Shenoa Payne was born and raised in Sheridan, Oregon -- a small, rural Oregon town. Her father worked at a lumber treating plant and her mother worked at the local newspaper. Payne's background is rooted in the working class and is what gave her the commitment to represent workers and individuals rather than large corporations.
Payne graduated from Azusa Pacific University, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in psychology and sociology in 2003. Payne returned to Oregon to receive her law degree, magna cum laude, from Willamette University College of Law in 2008. Before law school, Payne advocated for the needs of individuals with disabilities as a behavioral therapist, camp counselor, and co-manager of a group home. Those experiences are what led to her commitment to advocate for individuals with disabilities as an attorney.
After law school, Payne served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Rick T. Haselton of the Oregon Court of Appeals from 2008-09 and the Honorable Virginia L. Linder of the Oregon Supreme Court from 2009-10. Payne's valuable experience clerking at both appellate courts serves as the foundation for Payne's appellate and litigation support practice.
BAR ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
American Association for Justice – national trial lawyers association dedicated to promoting a fair and effective justice system
Amicus Curiae Committee, Member
Employment Rights Section, Vice-Chair
Legal Affairs Committee, Member
LGBT Caucus, Secretary
Public Affairs Committee, Member
Multnomah Bar Association
Judicial Screening Committee, Member
National Employment Lawyers Association — member of organization that advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace
OGALLA -- member of organization that promotes the fair and just treatment of all people under the law regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
Oregon Council on Court Procedures – member of council that promulgates the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure
Oregon Women Lawyers - member of organization that promotes women and minorities in the law
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association – member of organization whose members promote access to the civil justice system
Amicus Curiae committee member
Leadership Academy Founder and Chair
Minority Caucus Co-Chair
Pound Institute for Civil Justice — member of a national legal “think tank” created by trial attorneys providing programs and publications that give a balanced view of issues affecting the U.S. civil justice system
Public Justice — member of organization that pursues high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators — 2019
National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 — 2019
Oregon Super Lawyer — 2019
Oregon Super Lawyer Rising Star – 2013-2018
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Outstanding New Lawyer – 2014
A Culture of Secrecy: How the #MeToo Movement Has Shed Light on the Dangers of Arbitration Clauses and Nondisclosure Agreements, OTLA Trial Lawyer 32-35 (Fall 2018)
Punitive Damages: Why Road Ragers are the Next Drunk Drivers, OTLA Trial Lawyer, 32-33 (Fall 2017)
Non-Disclosure: How the ADA Protects Your Client's Medical Information, OTLA Trial Lawyer, 20-22 (Spring 2015)
The Ethical Conundrums of Unpublished Opinions, 44 Willamette L. Rev. 723 (2008).