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Welcome to my Avvo profile.  I am a graduate of both Oregon State University (go Beavers!) and the University of Oregon School of Law (go Ducks!). I have maintained a law practice in SE or NE Portland since June 1983. I speak Spanish and have familiarity with other languages, which makes me sensitive to the needs of non-native English speakers. I lived in Asia for more than a year. My two children are grown and live in SE Portland.


I do my best to treat all people fairly in all respects, and to help you people through the challenges of the legal system without undue cost or delay. 


I was elected to the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates by my peers, and I have served on the Board of Directors of Oregon Women Lawyers.


The most important skills I bring to my job as a lawyer are honesty, trustworthiness, intelligence (all kinds), and a high level of oral and written communication skills.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Please feel free to call me at 503-234-8801. I look forward to hearing from you.




Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Adoption: 70%
    33 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    33 years, 1 thousand cases



Hourly ($150-195/hour), contingent (30-33%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Kathleen O'Brien, Attorney at Law

2505 SE 11th Avenue, Suite 316
The Ford Building, SE 11th and Division
Portland, OR, 97202

The Ford Building, Suite 316
2505 SE 11th Ave.
Portland, OR, 97202



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Dean Search Committee MemberUniversity of Oregon School of Law1979
Oregon Law ReviewUniversity of Oregon School of Law1979
Second PrizeASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition1978
Phi Kappa Phi honor societyOregon State University1977
University Honors ProgramOregon State University1977
All-University Scholastic AwardsOregon State University1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AKathleen O'Brien, Attorney at Law2007 - Present
Extra, Season Two"Portlandia" TV Show2010 - 2010
Extra"Special," a film by Cime Bruce, filmed in Portland2008 - 2008
Program DirectorMental Health Association of Oregon, Oregon Advocacy Center (Disabiilty Rights Oregon)2000 - 2001
PartnerWittrock & O'Brien, P.C., Attorneys at Law, Portland, Oregon1983 - 2007
AssociateDing and Ding Law Offices, Taiwan1981 - 1981
Teacher, English languageChina Electronics Corporation, Taiwan1980 - 1981
Legislative AssistantOregon Legislative Assembly1977 - 1979
InternFDIC, Washington, D.C.1976 - 1976
EXTRA. "Also starring" Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson"Missouri Breaks" movie filmed in Montana1975 - 1975
Association namePosition nameDuration
PAIMI CouncilAttorney Member2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Oregon Women LawyersMember1990 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1984 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1983 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2011
Oregon State Bar Sustainability SectionMember2010 - 2011
Oregon State Bar, Elder Law SectionMember2008 - 2010
Oregon State Bar, House of DelegatesElected Delegate1999 - 2002
Oregon Women LawyersBoard of Directors1996 - 1999
Oregon State Bar, Disability Law SectionExecutive Board1995 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re B.G.S.Child returned to birth father after placement.
AdoptionJudgment of Adoption
Washburn v. HolbrookJury verdict in excess of $100,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Oregon State Bar Bulletin"Women in the Law"2007
Serving Justice: A History of the Oregon State Bar 1890-2000House of Delegates presentation, Oregon State Bar convention, Seaside, 19992004
Oregon State Bar Bulletin"Women in the Law"1997
Oregon Women and the Law; Oregon Commission on Women, publisher"Special Education"1997
Oregon Women and the Law, Oregon Commission on Women, publisher"Adoption"1997
Oregon Law Review"Access to the Past: Opening Oregon's Adoption Records" (selected for publication; unpublished)1979
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Oregon State UniversitySpeech CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts with high honors1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Women in the LawA Roundtable Discussion by Selected Representatives from OSB Classes of 1973 and 19832007
OSB Continuing Legal Education seminar, Portland"Representing Clients with Personality Disorders"2000