Gene ended his 40-year litigation practice to focus solely on Mechanic Dispute Resolution, applying his knowledge, creativity, and tenacity to achieve successful outcomes for parties who seek to resolve legal disputes, regardless of their complexity. Gene’s success as a litigator stemmed from his ability to understand the motivations and goals of not only his clients but those of the opposing parties. That same skill enables his success as a mediator and arbitrator.
Gene started his litigation career as a New York State Deputy Assistant Attorney General, representing state agencies in federal and state lawsuits. After moving to Oregon, Gene co-founded and was managing partner of Portland based Goldberg, Mechanic, Stuart & Gibson, where he practiced law for nearly 30 years. He more recently founded and practiced law with Mechanic Law Firm.
Gene successfully represented plaintiff and defendant clients throughout the country in a wide array of litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. His cases have involved employment and labor law, ERISA, healthcare, civil rights and constitutional law, business and construction disputes, bankruptcy, media and entertainment law, administrative law, contracts, and torts, including personal injury and professional malpractice. He won many jury verdicts, court decisions, arbitrations, and administrative hearings for his clients, including class action lawsuits.
Gene is a former chairperson of the Oregon State Bar’s Labor and Employment Section and a former Executive Committee member of OSB’s Health Law Section. He has published numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on a several legal topics, including legal ethics.
Gene’s personal interests include running, tennis, downhill skiing, photography, and travel.
Gene is certified in litigation mediation by Pepperdine Law School’s Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution and has many additional hours of mediation training. Gene understands the investment litigants make to resolve a lawsuit through mediation and works hard to find solutions to resolve the dispute, having insights and the demeanor to gain the parties’ trust. Gene has mediated cases involving a wide variety of civil litigation including employment and labor disputes, ERISA, pension and healthcare law, business and construction disputes, civil rights, personal injuries, professional malpractice, contracts, and insurance coverage,
Gene is also an arbitrator. He represented parties in numerous arbitrations and administrative proceedings involving a wide array of civil disputes. He brings experience and insights that enable him to render fair and well-reasoned arbitration decisions.
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