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Karen J Mockrin

Karen J Mockrin

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Appeals, Family

About Me

Karen Mockrin was born in Miami, raised in both Chicago and Los Angeles, and has lived in numerous areas of the country, including Berkeley, Little Rock, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 1995 at the University of California at Berkeley, where she returned for law school in 2002. In between, she served as a writer-editor for a weekly news digest, and worked extensively in professional politics, heading voter registration drives and managing campaigns for candidates for the California Assembly and the United States Congress. 

During law school, Karen clerked at the East Bay Community Law Center, the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights, and earned an entire semester's worth of credits working exclusively for the Marin County Public Defender. By the time she graduated, she had already won pre-trial motions and even served as second-chair on a criminal trial that resulted in a full acquittal. Since graduation, she has worked under the supervision of many solo practitioners in various capacities in both California and Oregon, honing her skills in legal research and courtroom advocacy. 

Karen opened her own practice in Portland in 2010. During her three years of solo practice, she handled everything from traffic tickets to felonies, and successfully argued in front of both the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court. In State v. Fuller, Karen's arguments persuaded the appellate courts that persons accused of theft do not lose the Constitutional protections afforded all criminal defendants when district attorneys elect to treat their offenses as "violations." This decision changed the law of Oregon as it had stood for two decades, and paved the way for those arrested during the Occupy Portland protests to be tried by a jury of their peers. (You can read more about the case in the Portland Mercury.) 

Passionate about the ideals of freedom and equality embedded in the U.S. and Oregon Constitutions, Karen Mockrin is a fierce advocate for the rights of every person she represents. She offers each of her clients not just commitment, but compassion. In 2013, she joined three like-minded colleagues with differing areas of expertise to form Bodzin Donnelly Mockrin & Slavin, LLP. 

Outside the office, Karen is an avid moviegoer, bartender, softball player and a jazz and rock drummer. She lives in the suburbs with her beloved partner and their two adorably crazy cats. Along with her colleagues at Bodzin Donnelly, she looks forward to meeting, and fighting for, every client who walks through her door.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2010

  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
  2. Family: 5%
  3. Appeals: 5%



Hourly ($240/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

17 total 

  • Colin Grant Mccallin

    Karen is a great attorney who works hard every day for her clients. I fully endorse her.


    Colin Mccallin DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Damien S Donnelly-Cole

    Karen is a very intelligent and caring attorney. From my interactions with her, it is clear that she fights for her clients, investigates all possible avenues to help them, and truly strives to get them the best outcome possible.


    Damien Donnelly-Cole DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Bodzin Donnelly Mockrin & Slavin, LLP

2029 SE Jefferson Street, Ste. 101
Milwaukie, OR, 97222-7605




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Legal Answers

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBodzin Donnelly Mockrin & Slavin, LLP2013 - Present
Solo Practitioner AttorneyKaren J. Mockrin, Attorney at Law2010 - 2013
Clerk / Legal Assitant / Contract AttorneyLaw Offices of (Solo Practitioners)2007 - 2010
ClerkCriminal Defense Associates (Santa Rosa, CA Law Firm)2007 - 2007
Legal EditorLaw Offices of William Fischer2006 - 2006
Certified Law Student InternMarin County Public Defender2006 - 2006
Legal InternNational Center For Lesbian Rights2003 - 2003


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Multnomah County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Clackamas County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Oregon State BarAttorney Member2010 - Present
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State v. FullerWon at the Oregon Supreme Court
People v. W----Full Acquittal by Jury
State v. M----Not Guilty of Resisting Arrest

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of California - BerkeleyPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1995

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Objection! Gender, Sex, Law, and Social ChangeThe Future of LGBT Mental Health and Rights2012