Karen O

Karen O'Kasey

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

Karen O’Kasey’s trial practice focuses on defending employers and medical professionals in state and federal courts in both Oregon and Washington. She has represented employers in all types of employment discrimination claims brought in federal and state court.

In addition to defending private employers, Ms. O’Kasey has extensive experience defending municipalities against all types of tort claims, including Section 1983 claims, First Amendment claims, and public accommodation claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ms. O’Kasey’s medical negligence practice focuses primarily on defending medical professionals involved in pharmaceutical or medical device litigation.

PRACTICE EMPHASIS
  • Employment Defense
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES
  • Trial Skills
    Oregon State Bar CLE Program, 18th Annual Litigation Institute, 2011
  • Oregon Pleadings and Parties: Tips and Traps for the Unwary
    Oregon State Bar CLE Program, 2010
  • OEC 104 In The Wake of Marcum v. Adventist Health
    Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Annual Convention, 2009
  • Trial Advocacy in Action
    Oregon State Bar CLE Program, 16th Annual Litigation Institute, 2009
  • Trial Evidence in Employment and Civil Rights Cases
    Oregon State Bar CLE Program, 2007
  • Discovery and Punitive Damages Motions
    Oregon State Bar CLE Program, 2007
  • Practical Considerations in Using Expert Witnesses
    Oregon State Bar CLE Program, 12th Annual Litigation Institute, 2005
  • Powerful Motion Practice-Discovery Motions
    Oregon State Bar CLE Program, 2004
  • Oregon Civil Pleading and Practice, Chapter on Interpleader
    Oregon State Bar Publication, 1998
  • Oregon Damages, Chapter on Damages in Admiralty
    Oregon State Bar Publication, 1990, 1992, 1995
  • An In-Depth Look at Title I of the ADA
    Oregon State Bar Americans with Disabilities Act CLE Program, 1996, 1997
  • Dentist Benefits Insurance Company
    Risk Management Instructor, 1994 – 2002

San Francisco State UniversitySanta Clara UniversityJ.D. 1986
American College of Trial LawyersAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesLitigation Counsel of America

Case History

Christopherson v. URCOG

Douglas County Circuit Court Case No. 06-CV-3112

Negligence, breach of contract, promissory estoppel and fraud claim. Defense verdict.

George v. City of Newberg

United States District Court Case No. 03-CV-l 80-MO (Portland Division)

Wrongful discharge claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act, retaliation and hostile work environment claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, wrongful discharge claim under ORS 659A.100. Defense verdict.

Office Location

1000 Southwest Broadway, 20th And 21st Floor
Portland, OR 97205-3070
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Portland-OR Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Portland-OR Metro Area
Karen O'Kasey has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Karen O'Kasey has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

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