Thomas M. Christ

Partner

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.243.1661 x 280 Direct

Assistant: Jennifer M. Langlois: 503.243.1661 x 254

Practice Areas
Overview
Tom specializes in civil appeals and insurance coverage, including litigation of coverage disputes.  He has argued over four hundred cases in various appellate courts, including the Oregon and Washington supreme courts and courts of appeal, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He has also argued a case in the United States Supreme Court (Vernonia School District 47J v. Acton (1995)).

Tom also practices constitutional and election law.  He has successfully challenged laws that infringe on free speech, as well as several voter-approved initiatives that improperly attempted  to amend the Oregon Constitution.  He has also successfully defended some initiatives against legal challenges.

In 1990, the Oregon Supreme Court appointed Tom to be a part-time judge in the Multnomah County Circuit Court, and has re-appointed him every four years since then.  He sits as judge once or twice each month, hearing motions.
Education
B.S., Economics, University of Oregon
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
United States District Court for the District of Oregon
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Unites States Supreme Court
Honors
  • Highest rating ("A.V.") by Martindale-Hubbell since 4th year of practice
  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (membership by invitation only)
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - First Amendment, Portland, OR
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" for Insurance Law, Portland, OR
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2011 "Lawyer of the Year" for Appellate Practice, Portland, OR
  • Best Lawyers in America® 1999-2018: Appellate Practice; Insurance Law; Litigation - First Amendment
  • Oregon Super Lawyers® 2006-2018
Professional Organizations
  • Delegate, American Bar Association
  • Delegate, Oregon State Bar House of Delegates
  • Member, Board of Directors, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member and Chair, Board of Directors, Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund
  • Member, Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability (hears ethics complaints against judges)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Office of Public Defense Services (provides lawyers at state expense for indigent criminal defendants)
Civic Organizations
Tom is a past president of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.
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Personal Interests
A native Portlander, Tom has traveled extensively throughout the United States.  He is married and has two daughters.  His leisure interests include fly fishing, soccer (both playing and watching), and golf.
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Practice Areas
Education
B.S., Economics, University of Oregon
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
United States District Court for the District of Oregon
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Unites States Supreme Court
Honors
  • Highest rating ("A.V.") by Martindale-Hubbell since 4th year of practice
  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (membership by invitation only)
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - First Amendment, Portland, OR
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" for Insurance Law, Portland, OR
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2011 "Lawyer of the Year" for Appellate Practice, Portland, OR
  • Best Lawyers in America® 1999-2018: Appellate Practice; Insurance Law; Litigation - First Amendment
  • Oregon Super Lawyers® 2006-2018

Thomas M. Christ

Partner


1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.243.1661 x 280 Direct

Assistant: Jennifer M. Langlois: 503.243.1661 x 254
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Tom specializes in civil appeals and insurance coverage, including litigation of coverage disputes.  He has argued over four hundred cases in various appellate courts, including the Oregon and Washington supreme courts and courts of appeal, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He has also argued a case in the United States Supreme Court (Vernonia School District 47J v. Acton (1995)).

Tom also practices constitutional and election law.  He has successfully challenged laws that infringe on free speech, as well as several voter-approved initiatives that improperly attempted  to amend the Oregon Constitution.  He has also successfully defended some initiatives against legal challenges.

In 1990, the Oregon Supreme Court appointed Tom to be a part-time judge in the Multnomah County Circuit Court, and has re-appointed him every four years since then.  He sits as judge once or twice each month, hearing motions.
Personal Interests
A native Portlander, Tom has traveled extensively throughout the United States.  He is married and has two daughters.  His leisure interests include fly fishing, soccer (both playing and watching), and golf.
Professional Organizations
  • Delegate, American Bar Association
  • Delegate, Oregon State Bar House of Delegates
  • Member, Board of Directors, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member and Chair, Board of Directors, Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund
  • Member, Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability (hears ethics complaints against judges)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Office of Public Defense Services (provides lawyers at state expense for indigent criminal defendants)
Civic Organizations
Tom is a past president of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.