It takes a talented design staff to craft Dr. Martens signature shoes. And to protect the Dr. Martens brand, it takes a talented legal team. When Mexican-manufactured replicas of the company’s iconic footwear began appearing in Los Angeles stores in the mid-1990s—under the brand name Dr. Martinez—the company hired attorney Stephen F. English, one of our 2008 best lawyers, to defend its corporate identity. The downtown Portland-based attorney booted up for battle and shut down the U.S. retailers that carried the imposters, as well as their manufacturers south of the border.

While few of us will ever need this kind of counsel, almost all of us will need help with a lease agreement, divorce decree, will, or other legal matter at some point.

When you do, you’ll find the right legal eagle in our fourth annual list of Portland’s Best Lawyers, compiled in association with The Best Lawyers in America®.

This year’s nomination pool consisted of last year’s winners, as well as other attorneys nominated by clients or peers through the Best Lawyers website. All of the 2007 best attorneys were asked to grade the nominees in their legal field in response to this question: “If you had a close friend or relative who needed a lawyer in your field, and you could not handle the case yourself, to whom would you refer them?” (That’s right, the panel members couldn’t vote for themselves.)

The result? This collection of 366 of Portland’s best and brightest in 58 different specialties, from personal injury litigation to natural resources to civil rights law. Plus, we asked this year’s crop to give us the inside scoop on the biggest myths about attorneys and which cases really made them sweat.

Administrative Law


Jeffrey G. Condit
Miller Nash
111 SW Fifth Ave, Ste 3400

John Junkin
Bullivant Houser Bailey
888 SW Fifth Ave, Ste 300

James M. Kennedy
Kennedy & Kennedy
601 SW Second Ave, Ste 2050

Rhonda W. Kennedy
Kennedy & Kennedy
601 SW Second Ave, Ste 2050

Michael M. Morgan
Tonkon Torp
1600 Pioneer Tower
888 SW Fifth Ave

Lisa F. Rackner
McDowell & Rackner
520 SW Sixth Ave, Ste 830

Mark P. Trinchero
Davis Wright Tremaine
1300 SW Fifth Ave, Ste 2300

Advertising Law


Benjamin Kaminash
Kaminash & Associates
805 SW Broadway, Ste 2440

Jere M. Webb
Stoel Rives
900 SW Fifth Ave, Ste 2600

Alternative Dispute Resolution


John R. Barker
Barker Mediation
1000 SW Broadway, Ste 1700

Jeffrey Batchelor
Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf
1211 SW Fifth Ave, Ste 3000

James J. Damis
Arbitration Service of Portland
620 SW Fifth Ave, Ste 1010

Cynthia M. Fraser
Garvey Schubert Barer
121 SW Morrison St, 11th Floor

William N. Gross
William N. Gross
117 SW Taylor St, Ste 200

Susan M. Hammer
Susan M. Hammer Dispute Resolution Services
25 NW 23rd Pl, Ste 6-473

Sam J. Imperati
Institute for Conflict Management Inc
11524 SW Vacuna Ct

Joshua D. Kadish
Meyer & Wyse
621 SW Morrison St, Ste 1300

James L. Knoll
Knoll Mediation
1500 SW Taylor St

Kristena A. LaMar
Kristena A. LaMar Multnomah Courthouse
1021 SW Fourth Ave

Daniel H. Skerritt
Tonkon Torp
1600 Pioneer Tower
888 SW Fifth Ave

Richard G. Spier
Richard G. Spier

Jacob Tanzer
Jacob Tanzer
4405 SW Warrens Way

Lake Oswego

Larry T. Coady
Larry T. Coady
3 Monroe Pkwy, Ste P
PMB 452