Kevin Sali represents individuals and business entities in criminal, civil, and regulatory matters. In a wide variety of cases—including high-stakes major felony trials, complex white collar cases, and large-scale environmental actions—Mr. Sali has secured a series of outstanding results for his clients. With a diverse professional and educational background, he is well-suited to carry out the broad spectrum of tasks needed by clients facing challenging legal circumstances.
Mr. Sali received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wheaton (Ill.) College. Following graduation, he taught high school chemistry for four years in Miami, Florida, and then earned a Master of Science degree in biochemistry from Duke University. Mr. Sali also earned his law degree from Duke University, where he was one of three students in his graduating class awarded the “highest honors” recognition.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Sali began his practice as a civil litigator in Perkins Coie LLP’s Portland office. After several years at Perkins Coie, Mr. Sali left to pursue a practice focused primarily on criminal defense and related matters. Since then, Mr. Sali has handled a broad spectrum of cases in both state and federal courts.
State v. ----- (Klamath County, Oregon) — Mr. Sali's client was charged with aggravated murder in connection with the death of her ex-husband. In a pretrial motion hearing, Mr. Sali comprehensively demonstrated the weakness of the State's case through a thorough cross-examination of the lead detective and the presentation of evidence discovered through the defense team's investigation. After this hearing, the client was released from custody and the State moved to dismiss the case.
United States v. ----- (United States District Court for the District of Oregon) — This was an environmental felony case involving allegations of a major conspiracy extending for more than seven years. When Mr. Sali took on this representation, his client had just been indicted after a wide-ranging, multi-agency, four-year governmental investigation. Mr. Sali undertook a comprehensive factual investigation, including an extensive investigation of key prosecution witnesses and a reconstruction of more than ten years of his client’s business operations, and presented his findings to the prosecutors as the parties were preparing for trial. After this presentation, the government dismissed all of the charges and agreed to return all of the money it had seized from the business.
State v. ----- (Hood River County, Oregon) — This case began as one of the flagship environmental felony prosecutions in the regime of a newly elected Oregon Attorney General who had made such prosecutions a key emphasis of his campaign. The case progressed through several rounds of pretrial litigation, including a five-day hearing on the admissibility of the prosecution’s scientific evidence. The prosecution eventually agreed to drop all 36 felony charges in exchange for a misdemeanor plea with no jail time.
United States v. ----- (United States District Court for the District of Oregon) — The United States Department of Justice described this case—involving a multi-state, multi-industry scheme with alleged tax losses of over $200 million—as “by far the largest criminal tax fraud case in the history of Oregon.” Throughout the proceedings, which resolved through a guilty plea followed by contested sentencing proceedings, the government sought a substantial prison sentence. To counter this request, Mr. Sali prepared a comprehensive sentencing submission that addressed the numerous factual and legal matters at issue while also highlighting his client’s exemplary life history. The court sentenced the client to a term of probation with no prison time.
State v. ----- (Marion County, Oregon) — Mr. Sali’s client was charged with first degree rape based on DNA evidence and various other types of evidence. After a trial involving several categories of complex expert testimony and a defense strategy described as “unconventional” in an Oregonian feature article, Mr. Sali’s client was acquitted of all charges.