Ross Van Ness delivers tailored and effective representation to the firm’s business transactional and litigation group clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Ross worked for a Seattle-based insurance defense firm. While attending Lewis and Clark Law School, Ross clerked for Portland’s Small Business Legal and Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. Ross helped navigate small business clients through commercial business transactions and negotiations with vendors and commercial leasing companies. Ross incorporated new businesses, managed client disputes with the IRS and created employee handbooks in compliance with comprehensive state and county-specific laws and regulations.

Ross is a husband and father as well as a new homeowner. Ross is a recreational runner who enjoys training for the Hood to Coast relay marathon with his family.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended at arbitration a large commercial dispute in $3,000,000 claim arising out of hotel design-build. Obtained defense verdict as to plaintiff’s claim under Oregon Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (ORICO) based on analysis of civil liability for management of entity distinct from members.
  • Successfully argued usury defense for claim arising from breach of contract for non-payment on note.
  • Successfully argued at trial defense of landlord retaliation claim.
  • Obtained successful settlement for local food products supplier for breach of contract arising from large shipment of nonconforming, perishable goods.
  • Successfully defended attempted out-of-state wage garnishment action based on analysis of legislative history of statutory provisions governing garnishments.
  • Recovered monies owed for retainage arising out of large scale construction dispute for claim based on quantum meruit
  • Defended homeowner in DEQ investigation of private home remodel and resulting civil penalty assessment, leading to 70% reduction of penalty and favorable alternative community service program.