Kell, Alterman & Runstein, LLP

Full-Service Law Firm in Portland, Oregon
Kell, Alterman & Runstein, LLP
520 SW Yamhill Street
Suite 600
Portland, Oregon 97204-1329

Phone (503) 360-0554 or (800) 494-8126


Kell, Alterman & Runstein, LLP Overview

Kell, Alterman & Runstein, LLP is a full service law firm that serves individuals and businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest with offices in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. Practice areas consist of corporate/commercial law and litigation, tax law, intellectual property, general litigation, environmental law, government regulations and relations, health law, immigration, international law, arbitration and mediation, civil rights law, criminal defense, employment law, family law, personal injury and product liability, real estate, estate planning and administration, and more.

With more than two centuries of combined experience, the lawyers concentrate on providing timely, effective, and thoughtful legal and representation and services. They help clients navigate the legal process and build relationships based on understanding and advancing clients’ goals.

Kell, Alterman & Runstein is committed to following the same principles on which the firm was founded in 1929: vigorous advocacy, the highest levels of client service, and active community involvement. The legal team is attentive to clients’ needs while working to find the best solutions and most favorable outcomes through legal strategies customized for each unique situation.

Year this Office was Established: 1929

Languages: English

Kell, Alterman & Runstein, LLP Areas of Law


Additional Areas of Law: Estate Administration; Trust and Estate Litigation; Creditors’ Rights; General Litigation; Government Regulation and Relations; Franchise Law; Creditors’ Rights; Environmental and Natural Resources Law; Energy Law; Health Law; Hospitality Law; Measure 11 Charges; Theft/Property Crimes; Violent Crimes; Maritime Accidents; On-the-Job Injuries;
Traumatic Brain Injury; Spinal Cord Injury.

Kell, Alterman & Runstein, LLP Areas of Law Description

Kell, Alterman & Runstein offers a broad range of practice areas for both businesses and individuals in the following areas of practice:

– Arbitration and Mediation

Our attorneys act as arbitrators and mediators to assist others in resolving disputes without the expense, time, and risk involved in jury or court trials.

– Business and Corporate Law

We advise business entities—including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and joint ventures—on all aspects of business law, including formation of the entity, financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, private financing, contracts, and transactions.

– Civil Rights Law

Our civil rights practice provides advocacy for individuals and businesses relating to claims of discrimination based on age, race, disability, sex or sexual orientation, national origin, marital or familial status, or religion.

– Commercial Law

Our commercial law practice involves all aspects of the Uniform Commercial Code, including the sale and distribution of goods, leasing, the financing of credit transactions, negotiable instruments, and secured transactions.

– Construction Law

We provide legal services for the many parties involved in construction projects, including securing entitlements, assuring compliance, negotiating and administering contracts, resolving claims, and enforcing lien rights.

– Criminal Law

Our criminal law attorneys offer zealous and thorough representation to clients charged with all crimes—from major felonies to misdemeanors—including Measure 11 cases, DUII and other traffic related matters, assault and domestic violence cases, and sexual abuse.

– Debtor/Creditor Law and Bankruptcy

We represent clients regarding such concerns as creditor/consumer disputes and foreclosures. We represent creditors to enforce their rights against bankrupt companies and individuals. We also obtain bankruptcy court protection for clients.

– Employment Law

We offer employment and labor advice and advocacy on all aspects of local, state, and national labor and employment laws, employee handbooks, compensation, employee grievances and arbitration, discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination.

– Energy

We advise on traditional and renewable energy projects, focusing on such issues as long-term lease and royalty agreements, siting and permitting, construction and O&M agreements, financing and investment opportunities, and the sale of, or offset of, energy resources. We also represent clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

– Environmental and Real Property

Our expertise allows us to handle all aspects of “brownfields” development, such as acquiring project sites and facilitating environmental cleanup, drafting and negotiating agreements with developers and municipalities, negotiating covenants not to sue, securing project entitlements and zoning, and mitigating risk through various financial vehicles.

– Estate Planning and Administration

Our firm helps individuals and families manage their estates, taking into account estate planning and asset protection, trust administration, and probate.

– Family Law

Our family law practice area helps clients with such issues as domestic relations and divorce, child adoption, child custody, child support, and other related concepts.

– Franchise Law

This specialized area of law involves franchise disclosure documentation, franchise applications, franchise agreements, assignments, regulatory compliance, commercial leasing, franchise acquisition and sales, and franchise litigation.

– General Business Litigation

Our trial and appellate practice covers all aspects of business- and partnership-related disputes—from simple to complex issues—including contract disputes, employment issues, corporate shareholder disputes, securities claims, antitrust, Uniform Commercial Code issues, product liability claims, and acquisitions. When appropriate, we seek alternative methods such as mediations and arbitrations to resolve disputes.

– General Litigation

Our trial and appellate practice covers a broad range of general civil litigation, ranging from simple to complex cases.

– Government Regulation and Relations

Our lawyers are experienced in governmental interaction, assisting our clients with such concerns as government relations, government regulation, land use and zoning, and license revocation.

– Health Law

We advise hospitals, academic health care centers, physicians, dentists, psychologists, practice managers, administrators, and other health care professionals on matters related to practice organization, tax planning, insurance and Medicare reimbursement, regulatory matters, HIPPA, antitrust and fraud concerns, employment law, and ethical principles.

– Intellectual Property

Our firm advises and represents clients on such intellectual property issues as copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.

– International Law

We represent clients on a variety of international business matters, such as import and export issues, technology development, and licensing.

– Maritime Law

Our maritime law practice area relates to marine commerce and navigation, general marine affairs, and the governance of contract and tort arising from commerce that takes place on or over water. We also represent banks and individual lenders in ship financing matters.

– Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice/Product Liability

Our lawyers handle personal injury claims ranging from minor work-related injuries to catastrophic loss of life or livelihood. Cases involve everything from automobile accidents to product defects to medical negligence.

– Real Estate Law

We offer substantial expertise in real estate law, including negotiating and drafting contracts, security documents, landlord-tenant contracts and claims, commercial leasing, and foreclosure. We also work with clients on the developing, approval, financing, planning, acquisition, construction, maintenance, zoning, permitting, and regulatory requirements for new projects.

– Taxation

Our tax experts represent individuals and businesses on state, federal, and local matters, including estate taxes, income tax problems, and planning.



Lee Kell Mr. Lee D. Kell
Admiralty and Maritime, Business Law, Employment, Estate Planning, Industry
Ted Runstein Mr. Ted E. Runstein
Business Law, Discrimination, Estate Planning, Family Law, Industry
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