Oregon Supreme Court Dismisses Legal Ethics Case Against Two Prominent Lawyers


The Oregon Supreme Court last week dismissed ethics charges against Lois Rosenbaum and Barnes Ellis, two prominent Portland lawyers, in what had become one of the longest-running and most high-profile ethics cases in years.The case pitted the Oregon State Bar, which regulates 14,000 Oregon lawyers, against two pillars of the state's largest law firm, Stoel Rives (Ellis retired from the firm before ...   More
Monday, February 23, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Top Lawyers Cleared on Some Charges, Guilty of Conflict of Interest, Misrepresentation


An Oregon State Bar panel has found (PDF) two prominent lawyers guilty of conflicts of interest and misrepresentation in a long-running case that dates to 2000.The three-member trial panel ruled that Barnes Ellis and Lois Rosenbaum violated Bar ethics rules governing conflicts of interest between current clients whose interests diverged and were also guilty of misrepresentation in their failure to ...   More
Thursday, May 9, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Decision Date Delayed in High-Profile Bar Trial


The three-member Oregon State Bar trial panel tasked with deciding a major legal ethics case has pushed the date of its decision back to May 7. As WW reported last fall, Barnes Ellis and Lois Rosenbaum, two of the Northwest's leading securities lawyers, face conflict of interest charges for their representation of Flir Systems, Inc., and various Flir executives. The two worked together for decades ...   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Inbox: The Joys of Coffee

Letters to the Editor
A great coffee issue for a great coffee city [“The Caffeinator,” WW, Nov. 21, 2012]. I live in Melbourne, Australia, a city with a massive coffee (and cycling) culture. I visited Portland a fe   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Crossing the Bar

Two giants of Portland’s legal community stand trial on ethics charges.

News Stories
Barnes Ellis spent nearly 50 years at the pinnacle of Oregon’s corporate legal world. A magna cum laude graduate of both Yale University and Harvard Law School, Ellis occupied rarefied territo   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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