Janna Giesbrecht-McKee

Associate

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Janna Giesbrecht-McKee is one of Markowitz Herbold’s bright and industrious up-and-coming attorneys. She brings not just a stellar academic record and diverse life experiences, but also a tenacity for serving her clients in complex, high-stakes litigation in state and federal court.

Janna particularly enjoys employment-related matters. She is part of the firm’s employment practice and represents employers and executives regarding non-solicitation and non-competition agreements, discrimination charges, retaliation claims, and similar issues. 

Most recently, Janna clerked on the Oregon Court of Appeals for the Honorable Darleen Ortega and the Honorable Joel DeVore, where she further honed her research and writing skills, gained confidence forming legal conclusions, and advocated before judges in the daily course of work.

During law school, Janna was part of a team of law students and faculty, including former Chief Justice Paul De Muniz, who wrote and filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Dutch National Rapporteur in the Supreme Court case, Paroline v. United States. Janna also served as a legal extern for the Oregon Employment Relations Board. Janna gained trial preparation and courtroom experiences as an Oregon Department of Justice law clerk in the Child Advocacy division, appearing in preliminary hearings and trial-without-a-parent proceedings.

Janna was an Executive Editor on the Willamette Law Review.  She has published multiple papers, including one on labor and employment law. She participated in Moot Court, winning both a trial and an appellate competition.  As a result, she was awarded membership in the Order of the Barristers, a national honor society that recognizes excellence in courtroom advocacy. 

Janna serves on the Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) Transformation Committee, which furthers OWLS’ mission by researching, developing, and promoting model practices and policies for law firms and legal employers. She is also involved in the Multnomah Bar Association’s Imprint Program, a mentorship program that connects high school students and young attorneys. She enjoys the Imprint Program because it combines her love of reading, old-fashioned letter writing, and working with young adults. 

Janna was born in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). She lived, and attended international school in Kenya from late elementary through high school. After high school, Janna traveled halfway around the world to attend George Fox University where she began her love affair with all things Oregon. Janna graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science. She pursued her Juris Doctorate at Willamette University College of Law and again graduated with a magna cum laude distinction.  

Janna Giesbrecht-McKee

Associate

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Janna Giesbrecht-McKee is one of Markowitz Herbold’s bright and industrious up-and-coming attorneys. She brings not just a stellar academic record and diverse life experiences, but also a tenacity for serving her clients in complex, high-stakes litigation in state and federal court.

Janna particularly enjoys employment-related matters. She is part of the firm’s employment practice and represents employers and executives regarding non-solicitation and non-competition agreements, discrimination charges, retaliation claims, and similar issues. 

Most recently, Janna clerked on the Oregon Court of Appeals for the Honorable Darleen Ortega and the Honorable Joel DeVore, where she further honed her research and writing skills, gained confidence forming legal conclusions, and advocated before judges in the daily course of work.

During law school, Janna was part of a team of law students and faculty, including former Chief Justice Paul De Muniz, who wrote and filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Dutch National Rapporteur in the Supreme Court case, Paroline v. United States. Janna also served as a legal extern for the Oregon Employment Relations Board. Janna gained trial preparation and courtroom experiences as an Oregon Department of Justice law clerk in the Child Advocacy division, appearing in preliminary hearings and trial-without-a-parent proceedings.

Janna was an Executive Editor on the Willamette Law Review.  She has published multiple papers, including one on labor and employment law. She participated in Moot Court, winning both a trial and an appellate competition.  As a result, she was awarded membership in the Order of the Barristers, a national honor society that recognizes excellence in courtroom advocacy. 

Janna serves on the Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) Transformation Committee, which furthers OWLS’ mission by researching, developing, and promoting model practices and policies for law firms and legal employers. She is also involved in the Multnomah Bar Association’s Imprint Program, a mentorship program that connects high school students and young attorneys. She enjoys the Imprint Program because it combines her love of reading, old-fashioned letter writing, and working with young adults. 

Janna was born in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). She lived, and attended international school in Kenya from late elementary through high school. After high school, Janna traveled halfway around the world to attend George Fox University where she began her love affair with all things Oregon. Janna graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science. She pursued her Juris Doctorate at Willamette University College of Law and again graduated with a magna cum laude distinction.