Chairman of the Board
Chad Colton is a trial lawyer with a track record of achieving great results for his clients. He focuses his practice on complex, high-stakes business cases. As part of his commercial litigation practice, Chad handles cross border disputes and international litigation and arbitration, particularly involving businesses and individuals in Mexico and Latin America. Chad is fluent in Spanish and, having lived for several years in South America, is adept at helping clients navigate the thorny legal and cultural issues that arise in disputes between U.S. and Latin American parties. Chad has also litigated and arbitrated disputes between U.S. companies and companies in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Canada.
Incisive and composed in the courtroom, Chad is widely recognized as an outstanding trial advocate. Over the past decade, he has tried nearly 20 cases before juries and judges.Chad’s trial work includes cases for breach of fiduciary duty, minority shareholder oppression, defamation, elder financial abuse, fraud, professional negligence, and breach of contract.
For the past six years, Oregon Super Lawyers has listed Chad as a “Rising Star,” a designation reserved for only 2.5 percent of Oregon attorneys under the age of 40.
Chad’s clients value his sharp and level-headed approach to litigation – he works hard to understand both the strengths and the pitfalls of his cases and then partner with his clients to set a winning litigation strategy. He has successfully represented U.S. and international clients in a broad range of industries, including the software, energy, entertainment, professional services, and agriculture industries.
He is the past Chair of the Oregon State Bar Computer and Internet Law Section. Chad serves on the board of directors for Quechua Benefit, a non-profit organization that provides food, shelter, schooling, and medical services to impoverished children in the highlands of Peru. Chad also serves as an officer and director of Up & Out, which provides housing and life services to more than 40 adults with developmental disabilities.