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Graham M. Sweitzer
Attorney at Law

Kilmer Voorhees & Laurick, P.C.
732 NW 19th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209

Tel 503-224-0055 ext 228
Fax 503-222-5290

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Graham’s practice focuses on the defense of complex civil litigation claims, with an emphasis in the areas of professional malpractice, product liability and personal injury. Graham has successfully defended 14 jury and bench trials, and has briefed and argued a number of reported appellate cases. Representative cases are listed below.

Graham is a member of the Oregon State Bar, Washington State Bar, Multnomah Bar Association, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and Washington Defense Trial Lawyers. He is also is a volunteer for the St. Andrews Legal Clinic.

Representative Cases

Ventana Partners, LLC v. [Regional Law Firm], 267 Or App 15 (2014). Defense of legal malpractice claim against Oregon attorneys and law firm. The attorneys were alleged to have provided negligent advice regarding a property transaction, resulting in millions of dollars in losses. The trial court awarded summary judgment in favor of the attorneys, specifically deciding that their legal advice was correct. The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the decision.

Redmond v. [Regional Law Firm], Multnomah County (Oregon) (2014). Defense of legal malpractice claim against Oregon attorneys and law firm. The malpractice claim arose from a complicated underlying lawsuit that the attorneys’ client filed against his former business partner. After not prevailing in the lawsuit, the client sued the attorneys to recover more than $500,000. We tried the legal malpractice case before a jury, which awarded (i) a defense verdict and (ii) a $151,000 counter-claim judgment in favor of the attorneys.

Betts v. Justin Bieber, AEG Live, et al, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon (2013). Defense of personal injury lawsuit filed in Federal court against entertainer, concert promoter and others that were alleged to be responsible for hearing loss resulting from a “sound blast” at a concert. We pursued early Motions to Dismiss, arguing that Plaintiff had failed to state a claim under Oregon law. One hour before the motions were scheduled to be heard, Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed her claims.

Watson v. Meltzer, 247 Or. App. 558, 270 P.3d 289 (2011). Defense of legal malpractice claim against Oregon attorneys and law firm. The attorneys were alleged to have provided negligent advice during the negotiation of the sale of a business. We tried the case before a jury, and obtained a defense verdict. The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court result, establishing law in Oregon that “but for” causation is a required element in all legal malpractice cases.

Howard v. Chimps, Inc., 251 Or. App. 636, 284 P.3d 1181 (2012). Defense of premises liability claim pursued by plaintiff-intern of a chimpanzee sanctuary. The plaintiff sustained injuries when a chimpanzee escaped from an enclosure. As a condition of her internship, the plaintiff willingly signed a liability waiver. The trial court dismissed the plaintiff’s claim on summary judgment, based on the liability waiver. The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the decision.

Conley v. [Regional Law Firm], Multnomah County (2011). Defense of legal malpractice claim against Oregon attorney and law firm. The attorney handled a personal injury claim arising from a motor vehicle accident, and was alleged to have failed to pursue claims of negligent roadway design against a County, the State of Oregon and a local manufacturing company. The case was tried before a jury, and resulted in a defense verdict. The plaintiff chose not to appeal.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Personal Injury and Product Liability Litigation
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Construction Litigation

Education

  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, 2002
  • University of Washington, with Honors, 1997

Admissions

  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts
  • US District Court, District of Oregon
  • US District Court, District of Western Washington