Portland Attorney Peter Hawkes

Peter Hawkes

Peter Hawkes represents businesses and individuals in complex commercial litigation matters, both in trial courts and on appeal. Mr. Hawkes has experience in securities and antitrust cases, corporate governance litigation, contract disputes, trade secret and other intellectual property disputes, business tort litigation, insurance coverage litigation, and matters involving alleged unlawful trade practices. He has taken several cases to verdict through intensive, multi-week trials, and has argued numerous cases before the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Hawkes practiced with Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York, New York, and with Lane Powell PC in Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Hawkes received his undergraduate education at Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was named a John Harvard Scholar, a Harvard College Scholar, and recipient of the Detur Book Prize. He attended law school at the New York University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, received a Dean’s Scholarship, and was a Staff Editor for the Annual Survey of American Law.

Mr. Hawkes has been named an “Oregon Super Lawyer” since 2015, and was named an “Oregon Rising Star” from 2008 to 2014. Benchmark Litigation identified Mr. Hawkes as a “Future Star” in 2009 and included him on its “Under 40 Hot List” in 2017-2018. He has repeatedly been named as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” in Appellate practice.

Mr. Hawkes is admitted to practice in the states of Oregon, Washington, and New York; in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Oregon and the Southern District of New York; in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth, Seventh, and Federal Circuits; and in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a $3 million jury verdict in favor of the minority owner of a berry farm against the majority owner on claims of mismanagement and self-dealing.
  • Represented a large financial institution in a breach of contract action against a counterparty for failure to deliver a portfolio of high-yield bonds, resulting in a $7 million verdict for the client.
  • Represented a small, local orthodontic device manufacturer in litigation with its large, global competitor over the alleged theft of trade secrets and patent infringement, resulting in the stipulated dismissal of the competitor’s trade secrets claim and a ruling by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals that the manufacturer’s device did not infringe the competitor’s patent.
  • Represented a metal alloy manufacturer in a lawsuit against its electricity supplier arising out of the manipulation of the Western electricity markets during 2000 and 2001, which resulted in extraordinary charges to the manufacturer under its index-based pricing agreement with the supplier.
  • Defended two Japanese automotive parts manufacturers in multidistrict antitrust litigation arising out of alleged collusion and price-fixing in the auto parts industry.
  • Defended a “Big Four” accounting firm against an eight-figure accounting malpractice claim, resulting in summary judgment for the client.
  • Defended one of the three largest pharmaceutical distributors in the U.S. in litigation brought by the State of Washington claiming that distributors were responsible for the State’s opioid crisis.