I am a partner at Mockrin Slavin Donnelly, LLP. We are a team of committed compassionate attorneys representing individuals in crisis, educating and empowering them to protect their freedom, their family and their home. We not only listen to and advocate for our clients, we ensure that our clients understand the decisions they themselves need to make in the course of any litigation. I am in charge of the firm's criminal defense cases, and play an integral role in our family law and landlord-tenant cases as well.
I try to draw on my entire life experience when meeting and empathizing with clients. I was born in Miami, raised in both Chicago and Los Angeles, and have lived in Berkeley, Little Rock, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. I completed a Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 1995 at the University of California at Berkeley, where I returned for law school in 2002. In between, I 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, I 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 I graduated, I had already won pre-trial motions and even served as second-chair on a criminal trial that resulted in a full acquittal. Since graduation, I have worked under the supervision of many solo practitioners in various capacities in both California and Oregon, honing my skills in legal research and courtroom advocacy.
I opened my own practice in Portland in 2010. During my three years of solo practice, I 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, my 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.)
I am passionate about the ideals of freedom and equality embedded in the U.S. and Oregon Constitutions, and am a fierce advocate for the rights of every person I represent. I am thrilled to have met two like-minded advocates, and to have formed our small firm. Working as a team in our pratice areas protecting the most crucial aspects of our clients lives is highly rewarding.
Outside the office, I work within the LGBT* community, am an avid moviegoer, bartender, softball player and a jazz and rock drummer. I look forward to fighting for every client who walks through our doors at Mockrin Slavin Donnelly.
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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.
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|Partner||Mockrin Slavin Donnelly, LLP||2016 - Present|
|Partner||Bodzin Donnelly Mockrin & Slavin, LLP||2013 - 2016|
|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|
|State v. Fuller||Won at the Oregon Supreme Court|
|People v. W----||Full Acquittal by Jury|
|State v. M----||Not Guilty of Resisting Arrest|
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|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|