Court TV commentators have described Kafoury as “a strong, strong trial lawyer,” “fabulously entertaining,” and “a great advocate.” A graduate of Hastings College of Law in San Francisco in 1974, Greg received the Public Justice Award from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association in 1994: “In recognition of continued efforts to create a more just society through creative litigation, and innovative work with the broader public interest community.”
In 1965, Greg spent the summer in the South as a civil rights worker for Martin Luther King’s SCLC. After law school, he joined with Lloyd Marbet, the Northwest’s leading anti-nuclear advocate, and together they fought the expansion of nuclear power in Oregon, Washington, and California. In 1986, they formed Don’t Waste Oregon, which fought three initiative campaigns to close the Trojan Nuclear Plant. Campaign leaders included Mark McDougal and Linda Williams, along with Linda’s partner, Dan Meek. Because each initiative gathered more votes than the previous one, these campaigns were crucial in forcing PGE to close Trojan in 1993.
During the Trojan War, Greg got to know Ralph Nader, and Greg and Mark McDougal played increasingly important roles in Nader’s political campaigns. In 2000, Greg and Mark were the chief architects of the Nader SuperRallies, which began in Portland, spread across the U.S., and culminated with a sell-out crowd of 20,000 at Madison Square Garden.
Long a leader in Oregon’s progressive community, as lead counsel, Greg has won verdicts for activists and whistleblowers totaling nearly $11 million. Greg has also had eight jury verdicts between $1 and $6.2 million, a number matched by only one other attorney in the history of Oregon.
Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Greg the highest possible peer review rating, AV-Preeminent.
AV Preeminent (4.5-5.0)- AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.