Christopher E. Hawk


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  • Biography

    Chris Hawk is a partner at Gordon & Rees and actively practices in Oregon and Washington.

    Mr. Hawk is a seasoned civil litigator with significant experience handling all aspects of litigation; from the initial pleadings through trial. In recent years, he has been actively involved in several intellectual property trials in the Northwest. He has also successfully defended a flooring contractor in a six-figure binding arbitration personal injury case. Mr. Hawk handles small single-claimant administrative actions to the large complex multistate class action cases across all of Oregon and Washington. He has a diversity of practice areas, including employment law (litigation and advice), professional liability (accountants, mental healthcare professionals, architects, engineers, attorneys, etc.), intellectual property (copyright/trademark), commercial litigation (cybersecurity), consumer protection class action (FCRA, TCPA, FDCPA), and tort and product liability (personal injury and premises liability).

    A native of Rye, New York, Mr. Hawk practiced civil litigation in Los Angeles for nearly seven years (including five years with Gordon & Rees), prior to moving to Portland in 2005. He then clerked for Oregon U.S. District Court Judge, Anna J. Brown, before opening the Gordon & Rees Portland office in 2006.


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


    Multnomah Bar Association
    U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society
    Oregon Association of Defense Counsel

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  • Representative Experience

    Representative Experience

    Mr. Hawk’s extensive federal and state court civil litigation experience includes trials, arbitrations, mediations, and appeals.
    Consumer Protection Defense
    • FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA, and all debt collection cases, including class actions.
    Employment Law (litigation and advice)
    • All types of employment related cases, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, meal/rest breaks with all state and federal laws, including class actions.
    • Employment law training and counsel to large and small companies.
    • Extensive administrative agency experience, Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries (BOLI), EEOC, and WA L&I.
    Intellectual Property Defense (copyright and trademark)
    • Two unanimous jury verdicts (2nd chair) in trademark infringement cases in Oregon U.S. District Court.
    Professional Liability
    • Defended dozens of professionals in various occupations against lawsuits as well as agency board complaints.
    • Successful dispositive motion of legal malpractice case, including Washington Court of Appeals affirming dismissal and awarding costs.
    Commercial Litigation
    • Defend and pursue breach of contract, cybersecurity, and all type of business dispute claims.
    Tort and Product Liability
    • From slip/trip and falls, to auto accidents, to Dram shop defense, and all other types of torts.
    • Defended household, agricultural, and other various products.
  • Education


    J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 1998

    B.A., Clark University, 1991


    Honorable Anna J. Brown, Federal U.S. District Court, Portland, Oregon


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