D. Jeffrey Courser

D. Jeffrey Courser

Partner
Portland, OR
Overview

About Jeff

Jeff Courser is a partner in the Trial Group. His practice focuses on construction and design, real estate and commercial disputes in state and federal courts. Jeff has more than 30 years experience representing clients in all aspects of the litigation process, including arbitration, trial and appeal.  He represents owners, developers and contractors across a wide range of industries.  Jeff has extensive experience working with architects, engineers, accountants, economists, surveyors and real property appraisers to resolve complex disputes arising under common law, statute or regulation.  Recent cases include a construction defect dispute concerning a multi-family elder care facility and construction of an industrial plant based upon a design-build contract.

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Experience

Experience

Construction

  • Member of litigation team for $30 million dispute concerning design/build project involving glass bottle manufacturing plant addressing claims including breach of contract, mechanics lien validity and priority, and indemnity.
  • Member of litigation team representing large high-tech company in numerous delay and defect claims arising from construction of manufacturing facilities.
  • Co-counsel prosecuting $11 million construction defect arbitration involving a 184-unit senior and assisted living center, including breach of contract, breach of express and implied warranties, contractual indemnity and negligence.
  • Lead trial counsel on dispute involving validity and priority of bonded mechanic's lien over purchase money lender's deeds of trust giving rise to issue of first impression under Washington law.
  • Resolved lien priority dispute involving over $500,000 disbursed as alleged future advances on commercial construction project, alleged advances claiming lien priority over commercial bank's $2.4 million construction loan.

Real Estate

  • Defeated $19.5 million developer breach of contract claim against Port District to develop 65 acres of public and private waterfront property based upon alleged breach of Option Agreement.
  • Litigated purchase and sale, escrow, deed covenant, CC&R, co-tenancy, commercial lease, easement and title insurance claims.
  • Resolved lawsuit on right of first refusal allegedly arising on sale of an industrial park to purchase multimillion-dollar barge slip on the Columbia River.
  • Prosecuted private condemnation lawsuit for right-of-way to landlocked timberland resulting in easement agreement with adjoining neighbors.
  • Resolved lawsuit involving sale of 50-lot subdivision arising when corporate seller alleged to be unauthorized to convey title after developer had commenced improvements and sale of lots.

Commercial

  • Litigated governance and control disputes on matters between partners, shareholders and limited liability company members to resolve claims and wind up business entities holding real estate and commercial assets.
  • Enjoined and resolved attempted termination of multimillion-dollar distribution and service business covering several western states invoking breach of contract and state franchise law.
  • Lead trial counsel on termination for cause of senior executive and call on executive's member units in limited liability manufacturing company.
  • Lead trial counsel on valuation of shares of closely held corporation on court decreed forced sale due to director and shareholder deadlock involving equipment manufacturing company.
  • Defended manufacturer against multiple franchise claims by terminated sub-distributors.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Former member, Board of Trustees, Clark County Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee
  • Past Chair, Bench/Bar Subcommittee Civil Docket Congestion
  • Past Chair, Bench/Bar Subcommittee on Indigent Defense Standards
  • Oregon State Bar House of Delegates
  • Litigation Sections, Washington and Oregon State Bar Associations
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Homeless Court advocate, Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Homeless Advice Clinic, Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Volunteer Mediator, Community Mediation Services
  • Past Board Member, Southwest Washington Independent Forward Thrust
  • Past President, Columbia Arts Center, Board of Directors
  • Rater, Clark County High School Mock Trial Competition
  • St. Andrew Legal Clinic
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • "Dispossession of Personal Property" (coauthor), Oregon State Bar CLE Damages, 1990, including 1993 and 1995 supplements.



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