I have made helping people through difficult circumstances my life's work. I have over 20 years experience helping families wrap up a loved ones final affairs, whether through probate, trust administration, a small estate, or accessing transfer-on-death assets.
My awareness of complicated family situations helps me assist people in creating workable estate plans and in navigating the probate process. I also enjoy helping people obtain a fresh financial start through bankruptcy.
I began my legal career prosecuting domestic assaults in the Clatsop County District Attorney's Office. Using my litigation experience, I opened and ran my own family law and bankruptcy practice in Astoria for 11 years.
In 2010, I helped found a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer advocates for foster children. I served as the first executive director for Columbia County's Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program until 2013.
From 2013 to present, I have practice law in the Portland metropolitan area, handling a variety of matters.
|Associate||Gresham Family & Bankruptcy Law||2016 - 2021|
|Associate Attorney||Kivel & Howard||2013 - 2015|
|Executive Director||CASA for Kids, Inc.||2010 - 2013|
|Sole Practitioner||Law Office of Kathryn Bourn||1996 - 2007|
|Deputy District Attorney||Clatsop County District Attorney||1995 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Queen's Bench||Board Member||2017 - Present|
|Multnomah County Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Oregon Women Lawyers Association||Board Member||1998 - 2003|
|Police Law Enforcement Magazine||Point of Law Legal Columns||1997|
|Police Law Enforcement Magazine||Battles on the Homefront||1996|
|Cornell Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of Oregon||BS - Bachelor of Science||1987|
|Testimony Before Oregon Legislature||Foster Children's Futures Put On Hold||2013|
|PWCL Volunteer Training||Protective Orders for Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Elder Abuse||2007|
|In Re Bergemann||On behalf of granddaughter, negotiated continued involvement in grandmother's care and consideration of family member as guardian.|
|Plourde and Plourde||Successfully negotiated safety-focused parenting plan and child support.|
|In Re Hagge||Court ordered visits with child's real mother and for state agency to provide services to mother.|
|Killion and Killion||Successfully negotiated satisfactory division of assets that met client's and husband's goals.|
|Pugh vs. Pugh||Default custody judgment upheld. Child reunited with father.|
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