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Erin Kirkwood

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Phone: (503) 223-3422
Fax: (503) 715-2554

3220 SW 1st Ave
Suite 200
Portland, Oregon 97239

While Erin was born and raised in Ohio, you would never know after she rattled off all the whereabouts in the Portland area. Erin knows where all the local, hidden (and not so hidden) gems are, and will even send you an email complete with links and videos to reference her findings if you ask nicely. Hiking, backpacking, canoeing, hunting with her award-winning dog-- the Pacific Northwest has served her well as she enjoys outdoor activities on weekends.

There’s an ease when you find yourself in the same room as Erin. Known for her ability to gracefully transition from one crowd to another, she’s easy to talk to and approaches all situations with enthusiasm. As if her work ethic, wit and flexibility wasn’t enough, our clients quickly understand she believes in client advocacy just as much as the legal system. Her impeccable legal advice and charm serves the good people we defend well, and we are happy to have Erin on our team.

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Erin’s passion for law began as a child as she watched and learned from her father, an attorney. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was an all-American swimmer and developed a love for the outdoors. After taking an interest in canoeing, her hobby led her to explore Canada where she enjoyed several canoe trips, some lasting several weeks.

Although Erin is quietly confident and has a light-hearted nature, her unapologetic determination and calming disposition have served her clients well. She is known and respected for being straight-forward and honest so that her clients understand the realistic potential outcomes and their options. As a matter of fact, her general life philosophy is “be kind and tell the truth – even if it’s hard.” Whether it be helping someone move or spending as much time as necessary with one of her clients to make sure they feel heard and supported, Erin finds motivation every day in helping those around her. These characteristics, combined with her good rapport with judges and prosecutors and her unique perspective of the court systems and laws, certainly help RDF achieve the best outcomes we can for our clients.

As for her interests outside of the RDF community, Erin is the proud parent of her dog, Lupita, who Erin rescued from Mexico in 2018 while she was there on vacation. You can read all about the heart-warming story of love at first sight, here. As noted above, it’s no secret that Erin loves the water. She holds a couple of Oregon swimming state records and has canoed for a good portion of her life. Erin is experienced in wilderness survival due to her time spent volunteering with Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue. Erin also does some minor leather work and sewing and has spent the more recent years of her adult-life learning to hunt. As if her life-skills repertoire couldn’t get any more impressive, as of 2019 you can add “avid motorcyclist” to the list. Erin is now a proud member of the Women Riders Only Club.

Erin started her secondary academic career at Guelph University in Canada where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors. After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2002, her professional endeavors led her on an unusual and brilliantly diverse path. After starting as a judicial clerk in 2002, she then served as a public defender, worked as a private attorney, served as an Administrative Law Judge and a Pro Tem Judge in Beaverton, and finally became a valued associate of our team. Because of her previous roles, she not only understands how attorneys approach law but also has first-hand judicial experience with DUI cases and DMV Implied Consent license suspension hearings.

Erin has earned several awards over the years. To see a full list of Erin's awards as an attorney at Reynolds Defense Firm, you can visit our Awards and Associations Page. Erin is currently rated as Superb Attorney by AVVO, and this is the highest recognition possible. She has earned a Criminal Certificate from the University of Oregon, and was the proud recipient of the Bill and Ann Shepherd Scholarship. She's made several speaking appearances, starting in 2008 at the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA) Conference. She then went on to testify in front of the Oregon Legislature Committee on speedy trail issues in 2009. Erin also presented a Transgender Law Continuing Legal Education Course with the Oregon State Bar in 2017. Last but certainly not least, in June 2019 Erin was named one of Marquam Auction Agency’s ‘Woman Crush’, which highlights amazing, strong women who are changing the world through their great deeds and leadership.

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Oregon State Bar
Member Since: 2002

Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA)
Membership: 2002-2010, 2017 – current

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