Gizem Demirel

Gizem Demirel is an associate attorney in Saalfeld Grigg’s Business group. She has broad experience in various commercial and technology contracts, including SaaS agreements, NDAs, joint ventures, and vendor and supply agreements. Gizem assisted her clients in different industries with regulatory compliance for their privacy, intellectual property, and international commerce practices. Before moving to Oregon, she worked as an attorney at several law firms and as an in-house counsel at an international company for about 7 years in Istanbul, Türkiye.

Practice Areas

Business & Taxation


University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Berkeley, CA
Master of Laws (LL.M. Thesis Track), 2021
Awards: LL.M. Dean’s List at Berkeley Law (top 10 percent of the LL.M. class)

Willamette University, College of Law, Salem, OR
J.D., cum laude, 2020
Executive Editor of the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution

Bahcesehir University, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Istanbul, Türkiye
Master of Laws, 2014
Ranking: 8th out of 436

Marmara University, Faculty of Law, Istanbul, Türkiye
Bachelor of Arts in Law, 2008


Possible Legal Consequences of Trade Wars on the International Sales Contract Subject to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, 26 Willamette J. Int’l L. & Dispute Resolution 249-278 (2019).

The Twisted Future of the Multi-party Interim Appeal Arbitration (MPIA) at the World Trade Organization, 28(3) Int’l L. Trade L. & Reg. (2022).

Convergence Without Predictability: Personal Jurisdiction Dilemma for Online Foreign Trademark Infringements in the EU and the US, 31 Texas Intell. Prop. L. J. (2022).


Certified Information Privacy Professional – US private-sector (CIPP/US) (January 2023)
Certified Information Privacy Professional – Europe (CIPP/E) (December 2022)
ISO 27001: 2013 Information Security Management System Awareness & Internal Auditor (June 2015)

Bar Admissions


Istanbul, Türkiye

Professional Activities

Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation, Board Member (2022)

Oregon Women Lawyers, Board Member (2022)

Oregon State Bar, Technology Law Section, Executive Committee (2022)

Speaking & Presentations 

Invited by the US Department of Commerce through Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) to Mongolia to train Mongolian governmental officials in public-private partnership projects (September 2022)

CLE Presentation with the Intellectual Property Section of the Oregon State Bar (October 2022)

Off the Job

Gizem loves exploring new restaurants in Oregon. She enjoys cooking and baking Turkish foods for her family and friends.