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I have more than 20 years of experience representing employers in complex employment cases, including numerous wage and hour class actions. I have significant jury trial experience in state and federal courts. I also counsel and train employers in preventive employment practices, including ADA and wage compliance; leave, discipline and termination policies; and sexual harassment.

I am a frequent speaker on harassment, FMLA, investigations, manager training and EEO compliance.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 70%
  2. Class Action: 20%
  3. Discrimination: 10%
    27 years, 100 cases

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Labor & Employment)Chambers USA2010
Best Lawyers in America (Labor & Employment)Woodward-White, Inc.2010
Oregon Super Lawyers (Top 25 Women Lawyers in Oregon)Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super Lawyers (Top 50 Lawyers in Oregon)Law & Politics Magazine2010
Joyce Ann Harpole AwardLewis & Clark Law School2006
Exceptional Women in Business AwardPortland Business Journal2003
Margaret Sanger AwardPlanned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner-in-ChargeDavis Wright Tremaine LLP1989 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Multnomah Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Management Labor & Employment RoundtableMember2001 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Oregon Minority Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS)Awards CommitteeN/A
Multnomah Bar Association, Judicial Screening CommitteeChair2004 - 2005
Oregon State Bar, Disciplinary BoardBar Counsel2001 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lussier v. Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.N/A
Berntsen v. Dollar Tree StoresDefense verdict
Dale v. SitelDefeated class certification
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Publication nameTitleDate
Davis Wright Tremaine Client AdvisoryOregon Supreme Court Holds that Employers Are Not Required to Accommodate Medical Marijuana Use2010
Davis Wright Tremaine Client AdvisoryOregon Appeals Court Upholds Medical Marijuana Order: Employers must take care in marijuana-related terminations2008
Davis Wright Tremaine Client AdvisoryOregon Supreme Court Rules No Pay for Missed Rest Breaks2008
Davis Wright Tremaine Employment Law DeskbookOregon Employment Law Deskbook, 7th Ed.2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Roanoke CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Law Breakfast BriefingAvoiding Accommodation and ADA Related Pitfalls2010
Wage and Hour Class Actions in OregonWage and Hour Class Actions in Oregon2008
Wage and Hour Class ActionsWage and Hour Class Actions2008