Laura L. Koistinen first began working at Creighton & Rose, PC, in February, 2015, as an intern and law clerk assisting the attorneys and clients attain positive results in litigation, unemployment hearings and Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry investigations. In October, 2017, Laura became an Associate Attorney at the firm, representing plaintiffs in the areas of employment law and civil rights.
Laura received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and, in 2017, her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. From 2009-2014, Laura lived in the Bay Area where she worked for three years as a legal assistant to Hinman & Carmichael, LLP, a regulatory licensing firm in San Francisco. During a portion of that time, she was a volunteer with San Francisco’s Court Appointed Special Advocates helping to raise money for its work advocating for foster children.
Laura, a Portland native, moved home in 2014 to attend law school with the goal of becoming a civil rights' attorney. While at Lewis & Clark, Laura was a board member on the Public Interest Law Project and was a student representative on the law school’s admissions committee. She also participated in the mock trial program.
In 2017, Laura was honored to join Cleveland High School’s Constitutional Law Team as a coach, spreading her passion for social justice and civic engagement to the next generation. Laura herself was a member of the 2003 Lincoln High School team which placed 4th in the nation, and which inspired her to become a lawyer and a more actively engaged citizen. Now as a coach and attorney, Laura spends countless hours teaching high school students about US History, the US Constitution, Supreme Court cases, and current events. Additionally, in partnership with other attorneys, Laura has put on several presentations about federal and state governments in the Portland community.
Outside of lawyering and inspiring the next generation of lawyers, Laura spends her time Netflix binging with her dog, Berkeley, and cat, Duke, calling her state and federal representatives to make her voice heard (202-224-3121), and training for her next marathon.
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California – BA, Political Science, 2013
Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon – JD, 2017
Admitted: Oregon, 2017
U.S. District Court for Oregon, 2017
New York State Bar, 2019
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
National Employment Lawyers Association
Oregon Women Lawyers Association