Reinisch Wilson Weier PC Workers' Compensation Defense and Employment Law

Kelly J. Niemeyer

Kelly Niemeyer is a partner with Reinisch Wilson Weier PC. She practices Oregon workers’ compensation litigation in the firm’s Portland office. Kelly has been a practicing attorney since 2005 and began her workers’ compensation career in the Washington jurisdiction. Kelly is licensed to practice law in the states of Oregon and Washington.

Kelly graduated with honors from the University of Portland where she received bachelor degrees in Political Science and Communications. She then attended Willamette University College of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. While in law school Kelly clerked for two years at Marion County District Attorney’s Office. Kelly joined Reinisch Wilson Weier PC shortly after graduating from law school.

Client Service

Employers and insurers strive to manage claims in a manner that is both fair to the worker and in compliance with the law. However, this is not always easy. In fact, employers and insurers in Oregon are subject to a high level of regulation and oversight, which carries with it a slew of penalties, sanctions and reprimands for noncompliance.

I serve my clients knowing and appreciating that they work in a fast-paced and highly regulated field. I understand that the best outcome is finality to a claim whenever possible, be it through litigation or mediation. This is achieved through preparation, aggressive advocacy and common sense.

My clients are my number one priority. I am easily accessible and make a point of being responsive. I can be reached at any time with general questions on Oregon law, claim management and processing or litigation defense.

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Willamette University College of Law, 2005
    • Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Portland, Political Science, 2001; Communications, 2002

Activities

Memberships and Community

  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Oregon State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section
  • Oregon Workers’ Compensation Institute, mentor attorney for Oregon claims examiners’ course

Recent publications


Recent speaking topics

  • "Game of Compensability: Comparing, contrasting compensability issues in Washington and Oregon," WCCA Fall Seminar, October 10, 2017, Washington Self-Insurers Association Webinar, June 19, 2017; and client continuing education September 22 and 28, 2017
  • "Game of Compensability: Comparing, contrasting compensability issues in Washington and Oregon," Washington Self-Insurers Association Webinar, June 19, 2017
  • "The Rehabilitation of Brown v. SAIF," client continuing education seminar, May 3 and May 8, 2017
  • "Ethical Considerations in an Electronic World," Oregon Claims School Seminar sponsored by Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, March 30, 2016
  • "Higher Conflict and Controversy: Medical and Recreational Marijuana in the Workplace," Oregon Self-Insurers Association 2015 Annual Conference, July 23, 2015
  • "Willful Misrepresentation and Recovery of Overpayments," client continuing education seminar, June 2, 2015
  • "New Oregon Claim Closure Rules," client continuing education seminar, May 13, 2015
  • "Higher Conflict and Controversy: Medical and Recreational Marijuana in the Workplace," client continuing education seminars, May 7, 2015, June 26, 2015, July 9, 2015, August 18, 2015, August 21, 2015 and April 8, 2016
  • "IME Communication in light of Schleiss / Brown," client continuing education seminar, April 7, 2015
  • "Vocational Training Rules Update," client continuing education seminar, March 30, 2015
  • “Reconsideration Proceedings: When, Why and How?” client continuing education seminar, March 12, 2014 and June 20, 2014
  • “Penalties, Attorney Fees, Sanctions and Costs,” client continuing education seminar, January 12, 2014
  • “Reconsideration Proceedings: When, Why and How?” client continuing education seminar, March 24, 2013
  • "Lawyers in Session," WCCA luncheon presentation, May 9, 2012

Personal

I spend my spare time with my family—husband, two boys, a daughter and three dogs—who all keep me busy! I enjoy reading and movies (ask me my top five!) I am an unapologetic political junkie and fantasy/sci-fi enthusiast.

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