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Williams Kastner Associate

Melissa L. Kenney

Education & Bar Admissions

Suffolk University
Law School, J.D., 2010

Boston College
M.A., 1998

Bowdoin College
B.A., 1996





Melissa L. Kenney


Melissa Kenney is an Associate in the Portland office of Williams Kastner. She is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation practice group.

Prior to joining Williams Kastner, Melissa worked at firms in Massachusetts and Oregon. Her experience includes defending companies in diverse practice areas, including product liability and toxic torts, involving all aspects of litigation from initial assessment of liability to trial preparation. She has practiced in these areas of the law in Oregon and Washington where she is admitted, along with Massachusetts and Maine. Melissa served as member of the team coordinating national defense work for a manufacturer in nationwide asbestos litigation. Melissa has also counseled clients with environmental matters, including oil spills, dry cleaning chemicals, storage tank leaks, and landfill contamination at the state level. Most recently, she worked as a commercial compliance coordinator for a health insurance company and managed the regulatory requirements for all of the company’s vendor contracting.

Outside of the office, Melissa has also enjoyed exploring her storytelling abilities. In 2014, she won a monthly story slam competition affiliated with The Moth, a New York-based storytelling organization, and advanced in 2015 to compete in the second Moth Grand Slam Championship at the Aladdin Theater.


  • Defense Research Institute
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel

Community Involvement

  • Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger (OLAH) Board Member
  • Oregon Food Bank Volunteer
  • Classroom Law Project Judge, Multnomah County Regional Mock Trial Competitions

Recognitions & Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Product Liability, 2017

Articles & Publications

  • “Getting Straight A’s: How to Impress Outside Counsel as Second Trial Chair,” The Whisper, Defense Research Institute (DRI), 2016.
  • “Case Notes: Social Host Liability,” The Verdict, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC), 2014.
  • Superior Court of Pennsylvania Strikes Down ‘Any Exposure’ Theory in Asbestos Litigation,Bullivant Houser Advisories and Insights, 2015.
  • “Lenders Beware: Foreclosures May Lead to Unexpected Environmental Liabilities,” Lexology, August 2013.
  • “In Custody Requirements of Relief Under the Writ of Error Coram Nobis-Trenkler v. United States,” Case Comment, 42 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 2 (2009).
  • “Right of Publicity,” Perle & Williams on Publishing Law, 2008.
  • “Developments in Indoor Environmental Exposures,” ExecuSummit, 2007.