Henry H. Hewitt

Retired Partner
Portland, OR

About Henry

Henry H. Hewitt is a retired partner no longer practicing law. To connect with a corporate lawyer, please click here.

Henry Hewitt is a retired partner of the firm. He was a partner from 1975 through 2011. His practice emphasized general business advice, acquisitions, financings, and corporate governance. Henry served as chair of Stoel Rives from 1989 to 1999 and again from 2002 to 2005. He led the firm’s Business Services Practice Group from 2005 to 2009.

During his career, Henry was the principal legal advisor to the boards of directors of Tektronix, PacifiCorp, Fred Meyer, Electro Scientific Industries, Sequent Computer Systems, Medford Corporation and other public and privately owned companies.

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Board and Corporate Business Experience

  • Board Member, Hampton Resources, 1997–present. Chair of Personnel and Compensation Committee
  • Board Member, Columbia Forest Products, 1999–present. Chair of Compensation Committee
  • Board Member, Bank of the Cascades, 2004–present. Member of Nominating and Governance Committee (former chair), Member of Compensation Committee
  • Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, PacifiCorp, 1998–1999
  • Board Member, Medford Corporation, 1983–1987
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Corporate Governance & Compliance “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2011; Corporate Compliance Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2012; and Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2014
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law) for the more than 30 years.
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Oregon) by Chambers USA (Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions), 2013
  • Selected as an Oregon Super Lawyer, Business-Corporate
  • Recognized as a Senior Statesman in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions (Oregon) in “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” by Chambers USA (2011). Chambers has described Henry as “the dean of corporate law” in Portland and “always available and always able to put the legal pieces together in a way that meets compliance and business requirements.”& The 2010 edition of Chambers noted that Henry “is respected as ‘a giant figure in Oregon; a superb lawyer with high profile and superb clients.’ His recent work has involved issues relating to board governance, acquisition strategy and executive compensation.”
  • Oregon Area Jewish Community Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012
  • Oregon State Bar Award of Merit, 2005
  • Henry H. Hewitt Access to Justice Award, 2006
  • Oregon State Bar James B. Castles Leadership Award, 1999
  • Oregon State Bar President’s Public Service Award for volunteer law-related services to the public, 1998

Civic Activities


  • Life member, board of trustees, Willamette University, chair, 1995–2003
  • Emeritus member, board of directors, Lawyers’ Campaign for Equal Justice, chair, 1991–2006
  • Co-chair, Columbia River Crossing Task Force


  • Member, board of directors, Oregon Health & Science University, 2003–2007
  • Chair, Oregon Transportation Commission, 1993–2000
  • Chair, board of directors, JELD-WEN Tradition Foundation (Champion Tour Golf Tournament)
  • Member, board of directors, Friends of the Children-Portland, chair, 2006–2008
  • Member, board of directors, PacifiCorp Foundation
  • Vice chair, Oregon Resource & Technology Development Corporation
  • Member, board of trustees, Oregon Graduate Institute
  • Member, board of directors, The Library Foundation (Multnomah County)
  • Member, board of directors, Oregon Symphony Association
  • Chair, board of directors, Lewis & Clark Chapter of March of Dimes
  • Chair, Lawyers’ Section, United Way Campaign
  • Vice chair, Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund of Oregon
  • President, Yale Alumni Association of Oregon
  • Chair, Delaunay Mental Health Association
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