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Robert J. McGaughey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Portland, OR

Chenoweth Law Group, P.C.
510 SW 5th Avenue, Fourth Floor
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-221-7958
Fax: 503-221-2182
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021
Licensed in Oregon Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (40%), Closely Held Business (20%), Securities Litigation (20%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Robert J. McGaughey is the founder of the Portland law firm McGaughey Erickson. Since establishing this firm, he has focused his practice on representing business clients from Oregon and Washington during both litigation and arbitration. Thanks to his years of experience and long record of success, business owners and corporate leaders turn to him when facing complex legal difficulties related to:

  • Securities litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Business dissolution
  • Contract disputes

Mr. McGaughey began his legal career in 1980 after earning his law degree from The University of Akron School of Law and his admissions to the Oregon State Bar and the Washington State Bar Association. In addition to his approval to practice law in Oregon and Washington's state courts, U.S. District Courts in both states have also granted their approvals for him to practice in their courtrooms.

Over the course of a legal career spanning more than 35 years, Mr. McGaughey has built a reputation as one of the Pacific Northwest's leading trial attorneys. His reputation, along with the respect of his clients and his peers, has earned him a number of honors, including an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and inclusion on the list of the nation's top attorneys from The Best Lawyers in America.

In addition to his work in the courtroom, Mr. McGaughey is also an active member of the legal community. He is a regular guest speaker, respected author on legal topics and member of a number of organizations, including the Multnomah Bar Association, where he has served on a number of committees.

*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.


White Papers

  • Duty to Supervise Satellite Financial Planner Offices: The Growing Problem of Selling Away (2007) - This article discusses the duty of insurance and securities broker firms to supervise their satellite financial planner offices.  The article discusses the problems of selling away, selling unapprove securities products and the misappropriation of customer funds by financial planners, including ponzi schemes.
  • When LLC Interests are Securities (2012) - Article discusses when the sale of a membership interest in a limited liability company constitutes the sale of a security, thus requiring compliance with the state and federal securities laws.
  • Oregon Corporate Law Handbook (2018) - Oregon Corporate Law Handbook is an in-depth analysis of corporation law in Oregon. It is likely the most comprehensive book on Oregon corporation law available today.
  • Business Breakups: Terminating Ownership Interests in Closely-held Businesses (2019) - The article discusses avenues for terminating shareholder and other business owner status, including buy-sell agreements, actions for breach of fiduciary duty, freeze-out mergers, oppression claims and the expulsion or withdrawal of LLC members

About Robert J. McGaughey

First Admitted: 1980, Oregon

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Oregon Corporate Law Handbook (2013), Author
  • Washington Corporate Law Handbook (2000), Author
  • Oregon Securities Law Handbook (Plf 1991), Author
  • Linfield College, McMinnville: Oregon: Part-time Business Law Instructor, (2000-04)
  • Bassist College, Portland, Oregon: Part-time Business Law Instructor, (1989-96)
  • Speaker at programs sponsored by the Oregon State Bar, OSB Professional Liability Fund, Northwest Securities Institute, Oregon Law Institute, Oregon Securities Regulation Section, Internal Revenue Service, Institute for Paralegal Education, Oregon Legal Secretaries Association, Lorman, National Business Institute and other organizations


  • Best Lawyers®
  • AV rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Oregon Super Lawyers®

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Chair, OSB Business Litigation Section (1997-98)
  • Member, Executive Board, OSB Securities Regulation Section (1989-96)
  • Member, OSB Business Law Section, Task Force on Changes to Corporation Act (2001)
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee (2006-09)
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Assoc., Continuing Legal Education Committee (1994-96)
  • Washington Bar Association
  • Member, OSB Business Law Section, Legislation (LLC) Committee (1995)
  • Chair, OSB Securities Regulation Section (1994-95)
  • Member, OSB Securities Regulation Section, Task Force on Uniform Securities Act (2004-06)
  • Member, OSB Business Law Section, Continuing Legal Ed Committee (1993-96)
  • Member, OSB Continuing Legal Education Committee (1989-92)
  • Oregon Bar Association
  • Member, Executive Board, OSB Business Litigation Section (1995-99)
  • Delegate, OSB House of Delegates (2011 – 2014)
  • Member, OSB Business Law Section, Task Force on Close Corporations (1999)
  • Co-grader, Oregon Bar Exam, Winter & Summer 1999
  • Co-Chair, Northwest Securities Law Institute (1994)

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Admitted to Practice: Oregon -- 1980; Washington -- 1985

Educational Background

  • Lowell Technological Institute, BSEE, 1971, 1971
  • University Akron, JD, 1980
  • University of Akron, MA, 1975, 1975
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Office Location for Robert J. McGaughey

510 SW 5th Avenue
Fourth Floor
Portland, OR 97204

Last Updated: 7/2/2021

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