Garry L. Kahn, Retired

Kahn & Kahn, P.C., would like to congratulate Garry L. Kahn on his retirement from active practice after 54 years of outstanding service to his clients, the Bar and his community.
Steven Kahn will continue to represent injured people, as he has done for nearly 25 years.

The following is a message from Garry:

I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to all of the lawyers in Oregon who have helped to make my career rewarding and enjoyable. I owe a special thanks to many lawyers, some of whom have passed away.

A special thank you to Northwestern College of Law and all of its lawyer/judge instructors who provided me with an excellent education, and who enabled me to obtain a law degree and pass the Bar in 1962. As a lawyer/litigator, I have never felt disadvantaged by attending night law school, thanks to the GI Bill.

I want to express my great appreciation for all of my former colleagues at the “Pozzi” office, including, especially, Frank Pozzi, Phil Levin, Don Wilson, Don Atchison, Dan O’Leary, Richard Noble and Ray Conboy. I spent my first 20 years as a lawyer working diligently and learning the profession as a trial lawyer, in a very special and collegial environment.

I want to express my appreciation for many of the lawyers who defended the many insurance companies and other entities I sued on behalf of my clients, in an atmosphere of mutual respect over these past many years.

I want to thank all of the lawyers who enabled me to serve on the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors, including as president of the Bar 1988-89, which was a very unique and satisfying experience.

Thank you to all of the lawyers who have participated with me in many different professional organizations and committees over the years, and who displayed a great appreciation and dedication to the improvement of our profession and the administration of justice.

I also want to acknowledge the wonderful support of my wife, Judith, and our children, who have supported me in many different ways so I could devote the time necessary in my career as an advocate for my clients and in all of my pro bono endeavors.

Last, a very special thanks to my son and law partner for the past 23 years, Steven Kahn, who has become successful in his own career. He is an outstanding and dedicated trial lawyer and I am proud that he is following in my footsteps in working diligently to achieve the best possible result for his clients. I am also grateful to Steven for allowing me to keep my office as I continue in my new inactive status, providing pro bono legal services to indigent clients referred by pro bono programs in Oregon.


In 1992, Governor Barbara Roberts appointed Garry to be an Oregon Circuit Court Judge for Multnomah County, where he served as a trial court judge for two years. However, Garry realized that he much preferred representing and advocating for people to judging them and their attorneys. He left the Circuit Court Bench and joined his son, Steven, who had taken over Garry’s practice in 1992. Since 1994, Garry and Steven have practiced together as Kahn & Kahn, P.C., continuing to represent people injured by the negligence and wrongdoing of others.

Garry is married and has 4 children and 10 grandchildren. When he is not being a grandparent or representing his clients, Garry is probably spending time at the Oregon Coast or golfing.

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Admitted to Practice:

  • Oregon State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Education:

  • Northwestern College of Law, LL.B 1962
  • Portland State University, 1958
  • University of Portland, 1957
  • United States Marine Corps, 1954-57

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Member, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Board of Governors (1986-89);
  • President, Oregon State Bar (1988-89)
  • Past Member, Western Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1972-73)
  • Member, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1968-69)
  • Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America (State Delegate, 1982-85)
  • Chairperson, Litigation Section – Oregon State Bar (1982-83)
  • Chairperson, Oregon State Bar Committee on Procedure and Practice (1970-71)
  • Oregon State Bar Uniform Jury Instructions Committee (1978-81)
  • Board of Directors, Oregon Legal Services(1988-89)
  • Board of Directors, Oregon Law Foundation(1990-91)
  • Past Member, The Gus J. Solomon American Inn of Court
  • Arbitration Service of Portland, Inc., Advisory Panel

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