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About Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Pacific Northwest firm Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s Oregon, Washington, and California strongholds don’t deter national heavyweights like Merrill Lynch UBS, U.S. Bank, Smith Barney and Bank of America from knocking at its doors. In addition to banks, the multi-service firm serves government agencies, public school districts, nonprofits, corporations and Native American tribes.

Railroads, Gold-Mining and Twenty Name Changes  

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s history contains over 20 name changes, which mark the comings, goings and promotions of name partners and trace important developments in U.S. history. In 1873, Henry H. Northup and William B. Gilbert, who would later be appointed by President William Henry Harrison in 1892 to become one of three first judges to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court, created the firm Northup & Gilbert in Portland. Northup & Gilbert became Gibbs & Gilbert with the 1876 arrival of former U.S. District Attorney for the District of Oregon Addison C. Gibbs, went back to Northup & Gilbert with Gibbs’ 1877 departure, then became Gearin & Gilbert with the addition of City Attorney and Oregon State Legislature member John M. Gearin, and so on and so forth.  In 1999, the firm’s name was changed to Miller Nash, from Robert S. Miller and Frank E. Nash, who were both promoted to partners in 1948. In 2015, the firm’s combination with Graham & Dunn created Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn has also evolved alongside intriguing developments in U.S. economic history. The firm represented ventures in gold mining, printing, railroads and timber throughout the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the 1890s, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn formed longstanding professional relationships with first the Pacific Division of Union Pacific Railroad 1890 and subsequently the 1893 Northern Pacific and general Union Pacific lines, as well as Columbia Southern Railroad magnate E.E. Lytle. Firm alumni also went on to make their marks in federal law. Gearin was a government-appointed special prosecutor for opium fraud cases in 1893 and founder Judge Gilbert took on the Ku Klux Klan’s Oregon presence in 1924 by striking down a prejudice-laden public school law. Meanwhile, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn had no problem acquiring an impressive array of clients, including Wells Fargo in 1919 and Universal Pictures Corp., Britannia Steamship Insurance Association, Ltd. and Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York in the 1920s and 30s.

Today, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn is the fourth largest law firm in Oregon and the eighth largest in Washington. Its tradition of attracting high-achieving lawyers, including Oregon Supreme Court justices, state legislators and Senate members, seems to be going strong, with over 25 Best Lawyers in America and over 60 Oregon Super Lawyers and Oregon Rising Stars. The firm is recognized in practice areas of litigation, banking, bankruptcy, benefits, corporate compliance, education, environmental, tax, trusts and estates, real estate, ERISA, construction and labor and employment litigation. In 2013, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn represented lift truck part manufacturer Cascade Corp. in its $795 million acquisition by Toyota Industries Corp.

Philanthropy in Portland

Portland Business Journal has named Miller Nash Graham & Dunn one of the most philanthropic companies in Oregon since 2012, and for good reason. Managing Partner Kieran Curley is on the board of directors of Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest and partners are on the boards of organizations like De Paul Treatment Centers Partner and Portland Business Alliance. Miller Nash Graham & Dunn makes charitable donations to animal shelters, disaster relief, low-income medical services, children and adult literacy initiatives and donated significantly to victims of the Haiti earthquake and Indian Ocean tsunami.  

Wellness and Diversity Fellowships

Miller Nash Graham and Dunn has been named one of Oregon’s Healthiest Employers from a list of 40 by Healthiest Companies LLC since 2010 and one of American Heart Association’s Fit Friendly Companies since 2011. The wellness team’s mission is to enhance organizational health by encouraging employees to initiate or expand a healthy lifestyle – encompassing physical fitness, mental health and more.  Through these efforts, the firm is creating a corporate culture that celebrates and provides opportunities for holistic wellness.

The firm offers many events and programs that operate both inside and outside of the workplace.  Onsite options include seminars with guest speakers from different wellness-related sectors and a wellness library with resources and equipment available for check-out.  Outside the office, the wellness team coordinates participation of employees and their families in community events, such as the Heart & Stroke Walk, Bike MS and Race for the Cure, as well as volunteering in the community service.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn recognizes the power of diversity in the work place and strives to welcome people with different backgrounds.  The firm provides equal opportunities and benefits to all employees. 

Through the 1L Diversity Fellowship program, each year, the firm offers a paid summer associate position and a $7,500 scholarship to be applied to the law student’s second-year tuition.  

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

Base Salary

1st year: $110,000
Summer associate: $2,000/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
4 out of 4 (Portland)
1 out of 1 (Seattle)

Employment Contact

Michelle Baird-Johnson
Director of Recruiting and Professional Development
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 224-5858

Major Office Locations

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

Major Departments

Business & Tax
Employment & Benefits
Energy & Sustainability
Finance & Financial Institutions
From the Ground Up (Real Estate Development)
Government & Regulatory
International Business
Intellectual Property
Mobile Commerce
Native American Tribes & Organizations
Real Estate & Environmental
Trusts & Estates