Eric A. Kekel, Partner

Eric is a partner at Dunn Carney and heads our Insurance Defense Practice Team. Eric practices in the areas of commercial litigation, construction law, personal injury defense, insurance defense and insurance coverage.  He handles an array of litigated matters including business disputes, contract disputes, construction claims, trespass claims, and a variety of personal injury defense ranging from automobile accidents, products liability, and premises liability.  Eric has published articles involving Oregon’s product liability law and affecting service of process in automobile accident cases.  Eric is a member of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and is also admitted to practice in the state of Washington.  Prior to law school, Eric worked as a marketing and sales manager for Dahlin Dental Laboratories and Productivity Training Corporation.

Eric has special expertise in defending construction defect and design claims, many relating to moisture penetration and mold.  He has represented architects, engineers, general contractors and subcontractors, including deck water proofers, plumbers, roofers, window installers, framers and siding contractors.  Claims have ranged from a few hundred thousand dollars to over 120 million dollars.  In 2006, Oregon Super Lawyers recognized Eric as a Super Lawyer in Construction Litigation.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1992
  • Washington, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, 1997

Education

  • Willamette University School of Law, J.D., 1992
    Willamette Law Review
    , Associate Editor, 1990-1991
    Willamette Law Review
    , Note Editor, 1991-1992
  • Oregon State University, B.S., Business Administration, 1983

Professional Associations

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Delta Lambda Educational Foundation
    Member, Board of Directors
  • Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland

Representative Clients

  • American Hallmark Insurance Company
  • California Casualty Insurance
  • Clarendon National Insurance Company
  • Western Surety Company
  • Cincinnati Insurance Company

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Construction Defect & Coverage Seminar, Cincinnati Insurance Company, 2016
  • Case Study – The Developer vs. General Contractor/Subcontractor Cage Match, West Region Construction Defect & Insurance Coverage Conference, 2014
  • Oregon Construction Industry Trends and Case Law Review, Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Seminar, 2014
  • Design Professionals and Their Carriers, West Region Construction Defect & Insurance Coverage Conference, 2013
  • Oregon Construction Industry Trends and Case Law Review, Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Seminar, 2013
  • Can Coverage Issues be Resolved Prior to Mediation?, West Region Construction Defect & Insurance Coverage Conference, 2012
  • Risk Transfer, Contribution and Indemnity in Construction Defect Settlements, Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Seminar, 2012
  • Issues with Funding the Settlement of a Construction Defect Case, Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Seminar, 2011
  • Ethical Issues Relating to AI Endorsements/Insurance Coverage, West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, 2011
  • Indemnity and Additional Insured Issues in Oregon Construction Cases, MC Consultants Portland Meeting, 2010
  • Pacific NW Coverage and Current Trends, West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, 2010
  • Diminished Value Cases-From Cars to Condos, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, 2009
  • Construction Defect Litigation, Real Estate and Land Use Section Annual Meeting, 2009
  • Basics of Arbitration and Trial, Multnomah Bar Association, 1997-1998
  • Overview of Oregon’s Law for Insurance Agents/Brokers’ and Agents and Brokers Errors & Omissions Insurance Coverage, Independent Agents and Brokers of Oregon (IIABO)

 

Oregon Construction Litigation Attorney
rated by Super Lawyers

Eric A. Kekel

Contact

  • Tel: 503.306.5306
  • Fax: 503.224.7324