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William D. Miner

Minor, Meiner MinerWilliam Minor, Meiner
Partner-in-Charge, Portland

Bill Miner works with his clients to resolve their legal problems through pre-litigation counseling, litigation, and mediation. Bill tries cases in state and federal courts and through private arbitration. His experience includes defending and prosecuting business torts; breach of contract claims; disputes between and among members of limited liability companies; residential and commercial real estate matters, including landlord-tenant, title, lien, and timber trespass disputes; and probate and trust cases.

Representative Experience

Trial Experience


Obtained full defense verdict after four-day jury trial on breach of contract case between two Northwest companies.

Rose v. Nordt

Successfully prosecuted, through trial, claim of timber trespass. Client was awarded statutory treble damages and damages for mental anguish.

Buechley v. Buechley

Obtained full defense judgment after one-week bench trial in dispute between members of closely held limited liability company, including allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duties.

Renshaw v. Pacific Northwest Title, Inc.

Obtained full defense judgment after bench trial in breach of contract case brought by attorney (as an individual) against a Northwest company.

Minnich v. Sundance Shutter

Obtained full defense judgment after bench trial in breach of contract/rescission and unfair trade practices claims brought by an individual against a Northwest company.

Martinez v. Spitz

Obtained full defense judgment after bench trial in favor of a subsequent purchaser of a foreclosed home.

Real Estate Litigation

Multiple Plaintiffs v. Bank of America

Defended national banking clients in over a dozen "wrongful foreclosure" lawsuits.

Defense of commercial lease disputes involving wireless carriers

Defended multiple cases involving national wireless carriers and their cell tower leases including sub-leasing arrangements.

Jackson v. Beckman

Successfully dismissed four separate actions brought against client relating to a disputed land sale contract.

Kreder v. Ellis

Successfully cleared title to property that was disputed for years.

Hall v. Roma-Smith

Represent defendant in partition action.

Trust and Estate Litigation

In re Estate of Eric Smith

Through mediation, favorably settled a multimillion-dollar estate dispute involving interpretation of decedent’s will and limited liability buy-sell agreements.

Pinson v. Deutsche Bank

Obtained summary judgment against estate on behalf of a subsequent purchaser where previous personal representative fraudulently transferred property.

Breach of Trust on behalf of charitable beneficiary

On behalf of large out-of-state charitable institution, brought suit against trustee of a southern Oregon trust and two individuals to reverse fraudulent transfer of property. The property was given back and a large attorney fee judgment was entered against the individuals.

Prosecution against fiduciary on behalf of beneficiary of charitable trust

On behalf of a large national youth organization, favorably settled property and estate dispute in eastern Oregon through mediation and threats of litigation.

Heller v. Heller

Represented successor trustee in breach of trust action against previous trustee and defended allegations by beneficiaries of breaches of trust and loyalty.

In re Estate of Arthur Smith

Defense of personal representative in claims of breach of fiduciary duties. Obtained partial summary judgment of claims and ultimately negotiated favorable settlement with beneficiary.

Manufactured Home Community and Marina Litigation

Multiple landlord clients v. multiple tenant defendants

Favorably settled hundreds of forcible entry and detainer (eviction) actions without trial for various manufactured home and floating home community owners and commercial landlords and tenants.

Rocky Pointe Marina v. Taylor

Filed preemptory action and obtained summary judgment against defendants relating to defendants’ rights in a floating home pursuant to Oregon’s personal property abandonment statute.

Happy Rock Home Owners Association v. Happy Rock Marina

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant marina against coalition of tenants seeking to force sale of marina to tenants’ association.

Repman v. Casselman’s Wharf Marina

Obtained summary judgment against plaintiff-tenant on case brought challenging marina "leasing fee."

General Litigation

Defense of multi-plaintiff action against therapeutic boarding school

Represented therapeutic boarding school in defending allegations of abusive practices and negligence.

Bank of the Cascades v. Proterra

Represent banking client in collection of multimillion-dollar debt.

Defense of Fair Credit Reporting Act Claim

Represent national wireless carrier company in claims of violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

LLC dispute

Through arbitration, defeated claims by co-member of limited liability company involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duties.

Partnership dispute

Represented client in claims brought by deceased partner’s estate involving valuation of business of assets and division of partnership property.

Additional Qualifications

  • Congressional aide to two Northwest Members of Congress advising on a variety of subject areas including the environment, labor, transportation, housing and energy, Washington, D.C. 1998-2001
  • Staff Assistant/Legislative Correspondent, Office of Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse (Oregon-1), Washington, D.C., 1998

Professional & Community Activities

  • President, Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger
  • Chair, 2013-2014; Vice Chair, 2012-2013 – Multnomah Bar Association’s Judicial Screening Committee
  • Board Member, Community Action Organization (Washington County), 2015-present
  • Volunteer, 2005-present; Board Member, 2015-present – St. Andrew Legal Clinic
  • Member, Oregon Uniform Trial Court Rules Committee
  • President, McKay Elementary Parent Teacher Committee, 2012-2014
  • Vice Chair, DWT firm wide Pro Bono Committee, 2008-2010
  • Coach, Raleigh Hills Little League and YMCA Youth Basketball, 2010-present
  • President, Woodhaven Cooperative Preschool, 2007-2011

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Oregon Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2017-2018
  • Named as one of the "Forty under 40," Portland Business Journal, 2015
  • Named as one of the "17 Oregon Business People We’re Watching in 2015," by the Portland Business Journal, 2015
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers, 2016 
  • Davis Wright Tremaine Heart of Justice Award, 2011
  • Multnomah Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award of Merit, 2011
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