David Markowitz
Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhaf PC
3000 PacWest Center
1211 SW 5th Ave.

David Markowitz


    A founding member of the firm, Dave Markowitz is considered by his peers to be among the best trial lawyers in the Northwest. His commanding presence and keen instincts have made him a courtroom icon. Over the last three decades, Dave has shepherded the firm from its beginning as an ambitious two-attorney litigation shop to its present status as one of the premier business litigation firms in the region.

    Dave is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America as one of Portland's 2015 “Bet-the-Company" Litigators, as well as ranking as a "Best Lawyer" in the category of commercial litigation. He was also ranked as Portland's "Lawyer of the Year" in the category of real estate in 2013.
    He is a Fellow and former Oregon State chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was cited as one of the top ten Oregon litigators by the National Law Journal, is recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top commercial litigators in Oregon, and in 2013, he was included in Chambers Global as a top litigator — one of only three Oregon litigators included in the directory. Dave is ranked in Lawdragon's 500 Leading Litigators in America and 500 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America. He is also listed as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Litigation Plaintiff's edition.

    In a statewide survey identifying the top five percent of attorneys, Dave is the number one ranked litigator in Oregon according to Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. In 2011, he received the "Leadership in Law" honor from the Daily Journal of Commerce. Oregon Business magazine, in their 2007 Power Book, recognized Dave for "Delivering Results," naming him one of 50 Great Leaders in Oregon.
    In addition to his active trial schedule, Dave shares his craft with lawyers of all levels. He is a frequent lecturer on litigation-related topics for the Oregon State Bar, the Federal Bar Association and the Multnomah Bar Association. He regularly presents a nationally-recognized training seminar on depositions. Trial Guides™ has produced a DVD of this popular deposition course, and it has become one of the company's best-selling products. As a follow-up, Trial Guides™ produced Dave's "Mastering the Art of Persuading the Trial Judge" course on DVD and CD.

    Dave frequently acts as a mediator and arbitrator to resolve commercial disputes, and he served as a protem judge in Multnomah County for several years. He also is an expert on attorney fees, providing courtroom testimony in legal fee award disputes.

    Dave graduated from California State Polytechnic University in 1971, and from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1974, where he was legislation editor of the Pacific Law Journal. He was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1974 and for eight years thereafter practiced general civil litigation with an established Portland firm. In January, 1983, he and Barrie J. Herbold formed the firm now known as Markowitz Herbold PC.


    Experience and Affiliations

    • Oregon State Chair, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2008-10; Fellow
    • Oregon State Chair, Supreme Court Historical Society, 2011-12
    • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
    • President, Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, 1991-02; Master
    • Member, Multnomah Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1990-4
    • Member, Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, Board of Directors
    • Member, Federal Bar Association


    • University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law — J.D., with great distinction, 1974
    • California State Polytechnic University — B.S., 1971

    Admitted to Practice

    • Oregon (1974)
    • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
    • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    Risky Business: Organizational Depositions

    June 20, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
    Sun River Resort, Sun River, Oregon
    "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!" Learn the unique issues, preparation and strategy for responding to ORCP 39 Organizational Depositions.

    The Art of Rainmaking, NAPABA Western Regional Conference

    June 14, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
    The Benson Hotel, Portland, OR
    Whether you are a new attorney starting your own practice, or someone who has been practicing for many years, our panel on Rainmaking has something for everyone.

    How to Excel at Your Video Deposition

    May 4, 2014 2:30pm - 3:20pm
    Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida
    Attorney David Markowitz will discuss and demonstrate, with video, the importance of tone, demeanor, facial expressions, hand gestures, and self-control during the expert's video deposition.

    Using Experts in Bankruptcy Litigation

    April 25, 2014 8:30am - 9:45am
    Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle Washington
    Speakers include: David Markowitz, Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf PC, Susan Ford, Sussman Shank LLP, and Serena Morones, Morones Analytics LLC

    Manipulating the Deposition Witness: How to Do It, How to Protect Against It, and Ethical Considerations

    March 7, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
    Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA
    MHGM Shareholder David Markowitz will present on the topic of manipulating the deposition witness at the 21st Annual Litigation Institute and Retreat.

    Mastering the Art of Persuading the Trial Judge

    January 17, 2014 10:00am - 2:30pm
    Springhill Country Club, Albany, Oregon
    Please join the Linn-Benton Bar Association in welcoming Dave Markowitz, one of the top trial lawyers in the Northwest. Among his many honors, Mr. Markowitz is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as one of Portland’s 2013 “Bet-the-Company” Litigators, he was cited as one of the top ten Oregon litigators by the National Law Journal, and is recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top commercial litigators in Oregon.

    Deposition Techniques and Strategy with David Markowitz

    October 31, 2013 9:00am - 4:15pm
    Oregon State Bar Center, Tigard, OR
    For more than 30 years, David Markowitz has been studying deposition and trial techniques and has presented seminars to improve the skills of practicing attorneys across the country. Dave will share ten important goals to accomplish, including avoiding undesired results.

    Mediation is a Contact Sport - How to Get the Best Possible Result for Your Client

    October 22, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    World Trade Center Mezzanine Room, Building 2, 26 SW Salmon, Portland
    In this program, respected litigators Jane Paulson and Dave Markowitz, and experienced mediator Rich Spier, share "leading edge" ideas for effective representation of clients in mediation.