Derek J. Ashton

Partner

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.972.2522 Direct

Assistant: Amanda S. Johnson-Gorton: 503.543.1661 x 246

Practice Areas
Overview
Derek has tried over 135 jury cases to verdict, winning over 80 percent. His law practice involves complex civil litigation with a focus on trial work. Derek represents companies and individuals in cases involving death, personal injury, product liability, liquor liability, false imprisonment, insurance fraud, professional negligence, and white collar criminal matters. His regulatory work includes representation of accounting professionals before the Oregon Board of Accountancy and defense of hospitality clients before the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. He is preferred NW counsel for Saks Fifth Avenue.

Derek is preferred counsel for ATTIC, CAMICO, Canal Insurance, Crum & Forster, Falck, U.S.A., FedEx Express, National Interstate Insurance Company, Republic Services, Inc., RLI Transportation, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., Snap-on Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, Swift Transportation Company, United Rentals (North America), Inc., and VanLiner Insurance.

Prior to private practice, Derek served as a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County, where he tried major felony criminal cases including aggravated murder. Since leaving the District Attorney's office, he has served as a special prosecutor for the District Attorney's office in conflict matters. He is among a select group of attorneys chosen by The Portland Police Union to represent police officers involved in deadly force incidents. 
Education
B.S., University of Oregon
J.D., University of Oregon Law School
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
United States District Court of Oregon
Washington State Bar
Professional Organizations
American Bar Association
Oregon State Bar Association
United States District Court of Oregon 
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association
Multnomah County Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association 
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
 
Professional Activities
Derek served as chair for the ALFA International Transportation Practice Group for the year 2016-2017. He was the Vice Chair in 2016, and Program Chair for the 2015 ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminar that was held in Coronado, California.

He is a member of the Multnomah County Bar Association, the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, and the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers. Derek is also a member of the American Bar Association, and the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association.
Civic Organizations
Derek was a board member and treasurer for Cardinal Football, a non-profit corporation that serves Lincoln High School. He served as an assistant football coach at Lincoln High School and was a member of the National Federation of High School Coaches Association.
Publications
"Oregon Statutory Time Limitations"
Authored chapter pertaining to statutory time limitations for Liquor Liability matters. Published in April 2014 by the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund.
Speaking Engagements
"Pre-Claim Investigations"
ATTIC RRG Safety Conference, Missoula, Montana, June, 2016

"ATTIC Safety Conference"
Legal Prospective - discussion participant, Kimpton Hotel, Denver, Colorado, 2014

"Premises Liability for Third-Party Acts"
Speaker and Panel Moderator - ALFA International Hospitality Law Seminar, Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California, 2013

"Legal Update: Criminal Law Issues"
Speaker - Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad Police Annual Regional Law Enforcement Conference, Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, Washington, 2013

"Cross Examination"
Conducted a live cross-examination of a major transportation company's Safety Director before seminar attendees and a mock jury - ALFA International Transportation Law Seminar, Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Califrnia, 2011

"Expert Witnesses"
Speaker - Lincoln High School, Forensics Class, 2012

"CSA - From the Boardroom to the Courtroom"
Speaker and Moderator - ALFA International Transportation Law Seminar, Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, California, 2011

"Liquor Liability Issues"
Speaker - ALFA International Hospitality Law Seminar, Westin Kierland Resort Scottsdale, Arizona, 2011

"Experts and Consultants"
Presentation to Moss Adams Business Risk Group, April 2010

"Missing Driver - Legal Strategies"
ALFA International Transportation Law Seminar, Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California, 2009

"Trial Evidence"
Presenter - Oregon State Bar CLE, 2008

"Winter Driving and Preserving Evidence"
Presenter - Oregon Tucking Association, 2008

"Meditation - The Empathetic Approach"
Panel Moderator, ALFA International Transportation Law Seminar, Barton Springs Ranch Resort, Austin, Texas, 2007

"Making Winning Presentations to the Court in Motions to Suppress"
Presenter, Oregon Law Institute's Search & Seizure Summit, 2002
News
Personal Interests
When Derek is not in the office, you can find him exercising, traveling, fishing, socializing, and following his Oregon Ducks.
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Practice Areas
Education
B.S., University of Oregon
J.D., University of Oregon Law School
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
United States District Court of Oregon
Washington State Bar

