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Gregory A. Chaimov

Greg Chaimov is a litigator who also counsels clients on legislative and other political issues. He represents clients before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and local governments in matters involving administrative rules, banking, civil rights, contracts, education, elections, health care, initiative and referendum, land use, natural resources, professional licensing, trade practices, and real property.

Greg represents major healthcare institutions in complex tort actions spanning employment, malpractice, contract disputes, and privacy and security, among other areas.

Greg frequently advises candidates for public office and proponents and opponents of ballot measures. He also advises trade associations throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest on government matters. He holds substantial knowledge based on his background as an elected public official, counsel for the Oregon Legislative Assembly and attorney-in-charge of the Special Litigation Unit for the Oregon Department of Justice.

Greg is a frequent speaker at colleges, law schools, and civic gatherings on Oregon history and legislative processes. A published author, Greg has penned poems and short fiction that have appeared in journals throughout North America.

Representative Experience

Advisor to trade associations in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

Provides trade associations with ongoing counseling on legislative, legal, and government matters. Clients include: Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Associated General Contractors, Oregon Trucking Associations, Coastal Conservation Association, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, Oregon Medical Association, and the Northwest Grocery Association. (Ongoing)

Unger v. Rosenblum

Represented chief petitioners in successful challenge to ballot title for initiative that established high school graduation and college and career readiness fund. (2016)

Niday v. GMAC Mortgage, LLC/Brandrup v. ReconTrust Co.

Represented Mortgage Electronic Recording System (MERS) in the Oregon Supreme Court in challenges by borrowers to the validity of nonjudicial foreclosures of their residences. Lower court decisions had caused lenders to forego foreclosure by advertisement and sale. The Oregon Supreme Court upheld the foreclosure process that lenders had been following, holding that transfers of promissory notes between MERS members did not constitute assignments of trust deeds that the lenders must have recorded to conduct a nonjudicial foreclosure. Oral argument. (2013)

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)

Corey v. Department of Land Conservation and Development

Represented the landowners in appeal deciding effect of Ballot Measure 49 on Ballot Measure 37. (2008)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, 2012-present; Chair, 2014-2015 – Board of Education, Clackamas Community College
  • Member, 2007-2012; President, 2010-2012 – City of Milwaukie City Council
  • Member, 2007-2016; Chair, 2015 – Oregon State Bar Constitutional Law Section
  • Chair Emeritus, North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce
  • Secretary, Milwaukie Ledding Library Foundation

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers, 2016