Contact: Martha Richmond 503.415.6061


PORTLAND, OR. (SEPT 7, 2013)Port of Portland's General Counsel Killed in Motorcycle Accident

A memorial fund has been established in her name

Krista Koehl
Krista Koehl

Krista Koehl, the Port of Portland’s General Counsel was killed in a motorcycle accident September 6 while vacationing in Italy.  She was 40.

Krista joined the Port in 2004, first serving as assistant general counsel and then as general manager of the Portland Harbor Environmental Program.  She was appointed to the position of General Counsel in December 2012.

“This is a great loss for our organization and the community,” said Bill Wyatt, Port Executive Director.  “Krista's friendship, leadership and expertise will be missed dearly, and our thoughts and prayers are with her entire family during this difficult time. Krista was never afraid to get involved in the tough issues. Her intellect and leadership skills were always evident, and her style was highly regarded and greatly respected. Krista was a shining light within the Port family, and she represented the best traits of the next generation of leaders for our organization. She was exceptionally knowledgeable, strategic, skilled, steady and personable; all of which led to her promotion to Chief Counsel a critical role on the Port’s executive team. Krista has left a lasting impression on our organization and remains in the hearts and minds of her colleagues.”

In honor of Krista’s memory, an endowed scholarship fund is being established at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark CollegeContributions may be made online by logging on to the “Giving” page on Lewis & Clark Law School’s website, choose “Other” on the gift beneficiary, and then type the “Krista Koehl Memorial Scholarship” in the appropriate box  The law school’s general “giving” page  also includes instructions on how to make a gift by phone, mail, stock or wire transfer

Prior to joining the Port, Krista served as an associate attorney at Stoel Rives where she represented clients in administrative and civil litigation involving environmental citizen suits, agency enforcement actions, insurance cost recovery and water rights applications.  She also led complex regulatory projects in the areas of clean-up, Clean Water Act permits and hazardous waste compliance. In joining the Port, Koehl broadened her experience to include public contracting and land use. 

A native of Hillsboro, Ohio, Krista received a B.S. in Environmental Policy from Ohio University and received her law degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College.

Krista was a founding board member and chair of the education committee of Women in Environment which fosters networking, mentoring and education for women professionals in the environmental field. She also served on the governing committee of Regional Arts and Culture Council’s Right Brain Initiative. 

Contact: Martha Richmond 503.415.6061

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