Jack Platten Background and Experience


I was born in Texas and grew up in California. I studied at Stanford University, the University of California (BA with High Honors 1963) and Portland State University’s Graduate School of Business. I earned a JD degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1966, where I simultaneously served on the Law review and worked as a legal aid volunteer on the South Side of Chicago.

I am admitted to practice in the Oregon Supreme Court, the Federal District Court of Oregon and the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I am a member of the Oregon State Bar, the Multnomah Bar Association and the Securities Law Section of the Oregon State Bar.

I have prepared course material, spoken at presentations and taught classes in securities law for the Oregon State Bar, the Portland Board of Realtors, the Oregon Association of Realtors – Real Estate Syndication and Sales Institute, and the Oregon Corporation Division.

I have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in securities litigation, testified as an expert witness on securities law matters and am a neutral arbitrator for the NASD and the New York Stock Exchange (now merged as FINRA). I have served on the Beaverton Planning Commission, and currently serve on the Beaverton Public Services Action Team and the Citizen’s Park Bond Oversight Committee for the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District.


My legal practice has concentrated on organization, corporate finance,operation, purchase, acquisition and merger of small and start-up businesses, representation of securities broker-dealers and a wide variety of general business transactions, including negotiation and drafting of shareholder agreements, real estate documents, business contracts, employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, distribution and manufacturing agreements.

I was a senior securities examiner and investigator for the Oregon Corporation Division (now the Division of Finance and Corporate Securities), where I was involved in examination, licensing and regulation of securities broker-dealers and salesmen, drafting of statutes and regulations, securities offerings, regulation of state-chartered savings and loans, and investigation of fraudulent financial transactions.

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