Harry Wilson

Harry Wilson

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Harry Wilson “is one of the top litigators on the West Coast” according to a former Attorney General of Oregon. He has run multiple cases with more than $100 million at issue, defended high-stakes class actions, and represented some of the most prominent public officials in Oregon. Rachel Maddow read from his work on her MSNBC show and the New York Times, the Washington Post, and numerous local media outlets have reported on his cases. Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, the Portland Business Journal, and International Law Office have all recognized Harry as a leading litigator. The general counsel of one of his clients put it plainly: Harry is “smart, articulate, ethical, and more importantly, a breeze to work with.”

Harry has extensive experience in high-profile, complex litigation. Harry represents the Oregon Attorney General in her litigation against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family. The Attorney General’s lawsuit was the first in the nation to identify nearly $11 billion in fraudulent transfers out of Purdue and was covered in the New York Times and NBC News. Harry also represents the Mayor of Portland’s re-election campaign and earlier this year Harry successfully defeated an attempt by the Mayor’s election opponent to obtain a temporary restraining order shutting down the Mayor’s campaign just days before the primary election. Portland media widely covered the case.

Harry represented the State of Oregon and Cover Oregon in their litigation against Oracle, the second-largest software company in the world. The litigation involved seven cases in state and federal courts and claims for breach of contract, fraud, false claims, copyright, and racketeering. Harry played a central role in all the cases, including briefing and arguing dispositive motions and taking and defending key depositions. The litigation settled successfully in September 2016.

Harry chairs Markowitz Herbold’s Government Practice Group. He has represented a wide array of public officials, election campaigns, and advocacy organizations, including the Governor of Oregon, the Attorney General of Oregon, legislators, labor unions, industry associations, and ballot measure and political campaign organizations. In addition to his government work, Harry represents public and private companies in high-stakes commercial disputes, with a focus on intellectual property claims.  Although Harry concentrates on trial work, he has a sophisticated appellate practice and has worked on more than 60 appeals to state and federal appellate courts, including the Oregon Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He has argued more than a dozen times before appellate courts.

Harry is an active member of the alcoholism and addiction recovery community. He is the former chair of the board of directors of De Paul Treatment Centers, the largest non- profit residential alcohol & drug treatment center in Oregon. He led De Paul’s recent capital campaign, which raised more than $25 million to build a state-of-the-art residential medical facility for individuals suffering from substance use disorder. In 2019, De Paul presented him with the 20th annual Freedom Award in recognition of his efforts to fight the stigma of addiction. Harry is in long-term recovery from alcoholism and addiction.

Before joining Markowitz Herbold, Harry clerked for United States District Court Judge Michael H. Simon and was an Assistant Attorney General at the Oregon Department of Justice. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Lewis & Clark Law School.

Honors

  • Forty under 40, Portland Business Journal, 2015
  • Under 40 Hot List, Benchmark Litigation, 2016
  • Rising Star Award winner, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2016
  • Rising Star, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2016 - present
  • Two Excellence in Justice Awards, Oregon Department of Justice
  • Former Chair, Board of Directors, De Paul Treatment Centers
  • Board member, Coalition for Responsible Use of Prescription Medications
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Oregon
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Lewis & Clark Law School — J.D.
  • Harvard University — A.B., Philosophy

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