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.
Licensed since 2010
Hourly ($240/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
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
|Partner||Bodzin Donnelly Mockrin & Slavin, LLP||2013 - Present|
|Solo Practitioner Attorney||Karen J. Mockrin, Attorney at Law||2010 - 2013|
|Clerk / Legal Assitant / Contract Attorney||Law Offices of (Solo Practitioners)||2007 - 2010|
|Clerk||Criminal Defense Associates (Santa Rosa, CA Law Firm)||2007 - 2007|
|Legal Editor||Law Offices of William Fischer||2006 - 2006|
|Certified Law Student Intern||Marin County Public Defender||2006 - 2006|
|Legal Intern||National Center For Lesbian Rights||2003 - 2003|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Multnomah County Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Clackamas County Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Attorney Member||2010 - Present|
|Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|University of California - Berkeley||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1995|