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  • Skip Winters
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Introduction

Eric “Skip” Winters is a native Oregonian, raised in the Willamette Valley. He divides his time and energy between providing experienced and efficient representation for his clients and exploring all of the outdoor activities that Oregon has to offer with his family. In spite of his “offensive lineman” build, Skip is an avid cyclist and has participated in the week-long Cycle Oregon rides and the two-day Seattle to Portland ride many times (much to the delight of cyclists who draft in his wake). He has also managed to stumble his way to the finish of a half-dozen half-marathons in the last couple of years.

When not outdoors, Skip is a devoted user of Apple products. He has spent a lot of time testing applications and weeding through the chaff. Skip maintains a “must have” apps list on the firm’s website that is frequented by Apple users who don’t enjoy sorting through new applications as obsessively as he does.

Practice &  Experience
  • Skip joined the firm in 1995 as an associate, and became a partner in 2002. Over the past 19 years, Skip has practiced general civil litigation in both Oregon and Washington state and federal courts. His practice focuses on construction defects, products liability, trucking defense, employment and commercial disputes. He serves as a regularly assigned pro tem judge in Clackamas County, ruling on the civil motion docket. He has also served as an arbitrator.

  • Skip has tried multiple-week trials involving dram shop, commercial, and contract actions. He has also defended developers and subcontractors in multiple-week construction defect binding arbitrations.

  • Based on feedback from peers regarding his legal ability and high ethical standards, Skip achieved an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating an attorney can obtain.
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Introduction

Eric “Skip” Winters is a native Oregonian, raised in the Willamette Valley. He divides his time and energy between providing experienced and efficient representation for his clients and exploring all of the outdoor activities that Oregon has to offer with his family. In spite of his “offensive lineman” build, Skip is an avid cyclist and has participated in the week-long Cycle Oregon rides and the two-day Seattle to Portland ride many times (much to the delight of cyclists who draft in his wake). He has also managed to stumble his way to the finish of a half-dozen half-marathons in the last couple of years.

When not outdoors, Skip is a devoted user of Apple products. He has spent a lot of time testing applications and weeding through the chaff. Skip maintains a “must have” apps list on the firm’s website that is frequented by Apple users who don’t enjoy sorting through new applications as obsessively as he does.

Practice &  Experience
  • Skip joined the firm in 1995 as an associate, and became a partner in 2002. Over the past 19 years, Skip has practiced general civil litigation in both Oregon and Washington state and federal courts. His practice focuses on construction defects, products liability, trucking defense, employment and commercial disputes. He serves as a regularly assigned pro tem judge in Clackamas County, ruling on the civil motion docket. He has also served as an arbitrator.

  • Skip has tried multiple-week trials involving dram shop, commercial, and contract actions. He has also defended developers and subcontractors in multiple-week construction defect binding arbitrations.

  • Based on feedback from peers regarding his legal ability and high ethical standards, Skip achieved an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating an attorney can obtain.
Admitted to Practice
  • Oregon
    Washington
    U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Education
  • J.D., Willamette University College of Law, 1994
    B.A. (History), University of Washington, 1991

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
    Defense Research Institute
    Multnomah Bar Association
    Oregon Association of Defense Counsel

  • Skip has held positions in various professional organizations including Chair of Oregon State Bar’s Law Practice Management Committee (2008-2009) and the Oregon State Bar President’s Advisory Committee on Future Issues (2002-2004). In addition, he was the Chair (2002-2003), Chair-elect (2002) and Treasurer (1999-2001) of the Oregon State Bar New Lawyers’ Division (NLD). He served on the NLD Executive Committee for several years (1997-2003), and was the Co-chair of the OSB/NLD Legislative Leadership Mentoring Program in 2000.

  • Skip has been an Appellate Moot Court Judge and a Moot Trial Judge for Lewis & Clark College and Willamette University. He has acted as a mediator and arbitrator. Some of his speaking opportunities have been for the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (2013), MC Consultants Construction Defect Seminar (2012), the Oregon Law Institute (2000), CLE Bootcamp (2002), the Institute for Paralegal Education (2002), and the Oregon Professional Liability Fund (1999-2002).



  • AV® is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
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