Kathryn P. Roberts

Kathryn P. Roberts

Of Counsel

Kathryn is an accomplished attorney with deep roots in the Portland legal community. She specializes in legal research, analysis, and drafting, with a substantive focus on commercial litigation, and labor and employment law.

Kathryn also has extensive experience in all stages of civil discovery, investigations, motion practice, and trial preparation. She enjoys working closely with clients and is dedicated to client service.

After graduating from law school, Kathryn clerked for several federal judges on the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. During her tenure, she drafted hundreds of district court opinions and developed a deep understanding of the Court’s inner workings. After her federal service, Kathryn joined a top-rated national firm specializing in labor and employment practice, where she further developed her skills in litigation and advocacy. While there, Kathryn represented employers in state and federal court, before administrative bodies, and in labor arbitrations. Of note, Kathryn second chaired a two-week jury trial that resulted in a total defense verdict in favor of her client.

Since joining Markowitz Herbold, Kathryn has been involved in commercial litigation matters both large and small, represented parties in executive-level employment disputes, and performed independent workplace investigations.

Kathryn has developed a meaningful connection to the legal community through volunteer service. As President of the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, she presided over a distinguished board of directors and the organization’s many projects and events. Kathryn also has many years of involvement with the Owen M. Panner Inn of Court and the first-year mentorship program at her alma mater. In addition, she is a founding member of Oregon Women Judges, an organization working in partnership with Oregon Women Lawyers to collect, preserve, and celebrate Oregon’s state and federal women judges.

Following graduation from law school, Kathryn externed for District Judge Robert E. Jones and clerked for Oregon Magistrate Judges Donald C. Ashmanskas and John V. Acosta between 2007 and 2013.

  • Member, U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, 2008 – 2018; President, 2016 – 2018, Board of Directors, 2008 – 2018
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association; CLE Committee member, 2022
  • Member, Owen M. Panner Inn of Court, 2014 – 2017
  • Founding Member, Oregon Women Judges, 2016 – 2017
  • First Year Mentorship Program, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2007 – 2017
  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Oregon
  • Lewis & Clark Law School — J.D., 2006; Faculty Scholarship, awarded full academic scholarship
  • Barnard College — B.A., Mathematics, 2001; Centennial Scholar

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