David Elkanich is a partner in Holland & Knight's Portland office, where he focuses his practice on litigation, with an emphasis on legal ethics and risk management. Mr. Elkanich advises both lawyers and law firms in a wide range of professional responsibility matters. He has extensive experience defending lawyers in attorney discipline matters, and in related litigation, such as sanction, withdrawal and disqualification motions, and fee disputes.

Mr. Elkanich frequently counsels lawyers and other professionals on how to navigate an "electronic" practice, including the rules of engaging in online activity, mining metadata, and in utilizing social media. Mr. Elkanich has become increasingly interested in how lawyers and law firms need to take care of confidential information in an electronic practice and as such, he speaks frequently on issues relating to cloud computing, data privacy and security issues particular to lawyers. He shares his opinions on these evolving topics on Twitter, where his handle is @DavidElkanich.

In addition, Mr. Elkanich has a commercial litigation practice, where he regularly represents clients in the financial services industry, including national banks, mortgage bankers, loan servicers, debt collectors and consumer finance companies. Mr. Elkanich represents clients in class actions and individual matters involving various federal and state regulations, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and a variety of state laws governing the financial services industry, including state consumer practice act statutes.

Further rounding out Mr. Elkanich's litigation experience, he has experience with liability defense, environmental litigation, commercial disputes and product cases, and he regularly practices in state and federal court in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Mr. Elkanich is an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he has taught the required ethics course (Regulation and Legal Ethics) since 2012.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Elkanich worked at a private law firm. Before that, he was a staff attorney with Metropolitan Public Defenders, Inc., where he practiced in the Major Felony Unit. During law school, Mr. Elkanich was the operations editor of the Oregon Law Review and a graduate teaching fellow.


  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Arizona, B.A., magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Idaho
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers 
  • Center for Professional Responsibilities, American Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners Fitness Task Force 
  • Uniform (Civil) Jury Instructions Committee, Oregon State Bar, 2005-2007
  • Oregon State Bar Discipline System Review Committee, former Member
  • Legal Ethics Committee, Oregon State Bar, former Member and Chairperson 
  • RPC 8.4 (Anti-Bias) Rule Drafting Committee, former Chairperson
  • Advisory Panel, American Bar Association, former Panelist
  • Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, Washington State Bar Association, former Member
  • Oregon State Bar, Unlawful Practice of Law Task Force, former Member
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, 2016-2020
  • Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2017-2019
  • Rising Star, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2012-2013
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, University of Arizona  


Speaking Engagements