Kristin’s experience as a commercial litigator includes a wide range of cases in Oregon and in Washington, where she formerly worked with a top national litigation firm. She also has experience handling complex federal matters across the country, including patent claims in Texas and before the International Trade Commission, health care kickback schemes in New York and a price-fixing case in California in which Kristin successfully opposed a motion to dismiss state antitrust claims on choice-of-law grounds. Kristin was recently involved in the successful resolution of a matter involving high profile parties regarding the execution of non-competition agreements and disputes over trade secrets and confidentiality issues.
In addition to Kristin’s growing law practice, she serves as Chair of the Citizens Review Committee (CRC) in Portland. The committee serves at the appointment of the Portland City Council to help improve police accountability, promote higher standards of police services, and increase public confidence. The CRC falls under the purview of the Independent Police Review Division of the Portland City Auditor. The CRC publicly hears appeals regarding police misconduct, reviews the findings of the commanding officer and, when appropriate, challenges the findings by referring matters to the chief of police or city council for a hearing.
Kristin is also a founding member of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon, an organization whose mission is to focus the power of women’s collective resources to improve the lives of women and girls throughout Oregon. Kristin’s involvement with the Foundation draws from a long time interest in gender equality issues, from her Women and Gender studies at Sarah Lawrence College, to her clerkship while in law school with the Texas Advocacy Project, which provides free legal services to domestic violence survivors and their families.
Kristin earned her J.D. from the University of Texas, School of Law with high honors. She is a member of the Chancellors Society, an honors society that recognizes 16 law students who have achieved the highest grade point averages in their class through their second year. She is also a member of the Order of the Coif, a national honor society that recognizes the top ten percent of graduating law students from member schools. In 2010, she received a Dean’s Achievement Award for her outstanding work in Employment Discrimination. Kristin also served as a Notes Editor for the Texas Law Review while in school.
Before entering private practice, Kristin served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable John M. Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, where she performed research and provided written analysis of federal appellate cases including civil, criminal and immigration matters.
Experience and Affiliations
- Chair, Citizen Review Committee, City of Portland
- Founding Member, Women’s Foundation of Oregon
- Member, Multnomah Bar Association
- Member, Oregon Women Lawyers
- Member, Clark County Bar Association
- Member, King County Bar Association
- The University of Texas School of Law — J.D., Order of the Coif
- Sarah Lawrence College — B.A., Liberal Arts
Admitted to Practice
- United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- United States District Court, Western District of Washington