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Patrick (Pat) J. Simpson



Pat Simpson is a partner in Perkins Coie's Business Group. He has more than 40 years of experience in the financing of new ventures, mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, corporate governance and state and federal securities laws compliance. He is the former Chair of the Oregon Securities Law Section and a frequent speaker on corporate governance and related matters.


  • Represented Cook Inlet Region, Inc. in its purchase of a 75% interest in Weldin Construction, Inc.
  • Representation of land and mineral owner and principal equity investor in connection with negotiating a joint venture for an underground coal gasification project.
  • Representation of major equity investor in connection with negotiation of a joint venture to develop a wind generating facility.
  • Representation of AMIS Holdings, Inc. in secondary public offering of common stock.
  • Representation of Special Committee of the Board of Directors of a public company in connection with internal investigation.
  • Representation of Ingram Micro Inc. in acquisition of DBL Distributing, Inc.
  • Representation of Special Committee of the Board of Directors of a public company regarding interested director transactions.
  • Representation of privately held health care industry company in reorganization and sale of business.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal USA, Corporate Governance, 2006 
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Business Lawyers", 2005 - present
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 - Present: Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation 
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)
  • Listed in Oregon Law and Politics, "Oregon Super Lawyers," 2011

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association, Corporate and Banking Section
  • Oregon State Bar, Corporate and Securities Law Sections; Past Chairman, Securities Regulation Section
  • Columbia Funds, Board of Trustees

Community Involvement

  • Stand for Children Advisory Board
  • American Leadership Forum, Senior Fellow
  • Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, Former Member Board of Advisors 
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art, Former Member Board of Governors

Related Employment

  • Stoel Rives Boley Jones & Grey, Portland, OR, Associate, 1971 - 1975; Partner, 1976 - 1988


  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, (formerly Boalt Hall), JD, 1971
  • University of California, Berkeley, A.B., Economics, 1967

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon


Chambers Ranked