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Kurt C. Peterson
Attorney at Law

Kilmer Voorhees & Laurick, P.C.
732 NW 19th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209

Tel 503-224-0055 ext 209
Fax 503-222-5290

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Kurt joined Kilmer Voorhees & Laurick in April of 2011. Kurt’s practice specializes in Professional Liability, Construction, Insurance and Criminal Defense.

Prior to joining Kilmer Voorhees & Laurick, Kurt spent several years as in-house council for Zurich North America.


Kurt is a Portland native. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, traveling, playing with his dogs, and rebuilding his 1967 land rover.

Representative Cases

Dalla Terra Vineyards, LLC v. Finn Hill Vineyard, Inc. and Unigard Insurance, Yamhill County Case no. CV110206. A breach of contract action against Finn and its insurer for destruction of wine. Kurt moved for dismissal of Unigard early on, a motion that was granted with an award of costs. The case against Finn then proceeded to a four-day jury trial. Kurt obtained a defense verdict on all counts.

Hartford Fire Insurance Co. v. Pavement Maintenance, Inc., et al., Multnomah County Case no. 1205-05605. A breach of contractual indemnity claim. Kurt filed a motion for summary judgment based, in part, on ORS 30.140. The Court found that, indeed, the contract was a construction agreement under the statute and that the indemnity provision violated the law. The Court granted summary judgment and dismissed Pavement Maintenance, Inc. Because the breach of contract was based upon a claim for attorney fees, Kurt was also able to claim reciprocal fees based upon ORS 20.096, effectively paying for the cost of defense.

Gibson v. Owyhee Produce, LLC, Federal District of Oregon Case no. CV11-1132. A lawsuit based upon negligence and the Employer Liability Act, a powerful statute which amounts to strict liability against an indirect employer. Kurt was able to defeat the ELA claim through a summary judgment motion. Plaintiff has now appealed to the Ninth Circuit.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Personal Injury and General Liability
  • Product Liability Litigation


  • University of Oregon School of Law, 1997
  • University of Oregon, cum laude, 1994


  • Oregon State Bar, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1998
  • Washington State Bar, 2004

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Multnomah County Bar Association, 2003 to present
  • Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, 2003 to present
  • Former board member, Portland Revels
  • Board of directors, All Classical Portland