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An advocate committed to helping clients resolve complex business disputes.

Kathleen is an accomplished civil litigator with a diverse practice, focusing on business disputes. She represents local, national, and international businesses in a wide range of matters, including high-value manufacturing agreement breaches, representations and warranties disputes in purchase and sale agreements, shareholder and partnership disputes, and unfair business practices. Kathleen also provides defense for commercial brokers and other business professionals.

With over 26 years of experience, she has a proven track record of success representing clients. Her experience includes successfully trying cases in state and federal courts, handling arbitrations, and prevailing on appeals before the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit. In addition, Kathleen has been involved in firm initiatives focused on developing case budgeting tools and alternative fee arrangements to better serve clients.

Kathleen is licensed to practice in Oregon, Washington, and California.

Professional Activities

  • Defense Research Institute, Member
    • Chair, Business Torts & Contract Litigation SLG, 2022-present
    • Vice Chair, Business Torts & Contract Litigation SLG, 2020-2022
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Member 
  • Oregon State Bar, Litigation Section, Member
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation
    • President, 2008-2009
    • Vice President, 2007-2008
    • Grants Committee, Chair, 2006-2007
    • Board Member, 2004-2010

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, Western District of Washington, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2022
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern 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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