Derek J. Ashton

Partner


1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.972.2522 Direct

Assistant: Amanda S. Johnson-Gorton: 503.543.1661 x 246
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Derek has tried over 135 jury cases to verdict, winning over 80 percent. His law practice involves complex civil litigation with a focus on trial work. Derek represents companies and individuals in cases involving death, personal injury, product liability, liquor liability, false imprisonment, insurance fraud, professional negligence, and white collar criminal matters. His regulatory work includes representation of accounting professionals before the Oregon Board of Accountancy and defense of hospitality clients before the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. He is preferred NW counsel for Saks Fifth Avenue.

Derek is preferred counsel for ATTIC, CAMICO, Canal Insurance, Crum & Forster, Falck, U.S.A., FedEx Express, National Interstate Insurance Company, Republic Services, Inc., RLI Transportation, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., Snap-on Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, Swift Transportation Company, United Rentals (North America), Inc., and VanLiner Insurance.

Prior to private practice, Derek served as a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County, where he tried major felony criminal cases including aggravated murder. Since leaving the District Attorney's office, he has served as a special prosecutor for the District Attorney's office in conflict matters. He is among a select group of attorneys chosen by The Portland Police Union to represent police officers involved in deadly force incidents. 
Personal Interests
When Derek is not in the office, you can find him exercising, traveling, fishing, socializing, and following his Oregon Ducks.
Publications
"Oregon Statutory Time Limitations"
Authored chapter pertaining to statutory time limitations for Liquor Liability matters. Published in April 2014 by the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund.
News
Speaking Engagements
"Pre-Claim Investigations"
ATTIC RRG Safety Conference, Missoula, Montana, June, 2016

"ATTIC Safety Conference"
Legal Prospective - discussion participant, Kimpton Hotel, Denver, Colorado, 2014

"Premises Liability for Third-Party Acts"
Speaker and Panel Moderator - ALFA International Hospitality Law Seminar, Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California, 2013

"Legal Update: Criminal Law Issues"
Speaker - Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad Police Annual Regional Law Enforcement Conference, Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, Washington, 2013

"Cross Examination"
Conducted a live cross-examination of a major transportation company's Safety Director before seminar attendees and a mock jury - ALFA International Transportation Law Seminar, Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Califrnia, 2011

"Expert Witnesses"
Speaker - Lincoln High School, Forensics Class, 2012

"CSA - From the Boardroom to the Courtroom"
Speaker and Moderator - ALFA International Transportation Law Seminar, Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, California, 2011

"Liquor Liability Issues"
Speaker - ALFA International Hospitality Law Seminar, Westin Kierland Resort Scottsdale, Arizona, 2011

"Experts and Consultants"
Presentation to Moss Adams Business Risk Group, April 2010

"Missing Driver - Legal Strategies"
ALFA International Transportation Law Seminar, Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California, 2009

"Trial Evidence"
Presenter - Oregon State Bar CLE, 2008

"Winter Driving and Preserving Evidence"
Presenter - Oregon Tucking Association, 2008

"Meditation - The Empathetic Approach"
Panel Moderator, ALFA International Transportation Law Seminar, Barton Springs Ranch Resort, Austin, Texas, 2007

"Making Winning Presentations to the Court in Motions to Suppress"
Presenter, Oregon Law Institute's Search & Seizure Summit, 2002
Professional Organizations
American Bar Association
Oregon State Bar Association
United States District Court of Oregon 
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association
Multnomah County Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association 
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
 
Civic Organizations
Derek was a board member and treasurer for Cardinal Football, a non-profit corporation that serves Lincoln High School. He served as an assistant football coach at Lincoln High School and was a member of the National Federation of High School Coaches Association.
Professional Activities
Derek served as chair for the ALFA International Transportation Practice Group for the year 2016-2017. He was the Vice Chair in 2016, and Program Chair for the 2015 ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminar that was held in Coronado, California.

He is a member of the Multnomah County Bar Association, the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, and the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers. Derek is also a member of the American Bar Association, and the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association.