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 publicly traded corporations, major private equity firms and hedge funds, quasigovernmental entities, as well as executives of Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Howley is well-versed in securities enforcement actions, shareholder litigation and derivative suits, intellectual property litigation and complex business disputes. She also is experienced with litigation challenging intricate financial transactions, including multifaceted cross-border transactions, as well as employment matters, such as disputes regarding executive compensation and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Ms. Howley's representative engagements include:

  • defending foreign hedge fund clients in U.S. state and federal court actions brought by fellow noteholders seeking to challenge her clients' notes as fraudulently obtained
  • 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
  • defending a former executive in a securities class action and related Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) suit
  • defending multiple corporate transactions challenged by shareholders seeking to block mergers
  • obtaining a favorable arbitration ruling for a quasigovernmental entity in a breach of contract dispute

Ms. Howley is also a certified yoga therapist. She volunteers her time teaching for 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 University Law School, J.D., Kent Scholar
  • Smith College, B.A., Government, high honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association, Securities Litigation Committee, 2009-2011
  • Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Editor-in-Chief