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Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon, 1980
  • District of Columbia, 1997
  • New York, 2018
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

John A. DiLorenzo, Jr.

DiLorenzo, Jr.John
Co-chair, Government Relations Practice
John DiLorenzo’s practice emphasizes change. Even if the law does not support a client’s position, there may be good policy reasons to support change. John’s practice designs and implements strategies to change the law by lobbying legislative and executive branch officials, initiating administrative rulemaking, or litigating to clarify what the law means. John has authored and been a primary advocate for major legislation in the areas of state and local taxation, tort reform, natural resources, and economic development. John also assists clients in campaign finance, government ethics, initiatives and referendums, insurance recovery actions, environmental claim responses, appellate cases, and a variety of government-related litigation matters.

Practice Highlights
  • Organized the Oregon Litigation Reform Coalition, which successfully lobbied a package of bills providing for reciprocity in attorney fee awards, prohibiting application of RICO in most business disputes unless a prior criminal conviction was obtained, changing standards for punitive damages awards, allocating 60 percent of those awards to the state, and abolishing the doctrine of joint and several liability and replacing it with the doctrine of reallocation of most tort actions
  • Authored and lobbied for numerous sections of "Measure 50" and its implementing legislation reducing and limiting property taxes statewide
  • Authored and successfully lobbied "Right to Farm" legislation protecting agriculture from many nuisance and trespass suits as development moves closer to farming communities
  • Negotiated and successfully advocated legislation preempting local governments from imposing "conversion penalties" on HUD Section 8 landlords who convert to "free market" at completion of Section 8 programs
  • Authored and successfully lobbied adoption of the Oregon Ethics Reform Act and the Oregon Government Standards and Practices Commission Amendments
  • Successfully lobbied adoption of legislation permitting public utilities to include in rates a return on undepreciated value of closed power plants
  • Authored and successfully lobbied Oregon’s "Environmental Cleanup Assistance Act" requiring Oregon law to apply to insurance policies on environmental claims and expanding definition of "suit" to include voluntary responses to environmental regulatory bodies
  • Authored and successfully lobbied for legislation providing transition rules for owners of historic properties which experience property tax assessment "step ups" upon program renewal
  • Authored and successfully lobbied for legislation exempting property used in egg production from property tax
  • Authored and successfully lobbied for legislation providing immunity from suit for antifreeze manufacturers who add "bittering agents" to antifreeze products for safety
  • Authored and successfully lobbied for legislation permitting both in-state and out-of-state residents "like-kind exchange" tax treatment for Oregon income tax purposes
  • Authored and successfully lobbied for 2003 Transition Amendments to the Environmental Cleanup Assistance Act permitting "all sums" recovery against non-settling insurers remaining as defendants in pending environmental insurance recovery cases
  • Authored and successfully lobbied for legislation permitting certain aerial display fireworks companies to maintain their operations in exclusive farm use zones
  • Authored and successfully lobbied for legislation relieving developers of certain licensing requirements and permitting "down stream" suits to recover damages from subcontractors notwithstanding license status of developer
  • Lobbied numerous amendments for a variety of business clients
  • Successfully lobbied for legislation exempting religious schools from state oversight relating to degrees offered
  • Successfully lobbied for a variety of appropriations
  • Successfully lobbied for and drafted major portions of HB 3369 (2009) which paves the way for water development projects in the Umatilla Basin.
  • Successfully lobbied for and drafted statewide GMO preemption law (2013)

Representative Experience

Linn County v. Oregon Board of Forestry

Class action on behalf of 130 local governmental units against the state for breach of their forest trust land contracts—seeks $1.4 billion. (Ongoing)

Owen v. City of Portland

Challenging Portland Tenant Relocation Payment Ordinance. (Ongoing)

More Housing Now!

Organized on behalf of owners of multifamily properties and led the effort to defeat rent control in Oregon Legislature. (2016-2018)

Anderson v. City of Portland

Litigation on behalf of rate payers seeking reimbursement of moneys expended from water and sewer funds for unrelated city projects. Recovered $10 million for water and sewer ratepayers. (2017)

White v. Josephine County 287

Upheld Oregon GMO preemption law and voided local GMO restrictions. Or. App. 888 (Or. App. 2017)

Nordbye v. BRCP/GM Ellington

Standing requirements for declaratory judgment actions (2010). Oregon Court of Appeals clarified 271 Or.App. 168 (2015). Settled class action case advantageously for property owners. (2016) 

Van Natta v. Oregon Government Ethics Commission and State of Oregon

Constitutional challenge to state lobby restrictions. 347 Or. 449 (2009)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals v. Hallock, et al.

Assisted pharmaceutical company in first ever recovery from State of Oregon for work performed under unilateral order. Client recovered $1.5 million from Oregon Hazardous Substances Fund. 06C11571 (2008)

Perrin, et al. v. Kitzhaber, et al.

Represented plaintiffs in Congressional redistricting litigation. 191 Or. App. 439, 83 P.3d 368 (2005)

Oregonians for Sound Economic Policy, Inc. v. State Accident Ins. Fund

A series of claims opening public access to records of the State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF), holding SAIF in contempt of court and addressing exposure of SAIF to attorney fee award. (2003)

Van Natta v. Keisling

9th Circuit and District Court litigation invalidating Oregon constitutional requirement that legislators raise campaign contributions from within their districts. 131 F.3d 1215 (9th Cir. 1998)

Van Natta v. Keisling

Oregon Supreme Court case invalidating Oregon's campaign contribution limits. 324 Or. 514, 931 P.2d 770 (Or. 1997)

Oregon Waste Systems, et al. v. Department of Environmental Quality

A suite of cases, on behalf of Tidewater Barge Lines and Finley Buttes Landfill Co., holding Oregon's out-of-state waste fees are in violation of the Federal Commerce Clause. 511 U.S. 93, 114 S. Ct. 1345, 128 L. Ed. 2d 13 (1995)

Gilliam County v. Environmental Quality Commission

Suite of cases holding Oregon's out-of-state waste fees as violation of the Federal Commerce Clause. 316 Or. 99, 849 P.2d 500 (1993)

Drummond v. State of Oregon

Litigation invalidating Tri-Met's (transportation system) proposed tax on petroleum products. (1986)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Oregon Law Commission (appointed by Oregon Senate President)
  • Past Chair, Government Affairs Practice Group, Lex Mundi, 2009-2011
  • Board of Directors, Arlington Club, 1999-2001
  • Board of Directors, University Club of Portland, 1993, 1997

Professional Recognition

  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Portland's "Lawyer of the Year" in Government Relations, 2013, 2018
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Government Relations Law by Best Lawyers, 2011-present
  • "Best of the Bar" Award Recipient, Government Law, Portland Business Journal, 2005
  • Selected to "Oregon Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2006-2016