Class Year: 2011
Leigh Gill ’11 is an attorney at Immix Law, where he practices IP law, employment law, and other areas within business law, with a particular focus on the licensing of software, digital rights, and artistic rights. Leigh serves his clients with an expertise in business and technology that he developed working for over 14 years at companies experiencing rapid growth, including MullinTBG (a leading provider of executive benefit solutions and financing strategies) and Kronos, Inc. (a multinational workforce management and human capital management cloud provider). During law school he was a consultant with ThinkTalent, an Oracle Partner, working closely with his clients on the technology associated with their talent acquisition systems.
Outside his legal career, Leigh involves himself with organizations that strengthen regional businesses. He is a charter member of TiE Oregon, an entrepreneur group that works to bring international investment to businesses in the state, support business growth through mentorship, and to find foreign markets for local ventures. He has volunteered as a mentor for Portland Startup Weekend. Leigh is active in the state bar, serving as a member of the Futures Committee and past Chair of the Technology Law Section. Leigh is active with the ABA IP Section, serving on the CLE Board. Leigh provides pro bono legal assistance as a volunteer including with SetTheExpectation, a nonprofit focused on preventing sexual violence, Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and the Commons Law Center.
Leigh began his legal career because of a tension he saw in business between legal and engineering. The legal organization within the business reduces risk, but growth of the business requires acceptance of reasonable risk, and it’s a careful balance to understand risk without stifling innovation. Leigh was attracted to law as a partnership – if he could learn what the lawyers knew, he could use law as a tool to help his clients solve business problems. Leigh is grateful that Lewis & Clark gave him the opportunity for that education.
Leigh earned his BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1999), where he studied Modern European History. He attended Lewis & Clark Law School as an evening student, graduating in 2011. At Lewis & Clark he was the President of the Intellectual Property Student Organization. In 2013 Leigh was the Pro Bono Champion of the Small Business Legal Clinic.