Donald Krahmer, Jr.

How I represent clients at Schwabe

For over 25 years, I have been a practicing corporate ‎lawyer representing companies in manufacturing and ‎distribution, technology (both hardware and software), ‎healthcare, construction, real estate, financial services, ‎energy, and natural resources. My experience has made ‎me a trusted advisor to many of the Pacific Northwest’s ‎leading companies, executives, entrepreneurs, and ‎investors, and I have hands-on experience working with ‎corporate governance, acquisitions, venture capital and ‎finance, and international expansion.‎

Connecting clients with opportunities

Known as “The Great Connector,” I am active in the Pacific ‎Northwest business, government, and nonprofit communities. Using my ‎broad platform and relationships, I help create opportunities and ‎solve problems for clients. Portland Monthly magazine called me ‎one of Portland’s most influential leaders, and I am comfortable in traditional ‎institutions of power as well as mentoring and working with the next ‎generation of diverse young leaders.‎

Recognized business law leadership

My broad business, political and nonprofit background allows me to help clients look at old problems in new ‎ways. I am equally comfortable in the boardroom, helping work through complex issues or helping general ‎counsel or senior management identify legal resources and business strategies. My peers have ‎recognized me with the James B. Castles Leadership Award, named after a founding general counsel of ‎Tektronix and a founding trustee of the M. J. Murdock Trust, for excellence in the practice of business law, ‎professionalism, and outstanding community leadership.‎


  • 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)


  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts
  • U.S. District Court - District of Oregon


  • Pacific Continental Bank, Board and Chair of Audit Committee (Emeritus)
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, Community Board
  • CFA Institute, Member
  • CFA Society of Portland, Member
  • National Association of Corporate Directors, Member
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Member
  • Oregon Banker’s Association, Member
  • Oregon State Bar, Business Law Section, Executive Committee, Chair
  • Portland-Vancouver Connector Project, “Connector”


  • James B. Castles Leadership Award
  • Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America
  • Oregon Business Magazine, Publisher’s Award
  • JDRF Gala of Hope Community Giving Award, 2016
  • ADA Father of the Year Award, 2014
  • Portland Monthly magazine, “Top 50 Most Influential Portlanders”
  • President’s Award, Portland Business Alliance
  • Portland Business Journal 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame, 2022

Community Activities

  • Community Investment Initiative, Leadership Council
  • Portland Business Alliance, Executive Committee and Board of Directors
  • Greater Portland, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Jesuit High School, Board of Trustees
  • Arlington Club, President
  • Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum, Chair
  • Glenn L. Jackson Leadership Award, Selection Committee

Outside Interests

Friends and family, whitewater rafting and fly-fishing.

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