In the most recent issue of Oregon Super Lawyers & Rising Stars magazine (available online, digitally, via app, and of course in magazine form), we tell the story of Carol J. Bernick, a would-be librarian who switched career paths and ended up becoming a highly successful employment lawyer. Bernick has been the managing partner at Davis Wright Tremaine‘s Portland office since 2009, overseeing 80 lawyers and staffers.
“You don’t have to be the most charismatic person, and I’m not,” says Bernick, “but giving the jury the story and having them understand the story and the theme, everything should relate to that.”
Colleague Robert D. Newell says Bernick, who has lost only one jury trial in her career, is more than just a good storyteller: “She gets an awful lot of work because of her willingness to be a tough litigator and not back down and settle them, as a lot of employment lawyers do.”
We also talk science with Don Haagensen, an environmental attorney with Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd. Once an oceanographer for the U.S. Coast Guard, making observations from icebreakers, he channeled his passion for science into a career in the law.
Haagensen tackles the big projects-such as the relicensing and reconstruction of Swift Number 2, the huge hydroelectric project on the Lewis River. And always, respect for the environment is a priority. “You can still have an environmental ethic … you can have a conservation ethic,” he says. “You can have an ethic about doing the right thing in representing someone who’s developing something or building something or permitting something or reconstructing a hydroelectric project.”
We also ask four accomplished attorneys to relate the best advice they’ve ever received. We hear from Karen L. O’Connor, Barran Liebman, Portland; Eric A. Lindenauer, Garvey Schubert Barer, Portland; Ken C. Goodin, Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, Bend; and Susan M. Hammer, Dispute Resolution Services, Portland.