Erick Haynie named as one of top ‘Forty Under 40’

Hood River attorney honored Thursday in Portland

PORTLAND — Attorney Erick J. Haynie of Hood River has been named to the Portland Business Journal’s list of “Forty Under 40” for 2013.

Haynie works for Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie. He grew up in Hood River and is a 1992 graduate of Hood River Valley High School.

Haynie and his wife, Katie, have three children: Caroline, Georgia and Charlie. Haynie’s father, Charles C. Haynie, of Hood River, is a retired physician. Haynie’s brother, Curtis, is a local dentist.

Recognized for their leadership in business and service to the community, the 40 recipients of this honor are considered to be among the most accomplished young executives in Oregon. Haynie and the other honorees will be recognized at a luncheon presentation on Thursday at the Portland Hilton Hotel.

Haynie is a commercial trial lawyer based out of Perkins Coie’s Portland office. Over the past 15 years, Haynie has tried numerous commercial disputes to verdict for various Northwest businesses and individuals. He is a partner in the firm’s litigation group and concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate disputes and contract litigation.

Although Haynie’s trial practice extends across Oregon, he has focused on commercial disputes in the greater Portland area as well as in Pendleton, Bend and the Gorge.

“We’re delighted that Erick was selected for this honor,” said Rob Aldisert, managing partner of Perkins Coie’s Portland office. “It is a tribute to his excellence as a lawyer and to his dedication and service to his community and profession.”

Haynie graduated from the University of Portland in 1995 and received his law degree in 1998 from Northwestern University in Chicago. Prior to law school, Haynie worked as a radio announcer for KIHR and KCGB, two local radio stations.

In addition to his commercial practice, Haynie maintains an active pro bono practice, and has handled real estate matters, elder abuse cases, consumer law disputes and estate work. In 2004, Legal Aid Services of Oregon recognized Erick for his pro bono contributions in rural Oregon with the Community Partnership Award.

“I am pleased that Erick is being recognized with this award,” said Ronald Rubino, attorney for Legal Aid Services of Oregon.

“For more than a decade, Erick has been volunteering with Legal Aid, serving low-income Oregonians. In that time, he has made an incredible impact on the lives of the individuals he has represented and helped.”

Haynie also has been active in the local area when he volunteered as counsel to the United Way to lead a consolidation of various United Way affiliates in rural Oregon and southwest Washington, representing Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat and Skamania counties.

“Erick is well deserving of this recognition,” said Paul Blackburn, board member of United Way of the Columbia Gorge.

“We are so appreciative of Erick’s generous pro bono work. In 2006, he took on our mission as his own as he supported us in accomplishing our goal to consolidate three regional nonprofits into one efficient, coordinated human services agency to serve the community.”

In recent years, Haynie and Perkins Coie have advised various local businesses and nonprofit groups, including for example “No Casino,” FISH Food Bank, the Columbia Gorge Pregnancy Resource Center and United Way of the Columbia Gorge.

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