Kristen Chambers

“A good trial lawyer listens carefully and thinks creatively.”

Kristen’s entry to the practice of law was a natural transition from her years of experience advocating for others. She brings a young lawyer’s fresh perspective along with wisdom from practical work and life experience.


Kristen Chambers joined Kirklin Thompson and Pope as a Law Clerk in 2012 and became an Associate in 2013. Prior to that, she clerked at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Portland for two years. Kristen graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School magna cum laude in January 2013. In law school, she was an editor of the Lewis and Clark Law Review and interned at the Community Development Law Center. Kristen was recognized for her pro bono work with Legal Aid, the National Lawyers Guild, and the ACLU, and took first place in the school’s client counseling competition. Kristen’s article titled “Citizen-directed Police Reform” was published in the Lewis and Clark Law Review journal in 2012.

Before law school, Kristen helped design, develop, and direct a nonprofit transitional housing program for women in Santa Cruz, California. Right out of college, she managed a reentry program designed to help reduce recidivism in the local jail. Her work on civil rights issues and in the criminal justice system inspired her to pursue a legal career.

Kristen has worked on complex cases, including a wrongful death and personal injury case against Trimet in Portland, an injured railroad worker’s case against BNSF Railway in Seattle, and defense of a multi-million dollar train and truck collision case in Reno, Nevada. She has successfully defended insurance fraud and contract dispute cases. Her development as a lawyer has also been guided by her Oregon State Bar mentor, the Hon. Janice Wilson.

Kristen lives in Northeast Portland with her husband, John, their cats, and their chickens.

“I strive to help others, create community, and combat injustice.”

Professional Recognition and Activities

  • Member, Gus J. Solomon Inn of Court
  • Member, National Lawyers Guild
  • Member, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Oregon Women Lawyers

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon State Bar
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon
  • Has been admitted pro hac vice in Washington and Nevada