Attorney

Kendall Gourley-Paterson

Prior to joining McKean Smith, Kendall was a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Kathryn Villa-Smith of the Multnomah County Circuit Court and previously clerked for Hon. Nan Waller in the Multnomah County Presiding Court as well as Hon. Merilyn Litzenberger. As a Judicial Clerk, she gained knowledge and experience with opportunities to research a wide variety of legal issues in civil, criminal, and probate law. She also worked closely with the family law departments in all facets of litigation.

During law school, Kendall was the Senior Research Editor for the Santa Clara Law Review, participated extensively in moot court competitions, and was research assistant to Prof. Phillip Jimenez. Kendall also gained experience as a summer clerk for the San Jose City Attorney’s Office, appearing in court on behalf of the City of San Jose.

“I am strongly driven by a desire to help people. Family law matters are often the most difficult and challenging time in a person’s life. I want to ensure my clients are well informed of their options and know that they are not alone.”

Kendall was born and raised in the Portland Area and after completing her law degree in California, she returned to the City of Roses to be closer to her family. Having an eclectic set of hobbies, when Kendall is not at the office, she enjoys hosting board game nights, playing video games, playing soccer and exploring and hiking Oregon’s great outdoors. She also enjoys the performing arts, specifically the Opera, and attends the Portland Opera any chance she can.

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