Charese Rohny

Contact Information

Email: crohny@mbjlaw.com
Cel: 503-449-2291
Fax: 503-226-6121

Education

J.D. 1995, Willamette University College of Law
B.S. 1987, Cal Poly Humboldt

Practice Information

Charese specializes in representing private and public employees in employment law,
discrimination, civil rights and labor law matters. Since 1995, Charese has advised and
represented public and private employees on wide range of workplace issues related to equal
protection, due process, federal and state discrimination and civil rights discrimination laws. She
successfully represented private and public employees in state and federal courts, and has helped
employees successfully reach settlements through alternative dispute resolution.

Prior to joining McKanna Bishop Joffe, Charese had her own firm for 15 years, and prior to that
worked for plaintiff/employee-side firms solely representing employees. She has been a
recognized leader in employment law matters in Oregon and has been involved in several high
profile matters.

Charese received the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association – Arthur H. Bryan Public Justice Award in
2019 jointly along with co-recipients Dana Sullivan, Ashley Vaughn and Whitney Stark for their
collective work on behalf of nearly a dozen sexual harassment survivors who banded together
against the Oregon Legislature. The collective action resulted in public policy changes in handling
harassment and discrimination charges. On behalf of her clients, the two legal interns who were
victims of sexual harassment by an Oregon State Senator, Charese filed the only lawsuit involved
before all matters were collectively resolved.

Professional Organizations/Activities

  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association – Member (1994-2023); Board Member (2010-2018);
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association – Employment Law Section Co-Chair (2008-2014);
    Legislative Committee Member (2008-2020)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association – Member
  • Oregon State Bar, Litigation Journal – Editorial Board Member (2015-2020)
  • City of Salem, Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission – as appointed
    Commissioner (1999-2001)
  • Oregon State Bar, House of Delegates – as elected representative (1996-1997)
  • College Possible – Board Member (2012-2022)
  • Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger – Board Member (2001-2011)

Relevant Employment

  • McKanna Bishop Joffe, LLP, of counsel (2024-present)
  • Charese Rohny Law Office, LLC dba Rohny Law, founder and partner (2006- 2021)
  • Crispin Employment Lawyers (2004-2006) – represented employees in employment and civil rights matters.
  • Markowitz Herbold PC (2001-2004) – represented employees in employment related matters, and participated in the litigation practice for business matters, accounting malpractice and commercial fire insurance disputes.
  • Vick & Gutzler aka Vick & Conroyd (1995- 2001)–represented individuals in personal injury and employment law matters. Managed a high-volume caseload through arbitration, mediations and trials.
  • Donnelley Information Publishing, a Dun & Bradstreet subsidiary (1988-1992) Quality Assurance Manager for two divisions, reported to Vice President, advising on providing employees a voice to improve quality.

Admitted to Practice

State Courts in Oregon
State Courts of California
United States District Courts in Oregon and California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Publications and Awards

Oregon State Bar – Litigation Journal articles

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