David Markowitz is considered by his peers to be among the finest trial lawyers in the country. His commanding presence and strategic thinking have made him a courtroom icon. Over the last three decades, Dave has guided Markowitz Herbold from its beginning as an ambitious two-attorney litigation shop to its present status as the premier business litigation boutique in the region. As reported by Chambers USA's Best Lawyers and Law Firms, "Dave earns his status as a litigation legend every day. His wise, measured advice to clients is always spot-on,” and "David is the best trial lawyer in Oregon." Portland publication Willamette Week calls Dave a "legendary litigator" and "famed trial lawyer."
Dave has achieved the highest levels of recognition a trial lawyer can receive, and has been acknowledged by the world’s premier legal publications for his career achievements.
Oregon Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America®
Chambers USA, Your Guide to the World’s Best Lawyers
Dave is a member of three peer-selected legal societies in the U.S. Membership to these organizations is by invitation only and based on a lawyer’s character, reputation, and demonstrated excellence in the courtroom.
Dave has received recognition for making valuable contributions to the legal community, including his efforts in mentoring and educating young lawyers.
In addition to his active trial schedule, Dave shares his craft with lawyers of all levels. He is a frequent lecturer on litigation-related topics for state, local and federal bars across the country and in Canada. He regularly presents a nationally-recognized training seminar on depositions. Trial Guides™ has produced a DVD of this popular deposition course, and it has become one of the company's best-selling products. As a follow-up, Trial Guides™ produced Dave's "Mastering the Art of Persuading the Trial Judge" course on DVD and CD. In 2015, Dave's presentation on Canadian "discoveries" earned Seminar Partners’ Best Content award.
His courses include:
Cross and Direct Examination
Persuasion in the Courtroom
Opening and Closing
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Technology in the Courtroom
Rainmaking and Client Development
Dave is a prolific and sought-after author of legal articles, publications and white papers on litigation topics.
Attorneys Fees Expert
Dave is an attorneys fee expert and is frequently retained to testify at trial and attorney fee hearings. He has been retained to testify as an expert witness in more than 100 cases.
For more than 20 years, Dave has served as a mediator and arbitrator resolving complex commercial disputes. He also acted as a pro tem judge in Multnomah County Circuit Court for nine years.
Admitted to Practice
June 30, 2023
The Perfect Question: How to Control the Witness, Reveal Hidden Information, and Persuade the Judge and Jury
March 7, 2014
Manipulating the Deposition Witness: How to Do It, How to Protect Against It, and Ethical Considerations
June 13, 2012
Winning Approaches to Opening Statements & Closing Arguments - with Bill Barton and David Markowitz
September 29, 2013
Markowitz Herbold listed as one of the "50 litigation firms you should know about" by Delta Sky Magazine
September 20, 2013
Regulators decline to investigate Portland General Electric over controversial bidding process
Ethics in Deposition: Do the Rules of Professional Conduct Require Self-Restraint by the Questioning Lawyer?
The Oregon State Court Perpetuation Deposition: Opportunities for the Prepared and Pitfalls for the Unwary