Troy G. Sexton
Troy represents businesses and individuals in civil litigation, bankruptcy, judgment collection, and contractual matters. He also has a special interest in representing clients accused of defamation for exercising their First Amendment rights. Troy has defended many people under Washington, Oregon, and California's anti-SLAPP statutes.
Some of Troy’s representative matters include:
- Successfully confirmed and consummated a consensual Chapter 11 reorganization plan for individual debtors involved in an unsuccessful medical practice.
- Defended a student-athlete, pro-bono, against a vexations plaintiff for a defamation claim based on a parody Instagram photo. Prevailed at the district court, Ninth Circuit, and certiorari stage of the US Supreme Court.
- Prevailed on an anti-SLAPP motion against a person who reported suspected child abuse. The child-abuse reporter based her statements on reasonable information conveyed by the child and the child's mother. In response, the suspected abuser sued the reporter for $1 million in punitive and compensatory damages. All claims against the child-abuse reporter were dismissed with prejudice and attorney’s fees were awarded.
- Prevailed on an anti-SLAPP motion against a person who claimed to have been placed in a false light by the truthful, factual investigation of a blogger into the underpinnings of illegal telemarketing. In addition to a dismissal of all claims, he obtained an award of attorney’s fees against the plaintiff. Troy undertook the case pro-bono, and was recognized in the influential blog Popehat for his work.
- Prevailed on an anti-SLAPP motion against a nationally recognized author who claimed to have been defamed by a newspaper article critical of factual allegations in one of the author’s books, as well as obtaining an award of attorney’s fees against the author.
- Obtained Summary Judgment in favor of two business owners who faced a $2 million fraud claim by a supplier in connection with the failure of their business.
- Successfully settled a homeowner’s claims against a contractor for violating the Oregon Home Solicitation Sales Act and performing substandard work.
- Obtained a rare court order allowing the garnishment of a trust to collect on a nearly thirty-year old child support judgment.
- Counsel to numerous Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy clients, as well as creditors and debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings.
- Based on its own statutory violations, convinced the US Government to voluntarily dismiss a case to foreclose on real property securing a criminal restitution judgment. Defendant was represented pro-bono.
- Defeated a preliminary injunction motion to stop community members from speaking out against a contested non-profit board cellection case was voluntarily dismissed soon after.
Troy has been an associate attorney at Motschenbacher & Blattner LLP since 2011. Prior to that, he clerked for the firm and for the Small Business Legal Clinic. Before his legal career, he managed a Christmas gift shop and Christmas tree farm for 7 years.
Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon
Juris Doctorate, 2011
Certificate in General Business Law
Associate Editor, Environmental Law
Best Oral Advocate, First Year Appellate Advocacy Competition
Peking University, Chinese Law, Beijing, China
Summer Study Abroad, 2009
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Bachelor of Arts, 2007
Double Major in Philosophy and Political Science
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2019
Washington State Bar Association, 2015
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 2012
Oregon State Bar Association, 2011
Professional Designations and Memberships:
Multnomah Bar Association, Member, 2011-Present
American Bankruptcy Institute, 2016-Present
Troy camps, hikes, and cross country skis with his wife and two young daughters. He also occasionally rides his motorcycle faster than should be discussed among polite company and is fond of unreasonably large milkshakes and unusual beer.