Brian Kernan

Brian Kernan



Brian focuses his practice on the defense of construction and development claims. He represents insurers and their insureds in a variety of construction defect, water intrusion, and delay claims.

While in law school, Brian clerked at a mid-sized commercial law firm. In this role, he developed efficient legal research skills, expertise in preparing and arguing motions, and experience working with clients to achieve their goals.

Brian was also a legal extern at the Columbia River Gorge Commision, the land use planning agency created to implement the National Scenic Area Act in the Columbia River Gorge. In this position, Brian drafted administrative orders and advisory memoranda relating to various aspects of land use and real estate law.

During his time at Lewis & Clark Law School, Brian was an associate editor for the school’s Environmental Law Review.


  • ABA Developments in Administrative Law and Reg. Practice: Intergovernmental Relations Chapter (Jeffrey Lubbers ed. 2014), Co-written with Jeff Litwak, General Counsel for the Columbia River Gorge Commission.
  • Amplifying the Energy Code,” CLM Construction Claims Magazine (Summer 2016).


Professional Certification & Accolades

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Real Estate & Land Use Section
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the District of Oregon

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon


  • Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2014
  • Santa Clara University, B.S. in Economics, B.A. in History, 2009
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