Kelly L. Andersen

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Kelly L. Andersen is a 1979 graduate of 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. 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). 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, 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2011, he was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2014 he won the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Distinguished Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, was listed in Best Lawyers in America, and was awarded the 2014 Litigator Award by the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents. In 2015 the firm was awarded a First Tier ranking for Best Law Firms in Oregon by US News & World Report. Most recently, in 2017 he won the Oregon New Lawyers Division Honorable John V. Acosta Professionalism Award. 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.

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.


Oregon Trial Lawyer, “How to Deal with Difficult Clients,” Winter 2018

Medford Mail Tribune, “My adventure: Cherished views on the climb up Mount Shasta,” July 21, 2017

Medford Mail Tribune, “Guest Opinion: Bill would restore justice for those injured by negligence,” April 23, 2017

Medford Mail Tribune, “The Mountain Now Lives Inside,” February 24, 2017

Medford Mail Tribune, “Preparing for a climb up 22,814-foot Aconcagua,” January 27, 2017

The Bencher: The Magazine for the American Inns of Court, “Ten Tips for Achieving Better Work-Life Balance,” November/December 2016

Oregon State Bar Bulletin, “Creating Effective Visual Presentations: A Better Way,” May 2016

Trial Lawyer, “Presenting Evidence Visually,” Spring 2016

Medford Mail Tribune, “Scouting the Castle Crags,” November 2015

Trial Lawyer, “Taming the Lion – the Evidence Rule,” Fall 2014

Trial Lawyer, “Ten Tips for Dealing with the Difficult Client,” Summer 2013

Trial Lawyer, “Innovative Ways to Use Requests for Admissions,” Spring 2013

Oregon State Bar CLE Book on Torts, “Negligence: The Basic Elements.” 2012

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.


Multnomah Bar Association, “Four Vital iPad Apps for Use at Trial,” Portland, Oregon, June 13, 2017

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Academy 201, “Closing Argument, Verdict and Post-Trial Issues,” Portland, Oregon, March 8, 2017

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, “Money, Money, Money: Ethical Issues,” Eagle Crest Resort, Oregon, August 13, 2016

Oregon Law Institute, “The Modern Trial: Cutting Edge Use of Visualization and Technology,” Portland, Oregon, April 29, 2016

WVD American Inns of Court, “From Haunted and Harried to Beauty and Bliss: How to Enhance and Ennoble the Practice of Law by Achieving and Work-Life Balance,” Medford, Oregon April 14, 2016 (moderator)

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, “Use of Four Vital iPad Apps in the Courtroom,” Medford, Oregon, February 2, 2016

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, “The Ten Most Important Things I Have Learned in 36 Years Practicing Law,” Sunriver, Oregon August 15, 2015

Oregon Law Institute, “iPad for Legal Professionals,” Portland, Oregon June 12, 2015

WVD American Inns of Court, “Using Focus Groups and Jury Consultants to Help Prepare for Trial,” Medford, Oregon May 7, 2015

Jackson County Bar Association, “iPad Apps and Tips for the Courtroom, the Office, and on the Road,” Medford, Oregon, September 17, 2014

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, Acceptance Speech on Being Named 2014 Distinguished Trial Lawyer, Salishan Resort, August 16, 2014

Jackson County District Attorneys, “Effective Voir Dire and Opening Statements,” Medford, Oregon May 30, 2014

Law Firm of Davis Rothwell Earle & Xochihua, PC, “Using the iPad at Trial,” Portland, Oregon December 13, 2013

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Motor Vehicle CLE, “MIST at Trial: Voir Dire and Opening Statement,” Portland, Oregon November 5, 2013

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 Inns 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 Inns 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.