Donald L. Krahmer, Jr.
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Don Krahmer, Jr. serves as co-chair of the Technology and Business practice. He is a corporate lawyer, shareholder member of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt's business practice group. Mr. Krahmer is a highly respected by Northwest businesses, investors and entrepreneurs for his knowledge and experience in corporate and securities law, with special emphasis on growth and technology companies. He represents a wide-range of public corporations, closely-held businesses, venture capital firms and individuals in business formations, business transitions, corporate finance including debt and equity offerings (public and private), partnerships, securities compliance, officer and director liability, formation of foreign subsidiaries, contract negotiations and other business matters.
He has been named one of the top 50 Most Influential Portlanders by Portland Monthly Magazine and one of the best "connectors" by the Portland-Vancouver Connector Project.
Mr. Krahmer also specializes in mergers and acquisitions, with particular knowledge in structuring and implementing mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, restructurings, divestitures and leveraged buyouts for private investors, equity and venture capital investment firms and public and privately-held corporations. He maintains a broad network of relationships with local and regional investment banking, equity investment, and venture capital firms, and local and regional angel investors, and has successfully worked with corporate leaders in identifying opportunities to meet their strategic business objectives.
Mr. Krahmer helps emerging and established technology firms with corporate structuring, strategic alliances, joint ventures, contract negotiations, complex business issues, international markets, protection of technology, trademarks and service marks, product and business identity, business finance and venture capital, business organization and taxation, licensing and distribution, executive compensation, employee benefits, incentives, agreements and shareholder matters.
Mr. Krahmer received the James B. Castles Leadership Award from the Oregon State Bar Business Law Section for excellence in the practice of business law, professionalism among fellow business lawyers and outstanding community leadership in 2002. Mr. Krahmer has been named by his peers as a "Super Lawyer" by Law& Politics Magazine, a recognition only given to the top five percent of Oregon lawyers.
Before joining Schwabe in 2002, Mr. Krahmer was a partner at Black Helterline LLP, as well as advisor to Endeavour Capital, a regional investment company focused on Pacific Northwest companies; Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions and Director of Transactions for Pacificorp Financial Services; senior business analyst for Pacificorp, and served as a commercial banker for U.S. Bancorp and U.S. National Bank of Oregon. Mr. Krahmer currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pacific Continental Corporation and Pacific Continental Bank, headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, which has branches in the Eugene-Springfield area, Tualatin, Beaverton, Portland (KOIN Tower and Convention Center), Vancouver, WA, Seattle, WA and Bellevue, WA (NASDAQ Trading Symbol: PCBK). He serves as chairman of the Bank's Audit Committee and as a member of its Corporate Governance/Nominations Committee. He is a member of the Oregon Bankers Association and has participated in Audit Committee Chair Peer Group Summit the past four years at the Bank Audit Committee Conference sponsored by Corporate Board Member and Bank Director magazines in Chicago, IL. In 2010, Mr. Krahmer was elected to the Community Board of Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, one of the region's leading health insurers.
Professional & Community Activities
Mr. Krahmer serves on the Board of Directors of the Portland Business Alliance and the Leadership Council of the Community Investment Initiative. He was a founding member of Greater Portland, Inc. and has also served on the Steering Committee of the Greater Portland Metropolitan Area Regional Business Plan and as a Technical Advisor to the Oregon Business Plan and the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon, Inc.). He has also served as a member of the Higher Education Task Force organized by Portland Business Alliance, Oregon Business Council, Oregon Business Association and Associated Oregon Industries and previously had served as Co-chair of the Regional Business Plan Task Force on Higher Education. Krahmer has served as Portland Business Alliance board liaison to Leadership Portland, a year long program to educate the greater Portland-Vancouver region's next generation of leaders and EMERGE, an initiative to build deeper and strong relationships between emerging and established leaders in the greater Portland-Vancouver region. In 2010, he and several other established and emerging leaders from a variety of communities of color and with the help of Murdock Trust, collaborated to found an informal community building initiative called, The Gathering of Friends. He is a active mentor to many community emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. He has been active in the National Association of Corporate Directors, Pacific Northwest Chapter, Tech America-Oregon Council, the Software Association of Oregon, Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum, RAINS, Micro2Nano Collaborative, the Oregon Biotechnology Association, the Oregon Creative Services Initiative, Portland Angel Network, Portland Venture Group and the New York New Media Association. He served as a Chairman and Founder of the Oregon Technology Alliance and a Founder and Senior Advisor for both the New Economy Coalition and the Innovation Network. He is former Chairman of Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum and serves as a member of OEF's Chairs Council.
Mr. Krahmer served as a Technical Advisor to the Oregon Council on Knowledge and Economic Development and as Chairman of Oregon Emerging Business Initiative, both organizations which he assisted in co-founding. He as also been active in the creation of private sector activities related to Oregon nanoscience and microtechnologies industries. Mr. Krahmer served as a founding member of the Board of Directors and Secretary for the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, which is a joint collaboration among Oregon State University,University of Oregon, Portland State University, Oregon Health and Science University and Battelle's Pacific Northwest Labs. In 2004, Mr. Krahmer and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt shareholder Al AuYeung founded the Pacific Northwest's first nanotechnology/microdevice practice. In 2005, he served on the Advisory Grant Committee for the BioScience Innovation Fund at Oregon Health & Science University. He is also a founding member of the Oregon Health Care Leadership Group and the Oregon Health Care IT Vendor Cluster Initiative. Mr. Krahmer is former legislative assistant to State Senator Jeannette Hamby (R-Hillsboro) and State Representative Delna Jones (R-Aloha) and served in Washington, DC, as a legislative intern for U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield (R-Oregon).
Mr. Krahmer is a past chairman of the Oregon State Bar Business Law Section Executive Committee and has served as a member of its Long-Range Planning and Outreach Committee. He has served as legal counsel to the Oregon Resource and Technology Development Account Board of Directors and has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oregon. Mr. Krahmer served as President of the Arlington Club in 2004 on the Club's Board of Directors from 1999-2004. From 1998 to 2005, he served on the Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2004, he received the Cascade Pacific Council's Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition that the Council can bestow on a volunteer. Mr. Krahmer served six years as a member of the Jesuit High School Board of Trustees and a member of its Ignatian Identity Committee. He has also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Mr. Krahmer is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section and Mergers and Acquisitions, Middle Market and Small Business and Venture and Private Equity Finance Committees.
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Courts
Washington State Courts
United States District Court, District of Oregon
Willamette University College of Law, Juris Doctor degree with emphasis in corporate and merger and acquisition law (1987)
Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Master of Business Administration degree with emphasis in Finance and Organizational Change and Theory (1987)
Willamette University, Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (1981)
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