Portland Attorney Kristen Tranetzki

Kristen Tranetzki

Kristen Tranetzki

Kristen Tranetzki represents individuals and companies in a broad range of civil, criminal, and regulatory matters. She regularly defends clients in criminal investigations and cases in both state and federal court at the trial level, as well as advises on the criminal implications for civil proceedings. She also advises students and educators in conduct code proceedings, Title IX investigations, and other school disciplinary actions. Ms. Tranetzki also has significant experience in internal investigations and government accountability matters.

Before joining Angeli Law Group, Kristen practiced with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, New York, where she worked on a global investigation related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the 9/11 Property Damage Litigation involving the World Trade Center. She later practiced with Lane Powell PC in Portland, Oregon, where she represented financial institutions and handled securities-related litigation. She also had a clerkship with Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and an externship with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Representative Matters

  • Co-chaired multiday bench trial challenging denial of public records request by state entity on behalf of large national non-profit organization, securing verdict in favor of client on claims that the state entity failed to comply with state law.
  • Led internal investigation into allegations of false statements in federal grant application submitted by regional non-profit organization.
  • Advised dozens of individuals as pool counsel in multi-year investigation by several government bodies into large financial institution and served as witness counsel in related matters.
  • Successfully litigated an anti-SLAPP motion through appeal on behalf of individual accused of malicious prosecution.
  • Defended large global corporation in proposed class action toxic tort litigation in state court.
  • Assisted trial team of former Chief Security Officer of a publicly traded technology company against federal criminal charges arising out of a data breach.
  • Successfully represented college students at several different universities accused of violating school’s sexual misconduct policies, ultimately resolved with a finding of no violation.


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2006
  • Senior Articles Editor, Journal of Legislation and Public Policy
  • Robert McKay Scholar
  • Fordham University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2003
  • Harry S. Truman Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu, Phi Kappa Phi

Judicial Clerkships

  • Hon. Shirley Abrahamson, Wisconsin Supreme Court, 2006-2007

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Oregon
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Ninth Circuit

Professional Associations

  • Women in White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) , Co-Chair, Oregon/Idaho Chapter, 2022 - present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Oregon State Bar Criminal Law Section, President, 2017-2018
  • Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section, Executive Committee Member, 2014 - 2018
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Association
  • Gus J. Solomon Inn of Court: Executive Committee and Membership Committee Co-Chair (2016 - present)

Professional Honors

  • Oregon Super Lawyers, 2020-2023
  • Oregon Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, 2013-2018


  • Big Data Doesn’t Mean Big Litigation,” Oregon Business magazine, Co-author (May 28, 2013)
  • “Trying to Serve Two Masters: The Novo Nordisk Case and the Tension Between Anti-Monopoly Laws and Anti-Corruption Best Practices,” International Anticorruption Committee Newsletter, Co-author (Jan. 2013)
  • Lessons From In Re Rigel Pharmaceuticals,” Law360, Co-author (Sept. 19, 2012)

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Preparing Your Client to Testify,” NACDL’s 8th Annual 2018 West Coast White Collar Criminal Conference, Turning the Tables on the Government (June 2018)
  • Panelist, “Campus Sexual Assaults: Understanding Title IX and Federal Policy,” Multnomah Bar Association CLE program (June 2016)
  • Presenter, “How Technology is Changing Litigation,” 2015 Technology Law: Bits on Bytes, Oregon State Bar CLE program (October 2015)
  • Presenter, “Commercial Litigation,” Oregon State Bar New Lawyers Division CLE program (June 2015)
  • Presenter, “When Insider Trading is Not Insider Trading & Updates to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Securities Cases,” Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section CLE program (February 2015)
  • Presenter, “E-Discovery in Oregon—Preservation of Evidence and Tips to Avoid Traps for the Unwary,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel CLE program (November 2012)

Community Involvement

  • Lines for Life: Board of Directors, Board President (2019-2021), Executive Committee Member (2015 - present), Board Governance Sub-Committee (2020 - present)
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