Jennifer Oetter

Managing Partner

Jennifer Oetter is the managing partner in the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Healthcare, Medical Malpractice, and Long-Term Care Practices. Her practice is focused on civil litigation and the representation of hospitals and health care professionals.

As part of her health care liability practice, Ms. Oetter has experience representing providers from a variety of medical specialties, including: cardiology, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, primary care medicine, cardio-thoracic surgery, general surgery, neurology, oncology, orthopedic surgery, infectious disease, hospital nursing, clinic nursing, obstetrics and gynecology, pathology, radiology and others. Over the years and primarily as a result of the types of lawsuits that are filed, Ms. Oetter has gained extensive experience with the unique and evolving issues related to birth injury and sepsis litigation.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Healthcare
  • Medical Malpractice
  • National Trial Practice

Additional Experience






  • Defense Research Institute
  • Multnomah Bar Association
    • CourtCare Committee, 2007-2009
    • Young Lawyers Section, President, 2003-2004; Member, 1995-2005; Chair, Community Law Week Committee, 1998
  • Oregon State Bar
    • Arbitrator, Fee Arbitration Program
    • Bar Counsel Panel
    • Member, Uniform Civil Jury Instruction Committee, 2004-2006
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Washington State Bar Association


Willamette University College of Law

Juris Doctor, 1995

University of Oregon

Bachelor of Science, 1992

Community Activities

  • Legal Aid Society of Oregon Domestic Violence Project
    • Volunteer Lawyer
  • Washington Timbers Football Club
    • Vice President, 2014 - present
    • Secretary, 2011 - 2014
    • Board of Directors, 2011 - present
  • Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger
    • Board Member, 2000 - 2003
    • Chair, 2002 - 2003