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Schwabe's Joe Willis Honored as Distinguished Trial Attorney

September 24, 2010


Joe Willis, a shareholder in the Central Oregon office of regional law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, recently was honored by the Historical Society of the United States District Court for Oregon as one of Oregon's distinguished trial attorneys.

The event took place this year at the Historical Society's annual picnic.

Nearly 500 people attended the picnic at Judge Edward Leavy's family hop farm in Aurora, Ore.

Willis has developed a strong reputation for his broad litigation experience.  His trial experience includes work in: securities; banking; commercial litigation; condemnation; tax valuation; Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) sales; professional liability defense of lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers and appraisers; and employment and unfair trade practices.  Willis is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in eminent domain and condemnation law.  He represented the Dolan family in the trial of their case upon remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, and recently concluded the long representation of the late Dorothy English in her epic and successful battle against Multnomah County.  He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law with a juris doctor degree.

The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society was created in 1984 with the mission of transcribing the oral histories of judges, attorneys, employees, parties to litigation and other persons involved in the court's history.