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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
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 2016

Blake Robinson

RobinsonBlake
Associate
T503.778.5341
F503.778.5299
Blake Robinson focuses his practice on litigation, emphasizing construction and real estate matters. He has prevailed in numerous bench trials and won dispositive motions in both state and federal court. Blake has successfully argued before the 9th Circuit. Blake also advises clients on a variety of product stewardship issues, such as product recalls, the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and product warnings. He also handles eviction matters for commercial and residential landlords, and advises them on topics such as Fair Housing issues and lease violations. Blake is admitted to practice in both Oregon and Washington.

Representative Experience

Construction

Defective construction at storage facility

Representing a storage facility in a construction defect lawsuit in southern Oregon against multiple parties. (Ongoing)

Townhomes construction litigation

Representing multiple parties in lawsuit alleging defective construction at townhomes project. (Ongoing)

Condominium construction litigation

Representing individual in arbitration involving disclosure of construction defects. (Ongoing)

Advised roofing manufacturer on warranty issues

Assisted roofing manufacturer in revising warranty for its roofing panels. (2016)

Dam construction litigation

Drafted motions and pleadings, and assisted with the document review in lawsuit involving allegedly defective construction of a dam located in the Willamette Valley. (2014-2016)

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)

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)

Real Estate

Assistance on landlord-tenant issues

Assists commercial and residential (including apartment complex and manufactured, mobile, and floating home community) landlords in various issues, including advising landlords on potential evictions, advising landlords on Fair Housing Act issues, drafting rental agreements, and drafting rules and regulations.  (Ongoing)

Breach of commercial lease

Representing shopping center owner in lawsuit filed against former tenant for breaching lease. (Ongoing)

Obtained dismissal of Fair Housing complaint

Obtained dismissal of a complaint filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries in which a mobile home park applicant alleged the park discriminated against her on the basis of her race. (2016)

Quashed restraining order against manufactured home park manager

After a contested hearing, obtained an order quashing a restraining order previously entered against park manager in favor of park tenant. (2015)

Residential eviction trial for mobile home community

Won a bench trial and obtained an eviction. (2014)

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)

Products Counseling

Advised company on safety disclaimers

Advised company on safety disclaimers for consumer air horn product. (2017)

Advised wearable technology company on warranty issues

Advised wearable technology company on various warranty issues, including federal law requirements for pre-sale disclosure of warranty terms. (2017)

Advised emergency responder company on products liability issues

Revised equipment purchase and sale agreement to address products liability issues. (2017)

Assisted international smart watch company with products issues.

Help company design and draft warranty and user manual for its smart watches. (2016)

Drafted warranty for beauty products company

Advised beauty products company with respect to designing a warranty program. Drafted product warranty and revised website terms and conditions for compliance with federal law. (2016)

Advised international sports equipment manufacturer on product safety issues

Assisted sports equipment manufacturer in creating safety warnings for product and its user manual. (2015)

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)

Other Litigation and Appellate Experience

Successfully defended mortgage-related claims at trial and on appeal

Drafted and argued successful motion to dismiss mortgage-related claims against two defendants. After plaintiffs appealed, drafted response brief. The 9th Circuit affirmed the dismissal as to our clients, while remanding the case as to our clients’ co-defendants. Sovereign v. Deutsche Bank, 2011 WL 5592392 (D. Or. 2011), aff’d 606 Fed. Appx. 401 (2015)

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, 585 Fed. Appx. 578, 2014 WL 5421585

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)

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)

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)

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

  • Board Member, Oregon State University Honors College Alumni Leadership Circle, 2017
  • University Honors College Board of Readers, Oregon State University, 2010-2013
  • Executive Committee, Products Liability Section; Chair-Elect – Oregon State Bar, 2012-present 
  • Multnomah County Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Oregon Rising Stars" in Business Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2012-2017