Elden Rosenthal recently retired from the active practice of law after spending forty-five years as a leading civil rights lawyer in Portland, Oregon. He worked with the SPLC on one of its most famous cases, helping to secure a $12.5 million verdict against the White Aryan Resistance for its role in the murder of an Ethiopian student by racist skinheads in Portland in 1988. In recognition of that work, he received the Oregon State Bar’s highest honor, the Award of Merit.
Elden is also the recipient of the E.B. McNaughton Award – the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon’s top award – as well as the Distinguished Trial Lawyer Award from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.