Oregon Department of Justice Litigator John Dunbar Joins Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Oregon Department of Justice Litigator John Dunbar Joins Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf

Portland business litigation firm Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, PC announced that trial lawyer John Dunbar has joined the firm as Of Counsel. His practice will focus on complex commercial litigation, healthcare, public entities and environmental disputes.

In 2009, Dunbar was chosen by then Oregon Attorney General John Kroger to lead the Oregon Department of Justice’s (ODOJ) Special Litigation Unit. Dunbar and his group focused on highly specialized litigation, including high-profile constitutional challenges, complex cases and environmental litigation. Dunbar served in the same capacity under current Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum until joining Markowitz Herbold.

“John is an outstanding litigator and has a stellar reputation personally and professionally,” says Markowitz Herbold Managing Shareholder Peter Glade. “He is a perfect fit for our firm and we are fortunate to have him on the Markowitz team.”

Dunbar has obtained winning trial verdicts in cases ranging from murder to antitrust. Some of his prominent cases include representing the State in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice over improvements to Oregon’s mental health system, defeating a challenge by tobacco companies to restrictions on tobacco marketing, and stopping a resort owner from using sewage lagoons that threatened a sensitive river system. As a trial attorney at Markowitz Herbold, Dunbar will continue to handle select litigation for the State, as well as complex commercial, healthcare and environmental disputes for corporate clients and public entities.

“I am thrilled to join a firm that I have great respect for,” says Dunbar. “I have worked with litigators at Markowitz while at the Oregon DOJ and have seen first-hand the firm’s skill and expertise in handling complex cases. I am looking forward to resuming private practice and working with colleagues at Markowitz.”

Prior to joining the Oregon Department of Justice, Dunbar was a partner at Portland law firm Ball Janik where he handled numerous notable commercial, fraud and environmental cases.

Dunbar received an A.B. with high honors from the University of Notre Dame. He graduated from the University of Washington Law School with honors in 1984. He clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Owen Panner from 1984 to 1986.