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Chris began his practice of law at the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, where he represented the United States as lead counsel in over 100 federal cases involving complex tax issues. Following his years at the Department of Justice, Chris practiced at a large D.C. law firm, representing corporate and individual clients in complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal matters in federal courts throughout the country and involving a broad range of issues including international trade, banking, legal malpractice, and environmental contamination. This diverse legal background gives Chris a unique perspective on solving his clients’ problems and the ability to individually fashion a litigation and trial strategy to suit the relative risks and rewards of each case. Consistent with his background, Chris’s practice now focuses on complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    18 years, 500 cases
  2. Tax: 10%
    18 years, 100 cases
  3. Insurance: 10%
    14 years, 5 cases
  4. Environmental: 10%
    14 years, 4 cases
  5. Other: 20%
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621 SW Morrison St Ste 1450
Portland, OR, 97205

621 Sw Morrison St Ste 1450
Portland, OR, 97205-3817

621 Sw Morrison Street
Suite 1450
Portland, OR, 97212



DCInactive 200307/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding AttorneyU.S. Department of Justice Tax Division2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLarkins Vacura LLP2007 - Present
Senior AssociateBAKER BOTTS LLP2002 - 2006
Trial AttorneyUnited States Department of Justice1998 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State Bar, Business Litigation SectionMember2011 - Present
Multnomah County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Multnomah Bar Association, CLE CommitteeChair2010 - Present
Owen M. Panner American Inn of CourtExecutive Committee Membership Chair2010 - Present
Owen M. Panner American Inn of CourtExecutive Committee2009 - Present
Owen M. Panner American Inn of CourtBarrister2008 - Present
Multnomah Bar Association, CLE CommitteeMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Owens Corning, Bankr. No. 00-3837 (USBC D.Del.)N/A
Tobin v. Troutman 3:98cv663 (USDC W.D.Ky.)Won jury verdict for client
Inductotherm Industries v. United States, 99cv2451 (USDC D.N.J.)Prevailed on summary judgment
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Publication nameTitleDate
Valuation StrategiesThe Blues of Before and After Valuation1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Santa Clara UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Inadvertent Loyalties in Joint Defense AgreementsJoint Defense Agreement2013
MBA CLE SeriesThe Anatomy of a Derivative Lawuit2012
Multnomah Bar Association CLEThe Deposition of the Corporate Representative2009
MBA CLE SeriesModerator: Effective Oral and Written Advocacy, the Bench's Perspective2009
Inns of CourtThe Ethics of the Unethical Witness2008