Government entities involved in high-stakes litigation have turned to us for advice on complex, multi-million-dollar cases time and again for 30+ years. We are their go-to team because we speak their language and have an unmatched track record of success resolving sensitive, highly confidential matters that are the subject of intense public interest and scrutiny, including legal disputes with Fortune 50 companies doing business with public entities. We regularly go to trial, both prosecuting and defending cases, on behalf of the State of Oregon, cities, counties, ports, state departments, agencies, and boards, appreciating that they seek a just result for the diverse communities they represent. We fully understand the implications of high-profile disputes and strategize to deliver the strongest case before a state or federal court, arbitrator, or administrative board.
We are also engaged by political campaigns, candidates, and advocacy organizations in need of clear guidance on navigating Oregon’s complicated election laws and through the political process to fulfill their interests. Our work includes counsel on the formation and running of an association or ballot measure campaign committee, campaign finance compliance, employment disputes, First Amendment issues, and government ethics, all while recognizing that our elected official clients are held to a higher standard of transparency and accountability.
What sets us apart is that we have lawyers who have served in government and have been in our clients’ shoes. Our team brings a rare combination of first-hand experience and a well-rounded perspective that enhances and hones our advocacy. We know the ins and outs of the unique legal rights and special rules that apply to government entities. Seeing through the lens of our clients, we understand both the big picture and technical aspects of a case, ask the right questions, and have an appreciation of their particular needs to help them make the best decisions. Our practical experience enables us to move nimbly as we develop a range of options, evaluate barriers and risks, and help execute on the tailored solution that is right for each client.
Defending Section 1983 Disputes
Section 1983 claims typically include free speech, due process, takings, and equal protection. These cases can be much publicized and politically charged. It’s important to have a focused, strategic, and savvy team to navigate this complicated litigation. No other firm in Oregon has more experience defending high-profile Section 1983 disputes than Markowitz Herbold. Whether the case is a complex class action or a single-plaintiff matter, our state and local government clients look to us to bring our forty years of experience to bear on their behalf.
Our government experience includes: