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Vanessa Triplett Kuchulis

The core of my practice centers around three key services: listening, responding, and advocating. These practices enable me to develop a streamlined and systematic approach to further my clients’ legal goals. Ultimately, my purpose is to craft thoughtful and innovative solutions that fit my clients’ unique needs. Quotation mark
Vanessa Triplett Kuchulis
Vanessa Triplett Kuchulis
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About Vanessa

Vanessa Triplett Kuchulis' practice focuses on construction defect litigation, real estate disputes, ADA defense, and commercial construction contract drafting. She represents clients in a wide range of industries that include education, technology, manufacturing, healthcare, and hospitality. Her work encompasses pre-litigation business matters as well as large-scale litigation relating to contract disputes, construction defects, and product liability, as well as payment and delay claims.

Vanessa has found success as a strategic writer. Her writing methodology relies on making succinct arguments supported by systematic research that maximizes her efficiency and potential for achieving favorable outcomes. Vanessa’s approach has resulted in winning legal arguments at both the state and federal levels, in motion practice and at trial.
   

Representative Experience

  • Construction Litigation Plus
    • Represented owner and developer of biogas facility in a complex construction matter involving parallel lawsuits in Oregon and Arizona. In 2020, she helped the client achieve favorable resolutions in both forums.

    • Represented school districts handling construction defect and scheduling claims against contractors who perform defective or untimely work on projects that range from small scale buildings to multimillion-dollar commercial structures.

    • Represented commercial lumber manufacturer in claim against general contractor for defective work and delay involving a post-fire remediation.

    • Defended several restaurant chains against Americans with Disabilities Act claims filed by serial ADA litigants who target businesses throughout California, Oregon, and Washington.

    • As part of her ADA work, she advises businesses on ways to reduce the likelihood of ADA claims, engage in remediation, and facilitate cost-effective dispute resolution.

    • Drafted and negotiated construction contracts for owners, architects, and contractors for the development of commercial and residential properties in Oregon and Washington.

    • Her experience in construction defect litigation enables her to draft these contracts with an eye toward anticipating and preparing for potential disputes.

    • Represented real estate brokerage firms defending brokers in residential property transactions involving sales that have gone awry.

    • Vanessa advises on pre-dispute strategies to mitigate risk and limit legal exposure.

    • Represented dairy farm owners in federal insurance recovery case involving a denial of coverage for farm personal property and a dispute over ambiguous insurance policy terms. She was part of the trial team that won a full damages award for her clients from the jury.

    • Second chaired a jury trial representing an evicted woman in support of her race and religious discrimination claims against a housing facility.

    • Received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Oregon States District Court, District of Oregon, for her contribution to its pro bono program in 2018.

Services

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2015
    • Executive Editor, Michigan Journal of Race & Law
    • Student Attorney, Michigan General Clinic
    • Domestic Relations Mediation Clinic
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Asian American studies and English, magna cum laude, 2010
    • Academic Achievement Award

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 2015

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 2015

Languages

  • French

Activities

Professional Plus
  • Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, member
    • Representative to Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC)
  • Oregon New Lawyers Division (ONLD)
    • Executive board member
    • Member Services Committee
Civic Plus
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)
    • Board member
    • Board Governance Committee

Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion as an Oregon Super Lawyer—Rising Star, 2020-present
  • Oregon New Lawyers Division Member Service Award, 2018
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon—Certificate of Appreciation for Contribution to Pro Bono Program, 2018

Insights from Vanessa

  • “For the Public Good: Sharpening Your Skills Through Pro Bono Practice,” Multnomah Bar Association, CLE, panelist (Nov. 2019)
  • “Rule 21 & Other Responsive Motions,” Multnomah Bar Association, CLE (Oct. 2019)
  • “Getting Paid and Protecting Your Company During a Construction Project,” Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Construction Roundtable Series (Oct. 2018)
Collaborations

Outside the Office

Vanessa is an enthusiastic oil painter in her free time. She also enjoys traveling and has spent several years living abroad in China and England.