About PLC

The Portland Law Collective represents individuals in civil rights, labor, and criminal defense matters. We also provide legal services to other progressive activist groups.  We strive to provide excellent legal representation while furthering our values of egalitarianism, tolerance, and sustainability in our own workplace, in the legal system, and in society more broadly.  We also draw on our experience as activists to ensure that our legal work empowers our clients and complements their organizing.

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Who We Are


Benjamin Haile – Attorney
Focus: Civil Rights, Policy

Cathy Highet – Attorney
Focus: Labor, Election Law

Kenneth Kreuscher – Attorney
Focus: Criminal Defense, Civil Rights

Francie Nevill – Attorney
Focus: Labor

Chris Knudtsen – Legal Worker

Sara Libby  - Legal Worker

What is a Collective?

“A collective is a group of entities that share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project(s) to achieve a common objective. Collectives are also characterized by attempts to share and exercise political and social power and to make decisions on a consensus-driven and egalitarian basis. Collectives differ from cooperatives in that they are not necessarily focused upon an economic benefit or saving (but can be that as well).”

Source: Wikipedia.com