Lisa Howley is a Portland litigation attorney who represents businesses, government entities and individuals in high-stakes litigation.

Ms. Howley has extensive complex litigation experience. Her clients have included large corporations, major private equity firms and hedge funds, developers, and executives of Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Howley is well-versed in complex business disputes, shareholder litigation and derivative suits, intellectual property and trade secrets disputes, and professional negligence and fiduciary duty litigation. She also is experienced with challenges to complex, multifaceted cross-border transactions, as well as employment matters, including disputes regarding executive compensation and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Ms. Howley's representative engagements include:

  • representing a company in $30 million breach of contract and fraud claims arising from a failed acquisition in Delaware federal court
  • representing a privately held company in shareholder control dispute
  • defending foreign hedge fund clients in U.S. state and federal court actions brought by fellow noteholders seeking to challenge clients' notes, worth several hundred million dollars, as fraudulently obtained
  • representing a developer in a multimillion-dollar professional negligence suit
  • defending a foreign private equity firm in a securities class action
  • representing an investment firm in investigations conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) into investment practices at public pension funds

Ms. Howley is also a certified yoga therapist. She volunteers her time teaching for and serving on the board of Living Yoga, a nonprofit organization that offers yoga to vulnerable and marginalized citizens, including youth and adults in drug treatment and correctional facilities as well as low-income residents and members of Portland's homeless population.


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., Kent Scholar
  • Smith College, B.A., Government, high honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Living Yoga, Board Member and Officer
  • Oregon State Bar, Business Litigation Section
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association, Securities Litigation Committee, 2009-2011
  • Columbia Human Rights Review, Editor-in-Chief