Pro Tem Instructor
Darren is a Portland native who returned home several years ago after practicing law in New York. He is very happy to have re-established his community ties through volunteer work, including currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Portland Japanese Garden and the Board of Directors of the Japan-America Society of Oregon. He is proud to have received the Perkins Coie Portland Pro Bono Leadership Award for his diverse pro bono work while practicing at Perkins Coie in Portland. Currently, Darren is in-house at Vestas-American Wind Technology, where he serves as corporate lead for all of North America, manages the Vestas legal extern program and negotiates transactions on a daily basis.
He has taught a number of seminars and CLEs, including commercial contracts and drafting, acquisition agreements, corporate finance, credit facilities and high yield bonds, cross-border transactions, and securities offerings, among others. He has testified in front of the Oregon legislature, presented at universities, taught seminars at various global financial institutions, the Oregon State Bar and the Multnomah Bar Association, and advised boards of directors and senior management of for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Darren began practicing law on Wall Street in the Corporate department of the New York law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore. At Cravath, Darren’s practice included large-scale transactions in finance, M&A, private equity and capital markets, among others.
Darren received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Articles Editor of the Michigan Law Review.