Kathryn J. Ivers
Kathryn has practiced law on almost every level in various parts of the United States, making her capable of jumping into any situation and getting the job done. Kathryn’s varied experience over the past 20 years has made her quick at picking up new areas of law and coming up with novel and winning arguments, regardless of the subject matter. She is highly respected by her colleagues for her legal writing ability, strategy skills, and creativity.
Kathryn worked as a staff attorney in the Motions Unit at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a motions attorney, Kathryn orally presented dozens of cases to a three-judge panel every month. After analyzing each case, Kathryn drafted an order for the judges based on her recommendation for them to accept or reject. This experience has made Kathryn extremely comfortable interacting with judges and has given her an insight into the way judges work. Her level of confidence and ability to think on her feet gives Kathryn an edge over attorneys with far less experience in oral arguments.
For four years, Kathryn was an associate with the mid-size firm—now the largest litigation firm in the Pacific Northwest—of Smith Freed & Eberhard PC, working out of their Portland, Oregon office. While at Smith Freed, Kathryn worked with co-founder, Bob Smith, on insurance-related matters. Kathryn started the firm’s appellate practice by briefing, arguing and winning the appeal for her client in Cann v. Balboa Ins. Co., 187 Or. App. 114 (2003).
Out of law school, Kathryn practiced in New York City. She started at the well-known and highly respected Wall Street firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel LLP as an associate for four years. While at Cahill Gordon, Kathryn gained her skills in legal writing and drafting of briefs and worked closely with senior associates and partners on pretrial strategy, taking and defending depositions, discovery requests, and trial preparation. She also had the honor of being one of four associates chosen to work for two years on a class action lawsuit against the City of New York alleging abuse and mistreatment of children in the city’s child welfare system.
After working for Cahill Gordon, Kathryn took the opportunity to work at Brooklyn Legal Services in the Family Law Unit where she learned a great deal about being able to think on her feet while handling a huge caseload on a daily basis in court.
Receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Lewis and Clark College, Kathryn majored in both psychology and international affairs and graduated with honors for her thesis in international affairs. She was inducted into the honor society of Phi Beta Kappa. Kathryn went on to Columbia University in New York City where she received a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, set on working as a human rights advocate. After a year in Geneva, Kathryn decided to go to law school so she could be a more effective advocate. She received her Juris Doctorate from Columbia University, graduating with honors as a Stone Scholar and was an articles editor for the Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review.
Kathryn is admitted to practice in New York (1996), Oregon (2000), California (2006) and Idaho (2012), and before the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the District of Oregon.
Kathryn was selected to teach Ethics to third-year students at Columbia University as part of a team approach for three years after graduation from law school. She has also published “Towards a Bilingual Education Policy in the Mainstreaming of Deaf Children,” Columbia Human Rights Law Review (January 1995) and “Needs Assessment of Female Street Kids – Children in Danger,” ERIC (August 1989).
On a final note, Kathryn looks forward to putting her experience, drive, creativity and skills to work for you.