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.
- 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
Lead counsel for commercial broker relating to coverage claims of $40 million in connection with Superstorm Sandy.
Co-trial counsel for manufacturer of goods sold world-wide relating to claims for breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duties in the aggregate amount of $100 million.
Co-counsel for the State of Oregon in litigation against Oracle.
Successful defense as lead counsel for oil recycling company against business interruption claims in excess of $20 million.
Successful defense of product liability and misrepresentation claims in the agriculture industry for $40 million.
Litigated partnership dispute with claims for accounting, breach of fiduciary duties and fraud. Obtained judgment for recovery of legal fees.
Immediate enforcement of various noncompete and confidentiality agreements in court by obtaining temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in favor of employers. Successful defense of individuals against claims for violation of noncompetition agreements and trade secrets law, ranging in value from $1 million to $10 million.
Prosecuted and defended claims for commissions, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duties in the entertainment and sports industry, involving athletes, actors and a production company.
Advised client, negotiated with Oregon Employment Department, and obtained successful result for business in tax audit relating to status of independent contractors.
Co-counsel in aggressive and successful defense of company against patent litigation claims through trial, appeal and post-trial litigation.
Represented accounting firm against professional negligence claims and prosecuted fraud claims against adverse party.
Represented business at trial court level and Court of Appeals regarding dispute over property lines and wrongful interference with business relations; recovered full attorney fees in favor of business.
News & Insights
- Portland Business Journal, 9.21.12
- Oregon, 1994
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