I knew I wanted to be a trial attorney when I saw Blair Underwood and Jimmy Smits on L.A. Law. I have had over 30 jury trials working for the City of New York, an insurance defense firm and the Oregon Department of Justice. Performing in front of a jury is one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve ever had—win or lose. I think I am an actor at my core. Odd because I am also a cinephile: I love movies by Clint Eastwood, Akira Kurosawa, Antoine Fuqua and John Woo. I sympathize with the tortured hero and the lost cause.
I am a devout capitalist; hate bullies; root for the underdog; and believe in the system. Reasons why I became the first Director of Civil Rights for the Oregon Attorney General. Before moving to Oregon, I drafted judicial opinions as a Principal Law Clerk for a New York State Supreme Court Justice. I started my legal career as a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, after graduating from law school. I now have a general practice law firm, HARMON JOHNSON LLC, that focuses on discrimination, civil rights violations and wage theft.
I also love teaching. Several women in my family were teachers and professors. This inspired me to be an adjunct professor, and a high school and college trial advocacy Coach. I have also taught trial skills to attorneys from across the country as a National Attorney General Training and Research Institute faculty member. I am a Libra. And I love to cook, write and do home improvements in my spare time. I have sworn off Starbucks, Waffle House, and Hobby Lobby to name a few. I also refuse to watch anything NFL—games, highlights, updates, documentaries, etc.—until Colin Kaepernick gets at least a try-out.