777 High Street, Suite 300

Eugene Oregon 

(541) 484-9292

laura-e-coffin.jpgLaura E. Coffin

Of Counsel

With her attention to detail and critical reasoning skills, Laura has built a solid reputation based on her character and credibility with judges, prosecutors and clients.

Practice Areas

Publications & Presentations

  • 4th Amendment Update, Search and Seizure Manual (OCDLA, 2018)
  • “The Use in Refuse: An argument to Exclude from Evidence a Defendant’s refusal to take a break test or submit to field sobriety tests.” (OCDLA, 2015)
  • Contributor to OPDS Appellate Podcast
  • “The Bail Reform Act and Pretrial Release: Comprehensive primer on the Bail Reform Act and how to advocate for pretrial release in federal court, including special issues with pretrial release of non-citizen defendants.” (CLE, 2019)
  • “The Life of a Federal Criminal Case: Overview of the process, filings, timeline, and key actors in a typical federal criminal case.” (CLE, 2018)
  • “Special Sentencing Issues: In-depth view of selected appellate cases involving statutory and constitutional challenges to sentences in criminal cases; preservation tips.” (CLE, 2018)
  • “Fines and fees: Appellate update on issues related to fines and fees.” (CLE, 2018)

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Laura, an Oregon native, brings her extensive federal and state court trial experience to the firm’s litigation team. A double-Duck and 2007 Oregon Law graduate, Laura has tried more than fifty jury trials, handled hundreds of appellate cases, and defended clients in complex federal cases.

Laura has always had a keen interest in not only the way our government interacts with citizens, but the ways in which citizens interact with one another and the duties owed to each other that can be enforced by courts. She understands the value of building a relationship with the courts and collaborating with them in a way that benefits the bench, bar and her clients.

During her time as an assistant federal defender, and a deputy public defender for Marion County prior to that, Laura routinely handled complex cases and appeared in court almost daily. While representing hundreds of clients during all stages, from arraignment through sentencing, she has won major sentencing, search-and-seizure cases, and negotiated many victories for her clients.

Laura spent many years working as a deputy defender for the Criminal Appellate Section where she handled a heavy caseload allowing her to hone her courtroom style of being well-prepared, respectful and earnest. The appellate work exposed Laura to areas of law such as auto accidents, domestic relations matters, property disputes, civil contempt and contract enforcement.

Laura’s practice with the firm focuses on representing people accused of crimes, appellate work, and civil litigation. During her free time, Laura enjoys distance running (she has trained with an Olympic coach), voice acting (she has narrated two documentaries), fly fishing, reading and writing fiction, ancient Latin composition, and gardening.

Education

  • University of Oregon (B.A. in English Literature, 2004), magna cum laude, Honors in Latin, Dean’s list every term, University Tutor, University student grader
  • University of Oregon School of Law (J.D., 2007), ACE criminal law tutor, winner of Moot Court Counseling Competition 2005 and 2006), studied international law at Cornell Summer Institute, Faculte du Droit, Sorbonne, Paris.

Memberships

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Lane County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society
  • FBA Board Member
  • FBA Haggerty Scholar Committee
  • ACLU of Oregon
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • Jessup Moot Coach (2018)