Portland Attorney Norman Sepenuk

Professional Background

During his criminal justice career, Norman Sepenuk has served as a trial and appellate attorney for the United States Department of Justice, an Assistant United States Attorney, a Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, and a criminal defense lawyer. Following his ten years of service as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Sepenuk entered private law practice in Portland, Oregon where he has specialized in defending persons accused of fraud and economic crimes.

He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School and he received a Master's degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Mr. Sepenuk is a member of the Owen M. Panner Inns of Court. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has written and lectured widely on a variety of criminal justice topics. He has continually been listed for over 30 years in the publication "Best Lawyers in America" and has also been included in the Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine in the area of "Criminal Defense-White Collar Crime".

He has served periodically overseas as a volunteer lawyer for the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI) assisting post-communist countries (Moldova, Uzbekistan and Bosnia) on matters concerning the administration of criminal justice. He did further volunteer service in Cambodia where he trained criminal defense lawyers in that country on the practice of trial advocacy.

Mr. Sepenuk has also defended several high ranking Serbian army officers in war crimes cases before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Holland. This included handling the appeals of General Radislav Krstic and Colonel Lubisa Beara, each of whom had been convicted of the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia and other war crimes. He also represented, in a two year trial, General Dragoljub Ojdanic, the chief of staff of the Serbian army, who was charged with the persecution and forced deportation from Kosovo of some 800,000 Kosovo-Albanian citizens.

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