C. Kent Roberts
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Kent Roberts' practice emphasizes representation of closely held businesses and maritime industry clients, particularly vessel operating companies, shipyards and ports. His practice includes shipping, finance and vessel related legal matters for his business clients, commercial and maritime litigation, and representation of clients before regulatory bodies.
Mr. Roberts is listed in Best Lawyers in America for his work in maritime law, and in 2011 was named Portland's "Maritime Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers. Since 2006, he has been appeared on the Oregon Super Lawyers list published by Thomson Reuters. This peer-elected distinction is bestowed upon only the top 5% of all attorneys in the state of Oregon.
Mr. Roberts served on Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt's Board of Directors from 2005 through 2008, and was the chairman of the firm's Hiring Committee from 2005-2010.
Professional & Community Activities
Mr. Roberts is a member of the Admiralty and Business Law sections of the Oregon State Bar. From 2007 through 2010, he served a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He is a member of that Association's Marine Finance committee and is Vice-Chairman of the MLA committee on Inland Waters and Towing. He is a member and past president of the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of the Columbia River. He is also an associate member of the Association of Average Adjusters.
In 2010, Mr. Roberts was appointed as an associate editor of American Maritime Cases, the leading case reporter for admiralty and maritime law. He serves as counsel and honor member of the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbor Masters and Port Managers. From 1999 through 2002, he served as a trustee of The Oregon Maritime Center and Museum. Mr. Roberts is a frequent lecturer on maritime industry issues, particularly maritime environmental regulation. He taught Admiralty and Maritime Law from 1989 through 2007 as an adjunct professor at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon.
Mr. Roberts currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of St. Mary's Academy. He is a college level men's lacrosse referee and a former youth lacrosse coach. Mr. Roberts was named Girls Youth Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2003 by the U.S. Lacrosse Association. He served on the Oregon Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse from 2004 to 2007.
"Towing Vessel Inspection - Potential for Application of Statutory Doctrines," Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, Vol. 7, Vol. 4, Fourth Quarter 2009
"Trends in Towing Contracting: The New Bisso End Runs," Benedict's Maritime Bulletin,
Vol. 4, No 2, 2006
"Proof of Foreign Law in U.S. Courts - Pitfalls and Pragmatics for the Admirality Practitioner." Proceedings, Pacific Admirality Law Institute, 2004
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Courts
United States District Court, District of Oregon
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, Juris Doctor degree (1979)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Arts degree (1976)
EPA Issues Vessel General Permit , December 19, 2008