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Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon

John F. McGrory, Jr.

John McGrory is a trial attorney who focuses on commercial and complex litigation, with an emphasis on antitrust, securities and shareholder matters. He also represents officers, directors and companies in connection with investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and state regulatory bodies. In addition to his courtroom experience, John regularly represents clients in arbitration and administrative proceedings.

John is a member of the firm's executive committee and is chair of the Portland office's litigation department.

Representative Experience

Commercial Litigation

Puri v. East West Tea Company

Represented East West Tea Company in dispute over the right to use trademarks associated with the “Yogi” tea brand. On appeal. (Ongoing)

Khalsa v. Khalsa

Successfully represented plaintiff in four-week trial in one of the largest cases in Multnomah County in 2012. Claims at issue included breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment. Court found for plaintiff on all claims. (Multnomah Cnty. (Or.) 2012)

Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. v. Coast Cutlery Corp.

Represented Leatherman Tool Group in a false advertising claim against its competitor Coast Cutlery for false statements made by Coast regarding the steel used in its knives. (D. Or. 2011-2012)

Public Utility District No. 2 v. Comcast of Washington et al.

Represented Comcast in eight-day trial regarding application of of pole attachment statute to communications clients. (2010, 2011)

Amerivest Financial, LLC v. Pacific Northwest Title and Escrow Company, et al.

Defended Pacific Northwest Title against claims under Oregon Securities Act and for allegedly aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and breach of contract. Obtained jury verdict in favor of Pacific Northwest Title after two-week trial. (Multnomah Cnty. (Or.) Cir. Ct. 2009); affirmed on appeal, Case No. A144457 (June 4, 2014).

Paul v. Providence Health System

Represented Providence Health System against a putative class action. Plaintiffs alleged that the theft of unencrypted backup tapes and optical discs from the car of an employee was negligent and a violation of the Oregon Unfair Trade Practices Act. Plaintiffs sought to certify the case on behalf of a class of 365,000 current and former patients whose patient information was stored on the stolen material. The court granted a motion to dismiss with prejudice and all claims were dismissed. Dismissal was affirmed by the Oregon Court of Appeals and by the Oregon Supreme Court, 273 P.3d 106. Oral arguments. (February 24, 2012)

Pacific Courier Services v. Pacific Northwest Title

Gained full defense verdict after four-day jury trial on breach of contract case brought by courier service against title company. (Multnomah Cnty. (Or.) Cir. Ct. 2008)

Zweibrüder Optoelectronics v. Coast Cutlery Corp.

Represented Leatherman’s Zweibrüder subsidiary, designer and manufacturer of LED lights, in a dispute with Coast, Zweibrüder’s former distributor, over ownership of trademarks and unfair competition. (D. Or. 2011-2012)

Premier Technologies v. State of Oregon

Represented plaintiff in an $18 million breach of contract and administrative action brought against the State of Oregon. The case settled during appeal after a three-week jury trial. 92C10520 (Marion Cnty. (Or.) Cir. Ct.)

Black, et al. v. Arizala, et al.

Represented defendants in securities and RICO case involving sale of limited partnership interests. Successfully obtained dismissal of securities and RICO claims at pleading stage. Case No. 9611-09017 (Multnomah Cnty. (Or.) Cir. Ct.)

Oceanmark Bank, FSB v. Southern Pacific Funding Corporation, et al.

Represented corporate officer in a securities and RICO case arising out of the purchase of a bank's mortgage lending division. Plaintiff sought $25 million. Settled prior to trial. Case No. 98-6217 (S.D. Fla. 1998)

Strubel v. Shell Oil

Arbitration of 11 operators' claims against Shell for wrongful termination seeking damages in excess of $5 million resulted in an award of less than $100,000. (2007)


Witt Co. v. Riso

Representing plaintiff in antitrust suit alleging illegal tie in and improper termination. (D. Or. Ongoing)

LMG Concerts v. Salem Communication

Representing defendants in an attempted monopolization claims under Section 1. of the Sherman Act. (D. Or. Ongoing)

Hafez Daraee and Brooks Cooper, et al. v. Microsoft Corporation

Represented Microsoft in a class action brought by purchasers of the Microsoft Windows 98 operating system, who claimed they were overcharged in violation of antitrust laws. Successfully obtained dismissal of the case at the pleading stage. (Multnomah Cnty. (Or.) Cir. Ct. 2000) Read more

Clough, et al. v. Texaco Refining and Marketing, Inc. and Equilon Enterprises LLC

Represented Texaco and Equilon in antitrust case brought by gasoline dealers in the Portland area. Plaintiffs alleged defendants violated price discrimination statutes, and sought $9 million in damages. Case settled after summary judgment motions filed. Civil No. 96-3028-JO (D. Or. 1996)

Volm v. Legacy Health Systems, Inc., et al.

Represented health system in an antitrust case brought under Section 1 of the Sherman Act. The case, which was brought by a health care provider, alleged defendants entered into a conspiracy to exclude it from the market, and also brought various business tort claims. The antitrust claims were dismissed on summary judgment. Civil No. CV 00-1168-KI (D. Or. 2002)

East Portland Imaging Center and Body Imaging v. Providence Health System and Providence Health Plan, et al.

Represented large health system and its health plan in an antitrust case brought by two outpatient diagnostic imaging centers that were terminated from the plan in favor of two diagnostic imaging joint ventures formed by health system and community radiologists. The district court entered summary judgment for client after intense discovery. The 9th Circuit affirmed. (9th Cir. 2008)

Viacom Inc. v. Hollywood Entertainment Corp.

Represented plaintiff in a multimillion-dollar misappropriation of trade secrets (real estate acquisition methods and targets) and unfair competition case. Defended antitrust counterclaims brought against Viacom Inc. and Blockbuster Entertainment. The counterclaims sought damages of $1 million as well as various forms of injunctive relief including divestiture. The case settled after the filing of summary judgment motions prior to trial. Civil No. 95-115-MA (D. Or. 1995)

Forrest Carter, M.D., P.C. v. Cascade Comprehensive Care, Inc., et al.

Represented defendant medical group in antitrust case brought under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act. Plaintiff sought injunctive relief and unspecified damages. The case was dismissed with prejudice after the court granted motions to dismiss. Civil No. CV 96-3028-CO (D. Or. 1996)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Directors, St. Andrew's Legal Clinic
  • Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
  • Executive Committee; Chairman, 2013, 1997, 1989 – Section on Antitrust Trade Regulation and Unfair Trade Practice, Oregon State Bar
  • Associate Member, American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI)

Professional Recognition

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Litigation: General Commercial (Oregon) by Chambers USA, 2005-2006, 2009-2017; Received "Band 1" ranking, 2016; With respect to antitrust, one commenter stated in Chambers, "The state’s best antitrust litigator."
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Antitrust Law by Best Lawyers, 2008-present; named in Commercial Litigation, 2010-present
  • Named as "Lawyer of The Year" by Best Lawyers, 2015, in Antitrust Litigation 
  • Selected to "Oregon Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2007, 2012-2017
Recognized by Chambers USA – Chambers and Partners
John McGrory named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
Rated by Super Lawyers - John McGrory selected to Oregon Super Lawyers
John McGrory awarded AV Preeminent rating