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  • Kirstin Abel
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Introduction

When Kirstin Abel announced at the wise age of eight she was going to be a lawyer, her family knew there was no question about what she would become. The quest first took her from her hometown of Eugene to McMinnville, heart of Oregon wine country, where she not only pursued her political science degree, but developed a love of wine. Following graduation, a sense of adventure and the desire to experience something other than the Pacific Northwest led her to Chicago for law school. Though she thoroughly enjoyed the Midwest, she was happy to return as a lawyer to the place she’d always called home.

When Kirstin is not practicing law, you will most likely find her with her daughter, looking for the perfect produce at a local farmers’ market. Her love for Oregon is reflected in her favorite hobbies, which include cooking, visiting the many regional vineyards and supporting local restaurants. Her friends, family and co-workers routinely rely on her dedication to those interests to help them pick the perfect bottle of wine or restaurant to celebrate the everyday, or the special occasion.

Practice &  Experience
  • Kirstin’s time in law school was punctuated by many moot court and trial team competitions. Knowing she eventually wanted to try cases, Kirstin obtained a judicial clerkship in Multnomah County with then Circuit Court Judge Ellen Rosenblum and had the unique opportunity to study many great trial lawyers in action. Following her clerkship, she began a practice with a Portland civil litigation firm representing physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers in malpractice cases. She tried several cases to jury verdict, all in her clients’ favor. A desire to broaden her work led her to Bodyfelt Mount in 2013, where she has a general civil litigation practice with an emphasis on products liability, construction defect and professional liability cases.
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Introduction

When Kirstin Abel announced at the wise age of eight she was going to be a lawyer, her family knew there was no question about what she would become. The quest first took her from her hometown of Eugene to McMinnville, heart of Oregon wine country, where she not only pursued her political science degree, but developed a love of wine. Following graduation, a sense of adventure and the desire to experience something other than the Pacific Northwest led her to Chicago for law school. Though she thoroughly enjoyed the Midwest, she was happy to return as a lawyer to the place she’d always called home.

When Kirstin is not practicing law, you will most likely find her with her daughter, looking for the perfect produce at a local farmers’ market. Her love for Oregon is reflected in her favorite hobbies, which include cooking, visiting the many regional vineyards and supporting local restaurants. Her friends, family and co-workers routinely rely on her dedication to those interests to help them pick the perfect bottle of wine or restaurant to celebrate the everyday, or the special occasion.

Practice &  Experience
  • Kirstin’s time in law school was punctuated by many moot court and trial team competitions. Knowing she eventually wanted to try cases, Kirstin obtained a judicial clerkship in Multnomah County with then Circuit Court Judge Ellen Rosenblum and had the unique opportunity to study many great trial lawyers in action. Following her clerkship, she began a practice with a Portland civil litigation firm representing physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers in malpractice cases. She tried several cases to jury verdict, all in her clients’ favor. A desire to broaden her work led her to Bodyfelt Mount in 2013, where she has a general civil litigation practice with an emphasis on products liability, construction defect and professional liability cases.
Admitted to Practice
  • Oregon
    U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
    Washington
Education
  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2003
    B.A., (Political Science), Linfield College, 1999

Professional & Community Activities

  • Kirstin Abel is a member of the Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Professional Liability Defense Federation, Multnomah Bar Association, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, and Oregon Women Lawyers. For the Oregon State Bar, she serves on the Procedure & Practice Committee and on the Products Liability Section Executive Committee. Kirstin is committed to increasing opportunities for underprivileged young women. Since 2004, she has served on the advisory board of Girl Scouts Beyond Bars. She also volunteers for several youth mentoring and dropout prevention programs.