April Stone

April Stone


April enjoys almost everything about litigation. She relishes the fast-paced environment, strategy development, fact-finding, and creativity that prepared lawyers like her bring to their cases.

April is resilient, driven, and focused, and she brings these skills to bear for her clients at Markowitz Herbold.

A former paralegal and most recently a law clerk to Chief Judge Marco A. Hernández at the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, April has twelve years of litigation experience that includes all aspects of case development, case evaluation, discovery, working with experts and clients, and preparing cases for trial. While a paralegal, April assisted lead trial counsel during more than 15 civil jury trials in rural and metropolitan courts.

As a law clerk to Chief Judge Hernández, April researched and assisted with writing opinions that resolved legal questions spanning many areas of state and federal law, including consumer protection, contract disputes, employment discrimination, civil rights, intellectual property, class actions, wage and hour disputes, and various torts. She is particularly skilled at efficiently and accurately analyzing questions of law in a broad range of subject matter areas and jurisdictions. April also has a strong interest in studying the dynamics of jury decision-making.

During law school, April served as a judicial extern to Oregon Supreme Court Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto and Chief Judge Timothy M. Burgess of the United States District Court for the District of Alaska. She also competed regionally on her school’s mock trial team.

April’s deep commitment to serving her community is demonstrated by her years of mentoring law students and teen parents and her long history of volunteering with Special Olympics at the local, state, national, and international levels.

  • Recipient, Michael E. Haglund Young Lawyer Award, Multnomah Bar Association, 2023
  • Member, OWLS Queen’s Bench Board of Directors, 2020; Treasurer, 2021; President, 2022
  • Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, 2019 – present
  • Sport Coach, Special Olympics USA, 2009 – present; Sport Manager, Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding, 2020 – present
  • Attorney Mentor, University of Oregon School of Law, 2020 – present
  • Mentor, Minds Matter Portland, 2022
  • Student Member, Policy Advisory Committee, ACLU of Oregon, 2016 – 2017
  • Ann Louise Litin Award, University of Oregon, 2019
  • Laird Kirkpatrick Award, University of Oregon, 2017
  • Armonica Law Student Grant, Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation, 2017

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Montana
  • University of Oregon School of Law – JD, Order of the Coif, 2019
  • University of Alaska Anchorage – B.A., magna cum laude

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