The attorneys at Alan W. Karpinski, P.C. are experienced, skilled and dedicated trial lawyers. Our staff are committed to assisting the attorneys in providing the highest quality legal representation for our clients. The office has vast experience practicing in State and Municipal courts throughout Oregon. We utilize experienced, tenacious investigators and highly skilled experts necessary to assist clients with their legal needs. We are sensitive to the cultural, immigration and other issues that present with non-citizens. We have good relationships with courts, state agencies, consulate offices, service providers and immigration attorneys necessary to assist all of our clients.
Our office provides expert services in the following areas of the law:
passion to help people was the motivating force that drove her to pursue a career as an attorney. She has handled divorces, separation of domestic partnerships, contested child support hearings, succeeded in securing child support payments through contempt actions, contested child custody hearings, contested step-parent adoptions, restraining order hearings, criminal jury trials, DUII's, DUII Diversion hearings, termination of parental rights trials, jurisdictional dependency trials, and juvenile delinquency hearings and trials.
Maiya is almost an Oregon native, moving to Oregon when she was 5 1/2 years old with her family from Japan. Maiya graduated from Portland's Lincoln High School, completed her undergraduate work at University of Washington in Seattle, and then graduated in 1999 from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.
While in law school, Maiya clerked at legal aid, handled family law cases through the law school clinic, and clerked for a year at the Fair Housing Counsel of Oregon. After law school, Maiya clerked for Judge Merri Souther Wyatt in Multnomah County, where she got the court's perspective of family law, juvenile law, and criminal law cases. From 2001 to 2005, Maiya was a staff attorney at Native America Programs of Oregon Legal Services, litigating their Indian Child Welfare Act cases in Multnomah County Juvenile Court. Maiya then lived outside the Rincon Lunsenio Indian Reservation in San Diego, California and wrote grants for the Rincon Indian Education Center in 2006. Maiya returned to Portland, and from 2007 to early 2009, she was an associate attorney at Brindle McCaslin & Lee, PC. There she handled a variety of cases ranging from taking a complex civil contract case all the way to the completion of a bench trial in Multnomah County, family law cases in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, business and real estate matters, juvenile cases and criminal cases. In March of 2009, Maiya happily joined the law firm of Alan W. Karpinski, P.C., where she continues to practice family law, criminal law, and all aspects of juvenile law. Maiya has also served on the Board of Bradley Angle House (domestic violence services), been actively involved in Oregon Women Lawyers, and coached the Franklin High School Constitutional Law Team.
With Maiya's Japanese heritage, she is always especially pleased when she has the opportunity to serve the Japanese community. Maiya is committed to zealously advocating for her clients. She is thorough in her preparation, detail oriented, and not afraid to take issues to trial. She provides clients with thoughtful, honest, and educated advice, on how to best to resolve their particular legal issues.
Outside of lawyering, Maiya enjoys spending time with her large family, which now includes her ten year old step-son and her new baby daughter.
was raised in San Diego, California as part of a large and colorful family. Alan was identified by his mom, Carolyn, as a "tough and ornery" eight year old whose demeanor was suited for the legal profession. Alan worked in his dad Chuck's law office through middle school and later ferried Chuck around the State of California to try a variety of interesting cases. It was only a matter of when, not if, Alan would become an attorney.
Alan began his college career at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, later graduating from Portland State University in 1977. Alan juggled his duties as owner of a famous local watering hole while working on a teaching degree back at Lewis & Clark College. After interning at Gregory Heights Middle School and doubling as basketball coach Alan realized that his career had been more or less predetermined. So on to Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College for law school.
Alan had the benefit of clerking at the Lewis and Clark Legal Clinic while also clerking in a civil firm during law school. In November, 1988 Alan went to work with the Metropolitan Public Defender's Office. In 1990, Alan joined Squires and Lopez continuing his practice in all manner of criminal defense cases. While at Squires and Lopez Alan began handling personal injury cases. In 1994, Alan joined forces with classmates Laurie Bender and Tyl Bakker to establish Bakker, Bender & Karpinski. The firm began as an indigent defense contractor handling criminal and juvenile cases. The firm also handled private retained criminal, juvenile, family law and personal injury cases. Alan continues to operate a mixed practice of indigent defense juvenile cases together with a steady mix of private criminal defense, family law, juvenile and personal injury cases.
