Kristin’s experience as a commercial litigator includes a wide range of cases in Oregon and Washington. She 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.
One of Kristin’s most high profile cases was Rosenblum v Oracle, where she and fellow Markowitz Herbold trial lawyers represented the Oregon Attorney General, the State of Oregon, and Cover Oregon in their litigation against Oracle, the second-largest software company in the world. The litigation involved cases in state and federal court and claims for, among others, breach of contract, fraud, false claims, copyright infringement, and quantum meruit. The litigation settled successfully in September 2016.
Kristin is also experienced in a variety of employment matters. She has advised both employers and employees in wage-and-hour, non-competition, and trade-secret litigation, as well as in the drafting and negotiation of employment agreements.
In addition to Kristin’s litigation 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 a member of the Board of Trustees for Oregon Ballet Theatre, one of Portland’s most beloved performing arts organizations. She 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 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
- Board of Trustees, Oregon Ballet Theatre
- Rising Star, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2017 to present
- Executive Committee, Intellectual Property Section, Oregon State Bar
- 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 District Court - District of Oregon
- United States District Court -Western District of Washington
- United States Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit