Brigid Turner - Oregon Sex Abuse Attorney

Brigid Turner

Trial Attorney

Brigid Turner grew up on the coast of Northern California, in the small town of Arcata. Her parents ran a construction company there for 20 years while raising Brigid and her brother and sister.

In high school, Brigid played soccer, basketball, tennis, and ran track, but she excelled in soccer and received a full ride scholarship to play Division I soccer at Utah State University where she completed her undergraduate degree. After college, she played semi-pro soccer in Phoenix, Arizona before going to law school at the University of Oregon in 2006.

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Experienced Trial Attorney

Brigid worked as a prosecutor for twelve years, for Deschutes and Crook Counties. She specialized in sexual abuse and domestic violence cases.  Her compassion for the victims and her passion for justice made her a champion in the courtroom. She understands the trauma sexual assault carries and uses her knowledge of forensic experiential trauma interviewing (FETI) to guide her rapport with victims both on and off the witness stand.  

Brigid is an experienced trial attorney with over 60 jury trials, including trials for crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, and child physical and sexual abuse.  For the past 10 years, Brigid has provided training and instruction for law enforcement, for prosecutors, and other community partners on a wide range of criminal justice issues.

Brigid argued before the Oregon Supreme Court in an attempt to enforce a crime victim’s constitutional rights in a high-profile rape case.  Because of her expertise in sexual assault cases, she became a prosecutor instructor for the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force. Also, as part of Crime Victim Rights Week in 2015, Brigid was honored by the District Attorney and the Victim Assistance Program for her exceptional work on behalf of victims of crime in Deschutes County.                                                           

Prior to working as a prosecutor, she volunteered for Legal Aid Services of Oregon in Bend and Central Oregon Battery and Rape Alliance (now Saving Grace).  In law school, she interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Eugene, Oregon and tried misdemeanor criminal cases for the federal government in U.S. Magistrate Court.


Educational History:

  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D. (2006)
  • Utah State University, B.A. Liberal Arts (2003)

Legal Work Experience:

  • Associate – Dwyer Williams Cherkoss, PC (Oct 2018 – present)
  • Deputy District Attorney, Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office (2009 – 2018)
  • Deputy District Attorney, Crook County District Attorney’s Office (2006 – 2009)
  • Volunteer Attorney, Legal Aid Services of Oregon (2006)
  • Law Clerk, United States Attorney’s Office (2004 – 2006)
  • Law Clerk, Lane County District Attorney’s Office (2005)
  • Intern, Lane County Law and Advocacy Center (2004)

Membership and Volunteer Activities:

  • Oregon State Bar – OSB No. 065486
  • Deschutes County Domestic Violence Council, co-chair (2018)
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Association (2015 – present)
  • Cascade Women Lawyers Association, secretary (2018)
  • Oregon District Attorney’s Association (2006 – 2018)
  • Deschutes County Sexual Assault Response Team (2011 – 2018)
  • National Center for Victims of Crime (2013 – present)
  • National Crime Victim’s Law Institute (2011 – 2013)
  • Deschutes County Bar Association (2009 – present)
  • Central Oregon Battery and Rape Alliance (now Saving Grace) (2006)
  • CLE presenter for Deschutes County Bar on Child Abuse Reporting (2016)
  • CLE presenter on Crime Victims Rights, Deschutes County DA’s Office (2013 – 2017)
  • Crook County Bar Association (2006 – 2009)
    • President (2008-2009)

When not going to bat for victims, Brigid spends time with her family and friends. She still loves to be active—mountain biking, snowboarding, and playing soccer.  She and her husband also enjoy tending to their honey bees, chickens, and small orchard.