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Melissa Ngaruri Kenney, Esq. is Of Counsel at JP Law, PC, a disability law firm founded in Portland OR. Melissa N. Kenney now concentrates her practice in social security disability law. In addition to representing claimants at disability hearings in Oregon and Washington and writing district and appellate briefs for disability cases, Melissa N. Kenney is an active citizen in Portland, OR. Melissa N. Kenney is a board member for one organization, AYCO (African Youth and Community Organization). She is also a member of Oregon Women Lawyer's Network and the Portland Asperger's Network.


Ms. Kenney possesses extensive presentation and teaching experience in law, disability and cross-cultural issues in working with clients, including recent presentations in 2011 and 2012 for the Oregon Women Lawyer's Leadership Forum in Portland, OR, and for National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representives in San Antonio, TX.


Ms. Kenney is a graduate of Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in Washington D.C., was a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, and was nominated for the Top 100 Lawyers in Maryland in 2009, eight months after passing the Maryland Bar.


Prior to her legal career, Ms. Kenney worked as a therapist for adults and youth with mental illness, appeared on television and spoke at NGO conferences in Latvia on teaching special needs children and working with teens and adults affected by mental illness.


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Practice areas

  1. Unspecified: 99%
  2. Social Security: 1%
    6 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • April Boutillette Brinkman

    Melissa Kenney Ngaruri is a very well informed and compassionate attorney who I see even spends some of her weekends working on behalf of children in need. She is talented and will work hard to get the job done for you. I am very impressed by her both as an attorney and a person.


    April Brinkman Child custody Attorney
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  • Joshua J. Lipps

    Melissa demonstrates the kind compassion and technically advanced legal skills necessary to succeed in Social Security disability appeals for her clients. I am always confident when referring clients to Melissa that they will receive the very best care and counsel.


    Joshua Lipps Trusts Attorney
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Contact info


5200 SW Meadows Rd
Ste 150
Lake Oswego, OR, 97035



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in MD, 2016


    This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyKP Law, LLC2012 - Present
AttorneyDavid Lowry Law Offices2011 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesN/A2011 - Present
Oregon Women Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Portland State UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PresentationSocial Security Disability Process2013
Nuts And Bolts - Clark County CLE Programs"Nuts and Bolts: Introduction to Handling SSDI/SSI Applications, Hearings and Appeals".2013
Oregon Women Lawyer's Leadership Forum"Same Words, Different Language: How to Make Cross-Cultural Differences Work in Your Client's Favor"2012
NOSSCR Fall 2011 Social Security Disability Law Conference, San Antonio"Same Words, Different Language: How to Make Cross-Cultural Differences Work in Your Client's Favor2011