J. Aaron Landau is an associate with the firm’s litigation and appellate practice groups. Aaron’s practice focuses on two primary areas: appeals of civil litigation and matters of government and public law. His work includes appeals of civil litigation in both state and federal courts of appeal in a wide range of litigation contexts, including business and commercial litigation matters, products liability cases, health care disputes, and employment matters; and issues of government and public law, including issues of public records law, public employees’ retirement law, state and federal constitutional law, and questions of state and local government authority.
Aaron is a former summer associate with the firm and also clerked for the Oregon Department of Justice in the Trial Division.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Aaron was a founding member and bassist for Three-Fifths Compromise, an acclaimed modern jazz ensemble in Portland. In addition to writing and performing music, he shared responsibility for booking performances, media relations, and promotional efforts throughout the Northwest.
Aaron is a member of the Oregon State Bar and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Appellate Section of the Oregon State Bar.
Aaron has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers-Rising Stars® Edition from 2013-2017.
Aaron earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2009. While at the University of Oregon, Aaron served as Managing Editor for the Oregon Law Review and helped found the University’s online law journal, The Legality. Aaron continues to assist in authoring materials for the University’s course on Oregon Civil Practice & Procedure. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Lewis & Clark College.
- “State v. Hemenway: What Should the Court Do With a Decision it Shouldn’t Have Been Able to Make?” Oregon State Bar Constitutional Law Newsletter, 2013.
- “Governmental Units and Officers,” Oregon Civil Pleading and Practice, 2011 edition (with Sharon A. Rudnick).
- Oregon Practice & Procedure, University of Oregon, 2009, 2010 and 2016 editions (with Hon. Karsten Rasmussen and Maurice Holland).
- “Punitives, Damaged: The Troubling Due Process Implications of Philip Morris v. Williams, and a Sounder Approach to Litigating Third-Party Harm,” Oregon Law Review, Fall 2008.
- Continuing Legal Education Seminar: “Key Distinctions Between State and Federal Appeals,” sponsored by the Oregon State Bar Appellate Section (2016).
- Continuing Legal Education Seminar: “Public Meetings Law and Dumdi v. Handy – Understanding and Litigating Public Meetings Issues,” sponsored by the Oregon State Bar Government Law Section (September 16, 2011).