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Shelley Russell is a shareholder with the Portland firm of Crispin Employment Lawyers where she practices primarily in the area of employment law, with the occasional PI case thrown in to keep things interesting.  She has been active in the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) since 1994, participating in and being a past co-chair of the Women’s Caucus, the education committee, development committee, and membership committee.  She is currently serving on the budget committee and legislative committee, and has been a member of the Board since 2001.  She was recently elected OTLA President for the 2014-2015 term.  


Shelley is also active in the OSB, having served on the CLE committee, the Washington County LPRC, and two terms on the Council on Court Procedures.


Shelley has written for OTLA publications, including the Side Bar and the Trial Lawyer, and is a co-author with Paula Barran of the OSB Federal Civil Litigation Manual section on Jury Verdicts.


Shelley has spoken at CLE’s for the MBA, FBA Young Lawyer’s Section, NBI, OTLA and OSB on topics relating to general litigation and employment law matters.



Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Employment: 25%
  3. Civil Rights: 25%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Craig A Crispin

    Shelley has been a partner in Crispin Russell PC dba Crispin Employment Lawyers for many years and does excellent work. I endorse her without qualification.


    Craig Crispin Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Martin L Alvey

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Martin Alvey Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1834 SW 58th Ave Ste 200
Portland, OR, 97221-1455

1834 SW 58th Ave Ste 200
Portland, OR, 97221



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder/AttorneyCrispin Employment Lawyers1998 - Present
AssociateHoevet, Snyder & Boise1994 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationParliamentarian, Board of Directors2012 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2001 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1995 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Trial Lawyer (OTLA)Settling a Score - The Oregon Legislature Clarifies the Oregon Family Leave Act2009
Federal Civil Litigation in OregonJury Instructions, Jury Verdicts, Findings by the Court (Chapter 24)2007
Trial Lawyer (OTLA)The Future is Here: Electronic Filing in Federal Court2007
OTLA SidebarSummary Judgment Practice in the Federal Courts after Orr v. Bank of America2005
Oregon State Bar, 2002 Revision of Federal Civil Litigation in OregonJury Instructions, Jury Verdicts, Findings by the Court (Chapter 24)2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Pomona College (Claremont)International RelationsN/A1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Section LunchSection 1983 Claims Against Government Bodies2012
Employment Section LunchAttorney Fee Petitions2011
OTLA Ski and CLEFederal Employment Law Update2010
MBA Employment Law UpdateEmployment Retaliation Claims under White2006
FBA YLS SeriesClient Screening and Case Evaluation2005
Advanced Trial AdvocacyEthical Considerations2004
Multnomah Bar AssociationComplaints and Answers2003
Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers' Section, PresentationComplaints and Answers2002
Multnomah Bar Association PresentationDiscovery in Employment Cases2001
Oregon Law Institute PresentationDiscovery in Employment Cases1998