Joseph A. Tripi

Joseph A. Tripi

Of Counsel


Practice Areas


University of Rhode Island, Kingston, B.A., 1989, Zoology; Minor, Chemistry
University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1992


Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Courts
Federal Court for the District of Oregon
Washington State Courts

Professional Philosophy

Mr. Tripi provides legal services in both Oregon and Washington and in Federal Court.  Mr. Tripi actively seeks his clients' involvement in strategic planning to ensure our theories and strategies are consistent with clients' goals and needs.  Mr. Tripi believes in partnering with clients to define the legal playing field in litigation and negotiations to maximize their legal position and the potential for recovery.

Professional Experience

Joe Tripi handles large complex matters.  He has written articles for firm newsletters, the Construction Law Section of the Oregon State Bar and Builder's News. 

Mr. Tripi has developed unique knowledge in certain areas of law that other attorneys often do not wish to handle such as:

Construction liens for design professionals and general contractors on abandoned projects

Preliminary injunctions and temporary restraining orders

Mr. Tripi also has experience in the following areas:

Business Litigation.  Mr. Tripi litigates shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of contract, foreclosures of real and personal property, financial, fraud, and business interference claims.

Construction Transactions and Litigation.  Mr. Tripi negotiates construction contracts, including AIA and AGC based agreements, for design professionals, contractors, and suppliers.  He litigates delay claims, payment disputes, defect claims and insurance coverage disputes.

Contract Disputes for Individuals and Businesses.  Mr. Tripi litigates breach of contracts, including sales agreements, real estate agreements, lease agreements and service agreements.

Corporate Formation and Governance.  Mr. Tripi forms and registers entities such as S-Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and other related corporate forms.  After registration, he helps his business clients maintain their corporate books, minutes and other corporate formalities.

Creditors Rights/Foreclosures.  Mr. Tripi pursues collection actions for unpaid services and goods.  He pursues and defends foreclosure actions against real and personal property, including the removal of cases from bankruptcy court.

Guardianships and Conservatorships.  When a person becomes temporarily or permanently unable to make decisions for themselves, the court appoints someone to oversee that persons care and financial matters.  Mr. Tripi helps family members and associates through the process; and, when necessary, litigate disagreements over who should be appointed Guardian or Conservator.

Lien and Bond Claims.  Lien and bond claims provide powerful rights to recover payment.  Specific notice requirements and strict deadlines must be satisfied.  Mr. Tripi files and litigates lien and bond claims in accordance with these requirements.

Non Compete Agreements and Trade Secret Litigation.  Non Competes and Confidentiality Agreements often appear in employment, brokerage and Buy-Sell Agreements.  Mr. Tripi prosecutes, defends and challenges the enforceability of these agreements.  Litigation on this area can be swift and fluid requiring emergency proceedings that he performs on an expedited basis.

Real Estate Transactions and Disputes.  Mr. Tripi litigates real estate purchases, commercial leases, boundary disputes, deed restrictions and easements, often on an emergency basis.  Mr. Tripi forecloses trust deeds and land sale contracts.  He also drafts sale agreements and leases.

Secured Lending.  Mr. Tripi drafts loan agreements, security agreements, financing statements and trust deeds to secure payment for loans made to businesses and associates.

Previous Experience

Mr. Tripi and his staff joined Cable Huston after seven years of founding and managing his own firm.  Mr. Tripi worked at AV rated firms Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt and Grenley Rotenberg.

Professional Activities

Mr. Tripi is a member of the Construction Law Section, Elder Law Section and Business Litigation Section of the Oregon State Bar.

Mr. Tripi is actively involved in the construction law community.  He is presently a member of the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, Northwest Energy Association and National Utility Contractors Association, where he serves on its legislative committee.  He has been a registered lobbyist and has testified in Salem on behalf of the industry.

Community Activities

Mr. Tripi's community involvement includes:

  • Portland Bologna Sister City Association
  • Italian Businessmen's Club
  • The German American Society
  • Oya No Kai

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