Christine Mascal

          Chris brought her mid-west ways with her to Oregon when she moved to Portland in 1989 after graduating from Valparaiso School of Law in northwest Indiana.  An Illinois native ready for a new adventure, she began her career as a trial attorney while working for a sole practitioner who held a state contract to defend persons charged with misdemeanor cases in East Multnomah County.  Chris was tasked with managing the entire caseload and represented over 1000 clients in her four years as a defense attorney.  That experience taught her not only basic trial skills, but also how to effectively manage the demanding particulars of trial work and case management.

          In 1995 Chris began a 20 year tenure as a prosecutor with the Multnomah County District Attorneys Office.   During that time Chris prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging from DUII to Capital Murder (and everything in between).  She has gone to trial and verdict  on "too many cases to count" on crimes of domestic violence, robbery, burglary, arson, assault, gang related matters, official misconduct, rape, kidnapping, sexual abuse, sodomy, manslaughter, crimes against the elderly, crimes against children, murder and aggravated murder.  She was also a respected member of the East County Major Crime Team for over a decade and worked closely with a multi-agency group of law enforcement officers and detectives on cases, including officer-involved shootings.  Chris was known in law enforcement circles as a "go to" deputy district attorney.  And for good reason:  she always took the time to listen to the concerns of those investigating crime as well as the victims affected by crime and act in their best interest.

          As a prosecutor, Chris worked extensively with victims and their families.  It was through these interactions that Chris gained insight into understanding how trauma affects everyone differently and how best to approach survivors' concerns while guiding them through the legal process.  

          In 2015 Chris branched out from the confines of a government office and opened her own shop.  At Mascal Law Office, she continues to work with people that need help navigating the legal process.   Whether they be persons injured in an automobile accident,  vulnerable victims of crime,  those wronged by the thoughless acts of others or anyone who needs a "go to" attorney, Chris has the background, case experience and trial hours to do the job and do it well.  


Oregon State Bar
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
State and Federal Courts