BY NANCY ROMMELMANN PHOTOGRAPHY BY CRAIG MITCHELLDYER
Four of Oregon’s top attorneys,
from different practice areas
and boutique firms, have been
getting together for decades
THE LOBBY OF THE ARLINGTON CLUB, A PRIVATE PORTLAND
organization founded in 1867, is both grand and subdued, and nearly
silent on a late Monday morning in early March. On the third floor,
however, laughter fills the Field & Stream Room. That laughter
continues almost without cease for the next 90 minutes.
“I’m a water guy,” says Ward Greene, after the waiter asks what
“That’s because it’s free,” says David Markowitz.
Attorneys Greene and Markowitz, along with Ed Harnden and
Albert Menashe, have gotten together several times a year since
1983. Sometimes they meet for dinner; sometimes for overnight
trips; sometimes a Timbers game, where Markowitz’s firm, Markowitz
Herbold, has season tickets. But often it is lunch at the Arlington,
where Harnden and Menashe are dues-paying members and where,
no one in the group would hesitate to point out, Greene is not.
“I am notoriously cheap,” Greene admits with a smile.
“I’ve got a Ward notoriously cheap story,” says Markowitz. It’s a
story that involves the men traveling to Canada, where, on the cab
ride to the hotel, Greene showed off a wad of Canadian $1 bills he
purchased in the States at a good exchange rate. “When we got out
of the cab, Ward said, ‘Let me do the tipping.’ He was so pleased
because he was able to tip a dollar and it only cost him 75 cents. I
said, ‘You know, Ward, they probably know it’s only 75 cents.’”