Charese Rohny has passionately represented individuals as an attorney for over 21 years. Since she started her legal career as law clerk in 1993 at Barton & Strever, P.C. and Rosenthal & Greene, P.C., she has dedicated herself to promoting positive change for individuals. She has had the privilege of working with and being mentored by some of the most respected, honored and successful trial lawyers who have relentlessly fought for individuals and social justice.
Charese graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1995, was admitted to the bar, and began working in Salem, Oregon at Vick & Conroyd, P.C., a well-respected, high-volume practice representing physically and emotionally injured individuals. There she was able to build and manage a large case load that allowed her to gain a substantial amount of trial, arbitration and deposition experience in her first 6 years of practice. Her practice has always included employment discrimination and civil rights cases.
In 2001, she moved to Portland, Oregon to work on more complex commercial litigation and to focus more on employment law at Markowitz, Herbold, Glade and Mehlhaf, P.C. She then left to become a partner at Crispin Employment Lawyers where she was able to exclusively handle cases involving employee’s rights. At her husband’s provocation, she started her own firm in downtown Portland in March 2006.
To gain insight of all sides of the employment arena, prior to law school in early 1988 through late 1992, Charese worked as one of the youngest members on the management team at a Dun & Bradstreet subsidiary with over 500 employees where she reported directly to the Vice President of Support Staff. Charese managed two departments, one training new non sales managers for all internal departments, and one department that identified potential improprieties of sales staff which included approximately 200 members. During her undergraduate work in political economy and studying the labor force, Charese was highly motivated to work in a legal career representing employees, and wanted to understand firsthand the ways management can be effective and choose to have a positive impact on workers’ lives.
- Oregon State Bar, admitted 1995;
- California State Bar, admitted 2003;
- United States District Courts, District of Oregon, Northern and Southern Districts of California;
- National Employment Lawyers Association;
- American Association for Justice;
- Oregon Women Lawyers;
- Oregon Trial Lawyers Association;
- Multnomah County Bar Association;
- Oregon State Bar (Member, House of Delegates, 1996-1997; Employment and Civil Rights Sections);
- Member, Willamette Valley American Inns of Court, 1996-2000;
- Stand for Children (1999-2006); and
- Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger, Board Member (2001— 2011).
Willamette University, College of Law – Salem, Oregon (J.D., and Certificate in Dispute Resolution, 1995)
- Order of the Barristers.
- Moot Court Board.
- Fellowship – Willamette University Center for Dispute Resolution.
- Co-Founder/Chair, Willamette University Public Interest Law Project.
Humboldt State University – Arcata, California (B.S., 1987)
Bradford University – Bradford England (1985-1986)
Articles Authored by Charese:
“Justice Has Scales; Jurors Don’t” Litigation Journal, Fall 2015, Volume 34 Number 3 http://www.osblitigation.com/lj2015-fall.pdf
“The Juice is Back…What Were the Takeaways Again” Litigation Journal, Spring 2016, Volume 35 No. 1 http://www.osblitigation.com/lj2016-spring.pdf
“Use it or Lose it: The Right to a Jury Trial” Litigation Journal, Fall 2016, Volume 35, No. 3 http://www.osblitigation.com/lj2016-fall.pdf
“Framed to Win: Storytelling and the 2016 Election” Litigation Journal, Summer 2017, Volume 36 No. 2 http://www.osblitigation.com/lj2017-summer.pdf