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About Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

With its headquarters in Portland, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn has a total of four offices in Washington, California, and Oregon that comprise its practice in the Pacific Northwest. The firm has more than 150 attorneys and offers a full set of services to its business, nonprofit, public, and individual clients.

Twenty Name Changes  

Since its founding in 1873, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn has undergone more than 20 name changes that mark the comings, goings, and promotions of named partners and changes to the firm’s make-up. Since its inception, the firm has evolved its specialties along with developments in the U.S. economy. Back in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the firm represented ventures in gold mining, printing, railroads, and timber. Fast-forward, and the firm of today is very much on top of practices like technology and intellectual property.

Big Clients, Big Expertise

Miller Nash’s practice areas include admiralty and maritime law, bankruptcy, business, condemnation and real estate, construction, data security, education, labor and employment, franchise and distribution, IP, government and regulatory las, land use, tax, trusts and estates, and litigation. Miller Nash demonstrates its expertise in certain practice areas not only through its client work, but also through its blogs: The Bank Law Monitor covers banking and finance; From the Ground Up examines land use, real estate law, construction, and environmental law; IP Law Trends covers—you guessed it—trends in IP law; and The Northwest Policyholder takes a deep dive into insurance law.

Though the firm operates only in the Pacific Northwest, its book of business includes national heavyweights like Merrill Lynch, U.S. Bank, Smith Barney, and Bank of America. Beyond the banks, the multi-service firm serves government agencies, public school districts, nonprofits, corporations, and Native American tribes. Miller Nash has no problem handling top-dollar deals—recent experiences include navigating a client’s multi-million dollar merger with a Toyota subsidiary; winning a large recovery for a multi-billion dollar company in a shareholder dispute; and representing a Fortune 100 company in an IP dispute regarding non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements. More historically, the firm represented U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding prior to the 1994 Olympics, securing injunctions that allowed her to compete.

Sustainability in the Pacific Northwest

In line with Pacific Northwest values, Miller Nash has implemented a sustainability initiative that is upheld at all levels of the firm. The Miller Nash “Green Team” meets regularly to discuss new ways to improve the firm’s sustainability efforts, which currently include policies regarding purchasing, travel, energy, and commuting. For example, Office Max no longer uses plastic bags for its deliveries to the firm; instead, it delivers supplies in reusable totes that are picked up the next day.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

3500 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204-3699
Phone: (503) 224-5858

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Kieran Curley
Hiring Attorney: Clifton Molatore
Total No. Attorneys (2020):
150 - 250

Base Salary

All offices
1st year: $120,000
Summer associate: $2,200/week

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Major Office Locations

Long Beach, CA
Portland, OR (HQ)
Seattle, WA
Vancouver, WA

Major Departments

Admiralty & Maritime
Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
Construction & Design
Data Security, Privacy, and Data Breach
Employee Benefits
Employment Law
Environmental & Natural Resources
Franchise & Distribution
Government & Regulatory Affairs
Intellectual Property
International Business & Dispute Resolution
Land Use
Native American Tribes & Organizations
Petroleum Real Estate/ Condemnation & Real Estate Valuation
Trusts & Estates