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Christina Stephenson

Employment and labor Attorney at Portland, OR

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also known as Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries


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About Christina

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I am the elected Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).  BOLI protects employment rights, advances employment opportunities, and protects access to housing and public accommodations free from discrimination for all Oregonians.

It also regulates and supports apprenticeship programs to develop Oregon's workforce.

The four principle duties of the Bureau are to:

  • Protect the rights of workers and individuals to equal, non-discriminatory treatment through the enforcement of anti-discrimination laws that apply to workplaces, housing and public accommodations
  • Encourage and enforce compliance with state laws relating to wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment
  • Educate and train employers to understand and comply with both wage and hour and civil rights law
  • Promote the development of a highly skilled, competitive workforce in Oregon through the apprenticeship program and through partnerships with government, labor, business, and educational institutions.

Contact BOLI directly via phone, email, or online.

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Licensed for 13 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 12/11/2022
State CA
Status Inactive
Acquired 2009
Updated 12/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries
800 NE Oregon St, Suite 1045
Portland, OR, 97232

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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I hired Christina after I was discriminated against by my employer while I was pregnant. I lost my job and hired her when I decided to file a law suit against them. Her firm is very professional and she was very sympathetic to my situation and helped me reach a settlement with my previous employer. They were by my side through the whole process. I contacted many lawyers when I decided I wanted to sue and Christina Stephenson was the best person for the job when it came to understanding what I went through. They have a very nice office downtown as well! Highly recommend.
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Posted by Tanya | September 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Competent and kind
I hired Christina Stephenson and Michael Owens as a team to represent me in an employment dispute. Life is certainly not fair and not every dispute requires legal intervention, but when it does the fallout is typically ugly. When I first hired Christina and Michael to look into a Whistleblower retaliation claim, I was reeling from the aftershocks and uncertainty of an unfair termination just days before Christmas. Would I lose my house? Would I be able to afford to keep my child in school? How would I regain my confidence that I could find a job where I wouldn't be punished for trying to do the right thing? This isn't the state of mind from which a person typically has the presence to right a wrong or set the record straight and the law provides some remedy, but on a pretty tight timeline. Christina and Michael both took the time needed to listen, understand the case, and sort the legal issues involved from perception and emotion. They were able to help me understand the difference between what is illegal and what is unfair and to direct me to seek the appropriate remedies for each. When it came to what was illegal, they were perceptive, smart, organized and thorough in their review and presentation of the facts. When it came to what was unfair, they respectfully listened, but also encouraged me to continue seeking the remedy of time and introspection to heal. In this way they were skillful advocates. Knowing that they were capably handling the legal arguments related to my values of transparency, efficiency and accountability allowed me to shore up my life, make sure my child and home were safe and to process what had happened. Prior to ever pursuing a legal remedy for a dispute, I would caution anyone to ask if your values compel you to spend years reliving something unfair and disruptive to your life. If the conclusion you reach says, "I couldn't live with myself if I didn't do this," then you would be lucky to have the professional, capable and kind representation of Christina Stephenson and Michael Owens.
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Employment Attorney
Christina and her team were excellent. Great communication and follow through. She helped me navigate what could have been a challenging issue and did so with thoughtful consideration to my current and future employment as well. I'm very pleased with her assistance and the result.
Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2014
Exceeded my greatest expectations
Christina Stephenson was referred to me by another attorney for a wage claim. When I met with Christina, she was very compassionate about my situation, but also very professional and knowledgeable. Because of her expertise in employment law she recovered ALL the wages due me AND maximum penalty allowed by law in a very short time. Not everyone who is treated unfairly/illegally get to see justice prevail - but I did, thanks to Christina. I would (and will) recommend Christina to anyone in the Hillsboro/Portland area in need of an employment attorney.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Commissioner
  • Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
  • 2022 - Present
  • Partner
  • Meyer Stephenson
  • 2018 - 2022
  • Managing Attorney
  • Stephenson Law, LLC
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Boutique Firms
  • 2009 - 2014
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Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • American University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Disabled Employee v. Large Corporation
  • Confidential Settlement
  • Sexually Harassed Women v. Large Institution
  • Confidential Settlment

Associations

  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Employment Section
  • Co-Chair
  • 2016 - 2022
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2015 - 2022
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013 - 2022

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Certificate of Completion
  • Women's Trial Academy
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Oregon Trial Advocacy College
  • 2011

Publications

  • OTLA
  • Top Ten Resources for Starting in Employment Law
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • OTLA New Lawyers Event
  • How To - Employment Law
  • 2016
  • Institute of Internal Auditors - Portland
  • How to Audit for Employment Risks
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
Endorse Christina
Discrimination Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christina is a great lawyer. She knows employment law like the back of her hand, and in a relatively short time, she has become a leader in the Portland legal community. I whole-heartedly endorse her."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I routinely refer people to contact Christina Stephenson with employment law concerns."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Christina for nearly a decade, and I eagerly endorse her legal work representing employees and former employees."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Christina on a number of cases and found her to be a passionate, effective advocate for her clients. She is professional and courteous, but also zealous and tenacious whenever necessary. I am happy to give her my strong endorsement."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Christina is a knowledgable, hard-working attorney. She works effectively for employees who have suffered wrongs in the workplace. I worked with Christina on a case, and found her preparation, strategies, tactics, and negotiation abilities to be excellent. Any employee would be lucky to have Christina in his or her corner."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Christina is a fierce advocate for her clients and has a strong command of the law. I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Christina is fantastic attorney. She is a consummate professional and tireless advocate for her clients. She understands the law as well as how important it is to the people she represents. I strongly recommend her."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Christina does an excellent job for her clients and gets great results."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I had the pleasure of working with Christina for several years. She was intelligent, aggressive, and cared for her clients. I am happy to endorse her."
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Portland Employment and labor Lawyer Christina Stephenson
Christina Stephenson
Employment and labor Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 13 years