Kaempf Law Firm PC defends civil litigation against churches and religious schools in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
John Kaempf is one of the most sought after civil defense trial lawyers in the Pacific Northwest. He won lawsuits filed against Jesuit High School, the Foursquare Church, Mount Angel Abbey, the Multnomah Athletic Club, and Philip Morris.
For 10 consecutive years, John Kaempf has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in Civil Litigation Defense. He has also been honored by “Oregon Super Lawyers” since 2006, every year the award has been given. It is is granted to only the top 5% of attorneys. Since 2019, John was awarded the highest possible distinction in the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating. It is the peer-rated honor awarded to lawyers with the highest level of legal ability, integrity, and distinguished professional excellence. It is the highest of three awards issued by Martindale-Hubbell®, and is largely dependent on an attorney’s peer reviews from judges and other attorneys.
In 2021, he won a historic First Amendment victory in federal court for his client, the Miss USA Pageant. You can read a short article about the court’s ruling here.
For 30 years, he has specialized in defending child sex abuse lawsuits against religious entities and individuals throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has defended some of the biggest child sex abuse cases in the country, including a recent case against a private school involving over 70 plaintiffs.
He also defends lawsuits against religious entities brought by students, church members, teachers, pastors, and other employees of religious institutions.
He has expertise in First Amendment defenses to lawsuits against religious entities.
2021 SW Main Street
Portland, OR 97205