About Theresa M. Kohlhoff
Theresa M. Kohlhoff has nearly 39 years of experience in almost every area of law – from personal injury, criminal law, domestic relations to real estate, lien foreclosure to probate.
She has previously been in practice in Philomath-Corvallis, Wilsonville and Lake Oswego. Her law practice is currently located in North Portland.
I was elected to the Lake Oswego City Council in the 2016 general election. Over the past three years on city council, I have been an advocate for increasing affordable housing, growing local and regional transit, and fighting to protect our city’s trees to create a climate change resilient Lake Oswego.
Affordable housing became a council goal in 2017 and again in 2018. As a council, a number of code changes have been implemented to address this issue. In close conjunction with affordable housing, much of my outside committee work is focused on housing and transportation at the state, regional and local level.
In addition to my council duties, I am the liaison to the city’s 50+ Advisory Committee; a member of MPAC (Metro Policy Advisory Committee), an alternate to JPACT (Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation), a member of C4 (Clackamas County Coordinating Committee), and its subcommittees for MPAC and JPACT and a voting member on ODOT (Oregon Department of Transportation) R1 ACT (Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation). I previously served on the Finance and Tax Committee and the Energy & Environment Policy Committee for the League of Oregon Cities and continue to be actively involved in the National League of Cities.
1974, 1976: Outstanding Scholar, Portland State University.
1976: Graduate of Portland State University, Portland, OR, BA with high honors.
1980: Graduate of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR, JD. I commuted from my home in Corvallis, and then from Philomath, Oregon to Portland State University and then to Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, night division while raising four daughters.
1980: Oregon State Bar, Supreme Court for the State of Oregon, OSB 803981
1981: United States District Court for the District of Oregon.
1990-1996: Specially admitted before the Labor and Industries administrative tribunal, Superior Court, and the Court of Appeals for the State of Washington.
1980-1986: Sole practitioner, Philomath, OR.
1984-1986: Partner, The Legal Clinic, Philomath and Corvallis, OR.
1986-2001: Sole practitioner, Wilsonville, OR.
2001-2006: Sole practitioner, Lake Oswego, OR.
2006-2015: Partner with my youngest daughter, Elizabeth Welch, Kohlhoff & Welch, Portland, OR.
2015-present: Sole practitioner, Portland, OR.
I currently belong to the National Lawyers Guild and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. I am on the Advisory Committee for the Avel Gordly Center for Healing. Over the years I have belonged to and participated in numerous organizations from the Rotary to La Leche League.
I have done volunteer work for the Oregon State Bar, St. Andrews Legal Clinic, Roosevelt High School, the Campaign for Equal Justice, Catholic Lawyers for Social Justice and now conduct free monthly legal clinics and seminars at my office. I volunteer for the legislative committee of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association which analyzes and advises on proposed legislation. I have made Continued Legal Education presentments on a variety of legal matters, as well as legal presentments to groups and schools.
As of January 1, 2012 I was elected by my peers for a four-year term to be on the Board of Governors of the Oregon State Bar. In the final year, I was the chair of the Budget & Finance Committee.
I fundraised for one of my granddaughters who is experiencing a disability, having taken a leadership role in three major events.
Over the years I have worked in and for a variety of groups and causes including political campaigns such as the recent one for health care and for Bernie Sanders, been on the board of Fear No Music, and volunteered for Planned Parenthood. I am a PCP and neighborhood leader for the Clackamas County Democratic Party.
I attended the Clackamas County Leadership Academy, a year-long program, which through lectures and tours introduced me to many of the significant departments of this government entity.
I am a 2015 graduate of EmergeOregon which is a training program for Democratic women seeking to assume leadership roles in the community.
Nature of Law Practice:
I have handled over 319 appeals and until January 1, 2015, 75% of my practice was litigation. I have had the opportunity throughout my practice to analyze business and organizational management, profit and loss statements, budgets, and complex real estate and business transactions. This means that I have the background to be able to understand municipal issues and spot issues. Most importantly it helps me work through suitable resolutions that benefit the community.
I co-counseled a civil rights wrongful death case involving Benton County and a foreign national. Recently I worked on a foreclosure rescue fraud. I have represented clients in misdemeanor and felony criminal cases. I represented an incapacitated woman before the Department of Health & Human Services, Social Security Administration. This Medicare case began with an administrative trial, an unfavorable decision by the administrative judge, then an appeal to the Departmental Appeals Board where it was reversed and remanded. A second administrative trial was held and a decision favorable to the claimant was rendered.
I have handled conservatorships and other protective proceedings acting as the attorney for the conservator or guardian. Some of these proceedings grew out of settlements for personal injury or other tort claims for both minors and other incapacitated persons. I have handled elder abuse litigation but also worked hard to prevent it. I have been the trustee for a number of special needs trusts, including one I am still on for my granddaughter.
I belong to a Multnomah County Library book club; am often a Senior Auditor at PSU; read and write online; knit and sew; maintain a large plant, flower and vegetable gardens; enjoy spending time as a grandmother to my six grandchildren, and have a happy marriage to my husband, Mike. Together we have six grown children.
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