Keller Rohrback announces three new partners 

January 22, 2024

Left to right: Matt Melamed (Oakland), Mirén First (Seattle), Jen Wagner (Portland)


Keller Rohrback takes great pride in announcing three new partners at the firm. Mirén First attained her title from within the firm’s Seattle office, while Jen Wagner and Matt Melamed each made lateral moves from other firms.

Mirén First practices in Keller Rohrback’s Commercial Litigation group, where she has been a mainstay since joining the firm in 2013. She has dedicated her career to defending clients in a wide range of civil claims, including defending personal injury, product liability, premises liability, and general liability claims brought against individuals, commercial businesses, and non-profit organizations. Her analytical acumen and meticulous attention to detail allow her to identify critical legal strategies that lead to favorable outcomes for her clients. Mirén’s continuing success in the courtroom and her unwavering dedication to her clients’ causes have earned her a stellar reputation within the legal community. Mirén was selected to the Washington Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2007, and she is a board member of the Mother Attorney Mentoring Association (MAMA). Clients are assured that with Mirén as an advocate, their case is in capable hands. She will continue to practice out of the Seattle office.

Jen Wagner’s distinguished career has been built on representing clients in a wide variety of areas, including environmental, consumer, securities, and employment disputes. She is currently a member of the Complex Litigation team prosecuting claims on behalf of various states and municipalities against Monsanto, seeking to hold the company accountable for environmental contamination caused by its sale and marketing of PCBs. At her previous firm, she worked as co-counsel with KR attorneys representing the State of Oregon in a similar case against Monsanto that resulted in a historic $698 million settlement. Jen has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation since 2015, selected to the Oregon Super Lawyers list since 2010, and named to the Best Lawyers in America® Portland, Oregon list since 2013. She served on the Oregon State Bar’s Litigation Section Executive Committee for eight years, and aside from extensive committee involvement with the Multnomah Bar Association, has been a Board Member, Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Multnomah Bar Foundation. Jen will practice out of the Portland office.

Matt Melamed joins Keller Rohrback as a member of the firm’s nationally-recognized Complex Litigation group. He has ably represented plaintiffs, municipalities, and states in nearly every aspect of litigation for 15 years. Matt too has worked in conjunction with KR attorneys previously as co-counsel, on such significant cases as In re Facebook, Inc. Consumer Privacy Litigation, and representing cities, counties, and states in nationwide litigation concerning the prescription opioid crisis. Matt’s extensive litigation experience also includes representing investors in numerous securities fraud cases, among them Villella v. Chemical & Mining Company of Chile, Inc. and Jones v. Pfizer Inc.  All told, his teams have recovered more than $1 billion for investors, consumers, and municipalities. Matt has authored published articles on multiparty discovery in the National Opiate Litigation MDL, special solicitude for state standing to bring suit, arbitration agreements in adhesive contracts, and First Amendment protections for hate speech considered through the lens of European law. Matt will be practicing out of the Oakland, CA office.

Please join us in congratulating this trio of exceptional attorneys, the newest partners to advance Keller Rohrback’s worthy reputation!