Thomas M. Christ - Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP

Thomas M. Christ

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1999

Tom specializes in civil appeals and insurance coverage, including litigation of coverage disputes.  He has argued over three hundred cases in various appellate courts, including the Oregon and Washington supreme courts and courts of appeal, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He has also argued a case in the United States Supreme Court (Vernonia School District 47J v. Acton (1995)).

Tom also practices constitutional and election law.  He has successfully challenged several voter-approved initiatives that improperly amended the Oregon Constitution.  He has also defended some initiatives against legal challenges.

In 1990, the Oregon Supreme Court appointed Tom to be a part time judge in the Multnomah County Circuit Court, and has re-appointed him every four years since then.  He sits as judge once or twice each month, hearing motions.

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions — The United States District Court for the District of Oregon, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
University of OregonBA 1979University of Oregon School of LawJ.D. 1983
American Bar AssociationOregon State Bar House of DelegatesMultnomah Bar AssociationOregon State Bar Professional Liability FundOregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and DisabilityOffice of Public Defense Services

Office Location

Pioneer Tower, Suite 500
888 Southwest Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - First Amendment of the Portland-OR Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law of the Portland-OR Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Portland-OR Metro Area
Thomas M. Christ has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Thomas M. Christ has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Thomas M. Christ has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice (Litigation)
Insurance Law (Appellate, Bad Faith, Casualty, Commercial, Coverage, Defense, Liability Insurance, Professional Liability)
Litigation - First Amendment

Other Information

Gender: Male