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Merrill J. Baumann

  • Of Counsel
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Merrill is an experienced and dynamic business and technology attorney, with a legal career spanning over three decades in Oregon, California, and abroad. His experience in representing local and international clients, in such varied industries as technology, software, gaming, manufacturing, consumer and food products, and distribution, has given him a breadth of experience and expertise that is unique in Portland. His representation of tech and creative clients includes substantial intellectual property work, from structuring complex licensing transactions to protection of ideas, creative works, and brands, with trademark and copyright strategies and prosecution of infringers of his clients’ valuable IP assets. Merrill has worked on and led M+A transactions in a myriad of industries, and with transaction values as high as $1 billion. He has represented corporate clients regarding climate change regulations and opportunities and has handled numerous greenhouse gas offset purchases and sales.

Prior to relocating to Oregon, Merrill was posted to his California firm’s Tokyo office, where he represented multinational corporations in international finance, distribution, and M+A transactions. In addition to representing private clients, Merrill had the honor to serve as general counsel to his prior firm in California, responsible for overseeing and budgeting the firm’s legal matters.

Outside the office, Merrill enjoys cycling and visits with family in New York City and South Africa. Merrill is also a passionate supporter the arts, as a frequent board member for Oregon arts organizations, and a member of an 80+ member choral group in the Portland area. He also interviews ambitious high school students in their pursuit of attending his own alma mater, Dartmouth College.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Transactions
  • Corporate
  • Technology Licensing
  • Intellectual Property
  • Climate Change Transactions

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1986
  • Oregon, 1999


  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
    • A.B. - 1981
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Anthropology

Published Works

  • The World of Carbon Offsets: What to Look for and What to Expect, in Climate Change: Litigation, Regulation and Risk, Thomson Reuters / West. 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • West Linn Community Chorus, Singer/President/Board Chair 2016 – 2019, 2022 - present
  • Dartmouth College – District Enrollment Director (2010 -2015) and Admissions Ambassador (1987 – present)
  • Outside In, Portland, Volunteer 2015
  • Metro Arts Inc., Board Member, 2010 - 2015
  • Portland Children’s Museum, Board Member, 2001 - 2005

Past Positions

  • Merrill Baumann LLC, 2016 - present
  • Dunn Carney LLP, 2006 - 2016
  • Davis Wright Tremaine, 1998 - 2006
  • Graham & James (now Squire Patton Boggs), Los Angeles and Tokyo, 1988 - 1998
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