Partner Chris Kayser, listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Lawyers” for commercial and antitrust litigation, focuses his practice on complex commercial, antitrust, securities, and environmental litigation.
He began his career at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Following his years at the Department of Justice, Chris worked for the D.C. office of Baker Botts, LLP, representing clients across the country in white collar criminal matters and complex commercial litigation.
In 2006, he returned to his home town Portland, Oregon where he has developed a high-stakes commercial litigation practice representing both individual and corporate clients. He has successfully represented large groups of investors seeking to recover their investments in fraudulent securities offerings, defended a multi-national electronics company against allegations of violating antitrust laws, and represented a government agency in a billion dollar environmental allocation process. Through these and his many other cases like them, Chris brings a solution-oriented approach that is fueled by his passion for finding the fastest path and most efficient angle to solve legal problems.
Complex litigation in areas of antitrust, environmental law, tax controversies, business disputes, and financial institutions
Admitted to Practice:
Oregon; Washington; U.S. District Court, Oregon
Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, J.D., cum laude, 1998; Santa Clara University, B.S., 1994
Listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Lawyers” for commercial and antitrust litigation.; United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, Outstanding Attorney Award (2000)
American Bar Association; Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court Executive Committee; Multnomah Bar Association CLE Committee; Oregon State Bar Business Litigation Section Executive Committee
CLEs: The Anatomy of a Derivative Action (MBA 2012, co-presenter)
Oregon Civil Pleading & Practice, Ch. 7: Substitution of Parties, Oregon State Bar (2012) (co-author); The Role of the Corporate Attorney in a Closely held Corporate Derivative Suit, Oregon State Bar Litigation Journal (Spring 2012); Conservation Easements: The Blues of Before and After Valuation, Valuation Strategies (Sept. 1998)
Senior Associate, Baker Botts LLP, Washington, D.C. (2002-06); Honors Program Civil Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division (1998-2002); Summer Associate, Haglund & Kirtley, Portland (1997); Extern, the Honorable Robert E. Jones, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (1996)
Wilshire Little League Board Member; Youth Baseball Coach; Alameda Elementary Chess Team Coach; Founder of Portland Village School Chess Club