Defense of child sex abuse lawsuits
Defense of Churches & Religious Schools
Defense of Churches & Religious Schools in the Pacific Northwest

Kaempf Law Firm PC defends civil litigation against churches and religious schools in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

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Defense of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits
Defense of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho

Kaempf Firm PC defends child sex abuse lawsuits against individuals and employers throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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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.

John specializes in legal defenses to child sex abuse lawsuits, including the statute of limitations and the lack of vicarious liability. He has had many of these cases dismissed before trial for these legal reasons.

  • Based on the statute of limitations and the lack of vicarious liability, John got the trial court to dismiss a lawsuit based on alleged child sex abuse by a Catholic priest. He then got the Oregon Court of Appeals to affirm that ruling in Schmidt v. Archdiocese of Portland, 218 Or App 661 (2008).
  • The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the summary judgment John obtained for his clients in J.S. v. Franciscan Friars of Oregon, 215 Or App 500 (2007), a case involving alleged child sex abuse by a Catholic priest. The court upheld the trial court’s rulings that the defendants were not vicariously liable for the priest’s alleged sexual abuse of the plaintiff, and that the statute of limitations barred the case.
  • John obtained the pretrial dismissal of a multi-million dollar child sex abuse action filed in Oregon against a major international church and one of its pastors. The trial court ruled that the statute of limitations barred the lawsuit. The case is JMS v. Roberts, Multnomah County Circuit Court case number 0705-05015 (2007).
  • In 2017, John succeeded in getting the plaintiff to drop his multi-million dollar child sex abuse lawsuit against a church and an order of priests without being paid any money. This occurred after an investigation revealed that the plaintiff’s brothers and fellow Altar Boys said the allegations were false. The lawsuit was dismissed after John’s clients made it clear to the plaintiff and his attorney that no money would be paid. The case is Smith v. Province of The Holy Name, Multnomah County Circuit Court case number 16CV05662.
  • In 2019, John succeeded in getting the plaintiff to drop her lawsuit against a church based on child sex abuse that supposedly occurred in the 1980s. An investigation revealed that the plaintiff’s family did not believe her claim, and she had no corroborating evidence. Also, John filed a motion to dismiss based on the statute of limitations. While the motion was pending, and after initially demanding $3 million, and when John made it clear that his client would not pay anything to settle the case, the plaintiff dismissed it for nothing. The case is Alston v. Shasta Way Christian Church, Klamath County Circuit Court case number 18CV54946.

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Professional Recognition


  • Named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in Civil Litigation Defense from 2011-present
  • Kaempf Law firm PC has been selected as one of “the Best Law Firms in Oregon” by U.S. News & World Report since 2014
  • Selected to “Oregon Super Lawyers” from 2006-present, every year the award has been given, which is granted to only the top 5% of attorneys
  • In 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 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.
  • Given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by “America’s Top 100 Attorneys” in 2018
  • In 2019, John was honored as one of “America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators” for Oregon.

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2021 SW Main Street, Suite 64
Portland, OR 97205
P: 503-224-5006

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