Jeffrey A. Babener,

Bank of America Financial Center
121 SW Morrison, Suite 1020
Portland, Oregon 97204-3140
Telephone: 503-226-6600
FAX: 503-226-4290

PRACTICE AREAS: All aspects of representation of Direct Selling Companies, U.S. and Foreign Markets; Marketing Law; Regulatory; International Expansion; FDA; Trademark; Marketing and Distribution related litigation.

ADMITTED: 1974, California, Oregon, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

LAW SCHOOL: University of Southern California, J.D., 1973. Member, Editorial Board, Southern California Law Review.

COLLEGE: Occidental College, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1970.


  • Member, Direct Selling Association
  • Member, Lawyer's Council, Government Relations Committee, Internet Task Force, Committee on Multilevel Marketing Legislation, Direct Selling Association, 1983 -
  • General Counsel, Board of Directors, Multilevel Marketing International Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Multilevel Marketing International Association, 1985 -
  • University of Texas, University of Illinois, University of Houston, Lecturer on Direct Selling, Network Marketing and Multilevel Marketing
  • Multnomah County (Chairman, Speakers Bureau, 1977-1978) and American (Member, Commercial Transactions Litigation Committee, 1982-) Bar Associations
  • Oregon State Bar (Chairman, Committee on Judicial Administration, 1981-1982; Member, Professional Responsibility Committee, 1982-1985).

BIOGRAPHY: Phi Beta Kappa. Member, Board of Editors, Southern California Law Review, 1972-1973.


  • "Durational Residence Requirements for State and Local Office: A Violation of Equal Protection?" 45 Southern California Law Review, 996, 1972

  • MLM/Direct Seller's Corporate Handbook, Tax Guide for MLM/Direct Sellers

  • "Network Marketing: Window of Opportunity," Network Marketer's Guide to Success

  • "Network Marketing: What You Should Know"


  • Is This Network Marketing Opportunity for Real?

  • The Inside Track on Network Marketing

  • MLM Earnings - How Much?

  • Marketing Discount Services

  • Network Marketing: Is It For You?

  • New Protection for MLM Distributors

  • Value Is The "In" Thing

  • Planning A Great Meeting

  • Co-op Advertising: Get the Word Out

  • Network Marketing: Future Opportunities

  • Successful Long Distance Sponsoring

  • Networking and Time Management

  • Networking Through Mail Lists

  • Networkers on the Information Highway

  • Networking Through Nonprofit

  • Changing Face of Network Marketing

  • Investigating a Network Marketing Company

  • ABC - Three-Way Calling

  • MLM Earnings Projections

  • Promote Sales Presentations with Gifts

  • FDA and MLM

  • Look for Buy-Back Policies

  • MLM Pyramid Legislation

  • MLM Management and Training

  • Incorporating Your MLM Business

  • Tax Deductions for Your MLM Home Office

  • Financing Growth for Your MLM Business

  • FDA Approval for MLM Products

  • MLM Retirement and Benefit Planning

  • MLM and the Postal Service

  • MLM and Credit Card Fraud - Be Careful

  • Your Personal MLM Legal Dictionary

  • What's in a Name?: MLM Trademarks

  • Marketing Through Nonprofit Organizations

  • New Life for MLM Services in Missouri

  • MLM Statutes: Georgia Adopts Legislation

  • Electronic Fund Transfers

  • FTC and Advertising

  • The FTC Cooling Off Rule

  • The Business Plan: A Valuable Tool for Success

  • Missouri's MLM Struggles

  • The MLM/Franchise

  • MLM Buyback Rules

  • Your MLM Home Office and Taxes

  • Who Owns the Downline?

  • FDA Nutritional Health Claims

  • MLM and Sales Taxes

  • Future of the MLM Industry

  • The MLM Distributor's Guide to Incorporation

  • When the Postman Knocks

  • MLM Taxes: Entertainment Deductions

  • Network Marketing v. Pyramid Schemes

  • MLM and Franchising

  • Organizing Your MLM Business

  • How Many Levels?

  • Boost Sales with Nonprofits

  • MLM National Expansion

  • MLM to Europe - 1992

  • Noncompetition Agreements: Enforceable?

  • MLM in Canada

  • Underage Distributors

  • Involving Your Family in Business

  • MLM Statutes: Washington Continues the Trend

  • MLM Cross-Sponsoring Rules

  • Changes in the Marketing Plan

  • Selling Sales Tools

  • MLM Sales Taxes and Corporate Taxes: The Multistate Tax Commission

  • MLM and Business Opportunity Statutes

  • Buenos Dias Mexico

  • NuSkin Troubles: Light in the Tunnel

  • The Saga of MLM Investigations

  • Earnings Hype - What Can You Say?

  • Say It Again Sam: Making the Most of Great Press

  • IRS Audits and Network Marketers

  • Canada-Welcome-Bienvenu

  • Proposed FDA Legislation Helps MLM

  • Network Marketing: Legal Issues

  • Knock! Knock! It's the FDA

  • The SEC Awakens

  • Electronic Fund Transfers

  • New Rules on Home Office Deductions

  • State AG's Applaud Industry

  • Buy-back Standards

  • MLM Nutraceuticals! -- Say What?

  • NSA Settlement: Enormous Industry Impact

  • Is the U.S. Postal Service in Your Future?

  • You Too Can Incorporate

  • SEC: We Hate Pyramids

  • Opportunity Goes South: Mexico MLM

  • FDA v. Health Industry: Showdown

  • Forget the Saturation Theory

  • Network Marketing Reaches Maturity

  • New Proposals For Home Office Deductions

  • Chasing the Competition

  • Networkers and Credit Card Fraud

  • NuSkin and the FTC: A Message on Earnings Claims

  • Network Marketing Management and Training

  • Cancel This Sale! - The Three-Day Rule

  • Looking for the Right Compensation Plan

  • Too Young to Play.


  • University of Texas MLM Academic Conference

  • The MLM Entrepreneur Series

  • Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company