Brian T. Kiolbasa

Shareholder | Portland | 503.778.2103 |

Areas of Practice

Brian Kiolbasa’s practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions, businesses, and individuals in a broad range of commercial and complex litigation matters. He has experience in all aspects of litigation, and has successfully represented a number of clients in lender liability actions, real estate disputes, bankruptcy litigation, and claims involving premises liability, business torts, products liability, and contract disputes. In addition, Brian has experience in the enforcement of maritime liens and preferred vessel mortgages, marine collisions and personal injuries, and vessel arrests.

Brian regularly appears in state and federal courts throughout Oregon, and has drafted appellate briefs in both the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, he has worked closely with his clients to develop litigation strategies for high-priority lawsuits and to address emerging legal issues.

Prior to joining Lane Powell, Brian spent three years working as a litigation associate in Chicago. Before attending law school, he worked as a financial analyst for a Fortune 500 corporation in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • Illinois (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 2007)
    • Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, Executive Articles Editor
    • Business Law Forum, President
    • School Inc. Program, Mentor
  • Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business (B.S., Finance, cum laude, 2003)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
  • Business Crisis Management and Emergency Remedies
  • Litigation
  • Mortgage and Consumer Finance
  • Premises Liability
  • Transportation


  • “Drafting and Issuing Discovery Subpoenas: Oregon,” Practical Law, Co-author (2016)
  • “Responding to Discovery Subpoenas: Oregon,” Practical Law, Co-author (2016)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as an “Oregon Rising Star,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights (2013); General Litigation (2014-2015); Business Litigation (2016-2017)
  • Recognized in the Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Honor Roll (2014)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Associate Member, Maritime Law Association
  • Member, U.S. District Court Historical Society
  • General Counsel, Pro Bono, Special Olympics Oregon
  • Board of Directors, Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger
  • National Center for State Courts, Young Lawyers Committee
  • Member, Federal Bar Association – Banking Law Section
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Volunteer, Oregon Law Center Pro Bono Clinic