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Sean Currie Glinka
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Sean Currie Glinka

Sean is a tenacious lawyer with significant experience in commercial litigation, business law, creditors’ rights, and real estate. Sean focuses on working efficiently, professionally and diligently for his clients, and he is committed to economically guiding his clients toward an amicable and satisfactory resolution to the legal challenges in their lives. He has applied these principles in a wide variety of litigation matters, informal resolutions of disputes, and small business matters.

Representative Matters:

Some of Sean's representative matters include:

  • Prevailed for clients resolving a real estate boundary dispute after a 2-day bench trial. Obtained a judgment in favor of clients on claims for ejectment, adverse possession, and trespass.
  • Represented numerous small businesses in organizing, starting up, resolving disputes, and handling day-to-day operations.
  • Prevailed at arbitration on all claims related to the breach of a joint venture agreement regarding the purchase and sale of real estate.
  • Favorably settled claims for misrepresentation and breach of contract following close of evidence at arbitration.
  • Successfully defended business co-owner on claims related to the dissolution of a partnership. Obtained defense judgment on all counts in favor of client.
  • Following trial, obtained a complete defense judgment for client on claims for (1) misappropriation of trade secrets, (2) unfair competition, and (3) breach of fiduciary duty. All claims were asserted by client's former partner.
  • Prevailed on declaratory judgment action with garnishor seeking recovery from successive purchase agreements for business. Obtained judgment award for client/business sellers.
  • Prevailed at 2-day trial for breach of contract on sale of Christmas trees to an out-of-state customer. Judgment awarded in favor of client.
  • Obtained award at arbitration for client on claims for breach of contract under ORS 20.082 and tort under ORS 20.080.
  • Successfully obtained provisional process ordering art to be returned to client prior to trial.
  • Successfully obtained provisional process ordering the return of a small aircraft to client.
  • Favorably settled dispute after oral argument on a provisional process motion resulting in the return of client's property.
  • Successfully collected majority of substantial judgment award.

Professional Experience:

Prior to joining Motschenbacher & Blattner, Sean gained substantial experience as an owner of his own law firm and as an associate with various Portland-area firms. Sean focused his practice on business law and creditors' rights.


Gonzaga University School of Law — Spokane, Washington

Juris Doctorate, 2008
  Gonzaga University Law Review, Associate Editor
  Gonzaga Journal of International Law, Associate Editor
Marquette University — Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bachelor of Arts in History, Criminology & Law Studies; Minor in Philosophy, 2005
  Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society in Social Sciences

Bar Admissions:

Oregon State Bar (2008)
  U.S. District Court, Oregon (2009)

Washington State Bar (2008)
  U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington (2009)
  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington (2009)

U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit (2009)

Awards & Honors

Oregon Super Lawyers, Rising Stars (2014-2018)
  Business Litigation


The Multiple Purposes of Bankruptcy: Restoring Bankruptcy's Social Insurance Function After BAPCPA, 7 DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal 241 (2009)

Advanced Collection Strategies: Ethical Considerations During the Collection Process NBI CLE, Co-author (July 2009)

State Courts Case Notes, Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Newsletter (2009–2011)

Professional Activities

American Bar Association (2008–Present)

Multnomah Bar Association (2008–Present)
  Membership Committee (2013)

Multnomah County Arbitration Panel (2015–Present)

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (2014–Present)

Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  Board of Directors (2011–2012)
  Professional Development and Education Committee, Co-Chair (2010–2011)
  Service to the Public Committee, Member (2009)

Oregon State Bar Association
  Debtor-Creditor Section (2009–Present)
  Disciplinary Board Appointee (2014–2016)
  Fee Arbitration and Mediation Panel Appointee (2014–2016)
  Litigation Section (2009–Present)
  New Lawyers Division Membership Committee (2010–2011)

Debtor-Creditor Section Annual Meeting, Speaker on Developments in State Court Case Law (2010–2011)


Sean enjoys sharing his time cavorting or lounging with his wife and their furry children. As a native of Portland, he appreciates spending time exploring all that Portland and Oregon have to offer on bike and by foot.