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JACKSON LEWIS OPENS OFFICE IN PORTLAND Responding to explosive growth in the region, Jackson Lewis has opened its 25th office in Portland, Ore. The approximately 385-attorney firm focuses solely on employment, labor, immigration and benefits law and related litigation. Scott Oborne, an employment attorney formerly with Jackson Lewis’ San Francisco office, has relocated to Portland and will lead the new office. Joining Oborne in Portland on an as-needed basis will be Barry Alan Johnsrud, John Cowden and Michael Griffin. Johnsrud is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office, Cowden is of counsel in the San Francisco office, and Griffin is an associate in the firm’s Seattle office. Though Oborne is currently the sole full-time attorney in the Portland office, he says he’d like to see eight to 10 lawyers populate the office in a year. Prior to the opening of the new office, Jackson Lewis had already handled a number of jury trials and labor campaigns in Portland through its Seattle and San Francisco offices. The continuing growth of the region sealed the decision to open an office there. “The market is very understated,” said Jackson Lewis Managing Partner Patrick Vaccaro. “It clearly is a very desirable place for a business to be.” Oborne says many technology companies have been leaving Silicon Valley and heading up north. “Intel opened up a new facility,” he said as an example. “Google, too.” But with the growing number of employers has also come a growing number of lawsuits. “The litigation boom has made its way up north,” Oborne said, adding that the frequency of employment cases in the region is on par with that of the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. The Portland office is the latest phase of what Vaccaro calls a “very aggressive growth mode” for Jackson Lewis.


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