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. She is president of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) and serves as the coordinator for Holland & Knight’s 2020 Rising Stars class. She also 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.

Experience

  • Obtained injunction protecting transportation client's trade secrets from disclosure through public records request
  • 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 biotechnology client on litigation involving state preemption of local law

  • Defended energy client in multimillion-dollar trade secret dispute in Illinois federal court
  • Defended government contractor in multiple class actions affecting the client's business practices in Washington federal court
  • Defended insurance client against putative class action alleging consumer protection act violations in Washington 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
  • Defended major retail company 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

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
  • 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
  • Women of Vision, Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon, 2020
  • NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, 2021
  • Holland & Knight Rising Star, Class of 2019
  • Rising Star, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2020

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