Will Patterson, Attorney

Will Patterson

Will works out of Harris Bricken’s Portland office, advising clients on business law, intellectual property, and cannabis law matters. He focuses on complex civil litigation and corporate law, areas in which he honed his skills at leading law firms in Portland, Oregon and San Jose, Costa Rica, before joining Harris Bricken.

Will earned his J.D. in 2008 from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. After winning the U.S. National Championship in the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Will joined Arias & Munoz in Costa Rica, a premier international law firm, where he was selected to lead one of the firm’s largest litigation cases.

In 2010, Will took a position as Executive Director of the International Law Students Association, a Chicago-based non-profit organization dedicated to global legal education. Following a successful tenure there, he returned to Portland in 2012, and resumed his career as a practicing lawyer at Folawn, Alterman & Richardson LLP.

Will’s unique blend of experience in business administration and dispute resolution makes him the perfect legal partner for Harris Bricken clients. Will is adept at assessing and navigating risk, while protecting long-term business interests. His calm, approachable demeanor, unflappable work ethic, and love for a good challenge, make Will a perfect fit for the firm and our clients.

A Portland native, Will enjoys snowboarding, writing, reading, traveling, and spending time with his wife and children.

More About Will

Speaking Engagements

“Lessons from Oregon and Washington,” Second Annual Conference of the Alliance of Cannabis Industry Attorneys and Consultants, San Diego, CA, October 21, 2017.

Banking and Financing for the Marijuana Industry,” Recreational Marijuana Business Law in Washington CLE, Seattle, WA, July 21, 2017.

Banking & Cannabis,” Portland Hempfest Expo, Portland, OR, June 10, 2017.

Media Appearances

Josephine County Sues Oregon To Invalidate Cannabis Laws,” Oregon Public Broadcasting, April 5, 2018.

Josephine County Sues Oregon As Cannabis Regulation Row Escalates,” Portland Business Journal, April 5, 2018.

Professional Experience

Attorney, Folawn Alterman & Richardson LLP (2013-2017)

Solo Practitioner, Law Offices of William Patterson (2012-2013)

Executive Director, International Law Students Association (2010-2012)

Attorney, Arias & Muñoz (2008-2010)


U.S. National Champion, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2007

10th Place Individual Law Advocate worldwide, Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, 2007

Moot Court Honor Society


Ask a Pot Lawyer,” The Portland Mercury, Featured Columnist, 2017-present

Canna Law Blog, Weekly Author, 2017-present


  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar
  • District Court of Oregon

Volunteer Activities

Board Member, Craft Cannabis Alliance

President of the Board of Directors, TherapyWorksNW (2014-17)

Volunteer Attorney, Senior Law Project – Legal Aid Services of Oregon (2013)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar
  • District Court of Oregon


  • Lewis & Clark Law School (J.D., Environmental and Natural Resources Certificate, 2008)