Professional and Civic Activities

  • Oregon State Bar since 1982
  • Board Member (1992 – present) and President, Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. (PECI;, a not-for-profit energy conservation company

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon, 1982
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, 1983
  • Washington, 1984
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 2015


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., with distinction, Stanford University, 1976



  • Panelist, Women in Environment - Krista Koehl Professional Development Series:  From Mentee To Mentor: Ideas For Making Mentorship Work For You.  December 12, 2016.
  • Faculty Member, Multnomah Bar Association CLE, Beating the Odds:  Defenses to Superfund Liability (June 7, 2016)
  •  Faculty Member. Litigation of Disputes Over Easements and CCRs: Resolving Issues of Intent with Poorly Drafted Documents Presented at the Advanced One-Day Workshop on Easements and CCRs: Current Uses and Considerations in Oregon. Law Seminars International, September 19, 2012.


John P. Ashworth

For over 35 years John Ashworth has advocated for clients nationwide in complex environmental and business disputes, and has counseled clients on environmental issues in business and real estate transactions. In 2011, John joined Kell, Alterman & Runstein, bringing his environmental practice with him, and retired as partner in the firm in 2018.

John remains affiliated with the firm to provide strategic advice and counseling on environmental issues and serves other attorneys as an expert witness. John’s colleagues, Bob Lowry and Jay Griffith continue the firm’s environmental practice, including the representation of BNSF Railway Company at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

John Ashworth

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