Edwin A. Harnden Receives 2012 MBA Professionalism Award

Edwin A. Harnden, managing partner at Barran Liebman LLP will receive the 2012 MBA Professionalism Award on May 21, at the MBA annual meeting and dinner.

The MBA Professionalism Award, the organization's highest honor, recognizes candidates who exemplify, not simply meet, the standards set forth in the MBA Professionalism Statement:

Professionalism goes beyond the observance of the legal profession's ethical rules and serves the best interests of clients and the public in general; it fosters respect and trust among lawyers and between lawyers and the public, promotes the efficient resolution of disputes, and makes the practice of law more enjoyable and satisfying.

Harnden has been practicing law for 40 years. His nomination for the Professionalism Award was supported by numerous attorneys, judges, and law students from across the spectrum.

Here are a few of the things his nominators and supporters said about Ed:

  • "He retains the charm, eagerness, forthrightness and values of a small-town person, with the skills of an accomplished trial lawyer."
  • "...the epitome of professionalism" "highest rating." "great guy," "can't think of anyone better."
  • A "great family man, great partner and great advocate."

Opposing counsel were uniformly complimentary of his temperament, his honesty, his no-nonsense approach to discovery and his interest in finding early and low-cost solutions to legal problems.

He is also known for the time he spends mentoring younger attorneys and making himself available to young lawyers and law students. He is "always available" for young lawyers' questions.

Ed's history of service to the bar is extensive. He is the current president of the Multnomah Bar Foundation and on the board of the Campaign for Equal Justice and served as president of the MBA in 1996-97 and president of the OSB in 2001.

In addition to bar activities, his community and civic activities have included serving on the boards of the Classroom Law Project, Portland Schools Foundation, Babe Ruth Baseball, the Japan-American Society of Oregon, and the Lincoln High School Booster Club.

Congratulations to Ed Harnden, a most worthy recipient of the 2012 MBA Professionalism Award.

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