Wendie L. Kellington
Practicing law since 1983, Wendie L. Kellington is a preeminent-“A” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. She is nationally known for her expertise on land use law, including regulations that protect and govern religious institutions and the emerging field of autonomous vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones.
Her thinking and leadership on the growing crisis of homelessness has made her a sought-after speaker and writer on the subject, including a recent Keynote presentation at The American Bar Association, State and Local Government Section Land Use Institute in Detroit in April 2018 and an article published in ABA State and Local Law News, Spring/Summer 2018.
Kellington is a long-standing faculty member of the American Legal Institute/American Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (ALI/ABA-CLE) program, focusing on land use topics ranging from traditional law use, to siting religious institutions and drones. She has been a board member, as well as the chief referee at the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), is a former president of the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland and a former member of the Oregon State Building Structures Board.
Her interest in drones and autonomous systems led her to serve on the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA), advising on the development of the Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) for UAS airspace integration as part of the SC 228 subcommittee. She also currently serves as a board member for the Cascade Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Oregon Legislature’s Working Group on Drones.
She has worked as the general counsel to the U.S. subsidiary of a German wind turbine manufacturer and is an adviser to the Oregon Energy Systems and Technology Research Administration (OESTRA). Kellington has been an active member of the American Wind Energy Association since 2009.
Kellington holds a Juris Doctoris, cum laude, from Seattle University (1983) and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Oregon University (1979). She is admitted to practice law in the Oregon and Washington state courts, as well as the federal district court and the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.