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EHS grads taking the world by storm


Estacada School District administrators and teachers love to talk about the amazing things their former students are up to. Rocket scientists, musicians, business tycoons; there are a lot of stories.

Here at The Estacada News we thought it would be fun to start a semi-regular feature showcasing Estacada High School graduates doing interesting things in the world.

When pressed for suggestions, Estacada High School Principal Scott Sullivan lists Katie Eichner’s name right away.

Eichner is a young attorney at the prestigious Portland law firm Lindsay Hart, LLP.

She specializes in medical malpractice law, commercial litigation and professional liability.

by: CONTRIBUTED - Katie Eichner is an attorney at the prestigious Portland law firm Lindsay Hart, LLP. Eichner has enjoyed a great deal of professional success at a very young age.Eichner was listed as a “Rising Star” on the Oregon Super Lawyer list for 2012 and 2013. This designation is given to lawyers under 40 who have been practicing for fewer that 10 years, have significant professional achievements and who have been chosen for the honor by their peers.

In addition, Eichner is a founding board member of the Native Amicus Briefing Project; a nonprofit project that identifies cases with significance to “Indian Country” and raises awareness and understanding of American Indian law and policy. The project submits amicus briefs on selected cases. (An amicus brief is a court document submitted by a party not directly related to the case. The amicus brief becomes part of case record and the information submitted on it may be taken into consideration by the judge evaluating the case.)

The Native Amicus Briefing Project and Eichner herself edited several tribal briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl case, a case that has drawn national attention.

Back when Eichner was a high school student, Sullivan knew she’d go on to do great things.

“Katie truly was a sponge for learning. It wasn’t just a grade,” Sullivan said. “In my 30 years (as an educator), I’d say she’s in the top 5 percent for inquisitiveness and the desire to learn for the sake of learning.”

Eichner graduated from Estacada High School in 2002 and headed to Stanford.

She said that when she got there she wasn’t quite sure what career path she wanted to pursue.

“Law was always a possibility, but I wasn’t a lawyer since birth,” she said.

She considered archeology for a while but discovered “it wasn’t quite as exciting as being Indiana Jones.”

She chose to become an attorney. She earned her bachelor’s degree and law degree from Stanford University.

“Since it didn’t take me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do I was able to hit the ground running with my career,” Eichner said.

She’s been a practicing attorney since 2009; just seven years after graduating from Estacada High.

With her prestigious resume, Eichner could probably have had her pick of locations to practice.

But she likes being in Oregon.

Eichner noted that in big states such as New York, attorneys know that they are unlikely to encounter another attorney again. Which makes for a cutthroat professional climate.

The Oregon legal community is small.

Since Oregon attorneys know that they are likely to see each other again and again, it breeds a collegial atmosphere and a willingness to work together.

“If we’re being more collegial we’re not fighting every little battle which saves our clients a lot of time and money since most attorneys charge by the hour,” Eichner explained.

Eichner said attorneys in Oregon enjoy a healthy “work/life balance.”

“Here in Oregon, people are better at balancing the amount of time they spend at work and the amount of time they spend at life; relaxing or spending time with families or what have you,” she said. “That’s not to say that we don’t work a lot but it’s not as crazy as in other cities or states.”

When asked how growing up in Estacada has shaped her, Eichner replied, “I think being from Estacada has been really a boon for me. Though the outside world might see it as a bad thing, it forces you to work harder because you didn’t have everything handed to you.”

She credited her family’s support for “skyrocketing (her) achievements.”

Eichner also links her success to several of her teachers from the Estacada school system.

“Great teachers are great teachers. They can totally change the trajectory of a person,” she said.

Along with Sullivan, Eichner noted several teachers from high school back to third grade that made a great difference in her life.

When asked if she had any advice for current Estacada High School students Eichner said, “Work hard. You can do whatever you want but you have to put the work in.”

For more info:

To learn more about Eichner visit lindsayhart.com/attorneys/katie-eichner.

For more information on the Native Amicus Briefing Project visit facebook.com/nativeamicusbriefingproject/info.

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