Lisa Kaner has extensive trial experience in the most legally demanding and factually intensive cases. She has served as lead or co-lead counsel in a wide range of complex commercial cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Her practice areas include securities litigation, complex contract disputes, business fraud, insurance coverage and employment. Over the past decade, Lisa has obtained multi-million dollar judgments and settlements and defeated like-size claims.
In a statewide survey of lawyers conducted by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, Lisa is identified as a Super Lawyer, a designation limited to the top five percent of attorneys in Oregon. In 2012, she was ranked by Oregon Super Lawyers as one of the top 25 women attorneys in Oregon, and a Future Star by the national publication Benchmark Litigation. She is also recognized for commercial and real estate litigation in the legal profession's longstanding peer-review publication, The Best Lawyers in America. In 2007, Lisa was selected as one of the Portland Business Journal’s Orchid Award winners, an honor that recognizes outstanding women in business.
In 2014, Lisa and fellow Markowitz Herbold shareholder Renée Rothauge founded the Rothauge & Kaner Women's Trial Academy. Sponsored by Oregon Women Lawyers, the Academy is the first in Oregon to focus on building trial skills of women litigators.
As part of her baccalaureate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Lisa attended the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for a year. While at Villanova University School of Law, she was an associate editor of the Law Review. After graduation, she served for two years as a law clerk in Oregon to U.S. District Court Chief Judge Owen M. Panner. Lisa has spent most of her career with the firm, first joining in 1988. She spent a year in Philadelphia as an associate at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, and rejoined the firm in 1991.
Lisa served as chair and legal counsel for the Oregon Holocaust Memorial Coalition, a multi-ethnic inter-faith group of organizations. She guided the coalition through a heated six-year legal battle ending in the Memorial’s unveiling in Portland's Washington Park in 2004. In 2008, Lisa received the Judge Learned Hand Special Recognition Award for those efforts. She assisted in creating and raising funds for a permanent endowment for the perpetual care of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial and for Holocaust education, which encourages educators to teach, and young people to learn, about the Holocaust and fight injustice in their own lives.
For more than a decade, Lisa served as a board member and an officer for the Oregon Chapter of The American Jewish Committee, the oldest human rights organization in the country. In 2002, Lisa co-chaired a coalition to bring the international exhibit, Anne Frank: A History for Today to Portland. While in Portland, the exhibit was visited by more than 60,000 people.