Companies involved in complex appeals are represented by Schwabe.


Oregon State Appellate Courts

  • Briefed and argued appeal concerning constitutional challenges to Public Employees Retirement System litigation. Moro v. State, 357 Or. 167, 351 P.3d 1 (2015).
  • Successfully defended favorable trial decision concerning multimillion-dollar easement and contract rights. Cascade Pac. Pulp, LLC v. Georgia-Pacific Consumer Prods. LP, 259 Or. App. 348, 314 P.3d 311 (2014).
  • Submitted amicus curiae brief for industry group on questions of law certified to Oregon Supreme Court concerning Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. and the Oregon Trust Deed Act. Brandrup v. ReconTrust Co., N.A., 353 Or. 668, 303 P.3d 301 (2013).
  • Defended dismissal of construction breach-of-contract action under ORS 701.131. Pincetich v. Nolan, 252 Or. App. 42, 285 P.3d 759 (2012).
  • Submitted successful amicus curiae briefing and participated in oral argument at merits stage. Hope Presbyterian Church of Rogue River v. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 352 Or. 668, 291 P.3d 711 (2012).

Washington State Appellate Courts

  • Successfully persuaded appellate court to affirm defense verdict and reject claims of juror misconduct. Long v. Brusco Tug & Barge‎, Inc., 185 Wn.2d 127 (2016).‎
  • Affirmed dismissal of malpractice claims based on ‎application of Washington’s “actual innocence” requirement (review pending). Piris v. Kitching, 186 Wn. App.265, 345 P.3d 13 (2015).
  • Resolved subject matter jurisdiction defense in contract dispute involving Native Tribe. Outsource Services Management, LLC v. Nooksack Business Corp., 181 Wn.2d. 272, 333 P.3d 380 (2014).
  • Affirmed summary judgment in annuity contract ‎dispute. Kelly v. Allianz, 178 Wn. App. 395, 314 P.3d 755 (2013).

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Represented investor-owned utility in appeal successfully defeating challenges to administrative decisions under Northwest Power Act. Public Power Council v. United States Dept. of Energy, 912 Fed. Appx. 571 (9th Cir. 2015).
  • Represented group of employers and employees challenging application of Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes to non-immigrant alien workers in Northern Mariana Islands. American Pac. Textile, Inc. v. United States, decision reported in related appeal at Ai v. United States, 809 F.3d 503 (9th Cir. 2015).
  • Represented investor-owned utility in appeal successfully defeating challenges to Bonneville Power Administration’s final decisions on multibillion-dollar settlement securing benefits for utility customers under Residential Exchange Program of Northwest Power Act. Ass’n of Pub. Agency Customers v. Bonneville Power Admin., 733 F.3d 939 (9th Cir. 2013).

Other Federal Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court of the United States

  • Successfully represented client at both certiorari and merits stages on enforceability of arbitration agreement giving authority to arbitrator to decide validity of agreement. Rent-A-Center, Inc. v. Jackson, 561 U.S. 63 (2010).
  • Handled appeal of application of Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes to nonimmigrant alien workers in Northern Marianas Islands. Zhang v. United States, 640 F.3d 1358 (Fed. Cir. 2011).

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