G. Kevin Kiely

G. Kevin Kiely



Practice Areas


University of Oregon, B.A., 1980

University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1983


Kevin is rated as an AV attorney by Martindale Hubbell.

Kevin's peers have selected him for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Oregon Super Lawyers.

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Admitted to Practice

Oregon State and Federal Courts

Washington State and Federal Courts

United States Court of Federal Claims

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Professional Experience

Mr. Kiely has more than 30 years' experience in the fields of complex commercial and business litigation.  He has represented clients in trials, arbitrations and administrative-contested cases throughout the United States.  In addition, he has conducted numerous confidential investigations of alleged corporate and employee malfeasance in the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe.  He also has substantial experience in public contract disputes and construction litigation. 

Mr. Kiely is the head of Cable Huston's litigation and trial practice group, and was the firm's managing partner for more than 12 years.

Recent Representative Matters

Lead trial counsel on behalf of AmeriTitle against Gilliam County Oregon for wrongfully imposing a local hiring policy on developers as an element of a tax abatement program.  Federal jury verdict for AmeriTitle finding violations of commerce clause and equal protection clause of U.S. Constitution. Court ordered injunction against the County and attorneys fees in favor of AmeriTitle. 

Lead plaintiff's counsel for professional sports team in confidential arbitration involving a multi-million dollar media contract dispute.  Team prevailed, awarded requested relief and attorney fees.

Lead defense counsel on $90 million in claims by a group of labor unions against their trustee fiduciary insurer.  Plaintiffs alleged covered losses resulting from securities fraud, white-collar crime.  Defense prevailed at trial.
Lead trial counsel defending Oregon public utility on environmental claims arising out of the construction of a hydroelectric facility.  Client prevailed at trial.
Plaintiff’s lead trial counsel representing global waste management concern in franchise-fee dispute with local government.  Client prevailed at trial.  Upheld at U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Lead trial counsel for Portland Trail Blazers in adversary litigation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon against a consortium of lenders who sought to acquire control of Rose Garden Arena from debtor, Oregon Arena Corporation.  Trail Blazers sought bankruptcy court ruling that lenders be required to make c. $120 million in improvements and upgrades as a pre-condition to taking ownership of Arena where Trail Blazers play.  Team prevailed at trial.
Lead plaintiffs’ counsel representing a Washington public utility on claims of c. $140 million against a consortium of U.S. and foreign insurers.  Claims resulted from a collapsed dam owned by the utility.  Prevailed at trial.  Decision upheld at U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.  Utility received c. $140 million from insurers, plus attorney fees.
Represented professional sports team in confidential grievance procedures against players and union under collective bargaining agreement.
Defended Texas corporation in multi-year tax dispute with State of Oregon.  Prevailed at trial in Marion County Circuit Court.  Affirmed on appeal, Stewart Title Guaranty Co. v. DCBS, Oregon Court of Appeals No. A151470 (July 1, 2015).

Previous Experience

Before joining the firm, Mr. Kiely was a litigation partner at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Litigation and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Sections

ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries

American Bar Association, Professionals’, Officers’ and Directors’ Liability committees

United States Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association

Past Chair, Oregon State Bar, Construction Law Section

Community Activities

Mr. Kiely is the Past President and Co-Founder of the Oregon Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, Inc.  He is also a past Member of the Board of Directors, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (University of Oregon). 

Mr. Kiely has an M.A. in theology from Mount Angel Seminary and is an active member and catechist at Resurrection Catholic Parish.

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