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KISS was arguably born to be a trial lawyer. He has always fought for
the things he believes in, and only accepts cases in which he believes.
Carl graduated from a Top Ten law school (New York University School
of Law) in 1983, and has had no desire to live anywhere but Oregon ever
Carl’s legal career could not have started any better.
His first work as a young lawyer was for Charles Paulson, one of the
finest attorneys Oregon has ever had. The legal knowledge and
practical insights Chuck provided to Carl as he mentored him have
proved invaluable to Carl’s clients throughout Carl’s 20 plus years of
practice, and are reflected in Carl’s own “AV” rating (the highest
possible rating) by Martindale-Hubbel. That “AV” rating indicates very
high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards, and
was determined by the confidential opinions provided by other Oregon
just the last six years, Carl has had the honor of receiving the Oregon
Trial Lawyers Association’s Public Justice Award, the Human Rights
Campaign’s Equality Award, Basic Rights Oregon’s Fair Workplace Award,
OGALLA’s Award of Merit, and the Amicus Award of the American Diabetes
Association (“in recognition of [his] outstanding commitment to ending
discrimination against all people with diabetes”). The Oregon State
Bar’s Board of Governors has found Carl to be “highly qualified” to
become a judge on the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of
Appeals. Carl has served as the Chairperson of the Executive Committee
of the Civil Rights Section of the Oregon State Bar, and as a member of
the Chief Justice’s Civil Law Advisory Committee and the Oregon State
Bar’s Procedure & Practice Executive Committee. In years past,
Carl served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Jewish
Museum, and as a member and Vice President of the Board of Directors of
Elderway, Inc. (a non-profit corporation that does business as Store to
Door of Oregon, and provides home grocery and prescription delivery
services to the elderly and disabled).
When away from work,
Carl enjoys nothing more than spending time with his teenage daughter
Molly. Gardening and cooking are serious family interests. When time
permits, Carl also loves to explore wilderness areas for chanterelle,
morel and porcini mushrooms, and to pursue his interests in wine and
American art pottery.
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