Chin See Ming

Chin See Ming



Expertise Overview
Ming has a diverse civil litigation practice in which he handles cases emphasizing in the defense of construction defect, businesses litigation and employment disputes.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Ming was the legal director of the Oregon affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He was responsible for all aspects of the state affiliate’s litigation program. Previously, Ming was a senior assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice where he enforced consumer protection and antitrust laws. Ming also worked for nearly ten years at Perkins Coie in Portland, Oregon where his practice focused on complex business, commercial, intellectual property, insurance coverage and product liability litigation.

Relevant Cases
Ming has represented a diverse array of clients ranging from private businesses to the State of Oregon. Ming defended a construction product manufacturer in a nationwide class action brought in federal court involving product defect, consumer protection and breach of warranty claims. He also defended in federal court a manufacturer of silicon wafer manufacturing equipment against a multi-million dollar breach of warranty and product defect claim. They settled favorably prior to trial. Ming obtained summary judgment in federal court against a claim for infringement of chemical composition patent. Ming also represented the insureds of several national insurance carriers against numerous fire-related claims across the county and Canada.

Insights & Thought Leadership
Ming has authored several publications including, “Consumer Product Reporting Requirements under the Federal Consumer Product Safety Act: A Primer for Litigators,” Litigation Journal (Spring 2004). He also co-authored, “Warranties for the Sale of Goods under Article 2 of the UCC,” Litigation Journal (July 2001).

Professional Certification & Accolades

  • ACLU of Oregon, Board of Directors 2003-2005, Vice President for Litigation 2005
  • American Constitution Society Oregon Lawyer Chapter, Board of Directors 2006-present
  • Oregon Board of Bar Examiners 2001-2004, Vice Chair 2003-2004
  • Oregon State Bar Constitutional Law Section, Executive Committee 2005-present, Secretary 2006, Treasurer 2007, Chair Elect 2010
  • Oregon State Bar Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, Executive Committee 2005-2008, Secretary 2008
  • Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Advocacy Committee Chair 2009-present

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon


  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1993, Order of the Coif
  • University of Chicago, M.A Anthropology, 1987
  • Rice University, B.A. Honors Anthropology, minor Geology, 1985
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