About Ken Kahn

About Kenneth E. Kahn II

Ken has lived in Portland most of his life.  He graduated from Reed College (’80) and then Lewis and Clark, Northwestern School of Law (’90).  He has taught other lawyers at continuing legal education seminars for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Multnomah Criminal Bar Association.  He also mentors law students in criminal law and procedure.  He was a contributing legal editor to the Sports Car Market Editor, writing a legal column for he collector car market and was a member of the Multnomah County Bicycling and Pedestrian Committee where he helped formulate cycling policy at the county level.  More recently, he was the co-founder of Friends of the Vista Bridge, a non profit dedicated to preventing suicide on Portland’s landmark Vista Bridge.

He has practiced criminal law since 1990 and has defended thousands of cases on almost every kind of criminal charge.  As a trial lawyer, he has argued innumerable jury trials, motions and proceedings.  He is licensed to practice in Federal Court, is a member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar, and has argued numerous cases at the Court of Appeals and administrative hearings.  He is well respected by judges, prosecutors, and other criminal defense lawyers.


He is a recipient of the Key to the City of San Francisco, and was awarded a citation from Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications for preventing an attempted suicide.

Client Choice 2015 & 2017, Avvo.
Preeminent Lawyer 2015, AV.
Top Lawyers in Oregon 2015 & 2016, the Legal Network

10 Best Award, Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Criminal Lawyers, 2016

Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawers in the State of Oregon, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2016

Top 100 Criminal Defense, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016


He is married and lives in Portland with his wife of over 30 years. He enjoys humor, Bridge, kayaking and cycling.  He has ridden Cycle Oregon five times.

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10 Best Award 2017-2018 - 2 Years Attorney Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys™
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