A founding member of the firm, Dave Markowitz is considered by his
peers to be among the best trial lawyers in the Northwest. His
commanding presence and keen instincts have made him a courtroom icon.
Over the last three decades, Dave has shepherded the firm from its
beginning as an ambitious two-attorney litigation shop to its present
status as one of the premier business litigation firms in the region.
Dave is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America as one of
Portland's 2013 “Bet-the-Company" Litigators, as well as ranking as a
"Best Lawyer" in the category of commercial litigation. Additionally,
he is ranked as Portland's "Lawyer of the Year" in the category of real
He is a Fellow and former Oregon State chair of the American College of
Trial Lawyers, a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers,
and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.He was cited as
one of the top ten Oregon litigators by the National Law Journal, is recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top commercial litigators in Oregon, and in 2013, he was included in Chambers Global as a top litigator — one of only three Oregon litigators included in the directory. Dave is ranked in Lawdragon's 500 Leading Litigators in America and 500 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America. He is also listed as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Litigation Plaintiff's edition.
In a statewide survey identifying the top five percent of attorneys,
Dave is the number one ranked litigator in Oregon according to Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. In 2011, he received the "Leadership in Law" honor from the Daily Journal of Commerce. Oregon Business magazine, in their 2007 Power Book, recognized Dave for "Delivering Results," naming him one of 50 Great Leaders in Oregon.
In addition to his active trial schedule, Dave shares his craft with lawyers of all levels. He is a frequent lecturer on litigation-related topics for the Oregon State Bar, the Federal Bar Association and the Multnomah Bar Association. He regularly presents a nationally-recognized
training seminar on depositions. Trial Guides™has produced a DVD of this popular deposition course, and it has become one of the company's best-selling products. As a follow-up, Trial
Guides™ recently produced Dave's "Mastering the Art of Persuading the Trial Judge" course on DVD and CD.
Dave frequently acts as a mediator and arbitrator to resolve commercial disputes, and he served as a protem judge in Multnomah County for several years. He also is an expert on attorney fees, providing courtroom testimony in legal fee award disputes.