E. Walter Van Valkenburg

E. Walter Van Valkenburg

Senior Counsel
Portland, OR

About Wally

Wally Van Valkenburg has represented a number of companies in the health care industry, both in the transactional context and in the litigation context. His work has focused on antitrust, managed care, insurance regulation, and related areas.

Wally is past chair of the Oregon State Bar Section on Antitrust, Trade Regulation, and Unfair Business Practices. He has been a frequent speaker on antitrust compliance, including antitrust in the healthcare industry.

Wally received his LL.M from Columbia University School of law (1984); J.D. summa cum laude from Willamette University College of Law, where he was Editor in Chief of the Willamette Law Journal (1978); and B.A. cum laude from the University of Washington (1975).

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  • Defense of a healthcare network in an antitrust challenge by ancillary service providers arising out of the network’s refusal to include the providers on its panel.
  • Formation of a network of cardiovascular surgeons and representation of the network in connection with a state antitrust inquiry into the legality of the network.
  • Formation of a physician hospital organization and related antitrust advice.
  • Ongoing counsel to an independent practice association concerning antitrust compliance.
  • Ongoing representation of a state dental association in connection with antitrust compliance, including representation of affiliated healthcare service contractors.
  • Representation of a physician-controlled healthcare service contractor, including advice on antitrust compliance.
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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 – ntellectual 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, 2003–13)
  • 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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