Kelly L. Andersen

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Kelly L. Andersen is a 1979 graduate of the Brigham Young University School of Law at Provo, Utah. He has served as a trial attorney since that time. He has also received advanced training from the National College of Advocacy at Stanford University and at Harvard University. Kelly is admitted to practice in both State and Federal Courts, and has served as lead counsel in cases originating in Oregon, California, Washington and Hawaii. He has also handled cases in the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (covering the western United States), and in the United States Court of Federal Claims, headquartered in Washington D.C.

Mr. Andersen is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the Jackson County Bar Association, and has also served as past president of the Southern Oregon Federal Bar Association. He is also a member of the National College of Advocacy (1992), the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (1997), and is senior counsel in the American College of Barristers (2001). He has had the highest ranking (A.V. Preeminent) with Martindale-Hubbell (one of the nation’s most prestigious legal directories) since 2003, and he was admitted to the Society of Outstanding Lawyers of America in 2004 and to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum in 2008 (when it was formed). Most recently, he was named as an Oregon Super Lawyer (top 5% of all attorneys) by Law & Politics in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He has authored numerous articles in legal publications, and has been a guest lecturer for seminars presented by Lorman, the Oregon State Bar Association, and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. A few of those publications and presentations are included below.

Kelly has six children and five grandchildren, and has lived in Southern Oregon since 1979. He loves hiking, camping, horseback riding, mountain climbing, and the great outdoors. He is also an avid bicyclist and loves to read. He has been actively involved for many years in helping youth through the Boy Scouts of America programs. He loves to help people through the practice of law.

Some of Kelly’s presentations and publications are included below.


Trial Lawyer, “Success with Positively Motivated Clients,” Winter 2011

Oregon State Bar Bulletin, “If I were Young Again: Reflections on the First 30 Years,” January 2011

Trial Lawyer, “Keep Balance, Keys to Good Law Firm Economics” Summer 2009.

Trial Lawyer, “Lessons Learned – What David Ball Can Teach Us,” Spring 2009.

Southern Oregon Federal Bar Association Newsletter, “What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know,” Winter 2006.

Products Liability Newsletter, “Informal Focus Groups,” Winter 2004.

Southern Oregon Federal Bar Association Newsletter, “To Be Free,” April 2003, reprinted in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin, February/March 2004. Link:

Oregon State Bar Product Liability Newsletter, “Filing in State or Federal Court,” Fall 2001, reprinted in the Oregon Law Journal, December 2001.

Southern Oregon Federal Bar Association Newsletter, “Sleeping When the Wind Blows,” Summer 2001, reprinted in Oregon State Bar Bulletin, January 2002. Link

Oregon State Bar Bulletin, “Piloting Your Practice,” September 2001. Link

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Magazine, “Making a Difference: Persistence Prevails, Spousal Support Payment Secured,” Winter 2001.

Oregon State Bar Bulletin, “The Genie is Out of the Bottle,” February/March, 2000.

Oregon State Bar Bulletin, “Lincoln the Lawyer,” February/March, 1998, reprinted in the Clark Memorandum, Brigham Young University Law School Magazine, Fall 1998.

Oregon State Bar Bulletin, “It’s Not So Bad,” June, 1992.

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Magazine, “Beating the Statute of Limitations in a Products Liability Case,” October/December 1990.


Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Discovery CLE, “Requests for Admissions,” Portland, Oregon, April 12, 2013

Oregon Law Institute, “Effective Use of iPads in Medical Negligence Cases,” Portland, Oregon, December 2012

Multnomah Bar Association, “iPad Apps and Tips for the Courtroom, the Office, and on the Road,” Portland, Oregon, December 18, 2012

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Motor Vehicles All Start CLE, “Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims: Tips and Trips,” Portland, Oregon, November 16, 2012

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Litigator Lunch, Book Review, “Twelve Heroes, One Voice,” Portland, Oregon, October 24, 2012

WVD American Inn of Court, “Conquering the Challenges of Voir Dire,” Medford, Oregon, October 4, 2012

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Litigator Lunch, Book Review, “Now What Makes Juries Listen” Portland, Oregon, September 26, 2012

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association/Washington State Association for Justice Annual Convention, “Effective Use of iPads in Your Practice,” Suncadia, Washington, August 9, 2012

Southern Oregon University and Willamette University Chapters of the J. Rueben Clark Law Society, Literature and the Law Conference, “Showing the Story Using Words that Work,” Ashland, Oregon, June 22, 2012

WVD American Inn of Court CLE, “High-Tech Courtroom Presentation on a Low-Tech Budget,” Medford, Oregon, May 3, 2012

Multnomah Bar Association CLE, “High-Tech Courtroom Presentation on a Low-Tech Budget,” Portland, Oregon, February 28, 2012

Washington State Association for Justice, “Increasing Productivity in the Practice of Law,” Vancouver, BC, July 2010.

Oregon State Bar CLE, “Evaluating the Wrongful Death Case,” Portland, Oregon, June 18, 2010.

Oregon Trial Lawyer’s Association Annual Convention, “Time Management,” Bend, Oregon, August 2009.

Southern Oregon Federal Bar Association, “Differences in State and Federal Evidence Codes,” Klamath Falls, Oregon, May 2006.

Lorman Education Seminars, “Fourteen Steps to Greater Productivity,” Eugene, Oregon, August 2004.

Jackson County Bar Association, “Keeping Up With the Times: Presentation of Evidence in Electronic Form,” Medford, Oregon, October 2003.

HIPAA: Privacy of Medical Records, “Disclosure of Medical Records and Pending Litigation,” Salem, Oregon, September 2003.

Southern Oregon Federal Bar Association, “Shepherding a Case in Federal Court,” Klamath Falls, Oregon, October 2001.

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, “Discovery Issues in Civil Cases,” Sun River, Oregon, August 2001.

Southern Oregon Federal Bar Association, “Choosing Between a State and Federal Forum in Civil Cases,” Medford, Oregon, Fall 1999.