Jeff Pitzer, Owner
Jeff Pitzer formed his own law firm in Portland, Oregon in January 2002, after nearly 12 years at Chicago's Jenner & Block (the last five a full equity partner), a 400-lawyer national litigation powerhouse perenially ranked by the American Lawyer as one of the country's twenty most elite firms. Mr. Pitzer obtained a bachelors degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1986, and earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin in 1990.
Since forming Pitzer Law in 2002, Mr. Pitzer has tried and won cases throughout Oregon in both the state and federal courts (and on appeal) for both individuals and businesses. Mr. Pitzer's forte is figuring out complex cases, distilling them to their most basic essence, and presenting a winning narrative to the fact-finder, whether that be a judge, or a jury. When not at work, Mr. Pitzer spends time with his wife and four kids, plays basketball and an occasional round of golf.
Peter M. Grabiel, Partner
Pete Grabiel began his legal career in the litigation department of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Washington, D.C. After graduating from law school in 2006, Pete practiced as an associate with a prestigious boutique commercial litigation firm in New York City where he worked on a variety of complex, high-stakes cases. In 2008, Pete moved abroad with his family and began a successful career as an international environmental lawyer, serving as an advisor to numerous developing countries, including the African Union, on various aspects of the climate and ozone negotiations at the United Nations.
Pete and his family returned to the United States in 2017 and settled down in Portland. Since joining Pitzer Law that same year, Pete has participated in every aspect of the firmís work, bringing with him his strategically-minded yet detail-oriented approach to the firmís diverse and complex range of cases. In recognition of his exemplary service, Pete was elevated to partner in July 2023.
Pete obtained his bachelorís degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 2002, and earned his law degree in 2006 from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Pete has published articles in the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Pete is admitted to practice law in both Oregon and California and sits on the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Business Litigation Section.
Outside of the office, Pete enjoys spending his time with his wife and young daughter, hiking, rafting and exploring the outdoors in their Airstream. Pete also serves on the board of the Hillside Soccer Club and coaches his daughter's soccer team.