I am licensed to practice law in the State and Federal courts of Oregon, the Ninth... more
I am licensed to practice law in the State and Federal courts of Oregon, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, and have appeared pro hac vice in Washington, California, Texas, and Florida thus far. I have been awarded the Public Interest Attorney of the Year Award, the City of Eugene Turtle Award (for sticking your neck out for a cause), the Lane County Bar Association... view profile
I represent unions in labor law matters. I also represent individuals in all types... more
I represent unions in labor law matters. I also represent individuals in all types of employment-related matters, from drafting employment contracts to litigation. In addition to my employment practice, I represent professionals (and in particular medical professionals) before licensing boards and commissions in both Oregon and Washington. I am a deeply committed advocate for my clients ... view profile
Risa's passion for service began early in life. By the time she was attending Grant... more
Risa's passion for service began early in life. By the time she was attending Grant High School in NE Portland, Risa was involved in a variety of community groups and school activities focused on alleviating social injustice. However, it wasnt until she was faced with caring for a relative during a medical crisis that Risa became fully aware of the importance of advocacy. This experience inspir... view profile
Previously with the Western Environmental Law Center, I am in solo practice,... more
Previously with the Western Environmental Law Center, I am in solo practice, representing plaintiffs in environmental public interest lawsuits, and cases involving employment rights, police misconduct, and lawyer malpractice. I also have a limited real estate practice generally focusing on easement and boundary disputes.
A civil rights attorney helps protect the personal rights granted to you by the government. When someone violates those rights, a civil rights attorney can help you make them stop these violations, or repay you for any damage they have done to you. Your civil rights are spelled out in federal and state constitutions and in discrimination laws. In fact, civil rights attorneys are sometimes called discrimination attorneys because they frequently handle cases involving a person being treated differently based on gender, age, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.