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Meet Lisa Kenn

Family law issues impact us at the heart of where we live – our relationships with our loved ones. Nobody ever wants to experience the breakdown or breakup of their family. At such times, you may be at your most vulnerable. So it is essential that you choose a lawyer who you trust, and with whom you feel comfortable.

My practice is focused exclusively on domestic relations and juvenile dependency issues. There is no “one size fits all” solution for every family, and I carefully consider your specific situation to reach solutions that will best help you. I guide and educate my clients about Oregon law, and then offer legal advice based upon the application of that law to your case. I will not waste your time or money by suggesting a course of action that is not realistic, nor promise you an outcome that is not legally possible.

Experience & Education

I received my JD from Lewis & Clark Law School, where I earned honors for my first-year Moot Court Appellate Brief, as well as served on the Moot Court Honor Board. I also earned Certificates in the Pro Bono and Community Service Honors Programs. I hold a B.A. in Political Theory from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, where I graduated magna cum laude, and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of California/Berkeley.

I worked as a Special Deputy Prosecutor at the Clark County (Washington) Prosecutor’s Office, where I gained an understanding of criminal law and how it often impacts and impinges upon family relationships. I began practicing family law immediately upon passing the Oregon State Bar exam. Prior to launching my practice in 2018, I spent two years working with Mark Kramer at Kramer & Associates.

Prior to law school, I worked for nearly 20 years in the non-profit sector, both in New York City and in Portland, Oregon. In New York City, I supervised at-risk volunteer youths performing community service to neighborhood organizations throughout the five NYC boroughs. In Portland, I worked for Mental Health Services West (now part of Cascadia Behavioral Health), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing mental health services to low-income, indigent, and homeless clients. I also worked at Mercy Corps for nearly 11 years, serving as Managing Editor of Mercy Corps’ yearly annual report, and producing a majority of Mercy Corps’ non-web based marketing materials.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, sailing, horseback riding, and relaxing in my garden.

Professional Associations

  • Oregon State Bar Association, Family Law Section

  • Multnomah Bar Association

  • Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners

  • Oregon Women Lawyers

  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Guardian level

  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Section and Women’s Caucus

Professional Awards

  • Michael E. Haglund 2018 Pro Bono Award, Multnomah Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Multnomah County, Pro Bono Lawyer’s Project Volunteer

  • St. Andrews Legal Clinic, Legal Clinic Volunteer

  • Certified Oregon Mediator (2004)