Portland-area firm Ater Wynne has emphases on litigation,
business law, and regulated industries. Some of its more
recognizable clients include Bank of America, ConocoPhillips,
T-Mobile, Bechtel Enterprises, and the State of Oregon.
Civic Pride in the Pacific Northwest
Ater Wynne began as a Portland-area partnership in the 1930s.
Today, the firm's legal team of almost 50 attorneys advises clients
doing business in the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska. Thanks
to its west coast know-how, law firms for national and
international clients regularly retain Ater Wynne as local
In the 1970s, the firm added a sizeable energy practice. Perhaps
reflective of the Portland area's uniquely eco-friendly population,
the firm also added a substantial environmental and natural
resources practice, with emphases on environmental compliance,
Native American tribal resources, and permits and pollution. The
firm is also environmentally conscious on its own turf-the city of
Portland has bestowed its BlueWorks award to Ater Wynne for its
sustainable business practices. Oregon Business Magazine has also
recognized Ater Wynne for its environmental savvy, including it on
its list of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon
several years in a row.
In 2004, with offices already in Portland and Seattle, the firm
launched an office in Menlo Park in order to expand its Silicon
Valley client base. Expansion aside, the firm takes pride in its
Portland roots, touting an attitude of community service based on
the words inscribed on the city's Skidmore Fountain: "Good citizens
are the riches of a city."
A Portland Business Favorite
Many of Ater Wynne's clients fall into the high-growth emerging
business category, and the firm seeks to help budding companies
avoid typical corporate growing pains, particularly within the
technology, healthcare, telecommunications, construction, real
estate and manufacturing industries. The firm has repeatedly ranked
in Corporate Board Member magazine's top five lists of
corporate law firms in Portland.