Christopher Cauble

Top rated estate planning & probate attorney in Portland, Oregon

Cauble & Whittington
Christopher Cauble
Cauble & Whittington

Practice Areas: Estate planning & probate, Estate & trust litigation; view more

Licensed in Oregon since: 1996

Education: Gonzaga University School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, French

Selected to Rising Stars: 2010

Cauble & Whittington

1205 NW 25th Ave
Portland, OR 97210 Visit website


As partner at Cauble, Selvig & Whittington, LLP, Christopher Cauble represents clients in Portland, Oregon, and the southern Oregon area. His practice areas include business law, administrative law, federal and state appeals, probate and estate planning, water law, real estate and transactions, trial work in federal and state courts, and complex civil litigation in federal and state courts.

Mr. Cauble attended Willamette University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, graduating with departmental honors. At Gonzaga University School of Law, he graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctor degree in 1996 and is now admitted to practice in both Washington and Oregon. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.

A member of the Oregon State Bar, Mr. Cauble has worked on many committees within the organization. These include the Judicial Administration Committee, the Ethics Committee, the House of Delegates and the Administrative Law Executive Committee. His firm received the Better Business Bureau Small Business of the Year acknowledgement in 2015, and in 2013, Mr. Cauble was recognized by Best Attorneys in America.

Fluent in English and French, Mr. Cauble believes in giving back to his community. He does this through his pro bono and volunteer work with the following organizations: Boy Scouts of America; the Rogue Valley Chorale Association; the Rogue Community College Foundation Board of Directors; Rogue Gateway Rotary Club, president; and the Grants Pass Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors, vice president.

Practice areas

Estate planning & probate, Estate & trust litigation

Focus areas

Estate planning, Guardianships & conservatorships, Living wills, Power of attorney, Probate & estate administration, Trusts, Wills, Will contests

  • 50% Estate planning & probate
  • 50% Estate & trust litigation

First Admitted: 1996, Oregon

Professional Webpage:

  • Superlawyers, 2013
  • Better Business Bureau Small Business of the Year, 2015
  • Best Attorneys of America, 2015
  • For Meritorious Service as a Pro Tem Judge, Volunteer Award, Josephine County Circuit Court, 2008
  • The only AV rated attorney in the area and one of the few in Southern Oregon. All attorneys in firm are rated by Martindale Hubble., AV Rated Law Firm, Martindale Hubble, 2011
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Oregon, 1996
  • Oregon State Bar LPRC, 2006 to 2008
  • Oregon State Bar Judicial Administration Committee, 2006 to Present
  • Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, Member, 2000 to Present
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon
  • Washington, 2002
  • Josephine County Arbitration Committee, 2005
  • Josephine County Circuit Court Judge Pro-Tem, 2004
  • Chair--Oregon State Bar Administrative Law Executive Committee, 2009
  • President--Josephine County Bar Association, 2008
  • Member--Oregon State Bar Judicial Affairs Committee, 2006
  • Oregon State Bar Ethics Committee, 2002 to 2005
Educational Background:
  • Willamette University, B.A., Honors: Departmental Honors, Major: Political Science - 1993
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • The Rotary Significant Achievement Award (Club Award) from Rotary International, 2007
Representative Clients:
  • (Firm Clients) Bridgeview Vineyards Inc., , Equi-Tech, Spaulding Inc, Farm Bureau Bank, Colvin Oil Stations, Talk Radio Network, 2013
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker/Lecturer on probate litigation, procedure, discovery and recent decisions on Elder Abuse., Lecturer/Speaker, NW Business Institute--Probate from Start to Finish, 2013
  • (Confidential) settlement in Talk Radio Network v. Alioto, 2014
  • Bridgeview Vineyards v. Krouse Ranch Inc.  Judgment of 732,000 plus Attorney Fees and Costs (Amount TBD at the time of this writing)--Amount was a combination of a Jury Verdict and a Directed Verdict., 2009
  • Successful verdict in several civil complex civil matter for 75% of amount requested in complaint --primarily for non-economic damages. Verdict was eventually set aside by court. Case is under appeal. Melby v. Smith, 2011
  • Successful appeal of employment matter (case was handled pro-bono) resulting in voluntary remand by state and reversal of decision denying unemployment benefits. Case was assigned to me by the Court of Appeals Pro Bono Appeal Panel. Philips vs. Employment Dept., 2011
  • $85,000 Contempt Judgement--Keller vs Lacy. Obtained substantial contempt judgment against landowner who was refusing to follow Injunction ($500.00 per day).  Was one of the largest contempt judgments on record in the Jurisdiction.  Affirmed by the Oregon Court of Appeals in 2010., 2007
  • USA v. Grants Pass Irrigation District Major Endangered Species Act Enforcement action--was one of the attorneys representing the defendant.  Engaged in settlement activities with multiple parties in complex case involving water rights and federal ESA injunction rights. Case was mediated with two federal judges.  Case eventually was resolved to insure irrigation to 7,000 irrigators by requiring parties to secure Savage Rapids Dam removal with federal funding.  The dam was eventually removed in 2010., 2001
  • Successful Defense Verdict (only nominal damages awarded)-(Parties Names Withheld as Settlement on appeal was confidential) Defended case  nominal damages against plaintiff seeking damages against plaintiff for accidental killing of pet.  Emotional case for all parties but was able to focus jury on legal issues., 2006
  • Represented client is suit against Bankers Life (Fallow v. Bankers Life, Inc) in federal court and obtained a 6 figure combined Summary Judgment and attorney fee award in clients favor. This decision is the framework for a multi-million dollar pending Class Action lawsuit against Conseco and Bankers Life on behalf of thousands of policy holders., 2013
  • Plaintiffs Attorney in Multi Million dollar class action matter against Conseco and Bankers life. Case is pending in US District Court (district of Oregon), 20013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Elected to the Oregon State Honor Roll for Pro-Bono Service, 2014
  • Boy Scouts of America, Board Member
  • Rogue Valley Chorale Association
  • Grants Pass Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors, Vice President, 1999
  • President--Rogue Gateway Rotary Club (Grants Pass, Oregon), 2006
  • Member--Rogue Community College Foundation Board of Directors, 2006
  • Serve on a Panel from the Oregon Court of Appeals to handle selected appeal and Supreme Court matters pro-bono., 2010
Industry Groups:
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association; Oregon Elder Law Section; Oregon Estate Planning Section; Federal

Office location for Christopher Cauble

1205 NW 25th Ave
Portland, OR 97210

Phone: 541-507-6407


1 Year Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2010

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