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Peter R Jarvis

Peter R Jarvis

Holland & Knight LLP

Portland, OR, USA

Related Practices:  Lawyer Ethics, Risk Management and Regulation, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Cyber Liability Insurance

Related Client Sectors:  Legal Profession


Peter Jarvis is a partner in Holland & Knight's Portland office, where he practices primarily in the area of attorney professional responsibility and risk management. Mr. Jarvis advises lawyers, law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal departments about the law governing lawyers. This includes, but is not limited to, matters relating to conflicts of interest, duties of confidentiality, other legal or professional ethics issues, advice on the avoidance of civil or criminal liability, law firm breakups, and questions relating to law firm or legal department structure and operation. Mr. Jarvis also serves as an expert witness and is an avid lecturer for public and private/in-house continuing legal education seminars.

Mr. Jarvis has decades of experience as a trusted adviser to lawyers and also draws on his substantial background as a civil litigation attorney in matters involving antitrust, appellate, business tort, general contract, insurance, product liability, tax and Uniform Commercial Code concerns.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Jarvis was the partner-in-charge of the Portland office of a multistate law firm and was co-leader of that firm’s national professional responsibility/risk management practice group. He also served for many years as the in-house ethics counsel for a multistate law firm.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, 2010-2016
  • Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2011-2015
  • 2012 Distinguished Legal Writing Award, Burton Award for Legal Achievements
  • ALI-ABA Harrison Tweed Special Merit Award, 1993
  • President's Membership Services Award, Oregon Bar Association, 1991
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University


  • New York City Bar Addresses Local Counsel Ethics and Risk Management Issues, Holland & Knight Alert, January 20, 2016
  • D.C. Adopts Screening of Laterals, But Adds Delayed or No Notice Exception, Holland & Knight Alert, October 21, 2015
  • Entire In-House Legal Department Disqualified Following Lateral Hire, Holland & Knight Alert, April 21, 2015
  • California Is Latest State To Tackle Lawyer Blogs, Law360, April 9, 2015
  • Birbrower Was Right: Foreign Attorneys Are Entitled to Appear in International Commercial Arbitrations Held in California, Dispute Resolution Journal, March 2015
  • Proposed California Bar Opinion Seeks to Clarify Advertising Rules for Lawyer Blogs, Holland & Knight Alert, March 31, 2015
  • Attorney Withdrawal: Protect the Client, Obey the Court or Go to Jail?, Holland & Knight Alert, February 19, 2015
  • How Not to Hire Experts, Paragon International Insurance Brokers Newsletter, January 19, 2015 The Law of Lawyering, Co-Author, Hazard, Hodes and Jarvis, Updated Annually
  • Clearly Enforceable Future Conflicts Waivers, ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct, October 23, 2014
  • Moving Smarter: Avoiding Common Ethical Concerns in Lateral Attorney Transitions, CBA Record, September 28, 2014
  • Following Orders… Sometimes, but Not Always, Straight to Discipline?, DRI for the Defense, September 2014
  • The Role of General Counsel in Law Firm Risk Management, Chapter Author, Law Firm Practice Management, 2014
  • Massachusetts Court Awards Attorneys' Fees for In-House Counsel's Work, Holland & Knight Alert, August 26, 2014
  • Oregon Supreme Court: Law Firm In-House Privilege Is Alive and Well, Holland & Knight Alert, June 11, 2014
  • Curiouser and Curiouser, DRI Today, May 28, 2014
  • The Practical Case for Civility, Chapter Co-Author, Essential Qualities of the Professional Lawyer, ABA 2013
  • A 'Safe Harbor' for Future Conflicts Waivers, Co-Author, ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct, June 19, 2013
  • Pros or Cons: Thoughts for the Modern Sports Attorney — Part I, Co-Author, Sports Law Blog, April 20, 2013
  • Risk Management: Survival Tools for Law Firms, Co-Author, American Bar Association, 2007 The Ends Don't Justify Illegal or Unethical, Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 16, 2006
  • Patent Opinion Firm's Inadvertent Conflict of Interest Bars Evidence of Patent, The Business Suit, Defense Research Institute's Commercial Litigation Committee, June 2006
  • Zeal in Client Representation - FAQ's, The Professional Lawyer, 2005
  • Washington Legal Ethics Deskbook, Co-Editor and Author of Multiple Chapters, Washington State Bar Association, 2003
  • The Ethical Oregon Lawyer, Co-Editor and Author of Multiple Chapters , Oregon State Bar CLE, 2003, 2006
  • Oregon Rules of Professional Responsibility Annotated, Oregon Law Institute, 2003
  • Small World After All or Ball of Confusion? Some Thoughts on National Multijurisdictional Practice, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 34, 2001
  • Aspiring to Be a Lawyer-Mensch, Oregon State Bar Bulletin, 2001
  • Aspiring to Be a Lawyer-Mensch, Washington State Bar News, Summer 2000 Aspiring to Be a Lawyer-Mensch, Professional Lawyer, Summer 2000
  • Inside an In-House Legal Ethics Practice, Co-Author, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, 2000
  • Zealousness in Contract Drafting: Where to Draw the Line, Professional Lawyer, 1999 Sixteen Years On Screen: Oregon's Lateral Hire Screening Rules, Professional Lawyer, 1999
  • Eight Privilege-Related Aspects of Corporate Investigations, Oregon Litigation Journal, October 1998
  • When Waiver Should Not Be Good Enough: An Analysis of Current Client Conflicts Law, Co- Author, Willamette Law Review, 1997
  • Competence and Confidentiality in the Context of Cellular Telephone, Cordless Telephone and Email Communications, Co-Author, Willamette Law Review, 1997
  • Professionalism in the Late 1990s: The Four Components of the Professional Lawyer, Co-Author, Oregon State Bar Bulletin, 1996
  • Professionalism in the Late 1990s: The Four Components of the Professional Lawyer, New Jersey Law Journal, 1996


  • American Bar Association, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee for the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, former Board Member and President
  • Committee on the Future of the Profession, Washington State Bar Association
  • Committee on Professional Ethics, Washington State Bar Association
  • Committee to Define the Practice of Law, Washington State Bar Association
  • Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, Washington State Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee, Oregon State Bar
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney Advertising, Oregon State Bar
  • Rights of the Handicapped Committee, Oregon State Bar American Law Institute
  • DRI Lawyers' Professionalism and Ethics Committee, Professionalism Chair


Yale Law School, J.D.

Yale University, M.A., Economics

Harvard University, B.A., magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

Oregon California Alaska New York


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Tax Court 

Peter R Jarvis is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Ethical Issues in Using Social Media as Evidence - Ethics in Social Media 2017, Monday, March 20, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Ethical Issues in Using Social Media as Evidence - Ethical Issues in Using Social Media as Evidence, Monday, March 20, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Ethical Issues in Using Social Media as Evidence - Ethical Issues in Using Social Media as Evidence, Monday, March 20, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Ethical Issues in Using Social Media as Evidence - Ethical Issues in Using Social Media as Evidence, Monday, March 20, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Ethics in Social Media 2017, Friday, March 24, 2017, New York, NY

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