Business Law - Law School - Lewis & Clark

Harley Franco ’77 is the chair, CEO, and president of Harley Marine Services, a company he founded in 1987, when he saw a need for a highly safe, environmentally responsible, efficient, and customer-oriented marine services business. The company, which now operates in multiple cities around the country, has demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental stewardship and community involvement.

Harley Franco is responsible for establishing the vision of Harley Marine Services striving to become the safest most environmentally responsible marine transportation company in the country. With a passion for the environment, he has instituted a series of “green” initiatives including markedly reducing vessel emissions, purchasing hybrid vehicles and providing shore power where possible to avoid unnecessary emissions.

Franco has developed a culture of safety and wellness creating a healthy work environment. From ergonomic work stations to recycle, reuse and repurpose, Franco’s vision has been to take care of his community and promote sustainability. One of Franco’s most proud accomplishments to date is a LEED gold 50,000 sq.ft. office building that he hopes will inspire other businesses to focus on the sustainable work place.

Harley Marine Services is a leader in corporate contributions to the community. Franco has sat on several charity boards both locally and nationally including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Prior to his foray in the Maritime industry, Franco practiced law and briefly ran businesses in the telecommunications industry.  He has a BA from the University of Washington and a JD from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark University in Portland, Oregon. Franco currently sits on the board of the UK P&I club and is a former board member of the American Waterway Operators.




Past Distinguished Business Law Graduates

April 12th, 2018

April 17th, 2014

  • Schwabe Williamson portrait shoot Román D. Hernández ’00
    Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce Román D. Hernández ’00 as our 2014 Business Law Distinguished Graduate.

April 18th, 2013

  • Ying Chen ’95
    Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce Ying Chen ’95 as our 2013 Business Law Distinguished Graduate.

April 5th, 2012

  • Jun Ge ‘95
    This year, the Law School is pleased to bestow this honor upon Jun Ge, who graduated from the East China University of Political Science and Law and Lewis & Clark Law School in 1995.

April 28th, 2011

  • Jordan Schnitzer ‘76
    This year, the Law School is pleased to bestow this honor upon Jordan D. Schnitzer, who graduated from University of Oregon in 1973 and from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1976.

April 23rd, 2010

  • Michael T. Winslow '80 Michael T. Winslow ’80
    This year, the Law School is pleased to bestow this honor upon Michael T. Winslow, who graduated from Indiana University and from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1980. Mike is a member of the American Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar Association.

April 29th, 2009

  • Trudy Allen ’82
    This year, the Law School is pleased to bestow this honor upon Trudy Allen, who graduated magna cum laude from Pennsylvania State University, and from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1982.

April 18th, 2008

  • Jeff B. Curtis Jeff B. Curtis ’86
    This year, the Law School is pleased to bestow this honor upon Jeff B. Curtis, who  graduated magna cum laude in 1986 from the Law School

May 1st, 2007

  • Ron (Rongwei) Cai Ron (Rongwei) Cai ’90
    A 1990 honors graduate of the Law School, Ron (Rongwei) Cai is a partner in Davis Wright Tremaine’s Shanghai Office. Ron, who received an LLM from Columbia Law School and an LL.B. with honors from Xiamen University School of Law, is also fluent in English, Mandarin and Taiwanese. 

April 7th, 2006

  • Sen. Betsy Johnson Sen. Betsy Johnson
    Betsy received her undergraduate degree in History from Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota) and her Law degree from the Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College. A licensed commercial pilot of both fixed and rotor-wing aircraft, she founded Transwestern Helicopters, Inc., in 1978. 

April 22nd, 2005

  • Wayne Perry ’75
    We are very excited to announce the inauguration of what will become an annual honor, the Distinguished Business Law Graduate. This year, we will honor Wayne Perry (‘75), Chief Executive Officer of Edge Wireless LLC as our first Distinguished Business Law Graduate. Prior to his position at Edge Wireless, Mr. Perry served as Vice-Chairman of AT&T Wireless Services, and has been a leader in the wireless telecommunications industry.