Pilar C. French

Shareholder | Portland | 503.778.2170 |

Areas of Practice

During her 20-year law practice, Pilar French has litigated numerous high-stakes, complex matters for a variety of clients including software providers, retailers, manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and financial institutions. Pilar has particular expertise in project management over complex consumer, real estate, and government enforcement litigation and is a Lean Sigma Yellow Belt®. Pilar is a diligent yet fearless advocate for her clients, and has assisted many with crisis management and emergency remedies. Pilar also happens to be a local musician and provides legal services to Portland’s music industry.

Before joining Lane Powell in 1999, Pilar worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice. While there, she represented the state in national and local cases involving enforcement of Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practice Act, Oregon’s Public Records Law and matters concerning civil rights violations or claims of discrimination. Since leaving the Oregon Department of Justice, she has continued representing clients in these areas as well.

Professional Experience

  • Oregon Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General (Areas of Practice: Unlawful trade practice enforcement, civil rights litigation and appellate advocacy)

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Academics and Accreditations

  • Indiana University (J.D., 1996)
    • Received Top Papers in Environmental Law and Feminist Jurisprudence
    • National Administrative Law Moot Court Competition, Finalist and Top Oralist (1995)
  • Northwestern University (B.A., with honors, 1992)
  • Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management — Yellow Belt Certification

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Business
  • Business Crisis Management and Emergency Remedies
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Financial Institutions
  • Government
  • Litigation
  • Mortgage and Consumer Finance
  • Products Liability and Mass Torts Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Securities Regulation


  • “Residential Trust Deeds and Mortgages; Foreclosure,” Oregon State Bar’s Oregon Statutory Time Limitations Guide (August 2014)
  • “You always remember your first…,” Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce’s BrieflyLegalPDX Newsletter, Interviewed (June 23, 2011)
  • “Looking Out for the Little Guy: Consumer Law Attorneys Say Federal, State Protections Becoming Increasingly Stronger,” Oregon State Bar Bulletin, Quoted (April 2011)
  • “Committee tones down bill on consumer protection,” Portland Business Journal (December 2009)
  • “Or Otherwise,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (February 1999)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Key Issues with Litigation Involving Residential Non-Judicial Foreclosures: Lender’s/Trustee’s Perspective,” Foreclosures Seminar (September 14, 2012)
  • “Foreclosure Mediation: Complying With Senate Bill 1552,” Oregon Bankers Association Seminar, Co-presenter (June 15, 2012)
  • “Handling a Foreclosure Case — The Lender’s Perspective,” Oregon State Bar Association CLE Seminar (May 17, 2012)
  • “Enforcing Oregon’s Trust Deed Act: Nonjudicial Foreclosure From the Lender’s Perspective,” Multnomah Bar Association Seminar (October 27, 2011)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking and Finance Litigation (2013-2018)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Portland Business Alliance, Leadership Portland Class of 2005
  • Southeast Legal Clinic
  • Multnomah Bar Association
    • Member
    • Board Member, CourtCare Advisory Board
  • Sellers of Travel Legislative Committee, Co-chairperson (1997-1998)
  • American Inn of Court (1995-1996, 1999-2005)
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Society (1999-2000)

Pilar C. French

Shareholder | Portland | 503.778.2170 |