Jeff Edelson
Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhaf PC
3000 PacWest Center
1211 SW 5th Ave.

Jeff Edelson


    Jeff Edelson represents individual and corporate clients in business, real estate, construction and employment disputes with an emphasis on competitive injury, trade secrets and other business torts and contracts. While much of his practice is devoted to helping his clients avoid litigation, such as counseling businesses and employees on noncompetition agreements and trade secrets, Jeff is an aggressive and gifted trial lawyer when litigation becomes necessary. Jeff relishes opportunities to bring and defend against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, and has proven adept at recovering attorney fees for his clients after defeating or prosecuting claims for trade secret violations, contract breaches and securities law violations.

    Jeff has not lost touch with his roots as a lawyer for disadvantaged legal aid clients or with his experiences as a judicial law clerk. Drawing on that background, Jeff brings compassion and objectivity to each client, producing outstanding and efficient results for a diverse clientele. Jeff’s litigation experience also makes him an adept general corporate and transactional lawyer for several hundred small businesses and professional practices.

    Jeff is ranked by the publications Best Lawyers in America and Oregon Super Lawyers as a top Portland attorney in commercial litigation and labor and employment law. He is also recognized by Benchmark Litigation Plaintiff's edition as a Litigation Star.

    After graduating from the Villanova School of Law, Jeff served as a staff attorney for Delaware County Legal Assistance Association in Chester, Pennsylvania, where he represented indigent clients primarily in bankruptcy, public housing and healthcare. In 1988, he became a member of the Oregon State Bar and served as a staff attorney for Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service in Salem, Oregon. From 1988 to 1989, Jeff served as law clerk to U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge George E. Juba. In 1991, Jeff served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner, until joining Markowitz Herbold later that year.

    Jeff serves on the board of directors for the Campaign for Equal Justice, which funds legal aid for low-income Oregonians. He is a former board member and membership chair for the Oregon chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and a former board member of the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and the Portland Metro American Heart Association.

    Experience and Affiliations

    • Super Lawyer, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2012 - present
    • Arbitrator and Mediator, Arbitration Services of Portland
    • Board member, Federal Bar Association, Oregon chapter; Membership Chair, 2009-2013
    • Former member, Multnomah Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee
    • Board member, Co-chair of Mid-Size Law Firm Committee, Campaign for Equal Justice
    • Lecturer, trade secrets and non-competition agreements


    • Villanova University School of Law — J.D., 1986
    • Lafayette College — B.A., 1983

    Admitted to Practice

    • Oregon (1988)
    • Washington (2006)
    • Pennsylvania (1986 - inactive)
    • U.S. District Courts, District of Oregon, Western District of Washington, Eastern District of Washington, and Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Third Circuit Court of Appeals

    A Luddite’s Guide to Technology Law—Issue Spotting

    June 13, 2014 9:00am - 12:15pm
    OSB Seminar Center, Tigard, Oregon
    Markowitz Attorney Jeff Edelson will be speaking on the topic of noncompetes, NDAs and trade secrets during this half-day OSB seminar on Technology Law.

    Evaluating, Prosecuting and Defending Non-Compete and Trade Secret Litigation

    April 24, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    World Trade Center, Portland, OR
    Significant changes to Oregon's noncompetition statute, coupled with the growth of electronic communications and social media, now require fresh and creative approaches to evaluating, defending and prosecuting litigation when employees depart to competing companies.

    The Fast Track: Litigating the Noncompete Case

    October 4, 2012 8:15am - 4:15pm
    Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Portland, Oregon
    This presentation is part of the Oregon State Bar Labor & Employment Sections Annual Seminar entitled "Evolving Issues of Labor and Employment Law in the Modern Workplace"