E. Walter Van Valkenburg

E. Walter Van Valkenburg

Senior Counsel
Portland, OR

About Wally

Wally Van Valkenburg is Senior Counsel to the firm. Since joining the firm in 1979, he has served as a trusted advisor and counsel to the firm’s clients across a wide range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, footwear and apparel, sports and entertainment, health care, gas and electric utilities, retail, educational institutions, trade associations, and wood products.

Wally’s legal practice focuses on complex transactional matters, including M&A, licensing, and commercial contracts, antitrust compliance, and privacy. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in Antitrust Law, Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Technology Law, and Trademark Law and by Chambers USA in Intellectual Property. Wally is also certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Wally has held a number of management roles with the firm, including Portland Office Managing Partner, Technology and Intellectual Property Practice Group Leader, and Executive Committee member. He has also held several leadership roles in the business community, including serving under two governors as Chair of the Oregon Business Development Commission. Wally currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Portland State University and as a trustee for the Portland State University Foundation.

From 1982 to 1984, Wally was an instructor at Columbia University School of Law, where he wrote a dissertation on constitutional theory and the First Amendment. After graduating from law school and before practicing law, he was a law clerk to Justice Edward H. Howell of the Oregon Supreme Court.

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  • Represented leading manufacturer of test and measurement equipment in numerous technology transfer transactions, including licenses and other transfers in connection with acquisitions and dispositions valued at over $3 billion.
  • Represented maker of footwear, apparel and equipment in negotiating and drafting various strategic alliances and intellectual property license agreements.
  • Represented developer of small modular nuclear reactor technology in negotiating and drafting a variety of commercial agreements.
  • Represented licensor in license of a software platform for the operation and maintenance of information technology systems related to payment systems and networks.
  • Represented leading manufacturer of production laser systems for micro-engineering applications in strategic alliance involving exclusive distribution of laser systems and future system development.
  • Provided antitrust compliance advice concerning a broad range of commercial transactions, including joint ventures, strategic alliances, product distribution and technology licensing.
  • Advised trade and professional associations concerning antitrust compliance.
  • Represented numerous clients in connection with merger reviews by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice and in antitrust investigations by the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • Advised clients on various privacy matters, including formulation of privacy policies, review of data protection agreements, and compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2021; and Antitrust Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2016 and 2018
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Antitrust Law, Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Technology Law, Trademark Law), 2006–2023
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Oregon) by Chambers USA (Intellectual Property), 2009–2015
  • Director at Large, TerraLex
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World
  • Prior general counsel for the 1998 NIKE World Masters Games

Civic Activities

  • Board of Trustees, Portland State University
  • Board Member, Greater Portland, Inc. (Chair, 2017–2019)
  • Board of Trustees, Portland State University Foundation (Chair, 2017–2019)
  • Past Chair, Oregon Business Development Commission (appointed by the Governor, 2003–2013)
  • Past Member, Oregon Innovation Council
  • Past Board Member, Oregon Business Council
  • Past Board Member, Portland Business Alliance
  • Past Chair, Multnomah County Legal Aid Services
  • Past Chair, Antitrust, Trade Regulation, and Unfair Business Practices Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Past President, American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Higher education faces challenges ahead,” Portland Business Journal, December 2018
  • “Who Owns a Lecture? University IP policies,” Issue Spotting for Higher Ed Institutions: It’s Not Scary When You Are Prepared, Stoel Rives education seminar, October 2018
  • “Why Portland is Pursuing Amazon,” The Oregonian, October 18, 2017 (co-author with Janet LaBar)
  • “The First Amendment in Cyberspace,” Oregon Law Review, 1996
  • “The Judge as Referee: Opinions of Justice Edward H. Howell,” Willamette Law Review, 1995
  • Author of various legal and business publications dealing with technology, intellectual property, and antitrust law

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