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My passion for social justice and civil rights is the connecting thread that runs through my life and work. I have always been a strong voice for the underdog, from my early work as program coordinator for nonprofits serving homeless and LGBTQ communities, to my practice in labor and employment law. I work every day to bring balance to the hierarchy of labor-management relationships and empower direct employee representation, as well as to protect rights in the workplace. I’m dedicated to providing my clients with the best quality legal representation in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies and boards. I am drawn to providing empathetic support to help my clients get through difficult situations, which is supported by my background in psychology.

My nomadic family hails far and wide from Hawai’i to North Carolina to Massachusetts, Colorado, Illinois, and Georgia.  My own diverse upbringing includes being born in Boulder, CO, raised in Chicago, IL, and coming of age in the Bay Area of California.  At age 13, I was given the Hawaiian nickname of Ka’olilikoakikai, which means “sparkles on the ocean”.  I believe my experiences with a wide diversity of culture and social strata growing up informed my strong sense of social justice and equality.

In college, I learned that I had to work hard to translate my passion into positive impact. I graduated with High Honors from University of California at Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology. After my non-profit work, I chose to attend Northeastern University School of Law for its dedication to social justice and civil rights as well as its real world practice opportunities through four full-time externships.  I received my law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 2011 along with many other dedicated social justice advocates, and completed an externship with Judge Tauro in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts as well as a clerkship with Judge Kathie Steele in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

I continue my volunteer work serving on the board of OGALLA-the LGBTQ Bar Association of Oregon, Clackamas Women Lawyers, and the Labor and Employment Relations Association.  I also find time to stay active teaching aerobics, practicing yoga, singing in a choir, and enjoying the great Oregon outdoors with my beloved partner and two dogs, Cherry Blossom and Dandy Lion.

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Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Bar: 2011

Washington State Bar: 2016


  • University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Psychology, 2006)
  • Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 2011)

Prior Experience

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 701
General Counsel


Addressing the Harm of Silence and Assumptions of Mutability: Implementing Effective Non-Discrimination Policies for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth in Foster Care, U.C. Davis J. Juv. L. & Pol’y (2013).

The National Labor Relations Board’s Return to a Realistic Standard for Determining Joint Employer Status: A Labor Perspective, For the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Fall 2015 Newsletter.

Talia Stoessel’s Know-Your-Rights Guide to Employment Law – a user-friendly guide that provides an overview of your employment rights in Oregon and tips on protecting yourself in the workplace.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker at Lewis and Clark Law School on “How Lawyers Can Address LGBTQ Issues in Juvenile Justice and Foster Care Settings” March 17, 2014
  • Facilitator for Oregon State Bar Annual Labor & Employment Section CLE on Implicit bias, Microaggressions and LGBTQ on December 4, 2014
  • Speaker at Implicit Bias CLE on January 22, 2016
  • Speaker at Oregon State Bar Labor and Employment Bootcamp on “Discovery in Labor and Employment Law” on June 16, 2017

Professional/Volunteer Activities

Clackamas Women Lawyers
Treasurer: 2013-2015

Oregon Women Lawyers
Member, 2011-Present

OGALLA, the LGBTQ Bar Association of Oregon
Member, 2011-present
Board of Directors, 2013-2016
Committee Chair, 2013-2016

Labor and Employment Relations Association
Member, 2013-present
Board of Directors, 2014-2016

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Member 2013-present

Oregon State Bar Association
Member 2011-present

Practical Skills through Public Service Committee, 2011-2014

Basic Rights Oregon
Volunteer 2011-present

TYS Super Lawyer