Elden Rosenthal, Of Counsel

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Elden Rosenthal is one of Oregon’s most respected and successful trial lawyers.  Since graduating Stanford Law School in 1972, Elden’s peers and colleagues have honored him with the most prestigious awards given out by the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

Elden received the Oregon State Bar’s highest honor, the Award of Merit, in 1991, and that same year the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association honored Elden as the organization’s first recipient of its Public Justice Award.  In 2007 Elden received the A.C.L.U. of Oregon’s top honor, the E.B. McNaughton Award, and in 2008 the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association gave Mr. Rosenthal its top award, the Distinguished Trial Lawyer Award.

In 2013, the Oregon chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers presented him with the Don H. Marmaduke Access to Justice Award.  He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1993.  SuperLawyers.com consistently lists him as one of Oregon’s top 50 lawyers.  Elden has also received the highest Peer Review Rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s first and most prestigious lawyer peer rating firm.  Since 2012, Elden has served on the National Board of Directors of the Southern Poverty Law Center.  In 2008, Elden was chosen to be the commencement speaker for the University of Oregon Law School graduating class.  You can read Elden’s commencement address at: www.law.uoregon.edu/news/article.php?show=542.

Elden has won substantial verdicts and settlements for clients injured in automobile accidents, by defective products, by medical and nursing home malpractice, by sexual misconduct, and in numerous other ways. Elden has also successfully represented clients who have been injured or had their civil rights violated by government officials and private citizens in cases ranging from wrongful death to sexual abuse to wrongful prosecution.

In 1991, Elden received national attention when he served as co-counsel in the landmark case of Seraw v. Metzger. Tom Metzger, leader of the White Aryan Resistance, was accused of inciting members of his organization to violence leading to the death of Mulegeta Seraw, a black Ethiopian. A jury ordered Metzger and his co-conspirators to pay the family $12.5 million in civil damages. Click here for article.

In 2006, Elden again made national headlines for his work as co-counsel in settling claims on behalf of Oregon attorney Brandon Mayfield against the FBI. After incorrect fingerprint identification, Mayfield was wrongfully arrested and detained by the FBI. The federal government paid Mayfield and his family $2 million to settle their claim and apologized to Mr. Mayfield for his ordeal. Click here to read Mayfield opinion.

In addition to serving on numerous bar committees, Mr. Rosenthal  served as an adjunct faculty member of the Lewis & Clark Law School for 15 years, where he taught tort law to law students in the night school.  He also served on the Governor’s External Advisory Committee investigating abuse in foster homes.

Although Elden is no longer taking on new cases, he continues to actively mentor other lawyers and provide advice and assistance to Devlin Law, P.C. He is the author of The Plaintiff Lawyer’s Playbook, Insights & Recommendations on How to Prepare for Success in Settling & Trying cases, published by Trial Guides in 2019. Click here for more information about The Playbook.

Elden is married to Margie Rosenthal.  Elden and Margie have two daughters and three granddaughters. Elden is an avid fly fisherman, skier and baseball fan. He can be reached at elden@rgdpdx.com.

“In recognition of eminent contributions to ensure the preservation of civil liberties and the advancement of human rights – as a consummate litigator, tireless advocate and noble agitator for justice and the Bill of Rights”

-E.B. MacNaughton Civil Liberties Award Oregon ACLU 2007

“We’ve tried cases all over the country, but we’ve never worked with a lawyer more talented or more dedicated than Elden Rosenthal”

-Morris Dees, Co-founder, Southern Poverty Law Center

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