Joe Kellerman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania September 3, 1965. He moved to South Florida at the age of 10 and graduated from North Miami Beach High School in 1983. From there, after a two year stint at Emory University in Atlanta, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Law from the University of Florida. Thereafter, he returned to the Philadelphia area and was employed as a hi-tech machinist until he entered law school in 1988 at the University of Oregon. He emigrated to Oregon because, in his own words, “I liked the pictures in the brochure.”
After receiving his law degree in 1991, he accepted a generous Ford Foundation fellowship which allowed him to obtain an LLM degree from the University of Washington. He and his future wife, Win, sought a small town lifestyle after graduation and moved to Southern Oregon where Joe was employed by Blackhurst, Hornecker, Hassen and Ervin B. Hogan. His main motivation in accepting that employment was to learn under the tutelage of Ervin B. Hogan, then one of the premier litigators in Oregon, and Gregory T. Hornecker, a preeminent business attorney. He became a partner with the firm in 1996. Thereafter, the firm merged with Cowling & Heysell to become Hornecker, Cowling, Hassen & Heysell, L.L.P.
Joe Kellerman has a broad practice range following in the footsteps of his mentors Erv Hogan and Greg Hornecker. The majority of his practice involves business and real estate litigation and transactions. He has substantial experience representing 1) clients in real estate matters (including developers, professionals, public bodies); 2) banks, credit unions and private lenders; 3) municipalities and other public entities; 4) all clientele with general legal needs; and 5) clients whose land is being taken by the government through power of eminent domain. He has tried scores of cases throughout the State of Oregon and represented clients in both the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon.
Joe and his wife, Win, have dug roots and plan to retire in the great Southern Oregon community. Among various interests, he particularly enjoys hiking, friends, travel, and good food. Despite his reputation as an aggressive advocate, he is an avid animal lover.
Ford Foundation Fellowship Recipient. Former Pro tem Judge of Jackson County Circuit Court. Member: Oregon State Bar, State of Oregon Federal District Court and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.