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M. Christie Helmer

Miller Nash LLP

Portland, OR, USA

Christie Helmer

Practice for the past 15 years has been primarily "international business," that is, U.S. and foreign litigation with transnational issues, international arbitrations (including International Chamber of Commerce, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, and American Arbitration Association), structuring entry of U.S. corporations and nonprofits (including U.S. universities) into foreign country markets, Customs disputes, drafting cross-border joint venture, distribution, agency, and sales contracts, and providing guidance on requirements for export and anti-corruption compliance. Prior practice was primarily business dispute resolution and contract drafting and negotiation, including admiralty and international work and acting as temporary on-site in-house counsel for the "non-car" international and domestic financing subsidiary of Daimler Benz in Norwalk, Connecticut.


  • B.A. in English, magna cum laude, Washington State University (1970)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Obtained four-year degree in three years
  • J.D., cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School (1974)
    • Worked full-time as a law firm clerk while attending four-year law school program
  • LL.M., Columbia University Law School (1999)
    • Parker School Certificate for Achievement in International and Comparative Law
    • Accomplished one-year Master's in International Law program in New York while continuing as working partner in Miller Nash

Law Practice

  Miller Nash LLP, a large Pacific Northwest law firm

  •  Associate (1974-1980)
  •   Equity partner (1980-present)


  • Oregon (1974)
  • Washington (2008)
  • Ninth Circuit (1975)

Judicial Experience:

  • Multnomah County Circuit Court, judge pro tem, periodically throughout legal career and currently
  • Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association, Arbitration Service of Portland, Inc., and ad hoc arbitrations

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