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Kathleen is committed to helping her clients resolve complex business disputes.

Kathleen maintains a diverse civil litigation practice, with an emphasis on business disputes. Kathleen represents local, national and international businesses in a wide variety of disputes, including breaches of high-value manufacturing agreements, breaches of representations and warranties in purchase and sale agreements, shareholder and partnership disputes, and unfair business practices. She also defends commercial brokers and other business professionals. With more than 26 years of experience, she represents clients in state and federal courts, as well as various arbitration forums. Kathleen practices in Oregon, Washington and California. 

Kathleen has successfully tried cases in court, arbitrated disputes, and briefed and argued matters before the Oregon Court of Appeals. She has participated in firm initiatives which develop tools for case budgeting and alternative fee arrangements for clients.

Professional Activities

  • Defense Research Institute, Member
    • Business Torts & Contract Litigation SLG, Vice Chair, 2021-present  
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Member 
  • Oregon State Bar, Litigation Section, Member
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation
    • Board Member, 2004-2010
    • President, 2008-2009
    • Vice President, 2007-2008
    • Grants Committee, Chair, 2006-2007

Community Activities

  • Portland Alumnae Chapter of Tri Delta
    • Board Member, 2018-2020
    • Secretary, 2018-2020



News & Insights



  • Oregon, 1994
  • Washington, 1995
  • California, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2022


  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 1994
    • Faculty Award for Excellency in Oral Advocacy 
    • Jessup International Moot Court Team Award for Excellency in Oral Advocacy
  • B.A., University of California Santa Barbara, English and Psychology, 1990
  • University of Stirling, Scotland, Course Work, 1988-1989
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