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Kristian Roggendorf

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For nearly 20 years now, Kristian Roggendorf has been at the forefront of making the nation safer for children and obtaining justice for people who have been harmed by those in power.  Taking his first legal job with a small Oregon law firm called O’Donnell & Clark as a law clerk in 2000, Kristian helped the firm grow into one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier litigation firms representing individuals abused as children in the institutions they trusted, often by people they turned to for safety.  As a lawyer since 2001, Kristian has advocated as an attorney in court, as a witness in the legislature, and as a spokesman in the media, fighting back against the bullies of this world—whether they wear a priest’s collar or carry a government job title.  Living and practicing in Colorado, with the firm headquarters in San Diego, and with friendly attorneys across the country that we partner with frequently, we can help you with your case just about anywhere from the in the United States.

Kristian is a particularly experienced appellate advocate.  In cases such as J. M. v. Oregon Youth Auth., 364 Or. 232, 434 P.3d 402 (2019); Doe v. Silverman, 287 Or. App. 247 (2017); Doe v. Silverman (Dixon), 286 Or App 813 (2017);  Buchwalter-Drumm v. State, 288 Or. App. 64, 404 P.3d 959, 962 (2017); N.K. v. Corporation of Presiding Bishop of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 175 Wn. App. 517, 307 P.3d 730 (2013); Jack Doe 1 v. Lake Oswego School Dist., 353 Or. 321, 297 P.3d 1287 (2013); Doe v. Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 837 F Supp.2d 1145 (D. Idaho 2011); T.R. v. Boy Scouts of America, 344 Or. 282, 181 P.3d 758 (2008); and Schmidt v. Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, 218 Or App 661, 180 P3d 160 (2008), Kristian has used his intellect and advocacy skills hold accountable numerous institutions of trust and responsibility for their failure to keep kids safe.  He is currently involved in the Boy Scout nationwide bankruptcy as well as numerous cases involving the Los Angeles and San Diego Archdioceses.

As an advocate for citizens, Kristian has fought unrelentingly against unlawful or oppressive government action.  In cases like Courter v. City of Portland, 286 Ore. App. 39 (2017); Bearden v. Clark County, No. C14-5318 BHS, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38951 (W.D. Wash. Mar. 24, 2016); State ex rel. Ross v. City of Portland, Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 1401-00990 (2014); State ex rel. Haggenmiller v. Clackamas County, Oregon Supreme Court S060685 (September 6, 2012); Curry v. Clackamas County, 240 Or App 531, 248 P3d 1 (2011); Luethe v. Multnomah County, 240 Or App 263, 246 P3d 487 (2010); State ex rel. Dewberry v. Kulongoski, 346 Or 260, 210 P3d 884 (2009); Emmert Industrial Corp. v. City Of Milwaukie, 307 Fed Appx 65, 2009 WL 118074 (9th Cir., January 07, 2009);  Li v. State, 338 Or 376, 110 P3d 91 (2005); and City of Portland v. Courter, Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 9810-07438 (trial, 2003), Kristian has helped take government entities to task for ignoring and breaking the law for their own convenience, or attempting to silence the voices of Oregon citizens, landowners, and voters.

Kristian has also assisted other lawyers in advancing consumer protections in cases such as Long v. Farmers Ins. Co., 360 Or. 791, 388 P.3d 312 (2017), and even as pro bono counsel for amici curiae (friends of the court) in cases such as Bagley v. Mt. Bachelor, Inc., 356 Or. 543, 340 P.3d 27 (2014) (filed amicus brief on behalf of OTLA in successful case striking down ski resort liability releases as unconscionable and in violation of public policy).

In all of these cases, Kristian has showcased his skills as both a trial lawyer and appellate advocate, earning the respect of judges and opposing counsel alike.  Tenacious, determined, strategically-minded, and always in your corner, Kristian Roggendorf will bring intellectual bona fides to match any big firm, two decades of boutique level expertise and skill, and heartfelt solo practitioner client service to your corner, helping to even the scales of justice in any fight against our modern-day institutional Goliaths.