Reynolds Defense Firm has a definition of what it means to be a ‘solid’ person. Among other qualities, you must be empathetic, genuine and trustworthy – all of which describe Kami perfectly. Moving around a lot, as a military child, Kami learned from an early age the importance of being authentic. She realized that being yourself is much easier than trying to figure out, and then become, what other people wanted. And, in becoming the best version of herself, more than anything she wanted to be someone that people can trust. Over the years she has earned the respect of many professionals in the legal community and we are grateful to have her level of skill and dedication serving our clients.
After beginning her education at the University of California, Berkeley, Kami moved to Eugene and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1995 with a degree in English and Women's Studies. She began her legal career working in indigent defense, eventually working her way up to Chief Attorney of Major Felonies with Multnomah County Public Defenders.
Kami always had a passion for public defense work. From a young age she believed in the importance of helping people fight for justice. Kami is grateful for her lengthy career as a public defender and for the invaluable experience that she gained. With Reynolds Defense Firm, Kami is looking forward to the opportunity to apply her skills on a much deeper level now that she has more time to spend with individual clients, helping them to improve their lives.
Her genuine nature is an incredible asset to the people she represents. Being true to her values helps her to make honorable decisions in any given situation. Her biggest strength is the ability to start from an unbiased perspective, allowing her to empathize with people and see the situation from multiple points of view. Then, she uses her calm demeanor to objectively weigh the circumstances, helping her clients find the right outcome for their case and for their future.
Kami is licensed in California as well as Oregon, and since 2003 she has been a member of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer Association. She was also heavily involved in the implementation of the Multnomah County Justice Reinvestment Program, which since 2013 has helped save state money and transform lives. MCJRP is a program designed to reduce state spending on prisons, by modifying sentencing for people facing drug and property crimes, reserving Oregon’s prison space for more serious and violent offenders. The savings are then reinvested into local counties and community-based programs and services.
If you catch Kami outside of the office, you’ll most likely see her spending time with her husband and adorable son, Charlie. She loves to read, hike Mt. Tabor, play par 3 golf and looks forward to any volunteer opportunities at her son’s school. If you can believe it, she has never seen a single Star Wars movie and she is a huge fan of live music. For the last nine years she’s kept the tradition of attending a music festival every summer.
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
Oregon State Bar
California State Bar
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association