When Kirstin Abel announced at the wise age of eight she was going to be a lawyer, her family knew there was no question about what she would become. The quest first took her from her hometown of Eugene to McMinnville, heart of Oregon wine country, where she not only pursued her political science degree, but developed a love of wine. Following graduation, a sense of adventure and the desire to experience something other than the Pacific Northwest, led her to Chicago for law school. Though she thoroughly enjoyed the Midwest, she was happy to return as a lawyer to the place she’d always called home.
When Kirstin is not practicing law, you will most likely find her with her daughter, looking for the perfect produce at a local farmers’ market. Her love for Oregon is reflected in her favorite hobbies, which include cooking, visiting the many regional vineyards and supporting local restaurants. Her friends, family and co-workers routinely rely on her dedication to those interests to help them pick the perfect bottle of wine or restaurant to celebrate the everyday or the special occasion.
Practice & Experience
Kirstin began her practice with a Portland civil litigation firm representing physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers in malpractice cases. She tried many cases as both first and second chair, and enjoyed great successes in her clients’ favor. A desire to broaden her work led her to Bodyfelt Mount in 2013, where she focuses on drug and medical device product liability, professional liability, and employment cases. Her most recent trials have been in the areas of product liability and professional liability. Kirstin became Bodyfelt Mount’s managing partner in 2018, and she enjoys both litigating cases and dealing with the ins and outs of running a law firm.
Professional & Community Activities
Kirstin Abel is a member of the Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, International Association of Defense Counsel, Multnomah Bar Association, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, and Oregon Women Lawyers. For the Oregon State Bar, she is Treasurer of the Products Liability Section Executive Committee. She has been actively involved with The International Association of Defense Counsel since 2016, and is a Vice Chair of three substantive law committees: Drug, Device and Biotechnology, Trial Techniques and Tactics, and Product Liability. Kirstin is committed to increasing opportunities for underprivileged youth, particularly young women. Since 2004, she has served on the advisory board of Girl Scouts Beyond Bars. She also volunteers for several youth mentoring and dropout prevention programs. In 2017, she was honored to be appointed to the Board of Trustees for St. Andrew Nativity School, a tuition-free Jesuit middle school that is breaking the cycle of poverty through education. She is also a Co-Chair of the Giving Children Choices committee for Nativity.
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2003
B.A., (Political Science), Linfield College, 1999