Company: Kirklin Thompson LLP
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
George Kirklin, Attorney at Kirklin Thompson LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in civil litigation.
After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Harvard University in 1959, Mr. Kirklin continued his education with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1962 from the Harvard University School of Law, cum laude. He is has tried approximately 300 cases in Oregon, Washington, and California. Throughout his 57-year legal career, his trial practice has required expertise in insurance, business torts, securities law, personal injury, lender liability, finance, anti-trust, accounting and auditing standards, contracts, neuropsychology, patents, failure analysis, defamation, taxation and employment law.
From 1962 to 1967, Mr. Kirklin served as an associate and from 1967 to 1990 as a partner with Spears Lubersky Bledsoe Anderson Young & Hilliard in Portland and as a partner with Lane Powell Spears Lubersky from 1990 to 2005. In that year he co-founded the firm that became known as Kirklin Thompson LLP. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers as outstanding in trial practice.
Mr. Kirklin initially planned to pursue a career in physics and mathematics, but decided instead to go to law school. The impetus for this change came about after he successfully presented evidence of an embezzlement from a student organization of which he was the manager. He found the gathering and presentation of evidence fascinating, and felt that his training in science and mathematics would serve him well in the practice of law. His many years of trial work have borne that out.
According to Mr. Kirklin, one of his career highlights involved defending and winning a trio of cases in 1984 involving illegal price fixing by banks in which an antitrust case and two fraud cases were filed and tried separately. The case got national coverage and he gave talks in New York and Washington about his experience in trying the case. He has also given numerous continuing legal education talks during his many years at the bar, with special interest in his topic, “Out-Experting the Expert Witness.”
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