Alan is a veteran of twenty-two years in the courtroom having handled murder, major felonies, drug, domestic violence and DUII related cases. Since 1994 the practice includes a wide array of juvenile, family law and personal injury matters. Alan Karpinski prides himself in finding ways to creatively resolve cases through thorough preparation, investigation and research. Alan's basic theory is that most clients dislike being involved in legal matters and hope the lawyer can find a way to quickly, efficiently and fairly resolve matters at a reasonable cost. When a case requires, Alan has the experience, skill and tenacity to take his client's case to the judge or jury.
Alan admits to luck in convincing wife Diane to take the plunge 32 years ago. They are blessed with 3 beautiful children (and one son-in-law). Alan's love of competitive sport is legendary. Alan was introduced to music by his mom and older siblings and spent six years in the church choir as a kid. That explains his ongoing music hobby playing alongside his kids and with the World Famous Slicers. Alan spent many years coaching children's soccer and little league games. Since 2002 Alan has been a volunteer coach with the nationally ranked Grant High School Constitutional Law team.
graduated from Lewis and Clark, Northwestern School of Law in 1991 and has been practicing law since her admission to the Oregon State Bar in 1992. Liann spent the first five years of her career practicing criminal defense and civil law at Metropolitan Public Defenders in Portland. Her tenure developed significant courtroom litigation experience, which she took with her to private family law practice at Stahancyk, Gearing and Rackner. Liann then moved on to work with attorney Mark Kramer continuing to focus on family law. In 1999, The Law Office of Alan Karpinski was fortunate enough to add Liann as a valuable member of our team. Liann has a daughter and two sons, the oldest of which has just started college at University of Oregon.
Liann has spent over a decade with the firm focusing on privately retained family law work including contested adoptions, psychological parent cases, divorce and custody cases, child support hearings, restraining order hearings and domestic partnerships. Liann practices regularly in Columbia, Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah Counties. Her background in criminal defense and juvenile court provides her with a unique perspective in the many nuances of family law work.
Liann dedicates the remainder of her practice to the representation of parents, children and youth in dependency, termination of parental rights and juvenile delinquency cases. Her Juvenile Court work allows her regular interaction with the Court, family law judges and professionals including mental health professionals and child development specialists. Her commitment to access to justice for all people has also resulted in pro bono work in the community, representing children who need their own voices.
Liann's skill and experience provides her clients the knowledge and insight to identify achievable goals and manageable approaches. She seeks to give clients confidence that they are spending their money wisely and effectively to get the best possible outcome.
was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. Her family ran a soup kitchen in Seattle and she developed an early dedication to working with people. She first moved to Portland after graduating from high school at age 17. She worked at the downtown Baskin-Robbins until leaving for college later that year. Rachel attended Earlham College, a small liberal arts school in Indiana. While at Earlham, Rachel continued to develop her passion for social justice and working with children and adolescents. She taught GED and high school completion classes to at risk youth, including the youth assigned to the state juvenile detention center. During college she spent one summer working in Belfast, Northern Ireland with a program designed to bring together children and mothers on both sides of the conflict there.
Rachel attended Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. While there, she earned awards for her community service and pro bono work. She worked as the pro bono coordinator for the school helping to match law students with organizations that need volunteers. She also worked as a clerk for the law school clinic and interned with Juvenile Rights Project.
Following law school, Rachel clerked for a circuit court judge in the family law department of Multnomah County. There she learned an incredible amount about those areas of the law and the family and juvenile law systems work. Rachel became very familiar in the courtroom. Following her clerkship, she went to work at the Campaign for Equal Justice which provides fund raising and educational support on behalf of legal aid.
Rachel has now found her home at the law Office of Alan W. Karpinski. Rachel has spent the last several years establishing herself among the most respected advocates for children and parents in the Multnomah County Juvenile Court system.
- Child & Family Focused Practice
- Custody & Divorce
- Restraining Orders
- Child Support
- Grandparent & Psychological Parent Rights
- Contested Adoptions
- All Misdemeanors & Felonies
- DUII & Traffic Crimes
- Measure 11
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Cases
- Victim Representation
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- Representation of Parents and Children
- Juvenile Delinquencies
- Juvenile Dependencies
- Termination Of Parental Rights
- Foster Parents
- Auto Accidents
- Wrongful Death