Craig D. Bachman

Counsel to the Firm | Portland | 503.778.2120 |

Areas of Practice

Craig Bachman has been a lawyer since 1978 representing clients in all phases of business and commercial litigation with emphasis in intellectual property, antitrust, trade regulation, insurance practices and professional malpractice.

Craig works as a trial lawyer and counsel principally focused in competition matters (trade regulation and antitrust) and intellectual property (trademark, copyright, patent, moral rights and trade secrets). He also acts as counsel with a focus in marketing, business and brand development, and technology development.

Craig also serves as a mediator in both litigated and non-litigated matters.

Craig has taken major antitrust cases and cases in each of the four classic areas of intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret) to trial, judgment and appeal, including patent appeals in the Federal Circuit. He has worked with startups and well established companies to develop and implement market strategies including, branding, pricing, distribution and IP portfolio management.

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law (J.D., 1978)
  • University of Oregon Medical School (1973-1974)
  • Portland State University (B.S., 1972)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Professional Liability

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Lewis v. Chiles, et al: Counsel for directors of Fred Meyer, Inc. in shareholders derivative suit alleging director and insider misconduct, settled after court ruled plaintiff lacked standing and denied motion for class certification
  • Ahern v. Gaussion, et al: Counsel for issuer’s attorneys in suit claiming securities violations and professional malpractice
  • RFD Publications v. Oregonian Publishing Co.: Counsel for defendant in suit claiming predatory pricing in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, successfully concluded with jury verdict for defendant
  • Successfully represented national brokerage firm and its employee in eleven related cases claiming securities violations
  • Successfully represented bank directors against claims by the FDIC following closure of a regional bank
  • Successfully represented numerous clients in patent litigation involving mechanical, electronic, aeronautic and design patent claims as well as copyright, trade secret and trade dress claims
  • Successfully represented major manufacturers in connection with several U.S. Department of Justice international price fixing investigations including proceedings in Europe, Canada, Japan, England, Brazil, Australia and Korea
  • Lead teams defending direct and indirect purchaser in antitrust class actions and opt-out litigation  following government investigations in graphite electrodes, fine carbon, wire harness, industrial  and automotive bearings, and other products
  • Successfully represented aluminum companies as plaintiffs in claims for price-fixing against manufacturers of cathode block
  • Successfully represented numerous clients in connection with market conduct investigations on a national and state level in Washington and Oregon


  • “FCC Chair to Put AT&T/T-Mobile Merger on the Grill,” E-Commerce Times, Quoted (November 23, 2011)
  • “U.S. Software: Culture Clash,” Managing Intellectual Property, Americas IP Focus, Third Edition, Co-author (2007)
  • “Knowing IP Ground Rules: Unlocking a Portfolio’s Value,” Portland Business Journal (April 6, 2007)
  • ABA Section of Antitrust Law, State Antitrust Practice and Statutes, Washington and Oregon chapters, Third Edition (2004)
  • “Abuse of the Dominance in Relation to Intellectual Property,” Oregon State Bar, Antitrust Section (2001)
  • “Section One of the Sherman Act,” Oregon State Bar, Antitrust Section (1999)
  • “Product Configuration Trade Dress, Patent and the Public Domain: A Delicate Balance,” Oregon Law Institute (1999)
  • “Solving Antitrust Issues in Advance: Dealing with the FTC and the Department of Justice,” Washington State Bar (1991)
  • “Per Se Issues,” ABA Conference on Antitrust Issues in Health Care, Washington, D.C. (1990)
  • “Antitrust Issues in Health Care,” (Co-chairman) ABA Antitrust Section, Forum Committee on Health Law (1988)
  • “Antitrust and Competition in the Marketplace; Antitrust Challenges From The Practitioner,” ABA Forum Committee on Health Law (1987)
  • “Antitrust Aspects of Peer Review and Hospital Staff Issues,” American Bar Association Forum Committee on Health Law (1986)
  • “Structure of Neurotoxins of Karwinskia Humboltania,” Journal of Organic Chemistry (1975)
  • “Some Transformations of 5-Thioribosyluracil and Analogs,” Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry (1975)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Does Neuroscience Matter to Mediators?” Idaho Mediation Association Annual Conference (October 6, 2012)
  • “Social Media: Seizing the Opportunities, Managing the Risks,” Oregon State Bar Corporate Counsel Section CLE (May 20, 2010)
  • “Neuroscience, Negotiation and Persuasion,” American Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Conference (April 8, 2010)
  • “What are the Legal Risks?” The Institute of Internal Auditors (“IIA”) Social Media and Risk Management Conference (November 2009)
  • “Patents, Trademarks, Brand Protection and Unfair Competition,” National Business Institute, Intellectual Property Law Update (2008)
  • “Persuasion in Negotiation,” Oregon Law Institute, Supercharge Your Negotiation Skills (2008)
  • “Persuading the Factfinder,” Colloquium at Willamette University Law School (2008)
  • “Antitrust Issues in a Patent Context,” Oregon State Bar, Antitrust and Intellectual Property Sections (2006)
  • ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Spring Meeting, Demonstration Trial Counsel (2006)
  • “Sarbanes Oxley and the Management of Intellectual Property Assets,” Law Seminars International (2006)
  • “Recent International Antitrust Enforcement,” Oregon State Bar, Antitrust Section (2002)
  • “Smokestack Antitrust in the Information Age,” Oregon State Bar, Antitrust Section (1998)
  • “Antitrust Laws and Fair Competition in Real Estate,” Northwest Real Estate Conference (1997)
  • “Insurance Issues and Business Torts,” Oregon State Bar Business Litigation Section (1996)
  • “Antitrust and Trade Regulation: Effect of Recent Changes on Licensing and Distribution,” 11th Annual Pacific Rim Computer Law Institute; Washington, Oregon and British Columbia Bar Associations (1994)
  • “Handling Expert Witnesses in Federal Court,” Oregon State Bar CLE (1990)
  • “Direct and Cross Examination of Economists,” Washington State Bar (1987)
  • “Accountant’s Negligence, Insurance Coverage Issues,” Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (1985)
  • “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Litigation,” Oregon Law Institute (1985)
  • “A Framework for Thinking About RICO,” American College of Trial Lawyers (1984)
  • “Antitrust Issues in Joint Research and Development Efforts,” Lewis and Clark College/Oregon State Bar (1985)
  • “Vertical Price Restraints,” Oregon State Bar Antitrust Section (1983)

Awards and Honors

  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Trade Secrets (2018); Antitrust Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation (2002-2018); Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property (2002-2014)
  • Named as “Oregon Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Intellectual Property Litigation (2007-2014); Antitrust Litigation (2015-2017)
  • Selected “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, Antitrust and Insurance (2012-2017)
  • Multnomah Bar Association Pro Bono Honor Roll (2007)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Past President, Oregon State Bar Antitrust Section
  • Past Chairman, Japan America Society of Oregon
  • Director, Bicycle Transportation Alliance

Craig D. Bachman

Counsel to the Firm | Portland | 503.778.2120 |