Jay has practiced environmental and energy law with Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt since 1974. He has tried complex cases in state and federal court and argued before the United States Supreme Court. He has written numerous articles in his field and has been named one of Oregon’s top attorneys in Oregon Super Lawyers.
He is currently President of the Port of Portland Commission. He has served on or chaired numerous boards, including the North Clackamas School Board, the Oregon Law Foundation, the Clackamas County Planning Commission, the Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners, the Campaign for Equal Justice and the Portland Metropolitan Studies Institute. He helped found the East County Legal Clinic and also serves on several state panels addressing transportation issues.
He received his BA in English and Philosophy from Providence College. He also has a Master’s Degree in English and a J.D. in law from the University of Virginia. He taught 7th grade English in rural Virginia and clerked for Judge Otto Skopil Jr. of the U.S. District Court of Oregon.
He has played, coached and broadcast rugby here and abroad and is currently a trustee of the U.S. Rugby Foundation. He and his wife, Karen, live in Portland and they have a son.