Lachman & Henninger, P.C. — Associate
Portland, Oregon (Nov. 1974 to Jan. 1979)
Engaged in general practice emphasizing litigation in state and federal courts including personal injury, property damage and products liability cases, commercial litigation, workmens' compensation claims, domestic relations, real estate, corporations, and probate matters. Represented State Farm Insurance, Dairyland Insurance, and Premier Insurance Companies in subrogation and defense matters in Oregon counties and federal courts.

Private Practice
Lake Oswego, Oregon (Jan. 1979 to Sep. 1984)

Private Practice
Portland and Hillsboro, Oregon (Sep. 1984 to Present)
Engaged in general litigation practice emphasizing personal injury and products liability litigation, workmens' compensation claims, commercial litigation, admiralty and aviation law.

Additional Legal Education

ATLA Advanced Trial Advocacy Course in Reno, Nevada (1983)
ATLA Advanced Medical Malpractice Course in Reno, Nevada (1984)
National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
NITA Teacher Training Course, U.C. Law School, Berkeley (1987)
Advanced Trial Advocacy Course at University of California School of Law, Berkeley (1989)


Instrument Rated Commerical Pilot

FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII)
Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI)

FAA Certified N-B25 SIC (Second in Command)

Teaching Experience

As Assistant Regional Defense Counsel, Pacific Region, U.S. Marine Corps, from February 1986 to February 1990, I organized a team of former USMC, USAF and US Navy Vietnam Veterans who were members of the USMC and USAF reserves and who were prominent trial lawyers from around the United States. We conducted one-week trial advocacy/courts martial training courses for U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force Judge Advocates in Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Hawaii, San Diego, and Camp Pendleton three to four times annually. I, and my USMC counterpart, were responsible for course material; training schedules at each location; organization, assignment and scheduling of instructors; and actual conduct of the various training sessions. We used the NITA method of instruction with personal and video critiques of each judge advocate student. I also taught and instructed at all of these courses.

Later, as Deputy Chief Defense Counsel for the Marine Corps, I became responsible for all of the USMC NITA courses on the east coast, west coast, and Pacific stations and bases. I also taught and instructed at many of these courses.

These NITA trial advocacy courses became so popular with unit and base JAGs that the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard sent their judge advocates to the Marine Corps training sessions.

These courses are still being presented by U.S. Marine Corp Reserve and Navy trial lawyers from around the United States, and around the world wherever there are U.S. military judge advocates. I was one of the original USMC and USMC Reserve Judge Advocates who helped start the Marine Corps program in 1986 upon orders from the Judge Advocate General of the Marine Corps.

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University — Assistant Professor
World Wide Campus (2013 to 2018)


Adjunct Professor of Law at Willamette School of Law,
Willamette University, Salem, Oregon

Significant Cases

Val J. Green v. Estate of Michael Coffman, et al.
v. United States of America
8 F3d 695 (9th Cir. 1993)
certiorari denied 115 S. Ct. 58 (1994)

Little v. Wimmer
303 Or 580, 739 P.2d 564 (Or 1987)

G. Bernard Kallio & Irene Kallio v. Daniel Mark Porush
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Case No. 98-1089-ST

G. Bernard Kallio & Irene Kallio v. Stratton-Oakmont Inc.;
Baltimore Securities Inc.; Daniel Porush' David M. Beall; Paul C. Schemitz' abd RMS Network, Inc.
National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD)
Arbitration No. 96-02718

Scott A. Sealey, a minor, by and through his Guardian Ad Litem, Carl Sealey; Carl Sealey and Delores Sealey, husband and wife v. Erik James Hicks, et al.
Washinton County Circuit Court Case No. 86-0869C

Kayla Rickerson, Personal Representative for the Estate of Pamela G. McCartney v. Carolyn Miller, Trustee of the McCartney Family Trust, et al.
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 0610-11236

James Strader v. Cargill Marine & Terminals Inc., Stevedoring Services of America, and Marine Terminals Corp./Majestic Insurance
OALJ No. 2004-LHC-2702, OWCP No 14-13281

John Harkness and Sherri Harkness v. Joanne Kantor, Sunset Mortgage Company, Directors Mortgage Inc., and Fidelity National Title Company of Oregon
Clackamas County Circuit Court Case No. CV06-03-0791

Purple Heart

Thomas J. Flaherty was decorated several times during his career in the Military, including these two
Purple Heart Medals.