Kendra Matthews

Kendra Matthews is a partner at Boise Matthews LLP. After attending Georgetown University Law Center and clerking for the Honorable Rex Armstrong of the Oregon Court of Appeals, Kendra joined the firm - then known as Ransom Blackman LLP - as an associate in 1998. A substantial focus of her practice is appellate litigation–representing individuals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Kendra also regularly represents individuals and entities in criminal investigations and cases in both state and federal court, as well as with professionals who are facing disciplinary proceedings before licensing boards. In each case, Kendra takes a global approach to her client’s situation, looking at the possible short and long-term consequences of any decision, so that the impact of the government’s intrusion into her client’s life is minimized to the greatest extent possible.

Kendra has been selected for inclusion on The Best Lawyers in America® for her appellate practice since 2013.

Kendra Matthews, Partner

Kendra M. Matthews
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Bar Activities

  • American Civil Liberties Union
    • Lawyer’s Committee, ACLU of Oregon, 2006 - Present
    • Intake Screening Committee, ACLU of Oregon, 2005 - 2006
    • Law Clerk, ACLU of Colorado, Summer 1995
    • Volunteer Lawyer / Speaker
  • Campaign for Equal Justice,
    • Small Firm Committee, 1999 - 2001
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney
    • Appellate/Habeas Panel, 2000 - Present
    • Trial Panel, 2003 - Present
  • Gus J. Solomon Inn of Court, 2004 - Present
    • Executive Committee Member, 2012 – Present
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1999 - Present
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
    • Roberts-Deiz Awards Dinner Chair, (2008), Co-Chair (2007, 2009)
    • OWLS Fall CLE Committee, Co-Chair, 2013, 2014
    • Oregon Women Judges Committee, Chair, 2013 – Present
    • OWLS Board of Directors, 2009-2015
    • OWLS Historian, 2011
    • OWLS Secretary, 2012-13
    • OWLS Vice-President/President Elect, 2013-14
    • OWLS President, 2014-15
    • OWLS Immediate Past-President, 2015 - 2016

Professional Activities

  • Presenter: "10 (or 20) Points to Consider in Preparing Your Defense in a 'White Collar' Criminal Prosecution," OCDLA, March 2015
  • Co-Presenter: "In Your Facebook: Cutting-Edge Subpoena Issues for a New Technological Age," Multnomah Bar Association, February 2013
  • Author: "Discovery," Oregon State Bar Criminal Law Manual, 2013
  • Presenter: "Frequently Asked Questions About Accomplice Liability in Oregon Criminal Cases," OCDLA Summer Conference, June 2008
  • Co-Presenter: ACLU of Oregon Cooperating Attorney Panel, ACLU of Oregon’s 50th Anniversary CLE, May 2006
  • Presenter: "Ethics for Prosecutors: A discussion of In re Tichenor," Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, December 2005
  • Co-Author: "Discovery," Oregon State Bar Criminal Law Manual, 2005
  • Presenter: "Collateral Consequences of Sex Crime Convictions," OCDLA Winter Conference, December 2004
  • Author: "Alibi," OCDLA Major Crimes and Defenses Manual, 2004
  • Presenter: "Outside the Criminal Code: The Ethical Duty to Inform of Collateral Consequences," OCDLA Winter Conference, December 2002

Community Involvement


Bar Admissions

  • Oregon (1996)
  • Washington (2000)

Court Admissions

Bar Associations