Kristin’s clients appreciate her determination, responsiveness, and her genuine interest in their business and circumstances. As a litigator, Kristin calls upon her love of a novel challenge, her passion for justice, and her methodical approach to confront weighty legal issues. She has helped successfully resolve cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, including matters involving commercial lease disputes, international law, trade secrets, professional negligence, and shareholder and partnership disputes. She has argued or prepared written briefs in numerous state and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate level. Kristin enjoys tackling issues of first impression and breaking new legal ground for her clients.
Kristin’s recent successes for her clients include:
- Dismissal of recall petitions against public officials.
- Jury victory for client charged with animal neglect in the first degree.
- Summary Judgment against alleged violations of public meetings law.
- Judgment as a matter of law against multi-million dollar counterclaims in contract dispute.
- Dismissal of action for trade secret misappropriation resulting in payment of fees for client.
- Dismissal of action for conspiracy and trade secret claims based on lack of jurisdiction.
- Prosecuting and resolving Oregon partnership, accounting malpractice, and commercial lease disputes prior to litigation.
Kristin instills all that she does with a strong work ethic of quality, efficiency, and professionalism. Kristin’s quick, logical thinking and strong sense of justice led to her appointment in 2014 to a nine member committee charged with writing the anti-bias rule for the Oregon State Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct. Kristin also served on a committee that helped Oregon’s first Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, Minoru Yasui, receive much deserved recognition for his lifetime commitment to justice.
Prior to joining Markowitz Herbold, Kristin worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Ancer L. Haggerty at the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Kristin obtained her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School with a Certificate in Criminal Law and Procedure.
Kristin is also a proud graduate of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics in Vancouver, Washington, and spent several years training in dance including at the University of Utah where she received an honors B.F.A. in Modern Dance. She performed works by many choreographers along the west coast, and continues to dance as a creative outlet.
Experience and Affiliations
- Rising Star, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-present
- Board Member and Chair of Awards Committee, Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Chair, Oregon State Bar, Legal Ethics Committee
- United States District Court, District of Oregon, Pro Bono Panel
- Member, Multnomah Bar Association
- Member, Federal Bar Association
- Member, Oregon Women Lawyers
- Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Volunteer, Classroom Law Project, Lewis & Clark’s Mentorship Program, Jefferson High School Mock Trial
- Graduate, Business Culture of the Arts, Art of Leadership
- Governing Committee, Right Brain Initiative, Regional Arts & Culture Council
- Partner Representative, Financial Executives International, Portland Chapter
- Lewis & Clark Law School — J.D., cum laude
- University of Utah — Honors B.F.A., Modern Dance, cum laude
Admitted to Practice
- U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
Learning the Ropes: A Practical Skills & Ethics Workshop
Markowitz Herbold attorney Kristin Asai will present "Success Tips for Lawyers Joining Firms", at the OSB PLF's annual Learning the Ropes CLE, A practice skills and ethics workshop for new admittees and lawyers entering private practice.
Oregon Convention Center, Portland
Lessons for the Next Generation: Mock Trial, We the People Programs Provide Civic Education, Forum to Discuss Real World Issues