Overview

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

Ms. Asai is a leader in the community and a strong advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion. Within Holland & Knight, she is the chair of the Portland office's Diversity Committee, serves on the nationwide Diversity Council, and is the coordinator for the 2020-2021 Rising Stars class. She is the immediate past president of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) and an active member of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Foundation. She is a former chair of the Oregon State Bar Legal Ethics Committee. 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 serves on the Arts Education Committee for the Regional Arts & Culture Council 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.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained injunction protecting transportation client's trade secrets from disclosure through public records request in King County Superior Court in Washington
  • Obtained dismissal of recall petitions against public officials and defended victory in Clark County Superior Court and Washington Supreme Court
  • Defended governmental entity against alleged violations of public meetings law and environmental law in Clark County Superior Court and Washington Supreme Court
  • Obtained injunction against a local ordinance restricting farmers' property rights in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Advised biotechnology client on litigation involving state preemption of local law in multiple Oregon state courts

  • Defending a multinational dental equipment manufacturer in multimillion-dollar trade secret dispute in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Represented franchisor in multimillion-dollar trade secret dispute in arbitration, including dismissing franchisees' fraud claims
  • Represented international airline in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) action based upon unlawful scraping of online content in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Defended energy client in multimillion-dollar trade secret dispute in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Obtained dismissal of action for trade secret misappropriation resulting in payment of attorney fees to client in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

  • Obtained order compelling arbitration on behalf of retail coffee chain in multijurisdictional dispute with franchisees in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Obtained summary judgment for insurance client in nationwide putative class action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • Defended government contractor in multiple class actions affecting the client's business practices in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Defended insurance client against putative class action alleging consumer protection act violations in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, including defeating class certification
  • Defended auto insurer against class action claims for breach of contract related to payment of "diminished value" damages in Pierce County Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Defended national healthcare company against Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and related state law claims in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Secured judgment as a matter of law against multimillion-dollar counterclaims in a retail contract dispute in Nevada state court
  • Defended international technology company in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon against petition for discovery to be used in German litigation, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782, resulting in dismissal of petition
  • 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 the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Defended major retail company against fraud and negligence claims asserting $14 million in damages in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Represented minority shareholder in prosecuting oppression claims seeking $25 million in damages in both Oregon state and federal court, Nevada state court and international arbitration

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. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
Memberships
  • Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Board Member, 2014-2020; Awards Committee Chair, 2015-2019; President-Elect, 2018-2019; President, 2019-2020 
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • 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
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council, Right Brain Initiative Governing Committee, 2016-2017; Arts Education Committee, 2018-present
  • Business for Culture and the Arts, Art of Leadership Graduate, 2014
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Lewis & Clark Law School Mentorship Program
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, 2021, 2022
  • Women of Vision, Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon, 2020
  • NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40, 2020
  • Holland & Knight Rising Star, Class of 2019
  • Rising Star, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2020

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