Chris Hawk


Chris Hawk is a partner in the Portland office and a member of the Labor & Employment and Professional Liability Practices. Chris is a seasoned civil litigator with significant experience handling all aspects of litigation; from the initial pleadings through trial. In recent years, he has been actively involved in several intellectual property trials in the Northwest. He has also obtained a defense verdict for a flooring contractor client in a six-figure binding arbitration personal injury case. Chris handles small single-claimant administrative actions to large complex multistate class action cases across all of Oregon and Washington. He has a diversity of practice areas, including employment law (litigation and advice), professional liability (accountants, mental healthcare professionals, architects, engineers, attorneys, etc.), intellectual property (copyright/trademark), commercial litigation, and tort and product liability (personal injury and premises liability).

A native of Rye, New York, Chris practiced civil litigation in Los Angeles for nearly seven years prior to moving to Portland in 2005. He then clerked for Oregon U.S. District Court Judge, Anna J. Brown. 


  • State Bar Admissions
    • Oregon
    • Washington

Representative Matters

Chris' extensive federal and state court civil litigation experience includes trials, arbitrations, mediations, and appeals.

Employment Law (litigation and advice)

  • All types of employment related cases, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, meal/rest breaks with all state and federal laws, including class actions.
  • Employment law training and counsel to large and small companies.
  • Extensive administrative agency experience, Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries (BOLI), EEOC, NLRB, and WA L&I.

Intellectual Property Defense (copyright and trademark)

  • Two unanimous jury verdicts (2nd chair) in trademark infringement cases in Oregon U.S. District Court.

Professional Liability

  • Defended dozens of professionals in various occupations against lawsuits as well as agency board complaints.
  • Successful dispositive motion of legal malpractice case, including Washington Court of Appeals affirming dismissal and awarding costs.

Commercial Litigation

  • Defend and pursue breach of contract, cybersecurity, and all type of business dispute claims.

Tort and Product Liability

  • From slip/trip and falls, to auto accidents, to Dram shop defense, and all other types of torts.
  • Defended household, agricultural, and other various products.
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