Overview

Kristin Asai is a Portland trial attorney who is well-versed in all stages of commercial litigation. She has successfully represented clients in numerous state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. Ms. Asai has effectively resolved matters involving contract and commercial lease disputes, class actions, trade secrets, professional negligence, environmental law, and shareholder and partnership disputes. Ms. Asai also has significant experience handling election challenges and government litigation in Oregon and Washington.

Ms. Asai's recent engagements include:

Election and Government Litigation

  • Obtained dismissal of recall petitions against public officials and defended victory in the Washington Supreme Court
  • Defended a governmental entity against alleged violations of public meetings law in trial and appellate courts
  • Obtained injunction against a local ordinance restricting farmers' property rights
  • Advised a client on litigation involving state preemption of local law

Commercial Litigation and Class Actions

  • Defended a client against putative class action alleging breach of contract in Washington state and federal court
  • Secured judgment as a matter of law against multimillion-dollar counterclaims in a contract dispute
  • Obtained dismissal of action for trade secret misappropriation resulting in payment of attorney fees to client
  • Obtained a seven-figure jury verdict on claims for breach of an oral distribution contract, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, and intentional interference with economic relations in Oregon federal court
  • Obtained dismissal of action for conspiracy and trade secret claims based on lack of jurisdiction in Nevada state court
  • Prosecuted and resolved partnership, accounting malpractice, and commercial lease disputes prior to litigation
  • Represented a client against fraud and negligence claims asserting $14 million in damages in Florida federal court
  • Represented a client in prosecuting minority shareholder oppression claims seeking $25 million in damages in both Oregon state and federal court, Nevada state court, and international arbitration

Ms. Asai is also active in the community. In 2014, Ms. Asai was selected by the Oregon State Bar to serve on a nine-member committee charged with writing the anti-bias rule for the bar's Rules of Professional Conduct. She also served on a committee that helped Oregon's first Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, Minoru Yasui, receive recognition for his lifetime commitment to justice. In addition, Ms. Asai coaches mock trial at Jefferson High School in Portland.

After law school, Ms. Asai was a law clerk for the Honorable Ancer L. Haggerty at the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.  

Credentials

Education
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, J.D., Certificate in Criminal Law and Procedure, cum laude
  • The University of Utah, B.F.A., Modern Dance, cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Memberships
  • Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Board Member, 2014-2018; Awards Committee Chair, 2015-2019; President-Elect, 2018-2019; President, 2019-2020 
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2015-2019
  • Oregon State Bar, Legal Ethics Committee Member, 2013-2016; Secretary, 2015; Chair, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Pro Bono Panel, 2016
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council, Right Brain Initiative Governing Committee, 2016-2017
  • Financial Executives International, Portland Chapter, Partner Representative, 2016-2017
  • Business for Culture and the Arts, Art of Leadership Graduate, 2014
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Classroom Law Project
  • Lewis & Clark Law School Mentorship Program
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Rising Star, Class of 2019
  • Rising Star, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2019

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