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Kenneth E Kahn II

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About Kenneth E. Kahn II

Ken has lived in Portland most of his life. He graduated from Reed College (’80) and then Lewis and Clark, Northwestern School of Law (’90). He has taught other lawyers at continuing legal education seminars for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Multnomah Criminal Bar Association. He also mentors law students in criminal law and procedure. He was a contributing legal editor to the Sports Car Market Editor, writing a legal column for he collector car market and was a member of the Multnomah County Bicycling and Pedestrian Committee where he helped formulate cycling policy at the county level. More recently, he was the co-founder of Friends of the Vista Bridge, a non profit dedicated to preventing suicide on Portland’s landmark Vista Bridge.

He has practiced criminal law since 1990 and has defended over six thousand people on almost every kind of criminal charge. As a trial lawyer, he has argued innumerable jury trials, motions and proceedings. He is licensed to practice in Federal Court, is a member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar, and has argued numerous cases at the Court of Appeals and administrative hearings. He is well respected by judges, prosecutors, and other criminal defense lawyers.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 45%
    25 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
    25 years
  3. Personal Injury: 8%
    7 years
  4. Appeals: 2%
    25 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Valerie Ingram Kirkendall

    I endorse this lawyer. Ken's knowledge of the law, as well as the procedures and strategies for getting the best outcome for his clients, make him an excellent attorney. In addition, his good humor and caring nature make him my go-to referral for potential clients with any DUI, personal injury, or criminal issues.


    Valerie Kirkendall Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Sarah Elizabeth Krick

    I have known Ken Kahn for over 15 years and observed him practicing in multiple counties. He is highly intelligent, caring, and has exceptional skills dealing with others in the legal system. Great guy as well as great attorney!


    Sarah Krick Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

2245 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR, 97201


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers in OregonThe Legal Network2015
Best Criminal Defense Lawyer -- OregonCorporate America News2015
Pre-Eminent AttorneyMartindale Hubble2015
Citation for preventing a suicideBureau of Emergency Communications1991
Key to the CityCity of San FranciscoN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyKenneth E. Kahn II, Attorney PC2012 - Present
Sr. partnerKahn & Ifversen2002 - 2012
AttorneyKenneth E. Kahn, Attorney1992 - 2002
AttorneyMDI1990 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon Native American Chamber of CommerceMember2013 - Present
Asian Pacific American Chamber of CommerceMember2013 - Present
Sierra ClubMember2010 - Present
Ocean ConservancyMember2010 - Present
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1990 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Quick Collect v. HigginsVictory for the little guy.
State v. ChungConvicted of Robbery III, a expungeable felony
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawN/A1990
Reed CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oregon Native Chamber of Commerce LuncheonHow to Deal with the Police2013
Morning lecture seriesHow We got the City to Erect a Fence on the Vista Bridge, the Suicide Bridge2013
Lunch lecture seriesThe Artist and The Law2013
Falcon LecturesArtist's Rights2013
Falcon Community LectureContracts & Negotiations for Artists2013
Artists SymposiumArtist's Rights & Copyright2013
SeminarHow to Deal with the Police2012
Grand Ronde Tribe & Episcopal DioceseThe Doctrine of Discovery and Indian Rights2012
Work Skills ProgramExpungements2011
Work Skills ProgramExpungements2011
Symposium for ArtistsCopyright and Limited Edition2002
Continuing Legal EducationOut of State, Out of Mind--Venue issues1996
Luncheon SymposiumHandling the Midnight Call on a DUII Arrest1993