Christopher M. Trotter

Christopher M. Trotter

Portland, Oregon

Providing high quality legal representation to every client is Chris Trotter's first priority. With a strong academic background and well rounded practical experience, he is able to help clients navigate their way through the often complex and confusing legal system. It can be very intimidating to get involved in the legal system, particularly when facing criminal charges. Specializing in the area of criminal defense, Chris can provide you or your loved one with excellent and aggressive legal representation.

Chris has experience in both criminal defense and prosecution. During his undergraduate studies, he completed a full-time internship with the Office of the State Public Defender. During law school, he gained valuable experience in criminal prosecution working for the Washington County District Attorney’s Office. Chris has appeared in circuit court for jury and bench trials, motion hearings, arraignments, pretrial conferences, change of plea hearings, and probation violation hearings on both sides of the aisle. As a criminal defense attorney, this experience has proven to be very beneficial. As an attorney at Short Law Group, P.C., Chris has successfully defended many clients, including receiving “Not Guilty” verdicts at bench and jury trials in multiple jurisdictions around the state. He is proud to be part of a high quality legal team that works hard to provide excellent legal representation to every client. When you come to Short Law Group, P.C., you can be confident that you are in good hands. Whether you are facing traffic violations, misdemeanor criminal charges, or serious felony charges, Chris has the skills, knowledge, and experience to provide the representation you need.

Chris was born and raised in Western Montana. Staying in the beautiful Northwest was a priority for him, so he attended undergraduate school in Idaho and law school in Oregon at Willamette University College of Law. He is happily married. He enjoys hiking, reading, and playing and watching sports of all kinds.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Restraining/Stalking Protective Orders
  • Expungements/Clearing up criminal records
  • Gun Rights Restoration

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Trained in the Administration of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 2013


  • Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon - 2013
  • Brigham Young University, Rexburg, Idaho - 2010
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • Graduated in the top 25% of class at Willamette University School of Law
  • Received Honors for Clerkship with the Washington County DA's Office

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • J. Ruben Clark Society
  • Multnomah Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Washington County District Attorney's Office, Certified Law Clerk, 2011 - 2013
  • Office of the State Public Defender- Montana, Intern


  • English
  • Spanish