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Trung Tu

Trung D. Tu - Partner

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Trung is a litigation and appellate attorney with experience in employment, commercial, business, corporate and real estate law, and legal malpractice defense and repair. He represents a wide range of clients, including corporations, small businesses, banks, insurance companies, non-profit organizations, individuals and other attorneys in all aspects of litigation in both state and federal courts. Trung joined McEwen Gisvold as an associate in 2003, and became a partner in 2009. From 2011-2013, he was also an adjunct professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he taught Regulations & Ethics of Lawyers. Prior to joining McEwen Gisvold, Trung was a senior staff attorney with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Trung speaks Vietnamese.

Representative Transactions

Represented several different homeowners who had property line disputes with their neighbors. The disputes also included claims of timber trespass, trespass to property and assault.

Represents a nationwide grocery store chain when it is sued for false arrest or for other claims related to security and anti-shoplifting measures. Such claims against the grocery store range anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000.

Assists clients with the formation of small and emerging businesses.

Represented an attorney who was sued by his former client for legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and financial abuse. After a jury trial, Trung obtained a defense verdict on behalf of his client.

Represented a minority member of an LLC who was expelled from the LLC by the majority member. The minority member's claims against the majority member and the LLC included breach of fiduciary duty, usurpation of corporate opportunities and breach of contract. The arbitrator awarded the minority member with almost $1.2 million, which included the minority member's share of the LLC's value, interest, attorneys' fees and costs.

Represented an owner of a beauty salon who was alleged by her landlord and former customer of negligently coloring her hair and causing damage to her hair and scalp. On behalf of the owner, Trung counter-sued the landlord for breach of the commercial lease and defamation. Trung won the case on behalf of the owner after a 3-day jury trial, and obtained a defense verdict and attorneys' fees allowed, both in excess of $107,000, for his client.

Represented shareholders of a closely held corporation that owns and operates a restaurant. The relationship between the clients and the other shareholders broke down. Trung successfully negotiated a very favorable buy-out of his clients' interests in the corporation.

Represented a large institutional lender in several eminent domain condemnation cases in the state courts of California. Trung was able to protect the lender's security interest in the properties that were being condemned.

Represented homeowners in a construction defect dispute with their general contractor, who had negligently and defectively installed EIFS to their home. Trung tried the case in AAA arbitration and won an award in excess of over $157,000 for the homeowners.

Education

Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Juris Doctor (2000)

University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Arts (1995)

Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Courts, 2000

California State Courts, 2003

United States District Court, District of Oregon, 2003

United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 2012

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2001

Awards and Honors

Selected by the Oregon Area Jewish Committee as its 2013 and inaugural Judge Learned Hand Community Leadership Award recipient. The Learned Hand Award honors leaders in the legal field for professional excellence and contributions to the legal community. Award recipients are people who embody much of what Judge Hand represented: the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society.

Recognized at the Oregon State Bar's 2011 Convocation on Equality as a Champion of Diversity. Honorees were selected based on their demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity and making Oregon an even better place to live and practice law.

Named as a 2010, 2011, and 2012 "Rising Star" by the Oregon Super Lawyers. This recognition is given to no more than 2.5% of Oregon attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, who are the state's top up-and-coming attorneys, have attained high peer recognition and professional achievement, and meet ethical standards.

In November 2010, Trung was honored as one of the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce's "Up & Coming Lawyers for 2010." Honorees were selected based on their outstanding commitment to both the legal profession and the community. The award recognizes young attorneys who have demonstrated commitment to the legal profession early in their careers, are active in professional organizations, give back to their community, and are leaders in their field.

In October 2009, Trung was named as one of the "Best Lawyers Under 40," an award given by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. This is a national award, given to recipients who have achieved prominence and distinction in the legal field, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to civic or community affairs.

In December 2008, Trung was awarded the Oregon State Bar President's Affirmative Action Award. This award recognizes attorneys who have made significant contributions to the goal of increasing minority representation in the legal profession.

In October 2008, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College awarded Trung its inaugural Rising Star Award. The Rising Star Award is conferred upon a person who graduated from the law school within the last ten years, who has used his or her law degree to achieve a positive mark on the legal profession, and whose contributions to the legal profession and the community have brought honor and distinction to the law school.

Trung was named one of the Portland Business Journal's Forty Under 40 for 2007 - an award that recognizes 40 leading Portland business people who are under the age of 40. Trung and the other award recipients were selected based upon their professional accomplishment, community involvement and professional recognition.

In 2003, Trung received the Distinguished Service Award for having rendered distinguished service as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In 2000, Trung was commended by the International Academy of Trial Lawyers for his distinguished achievement in the art and science of advocacy.

In 2000, Trung was selected as a member of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College's Cornelius Honor Society, on the basis of his superior scholarship, leadership and contributions to the law school community.

Professional & Community Activities

Trung is a member of the Oregon State Bar’s Appellate Practice, Labor & Employment, Litigation and Employment, and Diversity Law Sections; the State Bar of California; the Multnomah Bar Association; the Federal Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law and Federal Litigation Sections. Additionally, he is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, Notre Dame Law Association, Lewis & Clark’s Cornelius Honor Society, Oregon Minority Lawyers’ Association, Oregon Women Lawyers, and Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association.

Trung served on the OSB’s Affirmative Action Committee from 2003-08, and was the Committee’s secretary in 2007 and chairperson in 2008. In 2005, he was elected to and served a three-year term on the OSB’s House of Delegates, which is one of the governing bodies of the Oregon State Bar. Trung also served on the Multnomah Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee from 2007-10.

Trung deeply invests himself in his community and alma mater. He coached the Jefferson High School Mock Trial Team, and mentors racial and sexual minority law students and young attorneys. He also provides pro bono legal services to the Q Center as its general counsel and provides pro bono legal services to Vietnamese immigrants. He is a member of the Asian American Business Alliance. He was a founding member of and served on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon Political Action Committee. He was a member of the Multnomah Bar Association’s YLS Service to the Public Committee, of which he co-chaired the Dropout Prevention Program and the Dress for Success Clothes Drive. He was a founding director of and past-Chairperson of the Asian Pacific Alumni of Notre Dame’s Board of Directors. He is a member of the Notre Dame Club of Portland, and formerly a member of the Notre Dame Asian Studies Advisory Board, Notre Dame Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and Notre Dame’s Standing Committee on Cultural Diversity. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Notre Dame Club of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Trung was an Associate Editor of the International Legal Perspectives Law Journal and a contributing author to Letter of the Law. Trung also co-authored the 2005 Supplement to the “Truth in Lending Act,” a chapter in Consumer Law in Oregon, published by the Oregon State Bar.

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