Greg Chaimov helps clients with problems with government. Either the client wants something the government doesn’t want to give the client, frequently permission to do something, or the government wants something from the client the client doesn’t want to give the government, frequently money. If Greg can use his relationships with and experience in government to fix a problem with a phone call, he will. If he can’t, and the government isn’t following the rules, then he’ll sue the government. If the government is following the rules, then he’ll work to change the rules. The kinds of problem and types of clients don’t matter. Greg represents everybody from Bible colleges to strip clubs.
Sometimes, the work can be done inside government, such as helping a client convince a state agency to change a proposed administrative rule to accommodate the client’s business operations. Sometimes, the work has to be done outside of government, through initiative and referendum processes. The projects Greg enjoys most involve creatively merging good government and good business, reaching a conclusion in which a government takes an action that not only helps the client, but makes life better for everyone.
Leader in election law and advisor to campaigns
Advises candidates for public office and proponents and opponents of ballot measures, including successful results in the recount on 2014 Ballot Measure 92 (GMO Labeling) and the adoption of 2016 Ballot Measure 98 (Funding for Career and Technical Education).
First-hand experience as elected official
Leverages firsthand experience as an elected official, counsel for the Oregon Legislative Assembly and attorney-in-charge of the Special Litigation Unit for the Oregon Department of Justice for clients’ benefit.
Successfully defeated Measure 97
Assisted clients in decisively defeating 2016 Oregon Ballot Measure 97- the Initiative to Increase Taxes on Oregon Sales. It remains the most expensive ballot measure campaign in Oregon history.
Admitted to Practice
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court District of Oregon
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 1982, cum laude
- Cornelius Honor Society
- Champion, Appellate Advocacy Competition
B.A., Art History, Carleton College, 1978, magna cum laude
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Mortar Board
Memberships & Affiliations
- Member, 2012-present; Chair – Board of Education, Clackamas Community College
- Member, 2007-2012; President, 2010-2012 – City Council, City of Milwaukie
- Member, 2007-2016; Chair, 2015; Executive Committee, 2019 – Oregon State Bar Constitutional Law Section
- Chair Emeritus, North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce
- Secretary, Milwaukie Ledding Library Foundation
- Selected by Best Lawyers as Portland's "Lawyer of the Year" in Government Relations Practice, 2020
- Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers, 2016