• Overview
  • Representative Cases
  • Experience
  • Recognitions
  • Memberships
  • Community Activities
  • News
  • Publications

Brett Applegate analyzes a case from every angle to identify creative and cost-effective solutions. She represents a range of clients, including businesses, financial institutions, buyers and sellers in real estate transactions, and individuals. A writer at heart, Brett uses effective written advocacy and uncompromising attention to detail to resolve disputes both in and out of court.

Education

  • Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., summa cum laude (graduated first in class), article editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review, 2013
  • The University of Arizona, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, 2008
  • The University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing, summa cum laude and honors, 2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Oregon
Brett Applegate
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Brett Applegate analyzes a case from every angle to identify creative and cost-effective solutions. She represents a range of clients, including businesses, financial institutions, buyers and sellers in real estate transactions, and individuals. A writer at heart, Brett uses effective written advocacy and uncompromising attention to detail to resolve disputes both in and out of court.

Representative Cases

Represented national law firm in $20 million fee dispute with its former client in case involving claims for breach of contract, violation of ethical standards, and arbitrability. The case settled on highly favorable terms shortly before the arbitration hearing.

Prevailed before the Arbitration Service of Portland on behalf of a Portland-area business in a dispute involving the ownership of a multi-million dollar apartment complex.

Represented homebuyer in dispute involving failure to disclose a nearby housing development.

Represented financial institution in dispute involving fraudulent account opening. Wrote, argued, and won motions against the complaint. Case settled on favorable terms.

Achieved favorable settlement for financial institution seeking to enforce a non-solicitation agreement against a former employee.

Wrote, argued, and won a motion to dismiss claims brought against financial institution under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). Currently representing client in appeal.

Represented financial institution in cases involving alleged technical violations of the bankruptcy stay, resulting in favorable settlement of all cases.

Represented homeowner in boundary line dispute involving adjacent homeowner and city, resulting in favorable settlement.

Represented seller in arbitration involving alleged failure to disclose material defects in sale of home.

Represented a state government in multi-party dispute involving interpretation of the Commerce Clause.

Represented university medical employees in dispute with licensing board.

Wrote appellate briefs on behalf of government agency in dispute involving interpretation of Oregon administrative rules.

Experience

Associate Attorney, Harrang Long Gary Rudnick PC (2013-2016)

Summer Associate, Harrang Long Gary Rudnick PC (2012)

Law Clerk, Oregon Department of Justice, Criminal and Collateral Remedies Litigation (2011-2012)

Prior to starting her legal career, Brett worked as a college writing instructor and youth case aide

Recognitions

Oregon Super Lawyer Rising Star (2020)

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch – Commercial Litigation and Banking and Finance Litigation (2021)

Memberships

Multnomah Bar Association Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (2017-present)

Oregon Women Lawyers Working Parents Committee (2018-present)

Multnomah Bar Association YLS Service to the Public Committee (2015-2017)

Community Activities

Lewis and Clark Law School mentor (2014-present)

Animal Aid volunteer cat caregiver (2012-2016)

Publications

“Dave Frohnmayer in the United States Supreme Court,” The Oregon Constitutional Law Newsletter (Winter 2016) (co-author)

“They Made It Up,” Oregon State Bar Administrative Law Newsletter (Spring 2015) (co-author)

“When Stranahan Doesn’t Get You Where You Need to Go – Advocating for New Approaches to Interpreting the Oregon Constitution,” The Oregon Constitutional Law Newsletter (Summer 2014) (co-author)

“Prior (False?) Accusations: Reforming Rape Shields to Reflect the Dynamics of Sexual Assault,” 17 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 899 (2013)