W. Gregory Lockwood

Partner

  • Office Contact Info
  • Biography

    Greg Lockwood is a Partner in the firm's Portland office. He assists businesses, executives, and professionals resolve disputes in courts, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings across the country. His practice primarily consists of commercial, bankruptcy, employment litigation, mortgage foreclosure, product liability and professional liability including defending insurance agents and brokers in malpractice claims.

    Due to the nature of his cases, Greg is frequently in court.  He has briefed and argued high-stakes dispositive motions, which have extricated his clients from cases in state and federal courts. He has been on trial teams that have consistently achieved results for his clients, including defense verdicts and successful counterclaims. He has first chaired cases in front of AAA, ASP, and FINRA arbitrators. Additionally, he has taken over 150 depositions, including trial perpetuation depositions of parties and experts. 

    Drawing on his past experience as a brand-strategy consultant for Fortune 100 companies, Greg focuses on providing efficient and business-oriented results. He works closely with clients to understand their needs and goals in order to help move cases forward in a way that meets those ends.  

    In his free time, Greg enjoys traveling with his wife, Megha, hiking with his dog Cordelia, skiing, and running. Greg and Megha are active in Portland’s arts scene including the Portland Art Museum and Portland Opera.

    Admissions

    • Oregon
    • Minnesota
    • Wisconsin
    • Washington

    Memberships

    • Oregon State Bar, Legal Ethics Committee (2015-2018)
    • Oregon State Bar, Practice and Procedure Committee (2014-2017)
    • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Transportation Committee Chair
    • Multnomah Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association

    Community Involvement

    • Pro Bono Panel Member, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
    • Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Fee Mediation and Arbitration Panel (2015 - Present)
    • Portland Opera, Young Patrons Society
    • Catholic Charities
  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience
    • Drafted and argued a successful motion for summary judgment on fraud, consumer protection act, and malpractice claims in state court. Successfully defended the lower court’s order and obtained an order for his client’s attorney’s fees on appeal. 

    • Drafted and argued a motion to dismiss civil RICO claims against a banking client related to alleged involvement in an allegedly illegal cannabis grow operation, obtaining a total dismissal in Federal Court. 

    • Drafted and argued a motion to dismiss violations of Washington’s Franchise Investment Protection Act and Consumer Protection Act, obtaining total dismissal in Federal Court.

    • Successfully represented clients in grievance action brought by the Washington State Bar, resulting in dismissal of the action.

    • Second-chaired $8 million legal malpractice jury trial, which resulted in a defense verdict.

    • Second-chaired complex lawyer discipline trial, defeating bar’s claims of fabrication of evidence, and protecting attorney from disbarment.

    • Second-chaired UCC breach of warranty case, representing tool die manufacturer, which resulted in a defense verdict and a six-figure counterclaim judgment.

    • First chaired arbitration in subrogation action between regional trucking company and a national insurer, securing a defense verdict on liability.

    • As pro-bono counsel, successfully represented plaintiff in a civil rights case involving the first amendment and statutory rights to film the police.

  • Publications & Presentations

    Publications

    • Suit Up: Sartorial advice from somebody who has no business giving it, The Verdict (Issue 2, 2017)
    • Co-Author/Editor, Oregon State Bar Books, Damages, Chapter 17, Physical Injury to or Loss of Chattels (2016)
    • The Verdict, Bar Review: Procedural and Evidentiary Protections Are Limited in Attorney Disciplinary Hearings (Fall 2016)
    • Case Note: In court-annexed arbitration, a party may challenge an arbitrator’s attorney fee award in a request for a trial d novo, The Verdict (Issue 3, 2016)
    • Case Note: Requests for examinations under oath must be reasonable to permit an insurer to deny coverage based on an insured’s failure to cooperate, The Verdict (Issue 3, 2016)
    • Assistant Editor, West’s Bankruptcy Service Current Awareness Alert (November 2011-December 2012)

    Presentations

    • “Punitive Damages from the Perspective of Courts and Juries,” Moderator, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Summer Conference, Sunriver, OR (June 22, 2019)
    • "Navigating Ethical Pitfalls and Grey Areas," Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Summer Conference, Sunriver, OR (June 18, 2016)
    • "Paper Discovery Three Ways," Oregon New Lawyers Division Super Saturday, Tigard, OR (October 24, 2015)
    • "The Effects of Negligent Hiring on Litigation," Standards and Best of Oregon, Portland, OR (March 12, 2015)
    • "Maximizing Efficiency and Effectiveness in Adversary Proceedings," Minnesota State Bar Association Bankruptcy Institute, Minneapolis, MN (October 8, 2013)
  • Education

    Education

    J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 2011

    • Symposium Editor, Wisconsin Law Review
    • Telecommunications Law Award
    • Gwynette Smalley Law Review Award

    B.A., cum laude, Political Science and Economics, Amherst College, 2006

    Clerkships

    Judge Nancy Dreher of the Bankruptcy Court of the District of Minnesota

    Externships

    Justice Annette Ziegler of the Wisconsin Supreme Court

    Honors

    Rising Stars® distinction in the fields of Civil Litigation: Defense, Employment Litigation: Defense, and Bankruptcy: Business (2017-2020)

  • Languages
    • Spanish
  • Meet Me

    What do you enjoy most about your practice?

    Using the adversarial process to achieve results for my clients.

    What is the secret to obtaining successful trial results?

    Knowing the case better than the other side and presenting a clear, cohesive version of your best facts.

    What are your favorite pastimes when you are not practicing law?

    Running, skiing, watching and playing soccer.