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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 2012
  • Oregon, 2008
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 2009
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2012

Blake Robinson

RobinsonBlake
Associate
T503.778.5341
F503.778.5299
Blake Robinson focuses his practice on trial and appellate litigation, emphasizing product liability, real estate, and employment matters. He has handled numerous bench trials and prevailed on dispositive motions in both state and federal court. Blake has successfully argued before the 9th Circuit, and written appellate briefs in the Oregon Supreme Court, Oregon Court of Appeals, and 9th Circuit. Blake also advises clients on a variety of product stewardship issues, such as product recalls and compliance with federal warranty laws, and commercial and residential landlord-tenant issues, such as lease violations. Blake is admitted to practice in both Oregon and Washington.

Representative Experience

Dam construction litigation

Drafted motions and pleadings, and assisted with the document review in lawsuit involves allegedly defective construction of a dam located in the Willamette Valley. (Ongoing)

Amicus brief in Oregon Supreme Court on attorney-client privilege issues

Wrote an amicus brief in the Oregon Supreme Court on behalf of the Americans Civil Liberties Union of Oregon on an issue regarding the scope of the attorney-client privilege in post-conviction relief cases. The Court unanimously ruled in favor of the position that we supported. Brumwell v. Premo, 355 Or 545, 326 P3d 1177 (2014)

Successfully defended employment discrimination and retaliation claims on appeal

The 9th Circuit affirmed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of client on former employee’s claims of FMLA/OFLA discrimination and retaliation for engaging in protected activities. Argued the case before the 9th Circuit. Larmanger v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, --- Fed.Appx. ----, 2014 WL 5421585.

Release of construction lien

Assisted a medical services company in bonding around a construction lien. (2014)

Resolution of workers’ compensation garnishment related to construction project

Assisted a construction company in resolving a garnishment issued by a state agency due to the failure of one of its subcontractors to pay workers’ compensation insurance. (2014)

Apartment complex construction defect lawsuit

Represented a telecommunications company in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit involving alleged defective construction at a multi-building apartment complex where client was alleged to have contributed to the damage by puncturing holes in the buildings’ roofs when installing its phone wires. Handled all of the depositions, document production and review, and motion practice. Client settled shortly before trial. (2013)

Defense of fraud and consumer protection claims

Successfully removed plaintiff’s complaint to federal court in Washington, and then obtained complete dismissal of the complaint on a motion to dismiss. The complaint contained claims for fraud, breach of contract, and violations of Washington’s consumer protection and foreclosure laws. Babrauskas v. Paramount Equity Mortgage, 2013 WL 5743903 (W.D. Wash., Oct. 23, 2013)

Public school construction defect lawsuit

Represented a roof manufacturer in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit involving alleged defective construction at a public school in Central Oregon where the school district alleged that client’s roofing materials were defective and contributed to water damage in the school. Handled many of the depositions and all of the document production. The case settled before trial. (2013)

Residential eviction trial for mobile home community

Won a bench trial and obtained an eviction by establishing that landlord did not violate the Fair Housing Act. (2012)

Residential eviction trial for mobile home community

Won a bench trial, in which 15 witnesses testified, and obtained an eviction by establishing that defendants were not entitled to the protections of Oregon’s Residential Landlord Tenant Act. (2012)

Stork v. Northwest Trustee Services, Inc., et al

Obtained judgment on the pleadings dismissing with prejudice plaintiff’s claim challenging non-judicial foreclosures as wrongful. Also defeated the plaintiff’s motion to remand the case to state court. 2012 WL 464220 (D. Or. 2012)

Obtained summary judgment on employment claims

Wrote successful motion for summary judgment for growing grocery store company. Former employee claimed retaliation and discrimination under Family Medical Leave Act. Talbot v. New Seasons Market LLC, 2012 WL 6738271 (D. Or. 2012)

Defense of wrongful foreclosure claim for SunTrust Mortgage, Inc.

After plaintiffs' home was sold at a nonjudicial foreclosure sale, they filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging, among other things, that the foreclosure was wrongful because Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS) was improperly named a beneficiary in the deed of trust. SunTrust and Fannie Mae filed a motion for summary judgment. The court granted the motion and dismissed all of plaintiffs' claims. Bertrand v. SunTrust Mortgage, Inc., 2011 WL 1113421 (D. Or. 2011)

Defense of sex discrimination and retaliation claims for Klamath Publishing LLC

After plaintiff's employment was terminated, she filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging sex discrimination in the form of sexual harassment and failure to promote, and retaliation for filing an EEOC complaint. Defendant filed a motion for summary judgment. The court granted the motion and dismissed all of plaintiff's claims. Wood v. Klamath Publishing, Inc., 2010 WL 4365558 (D. Or. 2010)

Defense of wage claim for large financial institution

Plaintiff brought a state court claim in which she alleged that her employer failed to pay timely her wages at the end of her employment. The case was sent to mandatory arbitration, and we filed a motion for summary award on the employer's behalf, arguing that plaintiff's claim was barred by the statute of limitations. The arbitrator granted the motion and dismissed plaintiff's claim. (2010)

Product recall for cookware manufacturer

Assisted cookware manufacturer with 65,000 unit recall of two products, including preparing documents required by Consumer Product Safety Commission. (2010)

Defense of fraud and breach of contract claims for Capital One, N.A.

Plaintiff brought a state court complaint alleging that Capital One conspired with co-defendants to defraud plaintiff of over $500,000 in stock certificates and money. Capital One filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that plaintiff was required to bring her claims in a federal lawsuit previously filed in another state. The court granted Capital One's motion and dismissed plaintiff's claims. (2009)

Additional Qualifications

  • Summer Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine, Portland, Ore.
  • Legal Extern: Hon. Joseph V. Ochoa; Hon. Susan M. Tripp – Marion County Circuit Court, Salem, Ore.

Professional & Community Activities

  • University Honors College Board of Readers, Oregon State University, 2010-2013
  • Executive Committee, Products Liability Section; Legislative Liaison – Oregon State Bar, 2012-present 
  • Multnomah County Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Oregon Rising Stars" in Business Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2012-2016