Kell, Alterman & Runstein, LLP

Full-Service Law Firm in Portland, Oregon

Kell, Alterman & Runstein, LLP

520 Southwest Yamhill Street
Suite 600

Portland, Oregon 97204-1329

Phone(503) 222-3531
Fax (503) 227-2980

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Other Offices: Vancouver, WA  

Law Firm Overview

Kell, Alterman and Runstein LLP in Portland, OR, provides legal advice in a number of areas for both corporations and individuals. Since its founding in 1929, the firm has made sure clients receive the highest levels of service from the beginning to the end of each case.
The firm can take clients in Oregon and Canada.

Lawyers use their extensive experience in legal issues to help their clients understand how the law affects them. They take the time to explain options available and work with clients to devise an equitable strategy regardless of the issue. They help their clients navigate the judicial system.

Attorneys with Kell, Alterman and Runstein LLP believe they can give value to their clients when they understand their goals and objectives. They are more effective in getting results when they build this relationship with clients. Over the years, they have earned a reputation as a professional, yet welcoming, firm that offers individuals, families and businesses great legal assistance.

Year this Office was Established: 1929

Languages: English

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Estate Administration; Trust and Estate Litigation; Creditors’ Rights; General Litigation; Government Regulation and Relations.

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 and Industry, Employment, Environmental and Natural Resources, Estate Planning

Ted Runstein Mr. Ted E. Runstein
Business and Industry, Civil Rights, Environmental and Natural Resources, Estate Planning, Family Law


  • American Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers

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