Gordon E. Crim

Shareholder | Portland | 503.778.2143 |

Areas of Practice

Gordon focuses his practice on the representation of public and private business corporations and financial institutions, with an emphasis on business transactions, corporate finance, securities and general corporate law.

He concentrates his practice on community banks, with significant experience in formation of de novo institutions, holding companies and special-purpose entities; capital raising; securities law compliance, including proxy solicitation, tender offers, trading restrictions, and reporting and disclosure obligations; mergers and acquisitions; regulatory compliance and enforcement matters; corporate governance and executive compensation matters; and general corporate representation. Gordon’s practice involves substantial interaction with state and federal banking regulatory authorities concerning bank charter and deposit insurance applications, regulatory review of mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions, and regulatory enforcement actions.

Gordon’s representation of other business clients emphasizes corporate organization, ongoing general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance and capital formation, including private placements and SEC registered public securities offerings.

Professional Experience

  • Foster Pepper LLP/Roberts Kaplan LLP
    • Partner (2001-2010)
    • Associate (1993-2000)
    • Summer Associate (1992)
  • Drexel Burnham Lambert, Account Executive (1984-1988)

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • Washington


  • Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College (J.D., cum laude, 1993)
  • Stanford University (B.A., 1977)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Business
  • Finance and Banking
  • Corporate Finance and Securities
  • Financial Institutions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions


  • “Golden Parachute or Lead Balloon? Recognizing Risks of Severance Agreements,” Community Banker magazine (Summer 2012)
  • “The Continuing Quest for Capital,” Oregon Business magazine (June 2011)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Banking Legal Panel,” 21st Annual Community Bankers of Washington (September 16, 2011)
  • “Executive Compensation,” Oregon Bankers Association Directors College
  • “Mergers & Acquisitions,” Multnomah Bar Association, Business Law Fundamentals Series

Awards and Honors

  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking and Finance (2018); Banking Law (2006-2008)
  • Named as one of Portland’s Best Lawyers by Portland Monthly, Securities, Corporate Finance (2006), Banking (2007)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Oregon State Bar
    • Member, Business Law Section
    • Member, Securities Regulation Section
  • Member, Oregon Bankers Association, Bank Counsel Division
  • Associate Editor and Member, Environmental Law (1991-1993)

Gordon E. Crim

Shareholder | Portland | 503.778.2143 |