Gary Roberts

gary@rlgportland.com , 503-290-2412
Biography
Gary Roberts was a long term shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and brings more than 30 years of experience in problem solving, including business, family and personal litigation. He is a veteran of more than 300 trials, has argued more than a thousand motions and taken or defended over 500 depositions.  He is an experienced appellate advocate and has argued and written the briefs in more than 100 cases before either the Oregon Supreme Court or the Oregon Court of Appeals.  He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all state and federal courts in Oregon. Mr. Roberts was born in Portland, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon.  After a tour of duty with the US Marine Corps, he obtained his law degree from New York University and returned to Portland.  Gary and his wife, Carla, reside in the Laurelhurst area of NE Portland.

A small sample of Gary’s trial victories include:


  • In 2011, Gary defended the president and co-owner of a small Oregon corporation who was sued by the other owner for $48.5 million dollars.  The defense was entirely successful and the jury awarded zero dollars.  In addition the judge also ruled in favor of Gary’s client and agreed that the corporation should be dissolved under her direction.  Brosnan v. Courtney – Multnomah County Circuit Court

  • Gary represented the personal representative of an estate who was sued for $6 million dollars by one of the beneficiaries based on claims of misrepresentation and mutual mistake.  This case was tried to a judge who ruled in favor of the personal representative.  Graves v. Tulleners – Clackamas County Circuit Court.  Graves appealed and the Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision.  Graves v. Tulleners, 205 Or App 267 (2006)

  • Gary defended an individual who was sued by a collection agency.  The jury found for Gary’s client and the court awarded his client damages for violation of the federal fair debt collection practices.  Capital Credit & Collection Service, Inc. v. Moghaddam – Multnomah County Circuit Court.  This decision was also affirmed on appeal.  227 Or App 574 (2009)

  • Gary successfully defended U.S. National Bank who was sued for more than $11 million.  U.S. Bank obtained summary judgment in the trial court in Multnomah County.  Both the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court affirmed the decision.  This case was the first case in Oregon where the Oregon Appellate Courts adopted the theory of judicial estoppel.  Caplener v. U.S. National Bank, N.A. 317 Or 506 (1993)

  • Gary represented an Oregon small business owner when a franchisor sued in federal court demanding that Gary’s client stop doing business and pay substantial damages.  The franchisor’s attempt to obtain preliminary injunction was denied and its lawsuit was dismissed.  Gary’s client has a business which is still thriving.

  • In Chetwod Park Farm, LLC v. Hatton, Gary represented the personal representative of the Zell estate in Multnoman County Circuit Court.  Chetwood Park Farm lost on both of its claims to obtain real property worth approximately $5 million.  In addition, the primary member of Chetwood lost all of his rights to inherit from that estate and paid substantial damages to the estate based on multiple instances of financial abuse of the deceased.

  • Gary successfully represented a commercial landlord in the Oregon Court of Appeals.  The tenant challenged the meaning of a contract term and sought to reform the contract.  The court of appeals sided with the landlord, who also recovered their attorney’s fees because they prevailed in the lawsuit.  Shogun’s Gallery, Inc. v. Merrill, 229 Or App 13 (2009)

  • Gary represented State Farm Insurance Company in a loan dispute which involved whether Mr. Schnitzer could prepay a substantial commercial loan.  State Farm prevailed both at trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court and on appeal.  96 Or App 409 (1989).

  • Gary has successfully represented mortgage brokers.  The State of Oregon held that both Coast Security Mortgage Corporation and one of its officers had violated Oregon escrow law.  Coast Security appealed and the Oregon Supreme Court ruled against the State of Oregon and in favor of both the mortgage company and its broker.  Coast Security Mortgage Corp. v. Real Estate Agency, 331 Or 348 (2000)

  • One of the most personal and dangerous areas for women is when they need to obtain protection from a stalker or an abusive spouse or friend.  Gary has successfully represented women who are at risk and has successfully navigated the requirements to obtained a contested stalking order following a court hearing.  Client name withheld for privacy reasons.