Attorneys

Attorneys

Thomas W. Sondag

Vice President | Portland | 503.778.2111 | sondagt@lanepowell.com

Area of Practice

Tom Sondag is Vice President of Lane Powell and Partner in Charge of the Firm’s Portland office. He is also Chair of the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group, and has been lead counsel on more than 200 appeals in state and federal courts, including cases involving constitutional issues, securities regulation, class action certification, business torts, professional malpractice, property rights, antitrust, labor law, products liability, and contract disputes. Tom was named Portland’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Appellate Practice in 2013 by Best Lawyers in America® and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers since 2007.

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Academics

  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1984)
    • California Law Review (1983-84)
  • University of California at Berkeley (A.B., with high honors, 1980)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Vice President, Lane Powell PC
  • Member, Lane Powell Board of Directors
  • Chair, Appellate Practice Group
  • Diversity Committee
  • Life, Health, Disability and ERISA
  • Litigation

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Espinoza v. Evergreen Helicopters, Inc., 359 Or. 63, ___ P.3d ___ (2016) (recognizing application of forum non conveniens in Oregon)
  • Bundy v. NuStar GC, LLP, 277 Or. App. 785, 373 P.3d 1141 (2016) (rejecting challenge under Oregon Constitution’s remedy clause)
  • Brandrup v. ReconTrust Co., N.A., 353 Or. 668, 303 P.3d 301 (2013) (addressing eligibility of MERS to serve as trust deed beneficiary)
  • Alto v. City of Cannon Beach, 247 Or. App. 641, 270 P.3d 392 (2012) (standing to challenge vested property rights determination)
  • Daul v. PPM Energy, Inc., 444 Fed. Appx. 147 (9th Cir. 2011) (claim under employee severance plans)
  • ZRZ Realty Co. v. Beneficial Fire and Cas. Ins. Co., 349 Or. 117, 241 P.3d 710 (2010), modified, 349 Or. 657, 249 P.3d 111 (2011) (burden of proof in claims for coverage of environmental contamination)
  • Behurst v. Crown Cork & Seal USA, Inc., 346 Or. 29, 203 P.3d 207 (2009) (workers’ compensation exclusivity; certified question from federal court)
  • Resident Councils of Washington v. Leavitt, 500 F.3d 1025 (9th Cir. 2007) (amicus) (challenge to federal feeding assistant regulations under Nursing Home Reform Law)
  • Wah Chang v. PacifiCorp, 212 Or. App. 14, 157 P.3d 243 (2007) (manipulation of electricity markets)
  • Buck v. SeaRiver Maritime, 211 Or. App. 324, 154 P.3d 750 (2007) (shipowner’s “turnover” duty under federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act)
  • Key Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Edwards, 538 U.S. 974, 123 S. Ct. 1781, 155 L. Ed. 2d 662 (2003) (amicus) (excessiveness of punitive damages)
  • Stevens v. First Interstate Bank of Cal., 167 Or. App. 280, 999 P.2d 551, rev. denied, 331 Or. 429 (2000) (privacy claims arising out of third party’s misappropriation of customer’s credit
    information)
  • Phoenix Electric v. National Elec. Contractors Ass’n, 81 F.3d 858 (9th Cir. 1996) (job targeting program protected from antitrust challenge)
  • Pacific First Bank v. New Morgan Park Corp., 319 Or. 342, 876 P.2d 761 (1994) (clarifying scope of covenant of good faith and fair dealing under Oregon law)

Publications

  • “The Insider’s Guide to the Oregon Appellate Courts,” The Appellate Practice Compendium, ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers (2012)
  • “Superseding and Staying Judgments in Oregon,” Superseding and Staying Judgments: A National Compendium, ABA (2007)
  • “Motion Practice,” Appeal and Review, Oregon CLE (2002)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Ethical Management of Adverse Precedent,” Oregon State Bar Appellate Practice Section (2011)
  • “Preserving Your Case for Appeal,” Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Section Educational Series (2009)
  • “Damages: Statutory Limitations and Constitutional Attacks,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Annual Fall Seminar (2008)
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of an Appeal,” Oregon State Bar Appellate Practice Section (2007)
  • “Winning Appeals,” Multnomah County Bar Association (2005)
  • “Practicing Law in the Oregon Court of Appeals,” Oregon Law Institute (2003)
  • “From Take-Off to Landing: Mastering the Civil Appeal,” Oregon Law Institute (2001)
  • “Effective Appellate Advocacy in Federal Court,” Federal Bar Association (1999)
  • “Effective Appellate Advocacy,” University of Washington School of Law (1997)
  • Ninth Circuit Appellate Practice Institute (1996)

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Selected “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, Appellate, Commercial Litigation (2015-2017)
  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Portland’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Appellate Practice (2013)
  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice (2005-2017)
  • Named as “Oregon Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Appellate Practice (2006-2016) (“Top 50 Oregon Super Lawyers,” 2008)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Host, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2016 Pathfinder First Meeting (April 2016)
  • Past Member, Executive Committee, Oregon State Bar Appellate Practice Section
  • Past Member, Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure Committee (by appointment of the Oregon Supreme Court)
  • Past Member, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Lane Powell
  • Past Member, Amicus Committee, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Past President, U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society

Thomas W. Sondag

Vice President | Portland | 503.778.2111 | sondagt@lanepowell.com

Date
10.20.2016
08.17.2016
07.11.2016
10.27.2015
08.17.2015
07.08.2015
10.20.2014
10.02.2014
08.18.2014
07.09.2014
08.15.2013
07.10.2013
09.21.2012
08.28.2012
07.10.2012
08.31.2011
07.11.2011
11.11.2010
08.10.2010
08.05.2010

Thomas W. Sondag

Vice President | Portland | 503.778.2111 | sondagt@lanepowell.com

Date
04.14.2016