Andrew Kohlmetz

Andrew Kohlmetz

Portland, Oregon

Andrew Kohlmetz has been involved with criminal defense since graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1995. He practices throughout the state of Oregon in both state and federal courts. He has extensive experience defending major felony cases including homicides, sexual assaults, drug trafficking, medical marijuana, weapons offenses, white collar crimes and Ballot Measure 11 crimes. Since 2003 his practice has been primarily devoted to the defense of persons accused of serious weapons, drug, white collar and other complex criminal cases in United States District Court for the District of Oregon. He has also appeared before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

His professional memberships include The United States District Court for the District of Oregon, The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, The Oregon State Bar Association, the Oregon Criminal Defense Attorneys Association (OCDLA), the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL), and the Multnomah County Bar Association.

He has written a chapter on felony DUII for the OCDLA's 2001 DUII Trial Notebook, as well as a chapter on the defense of sex crimes in the OCDLA's 2004 Major Crimes Manual.

Mr. Kohlmetz is active in the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association having recently served a four year term on its Board of Directors. He received a Bachelor's of Arts Degree cum laude from Hobart College, Geneva N.Y., in 1990. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1995. He sits on the board of Directors for the non-profit Portland Defense Consortium. Currently he is serving a 4 year gubernatorial appointment to the Governor’s Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee.

Areas of Practice

  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • State Criminal Defense
  • Complex Criminal Defense
  • Drug Charges
  • Gun and Weapons Charges
  • Child Pornography Charges
  • Measure 11 Criminal Defense
  • Armed Career Criminal / Career Offender Cases
  • Assault Cases
  • Manslaughter Charges
  • Murder Charges
  • Mandatory Minimum Cases
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Burglary charges
  • Vehicular Assault Charges
  • Repeat Offender Charges

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1995
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2004


  • University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon
    • J.D. - 1995
  • Hobart College, Geneva, NY
    • B.A. cum laude - 1990
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Felony DUII chapter 16 of "The DUII Trial Notebook", Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2001
  • Sodomy chapter 25 of "Major Crimes and Defenses", Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member, 1997 - Present
  • Multnomah County Bar Association, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Governor?s Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee, November 15, 2013 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Rieke & Savage PC, Associate Attorney, 2000 - 2003
  • Morris, Bofferding & Spinhirne PC, Associate Attorney, 1998 - 2000
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