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

She chairs the litigation department for the Portland office and maintains a diverse civil litigation practice, with an emphasis on commercial litigation and business disputes. Kathleen is licensed to practice in Oregon, Washington and California and has prosecuted and defended claims involving responsibilities of board members, directors and officers, breach of noncompete agreements, breach of contract, wrongful interference with business relations, patent infringement, and wage and hour disputes. She also has defended individuals and companies against professional liability claims.

Kathleen has successfully tried cases in court, arbitrated disputes, and briefed and argued matters before the Oregon Court of Appeals. She serves on the firm’s Litigation Technical & Innovation Committee, which develops tools for case budgeting and alternative fee arrangements for clients.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • President, Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation, 2008-2009; Vice President, 2007-2008; Chair, Grants Committee, 2006-2007; Board Member, 2004-present
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member, Litigation Section, Oregon State Bar



News & Insights



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


University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1994

  • Faculty Award for Excellency in Oral Advocacy 
  • Jessup International Moot Court Team Award for Excellency in Oral Advocacy

University of California Santa Barbara, B.A., English and Psychology, 1990

University of Stirling, Scotland, Course Work, 1988-89

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