Passionate about the ideals of freedom and equality embedded in both the U.S. and Oregon Constitutions, Karen Mockrin is a fierce advocate for every client she represents. She makes it part of her job to empathize with, educate and empower all criminal defendants, whether court appointed or retained. She has handled everything from traffic tickets to felony jury trials, and has successfully argued in front of the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court.
Karen studied law at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 2007. Following law school, she clerked for many solo practitioners, continually honing her skills in legal writing and courtroom advocacy. After moving to Oregon, she opened her own solo practice in Portland in 2010, and founded a small law firm in Clackamas County in 2013. She joined Karpstein & Verhulst in October 2016, where she handles indigent criminal defense in Washington County, and privately retained criminal and restraining order cases in the tri-county area.
Outside the office, Karen is active in the LGBT* community, an avid moviegoer, softball player and jazz and rock drummer. She looks forward to fighting for every client she meets.