Lisanne M. Butterfield is a seasoned litigator, who began her career as a litigation paralegal, and later a summer associate, in the securities litigation department of a large, national law firm based in New York City. While in law school, Ms. Butterfield served as a judicial law clerk and later joined a Pacific Northwest insurance defense firm representing policyholders against claims based on professional and municipal liability.
She also worked in the Guam office of a large Honolulu-based firm, which predominantly served Fortune 500 companies and international financial institutions. While in Guam, Ms. Butterfield served as lead trial attorney for commercial litigation, employment law, and insurance defense matters.
Ms. Butterfield has represented multinational corporations; small, emerging entities; and licensed financial services professionals in FINRA, private arbitration proceedings, and state and federal courts throughout the United States. These matters often include the litigation of business contracts and business torts involving licensed professionals and closely-held companies.
In recent years, the core of Ms. Butterfield’s practice has been complex business litigation matters, legal ethics, and exit strategy advice for financial services professionals, departing employees, and business owners. In addition to providing critical advice and defense regarding litigation matters, Ms. Butterfield also provides regulatory compliance services to investment advisor clients.
Willamette University College of Law (J.D., 1991); Editor, International Law Journal (1989-91)
University of Denver (B.A., Economics & Political Science, 1987)
New York, 2017
The Territorial Courts of Guam (inactive)
The District of Columbia (inactive)
United States District Court for the District of Oregon
United States District Court for the District of Guam
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Oregon State Bar, Litigation Section
- Ethics Committee (Member, 1999-2002)
- Disciplinary Board (Panel Judge, 2006 - 2016)
- Certified Public Accountants Taskforce (2007)
- Fee Arbitration Mediation (Panel Judge, 2013-2016)
- Client Security Fund (Panel Member, 2013-2016)
- House of Delegates (2013-2015)
- CLE Committee and Judicial Selection Committee (Member, 2011-2015)
- CLE Committee (1999-2001)
Oregon Women Lawyers, Member
Guam Bar Association Ethics Committee (1995-1997)
Superior Court, Territory of Guam, Indigent Defense Committee (1994-1997)
United States District Court of Guam, Indigent Defense Panel (1995-1997)
French American International School, Board of Trustees (2013-2016)
Multnomah Athletic Club, Diversity Committee Member (March, 2018- present)
Ninety-Nine Girlfriends, Member (May, 2018-present)
INSIGHTS AND PRESENTATIONS
The Corner Office: Professionalism, Multnomah Bar Association (July/August 2019)