The Salem, Oregon business law and litigation firm of Fetherston Edmonds, LLP continues the tradition of excellence established over half a century ago by original founders Edward L. (Ned) Clark, Jr. and Malcolm Marsh. Today, Ben Fetherston and Jim Edmonds are joined by a top team of colleagues who provide sound advice and effective representation to some of the nation’s largest businesses.
Ben and Jim are longtime partners, having joined the firm more than 25 years ago. They maintain a connection to the firm’s deep roots in the Willamette Valley. Together they continue its rich history of service to both clients and community. With partner Chris Matheny, the attorneys at Fetherston Edmonds work hard to uphold the firm’s distinguished reputation. The firm has long received an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell, and is designated by the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for excellence in both General Practice and Civil Trial Practice. In addition, individual members of the firm are acknowledged by SuperLawyers magazine for outstanding legal representation.
A History of Excellence
Co-founder Malcolm Marsh helped lead the firm for more than three decades until 1987, when he was appointed to the Federal bench by President Ronald Reagan; he continues to serve as a senior judge for the United States District Court for Oregon. Founding attorney Ned Clark, whose remarkable career was further distinguished by serving as president of the Oregon State Bar, continued to practice law until his retirement in 1995. He passed away in 2009.
In 1969, Eric Lindauer joined the firm as an associate, becoming a partner in 1972. Eric developed a highly successful mediation and labor arbitration practice, and lectured frequently on those topics, most notably at Pepperdine University’s annual conferences on arbitration and mediation. Eric moved his practice to Portland in 2008, and maintains a close friendship with our Salem partners.
Ben Fetherston joined the firm in 1986, after practicing law in Portland for five years. Ben recently served as chairman of the board for the Associated Oregon Industries, an Oregon business lobby headquartered in the state capital. He also headed up AOI’s PAC. Ben ably represents some of the Pacific Northwest’s premier businesses.
Jim Edmonds' association with the firm began in 1984, when he was a law clerk. He became an associate in 1986, and made partner in 1989. Jim’s successful litigation career includes favorable verdicts throughout Oregon. He is a past president of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and remains a leader in the defense field.