John Barhoum

John Barhoum

Portland, Oregon
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John is a civil litigator and trial lawyer.  He specializes in business and commercial litigation, including breach of contract, non-competition agreements, and employment matters.  John also specializes in insurance and retail defense litigation, and has handled hundreds of personal injury and construction defect cases successfully in Oregon and Washington.

John has substantial experience defending some of the largest retail and restaurant chains in the world in all types of matters, from multiple-million dollar catastrophic injury cases to simple slip and fall soft tissue cases. John’s clients rely on him to defend their interests all across the Northwest. 

John was born and raised in Portland and went to Lewis & Clark College for his undergraduate and law degrees.  He was ranked #1 in his class in 2001-2003, earning the prestigious West Group Award for outstanding scholastic achievement. 

Being from the Northwest has enabled John to develop a deep connection with the community.  His clients include a host of local small and medium size businesses, including construction companies, restaurants, medical providers, real estate professionals, property owners and managers, nurseries, and family owned businesses.

John also represents some of the largest companies in the world, including:

American Family
Amica Insurance
CNA Insurance
McDonalds Corp.
JC Penny, Inc.
Rite Aid, Inc.
Thrifty Payless, Inc.
The Gap
Dicks Sporting Goods, Inc.
Gallagher Bassett
Office Depot
Office Max

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Contracts
  • Business Fraud
  • Breach of Contract
  • Unfair Competition
  • Deceptive Biz Practice
  • Insurance Defense
  • Retail Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 2004
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 2005
  • Washington, 2010


  • Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon
    • J.D. cum laude - 2004
  • Lewis & Clark College
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Dunn Carney Enews-The Hiring Process Just Got a Little Harder: New EEOC Guidelines on Criminal Background Checks
  • Co-Author, “Be Aware – SSA ‘No-Match’ Letters Are Back” – Dunn Carney Enews
  • Dunn Carney Enews-Plaintiffs are Required to Produce Reports by Expert Witnesses Under ORCP 44(c)—a New Wrinkle on Oregon’s Trial by Ambush
  • Oregon Chapter in Tort Law Desk Reference, a fifty-state compendium, published in 2005 by Aspen Publishers (article co-authored by Bruce Hamlin)

Honors and Awards

  • West Group Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, 2003
  • Dean’s List, 2001-2004
  • Dean’s Fellowship for Excellence, 2001-2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Oregon State Bar, Member
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • National Retail and Restaurant defense Association
  • Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association, Member
  • Happy Valley Business Alliance, Member
  • Syrian Lebanese American Club, Member