Kevin Burnett is the practice group leader for the firm’s Corporate group. Kevin focuses his practice on corporate transactional matters, including the representation of private equity and strategic buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, assisting growth companies with bridge and venture capital financings, and serving as general outside counsel to growth and middle market companies in a variety of industries. Additionally, Kevin’s practice involves the representation of sponsors, borrowers, and lenders on various complex debt financing transactions, including leveraged acquisition financings, ABL facilities, and venture debt transactions. He has also represented financial institutions and borrowers in complex energy and infrastructure project financing transactions.

In the project financing area, Kevin has structured and negotiated financing arrangements, including loan, note purchase and credit agreements, security documents, guarantees, and intercreditor and subordination agreements, and has prepared and negotiated construction contracts, operations and maintenance agreements, supply and off-take agreements, and other project contracts. In this role, he coordinated the work of other transaction specialists, including investment and commercial bankers, real estate specialists, insurance consultants, independent engineers, environmental consultants, and technical consultants.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Kevin practiced at two AmLaw 50 firms. Prior to his legal career, he worked for the French National Railway Company and served in the United States Army.


Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2000, cum laude

Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA; Russian Language Certification, 1995

École Polytechnique; Program Jean Monnet; Palaiseau and Paris, France, 1992

Stanford University, B.A., International Relations, 1991







Representative Acquisition Experience

  • Counsel to Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI) in connection with the sale of its titanium casting division to Consolidated Cast Parts, a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus.
  • Counsel to LabelTech, Inc., a manufacturer of flexible packaging and preformed pouches for consumer products in connection with its sale to Fortis Solutions Group.
  • Counsel to Oregon Vineyard Supply, an agronomic solutions provider to the wine industry, in connection with its sale to Wilson Orchard and Vineyard Supply, a portfolio company of Clearlight Partners.
  • Counsel to Evriholder Products, LLC, a portfolio company of True West Capital Partners and manufacturer of a variety of impulse purchase products, in connection with its sale to a subsidiary of Edgewater Capital Partners.
  • Counsel to Columbia Ventures Corporation in connection with a $36 million control equity investment that was split between Columbia Pulp I, LLC and its parent company, NW Straw Pulp LLC. The CVC equity investment, when combined with a $130 million State of Washington bond issuance, will fund the construction of a waste straw-to-pulp mill under development near Walla Walla, Washington.
  • Counsel to USNR, LLC, a global leader in the forest products equipment industry, in connection with its acquisition of Mid-South Engineering Services Co.
  • Counsel to Crimson Trace Corporation, a leading manufacturer of laser sighting systems for firearms and portfolio investment of VergePointe Capital and Peninsula Capital, in connection with its sale to Smith & Wesson.
  • Counsel to Triton Pacific Capital Partners in connection with the sale of its controlling interest in each of AssetPoint, LLC, a capital asset management software platform, and Custom Credit Systems, L.P., a lending workflow software platform.
  • Counsel to Wedbush Capital Partners, L.P. in connection with the acquisition of Passport Food Group and its Asian and Italian food manufacturing subsidiaries, Wing Hing Foods, LLC and Royal Angelus Macaroni Company, LLC. Additionally, represented Passport Food Group in connection with the follow-on acquisition of Golden Pheasant Foods, LLC. Representation of Passport Food Group in connection with its sale to an entity controlled by Swander Pace Capital.

Representative Debt Finance Experience

  • Counsel to Reed College in completing an issuance of $125 million of taxable fixed rate bonds in order to refinance the college’s existing indebtedness, allow the termination of certain swap liabilities, and provide funding for general corporate purposes of the college.
  • Counsel to Proterra Investment Partners in connection with a multi-draw term loan facility to Clear Springs Foods, Inc., a leading aquaculture company based in Idaho.
  • Counsel to The One Group, Inc. in connection with credit facilities provided by Bank of America, N.A. and subsequently re-financing with credit facilities arranged by Goldman Sachs Bank USA.
  • Counsel to True West Capital Partners in connection with separate term loans and related equity investments in OneCor Services, LLC, a provider of environmental services to oil and gas companies in the Bakken Formation/Williston Basin in North Dakota; Future Tech Metals, a manufacturer of aerospace components; and Bulk Handling Systems, a manufacturer of sorting and handling systems for the recycling and solid waste industries.
  • Counsel to Organically Grown Company, a leading organic produce distributor in the Pacific Northwest, in connection with credit facilities provided by RSF Social Finance.
  • Counsel to Yakima Chief Hops, a global supplier of premium hops to the beer industry, in connection with working capital and term loan facilities in a transaction led by Northwest Farm Credit.
  • Counsel to Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools, d/b/a Organic Valley, in connection with working capital and term loan facilities in a transaction led by JP Morgan Chase Bank.
  • Counsel to The Willamette Valley Company in connection with the financing of the acquisition of a controlling interest in The Willamette Valley Company by Endeavour Capital.
  • Counsel to Pt Capital in connection with the mezzanine debt financing of its acquisition of each of NOVA, an Icelandic mobile telecommunications company, and I.C.E. Services, Inc., an infrastructure services provider to projects in the North Slope of Alaska.
  • Counsel to Endeavour Structured Equity and Mezzanine Fund in connection with term loans and related equity investments in each of Criterium, LLC, an engineering consulting firm, and Capco, a designer and manufacturer of military hardware for the US Department of Defense.

Experience Representing the Energy Industry

  • Counsel to a joint venture in connection with its asset sale related to a waste-to-renewable natural gas facility in Oregon.
  • Counsel to Renewable Properties, LLC, a San Francisco based solar developer, in connection with credit facilities and an equity co-investment provided by New Energy Capital.
  • Counsel to The Water and Wastewater Opportunity Fund, a fund managed by Equilibrium Capital, in connection with the solid waste bond offering used to finance the construction of a renewable natural gas production facility in a transaction underwritten by Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Counsel to East West Bank in connection with the construction and term financings of solar power production facilities in Sacramento, California, and San Diego, California.
  • Counsel to Solar Power Partners, Inc. in connection with the debt and letter of credit financing of its equity requirement for its Fund III solar power projects construction financing.
  • Counsel to Pacific Ethanol California, Inc. in connection with the financing of its Madera, California, ethanol production facility.
  • Counsel to DZ Bank AG, as administrative agent, and the lenders in connection with the approximately US$180 million restructuring of the Aries Project, a Calpine Corporation-sponsored combined-cycle power generation facility located near Kansas City, MO.
  • Counsel to BNP Paribas, as lead arranger, and the lenders in connection with the approximately US$500 million financing of the Baymina natural gas-fired power generating facility located near Ankara, Turkey.


  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Oregon) by Chambers USA (Corporate/M&A), 2016–present



  • Association for Corporate Growth, Member, Portland Chapter
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