Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Earlier, he earned a Master of International Affairs degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia University. After practicing complex federal civil litigation at the New York City office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Dallas moved to Oregon in 2006 to serve as a judicial clerk to Oregon Supreme Court Justice Thomas A. Balmer, before joining Markowitz Herbold in 2008. 

  • Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2019 – present
  • Super Lawyers, Oregon Super Lawyers, 2023, Rising Star, 2010 – 2017
  • Mentor, Explore the Law program, Portland State University, 2023
  • Member, Judicial Screening Committee, Multnomah Bar Association, 2023
  • Pro Bono Award of Merit, Multnomah Bar Association, 2020
  • Rising Litigator Award, Oregon State Bar, Litigation Section, 2014
  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Practice & Procedure Committee, 2020
  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Alternative Pathways Committee, 2018
  • Member, Membership Committee, Multnomah Bar Association, 2013 – 2016
  • Public Service Training Program, Portland Business Alliance, 2014
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Sustainable Future Section; Executive Committee, 2010 – 2013
  • Former Member, Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyer Section; Membership Committee, 2008 – 2010
  • Suitetalkers Toastmasters Club, 2013 – 2019, Secretary of Education 2017 – 2018
  • Member, Richmond School Foundation board, 2014 – 2017
  • Toys for Tots, Firm Campaign Chair, 2008 – 2016
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • New York University School of Law — J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Columbia University — Master of International Affairs
  • Columbia University — B.A., cum laude

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