Eric “Skip” Winters is a fifth-generation Oregonian, raised in the Willamette Valley. He divides his time and energy between providing experienced and efficient representation for his clients and exploring all of the outdoor activities that Oregon has to offer with his family. In spite of his “offensive lineman” build, Skip is an avid cyclist and has participated in the week-long Cycle Oregon rides and the two-day Seattle to Portland ride many times (much to the delight of cyclists who draft in his wake). He has also managed to stumble his way to the finish of a half-dozen half-marathons in the last couple of years.
When not outdoors, Skip is an amateur baker, often using the firm as a “test kitchen” for new bread, cake, and pastry recipes.
Practice & Experience
Skip joined the firm in 1995 as an associate, and became a partner in 2002. Over the years, Skip has practiced general civil litigation in both Oregon and Washington state and federal courts. His practice focuses on employment, construction defect, products liability, and commercial disputes. He serves as a regularly assigned pro tem judge in Clackamas County, ruling on the civil motion docket. He has also served as an arbitrator.
Skip has tried multiple-week trials involving dram shop, commercial, construction, and contract actions. He has defended developers and subcontractors in multiple-week construction defect binding arbitrations. In addition to employment litigation, Skip also represents clients in Oregon's BOLI, Washington's L&I, and Federal EEOC matters.
Based on feedback from peers regarding his legal ability and high ethical standards, Skip achieved an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating an attorney can obtain. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for construction litigation.
Professional & Community Activities
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Skip has held positions in various professional organizations including Chair of Oregon State Bar’s Law Practice Management Committee (2008-2009) and the Oregon State Bar President’s Advisory Committee on Future Issues (2002-2004). In addition, he was the Chair (2002-2003), Chair-elect (2002) and Treasurer (1999-2001) of the Oregon State Bar New Lawyers’ Division (NLD). He served on the NLD Executive Committee for several years (1997-2003), and was the Co-chair of the OSB/NLD Legislative Leadership Mentoring Program in 2000.
Skip has been an Appellate Moot Court Judge and a Moot Trial Judge for Lewis & Clark College and Willamette University. He has acted as a mediator and arbitrator. Some of his speaking opportunities have been for the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (2013, 2015, 2017), MC Consultants Construction Defect Seminar (2012), the Oregon Law Institute (2000), CLE Bootcamp (2002), the Institute for Paralegal Education (2002), and the Oregon Professional Liability Fund (1999-2002).
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
J.D., Willamette University College of Law, 1994
B.A. (History), University of Washington, 1991