Peter Hawkes

Shareholder | Portland | 503.778.2165 |

Areas of Practice

Peter Hawkes’ practice has included representation at both the trial court and appellate levels, enabling him to bring a holistic and long-term view to clients’ problems. He has experience in a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including securities cases, contract disputes, business torts, unlawful trade practices, insurance coverage disputes and real estate disputes. Peter also has significant experience in First Amendment litigation, white collar criminal defense, trademark litigation and representation of long term care providers.

Professional Experience

  • Cahill Gordon and Reindel LLP, Associate (2003-2007)
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, Judicial Intern to the Hon. John G. Koeltl (2001)

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • New York University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2003)
  • Harvard University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1999)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Appellate
  • Business Crisis Management and Emergency Remedies
  • Litigation
  • Senior Living and Long Term Care Client Team
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Electronic Discovery Committee

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Represented the management team of a food and beverage company in litigation over control of the company against the State of Oregon and private parties claiming to represent the company’s former nonprofit owners
  • Successfully negotiated a nonprofit school’s independence from its parent organization following a litigation dispute between them
  • Represented a national bank in proceedings before the Oregon Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit to determine the availability of nonjudicial foreclosure on a significant percentage of trust deeds recorded in the State of Oregon
  • Represented a major newspaper in its efforts at the trial court and appellate levels to protect its reporters’ telephone records from a government subpoena
  • Represented several employees of a pharmaceutical device company in connection with a federal grand jury investigation into alleged off-label marketing
  • Obtained dismissal of a class action complaint against a number of long-term care facilities and their management company brought by residents for violation of the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act
  • Represented a large financial institution in a breach of contract action involving the purchase of a portfolio of high-yield bonds, resulting in a $7 million verdict in the client’s favor
  • Represented CEO and controlling shareholder of a convenience store company in extensive litigation with an investment bank attempting to take control of the company; litigation was resolved with management retaining control of the company
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for a major motorcycle/ATV manufacturer in litigation brought by a franchisee to block termination of its franchise
  • Represented a large industrial company in litigation with a public utility over excessive pricing under a market-based special contract during the Western Energy Crisis
  • Obtained judgment on behalf of an architect in a contract dispute with a developer
  • Took the lead in preparing a Ninth Circuit joint appellate brief on behalf of a group of defendants in litigation arising out of a foreclosure


  • Contributor to Lane Powell’s D&O Developments blog
  • “The Supreme Court Holds that the Securities Act’s Statute of Repose Is Not Subject to American Pipe Tolling, in CalPERS v. ANZ Securities (June 26, 2017),” D&O Developments blog (June 27, 2017)
  • “Resh Exposes Defendants To Serial Class Cert. Relitigation,” Law360 (June 19, 2017)
  • “Ninth Circuit Extends American Pipe Tolling to Subsequent Class Actions, in Resh v. China Agritech, Inc. (May 24, 2017),” D&O Developments blog (June 11, 2017)
  • “Ninth Circuit Smells a Rat: Failure to Disclose FDA Concerns about Rat Study Gives Rise to Strong Inference of Scienter in Schwartz v. Arena Pharmaceuticals (October 26, 2016),” D&O Developments blog (November 1, 2016)
  • “First Circuit Finds Too Few Brushstrokes to Paint a Portrait of Scienter, in Local No. 8 v. Vertex Pharmaceuticals (October 3, 2016),” D&O Developments blog (October 14, 2016)
  • “Whose Privilege Is It, Anyway? Asserting the Attorney-Client Privilege in Insurance Coverage Disputes,” Oregon State Bar’s Litigation Journal (Summer 2015)
  • “Oregon Court of Appeals Issues Decision Interpreting Antifraud Provisions of Oregon Securities Law,” Lane Powell Legal Update (February 19, 2015)
  • “Civil Discovery and White-Collar Criminal Investigations,” outline for Oregon Law Institute CLE seminar, Co-author (October 25, 2013)
  • “Foreclosure Avoidance Mediation Program May Be Expanding to Judicial Foreclosures,” Oregon Bankers Association’s Banking Matters magazine (Spring 2013)
  • “Aiding and Abetting Liability Under State Securities Statutes,” For the Defense (August 2010)
  • “Partial Settlements Under Oregon Securities Law,” Law360 (April 27, 2010)
  • “Useful methods for enforcing contracts’ arbitration clauses,” Portland Business Journal (April 2, 2010)
  • “Legal Fallout of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis,” Navigating the Subprime Lending Industry: Leading Lawyers on Understanding the Subprime Collapse, the Causes of the Current Lending Climate, and the Industry’s Pending Future, Thompson West (2008)
  • “Reaching the Bottom of the Barrel: How the Securitization of Subprime Mortgages Ultimately Backfired,” The Real Estate Finance Journal (Spring 2008)
  • “Protection of Journalists’ Sources Under Foreign and International Law,” Media Law Resource Center White Paper on the Reporter’s Privilege, MLRC Bulletin, Co-author (August 2004)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Secondary Actor Liability for Lawyers under State Securities Statutes,” American Bar Association National Legal Malpractice Conference, Panelist (September 13-15, 2017)
  • “The Future of eDiscovery and Litigation Strategies Under the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedures,” The Knowledge Group webcast (May 17, 2017)

Awards and Honors

  • Selected to “Under 40 Hot List” by Benchmark Litigation (2017)
  • Named as an “Oregon Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Business Litigation (2015-2017)
  • Named as an “Oregon Rising Star,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Business Litigation (2008-2014)
  • Selected “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation (2009)
  • Multnomah Bar Association Pro Bono Honor Roll (2007)

Professional and Community Activities

  • St. Andrew Legal Clinic
    • President (2014)
    • Secretary (2013)
    • Board Member (2011-present)
  • Member, Oregon Business Association Transportation Committee
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association

Peter Hawkes

Shareholder | Portland | 503.778.2165 |