John D. Parsons

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Portland, Oregon

Parsons Farnell & Grein, LLP
John D. Parsons
Parsons Farnell & Grein, LLP

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation, Business & Corporate; view more

Licensed in Oregon since: 1992

Education: Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

Parsons Farnell & Grein, LLP

1030 Southwest Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97205 Visit website


A partner at the law firm of Parsons Farnell & Grein, LLP, in Portland, Oregon, John D. Parsons has over 29 years of experience in the legal field. Focusing his practice on business and commercial law, he has a special focus on litigating cases involving limited liability companies, state and federal securities claims, corporate and partnership disputes, probate and trust, and construction contract and lien enforcement actions. 

Mr. Parsons has a family background of entrepreneurial experience, and therefore, he is able to understand his clients’ investment in and devotion to managing a business successfully. With a firm commitment to his clients’ needs and interests, he has an untiring zeal and dedication to fighting for their rights. Providing cost-efficient and valuable legal services, he keeps his clients informed through the entire process of their case. 

Graduating cum laude, Mr. Parsons has a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School. Licensed to practice in the state of Washington and Oregon, Mr. Parsons is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court of Oregon, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. 

Mr. Parsons is an active participant in the field of law and has memberships in the American Bar Association, the Multnomah Bar Association, the Oregon State Bar Association, the Washington Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. He is also active in his community and is a member of the BYU Management Society and was a member of the Southridge High School Lacrosse Board of Directors and Utah State University Alumni Association. He co-founded the Southridge Skyhawks Youth Lacrosse, Inc. and also served as a basketball coach for youths. 

Recognized for his noteworthy contributions to the legal field, Mr. Parsons has an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell, was included in the list of Best Lawyers by The Best Lawyers in America and is a certified member of the Lawyers of Distinction. Additionally, he was selected for inclusion in the Lifetime Achievement list by America’s Top 100 Attorneys. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation, Business/Corporate, Construction Litigation: Business

Focus areas

Business Organizations, Construction Defects, Non-Compete Agreements, Trade Secret, Will Contests

  • 50% Business Litigation
  • 30% Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10% Business/Corporate
  • 10% Construction Litigation: Business

First Admitted: 1992, Oregon

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section - Board of Directors 1995-1997, Oregon State Bar - Local Professional Responsibility Committee - 2005-2007 (Chair 2007), Oregon State Bar -OSCPA Joint Committee 2005-2007, Multnomah Bar Association - Professionalism Comm. 2009-2012; Oregon Statewide Lawyers Assistance Comm. 2013
  • Federal District Court of Western Washington
  • Federal District Court of Eastern Washington
  • Federal District Court of Oregon
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Oregon Bar Association, Statewide Lawyers Assistance Committee 2013 – 2018; Chair 2017 and 2018; Secretary 2016, Local Professional Responsibility Committee 2005 – 2007; Chair 2007, OSB-OSCPA Joint Committee 2005 – 2007
  • American Bar Association
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Federal District Court of Western Washington
  • Federal District Court of Eastern Washington
  • Federal District Court of Oregon
  • Washington State Bar
  • Oregon State Bar
  • AV Preeminent Rated lawyer (Martindale Hubbell) 2003-to date
  • Lifetime Achievement – America’s Top 100 Attorneys® (Top one-half percent of attorneys nationwide)
  • Certified Member – Lawyers of Distinction® (Top 10% of attorneys nationwide)
  • 2012-2021 Super Lawyer® – Business Litigation (Top 5% of attorneys in Oregon)
  • Best Lawyers in America 2019-2021
  • Kelley v. Kelley
  • Lifestyles, Senior Housing Managers, LLC v. Villa Del Rey-Seaside, Inc., et al.
  • Dycon Corporation v. Adair, et al.
  • Fletcher, et. al. v. Bonaventure Properties, Inc.
  • Boring Golf Course Investors, Inc. v. Building Structures, Inc.
  • New General, LLC, et al. v. Breck, et al.
  • Philips v. Philmar Int’l, Inc.
  • Crisman v. Nelco Services, Inc.
  • Community Financial Corporation v. Casa Terra, LLC, etc., et al.
  • Schertz Inger, et al. vs. BGJJ, LLC, et al
  • BGJJ, LLC v. Schertzinger
  • HCG, LLC v. Public-Sector Solutions, Inc.
Educational Background:
  • Utah State University, B.A., cum laude
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • When Customer Service Hits An All-Time Low: A Primer For Commercial Litigators Seeking Maintenance and/or Recovery of Their Client’s Intellectual Property Rights, Co-author, Oregon State Bar Litigation Section, 2005
  • Collecting On Judgments, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (April 2019)
  • Collecting On Judgments, Multnomah Bar Association (Feb. 2019)
  • Litigating the Case in Probate Court, Nat’l Business Institute (Oct. 2013)
  • Collecting Judgments in Oregon, Multnomah Bar Association (May 2014)
  • Judgments and Collecting Judgments, Oregon Law Institute (May 2016)
  • Piercing the Corporate Veil and Other Limits on Limited Liability, Multnomah Bar Association (June 2016)
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Utah State University Alumni Association - Chapter Vice President, 2006
  • Youth basketball coach 1997 – 2007
  • Southridge Skyhawks Youth Lacrosse, Inc. (Co-Founder); Officer and Director 2010 – 2012
  • BYU Management Society
  • Member Board of Directors Southridge Lacrosse; Officer - Secretary for 2014, 2013
  • Co-founder of local youth lacrosse league and service on the board of directors and as an officer of the organization, 2010-2012.

Office location for John D. Parsons

1030 Southwest Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97205

Phone: 503-222-1812


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

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