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Karma Read

Associate Attorney
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4614 S. Kelly Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97239

Karma brings a wealth of diverse experiences to her role at Reynolds Defense Firm. Raised in an environment where hard work and resilience were most important, she learned early on the value of creative problem-solving, a skill she now applies to every case she handles. Karma's diverse background and compassionate approach make her a natural fit for Reynolds Defense Firm, and we are so thrilled to have her on our team.

Her journey into law was driven by a passion for empathetically listening to people's stories and experiences and enabling them to use those experiences to foster positive change in their lives. Initially pursuing a career in psychology and philosophy, Karma soon found her calling in law when she realized the interconnection between criminal justice and mental health. Inspired by a course on restorative justice through the Oregon State Penitentiary, she saw the law as a means to empower people and effect positive change without the constraints of insurance mandates. Discovering that medical insurance would limit the type of mental health benefits she could offer her clients, Karma realized that a career in criminal defense would allow her to better help the people she wanted to help.

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Throughout her career, Karma has been a tireless advocate for her clients. Starting out in a medical insurance carrier's office, she advanced quickly demonstrating her exceptional work ethic and dedication. Her experiences as an intake coordinator at Legal Aid, a law clerk at the Oregon Innocence Project, and later as a public defender provided her with invaluable insights into the challenges faced by people navigating the legal system. She quickly saw that those individuals needed more than just the traditional role of a criminal defense attorney. They needed their voices and stories to be heard through a lens of empathy and compassion, and they wanted someone to help them regain a sense of control. Which is why Karma makes it a point to approach each client with the same level of care, dedication, and advocacy as she would for a family member.

In her role at Reynolds Defense Firm, Karma embodies the firm's ethos of compassionate representation. She understands the importance of truly listening to clients and providing them with the support they deserve. Karma's commitment to her clients, her community, and her team makes her such a valuable asset to Reynolds Defense Firm. Truly believing in the principle that everyone deserves empathy, fairness, and a second chance, Karma is determined to make a positive impact in the lives of the good people we represent.

Outside of her legal work, Karma finds joy in spending time with her two children and her beloved lab/husky mix. An avid Halloween enthusiast, she transforms her home into a spooky haven every year, a testament to her creativity and love for festivities. With a passion for the outdoors and a zest for life, Karma embraces each day with optimism and enthusiasm.

Education

J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 2019

University of Oregon, 2015
Cum laude

Client Reviews
★★★★★
These are fantastic people! I was so nervous when I first came in, but they treated me like a human, not someone who had messed up in a major way. Throughout the process, they helped me understand all the steps and supported me both with the legal stuff, but also the personal stuff. J.M.
★★★★★
Reynolds Defense is amazing. From the minute they pick up the phone, the entire staff is outstanding. Don't bother shopping , wondering who to get, if they are going to help or hinder, do they even care. Reynolds Defense Firm will not disappoint. T.H.
★★★★★
When they tell you to let them worry about your legal issue and for you to take care of yourself they really do mean it. DUIs are no joke and I was assuming the worst. And they literally saved my life, my job my home and my license. B.O.
★★★★★
The firm knows what they're doing, treated me with dignity during a time where I felt very overwhelmed and unsure of what I was going to do. They helped me through my entire unpleasant experience by following up with me every step of the way, ensuring I was never left in the dark. E.S.
★★★★★
Take it from me and don't go it alone. If your feeling sick to your stomach you are not alone. From the very first phone call they will treat you like family and have your back the whole way. You wont have one but a team of lawyers. B.W.