Voted one of the Top 25 blogs by LexisNexis®, the Stoel Rives LLP World of Employment blog is a resource readers can trust to find the latest developments in labor and employment law. Our team is comprised of lawyers who practice exclusively in this area and bring to bear more than 100 years of combined legal experience. Reporting on precedent-setting cases and national employment law trends, our blog will provide employers, human resource and labor relations professionals, and in-house counsel with practical, accurate and informative posts. Topics covered include discrimination, social media and technology, employee relations and workplace management, and union avoidance, among other hot topics.

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The Stoel Rives World of Employment Law Blog team

Terry BriscoeTerry BriscoeOf Counsel(503) 294-9872EmailTheresa "Terry" Briscoe represents employers in all aspects of traditional labor relations and employment law. Drawing on her experience as the Human Resources Director and Director of Administrative Services for a mid-sized Washington city, Terry offers clients creative solutions to managing workplace legal issues. More
Keelin CurranKeelin CurranPartner(206) 386-7537EmailKeelin Curran advises employers on complex employment issues, such as ADA, family leave and EEO compliance, executive and non-competition agreements, wage and hour issues, internal investigations, terminations and reductions in force. She represents employers in litigation and labor arbitrations. More
James DaleJames DalePartner(208) 387-4282EmailJames Dale is a partner in the Boise office of Stoel Rives LLP. He advises and represents some of Idaho’s largest private employers on virtually every aspect of labor and employment law and litigation, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, contract, and wage and hour class and collective actions. More
Tony DeCristoforoTony DeCristoforoPartner(916) 319-4670EmailTony DeCristoforo is an employment litigator who focuses his practice on the representation of employers and supervisors in disputes in state and federal courts, as well as administrative proceedings and arbitrations. More
Matt DurhamMatt DurhamPartner(801) 578-6984EmailMatt Durham is partner in the Stoel Rives’ Salt Lake City office where he leads the firm’s Labor & Employment Group. Identified as a leading lawyer by both Chambers USA and Utah Super Lawyers, Matt has a broad-based employment litigation and labor relations practice. More
Ryan GibsonRyan GibsonAssociate(503) 294-9553EmailRyan Gibson brings to his litigation and employment law practice the insights he gained while working in Washington, D.C. on international public policy and nuclear non-proliferation and arms control...More
Todd HanchettTodd HanchettPartner(503) 294-9454EmailDrawing on 15 years of experience, Todd Hanchett represents employers in high-stakes litigation and traditional labor law matters. A seasoned litigator, Todd regularly defends clients before state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington as well as in labor arbitrations and before the National Labor Relations Board. More
Bryan HawkinsBryan HawkinsAssociate(916) 319-4648EmailBryan Hawkins honed his trial skills in a San Francisco volunteer program in which he assumed the role of a deputy district attorney and prosecuted a variety of crimes. As a Sacramento litigation associate, Bryan’s practice focuses on complex business, employment and environmental litigation matters. More
Melissa HealyMelissa HealyAssociate(503) 294-9263EmailMelissa Healy focuses her practice on advising employers in employment law matters, providing traditional labor relations support to employers, and representing management in employment litigation. She has been listed as a “Rising Star” for Employment & Labor by Oregon Super Lawyers since 2013. More
Karin JonesKarin JonesAssociate(206) 386-7598EmailKarin Jones is a labor and employment associate in the firm’s Seattle office with experience representing employers in a variety of civil matters before the state and federal courts, appellate courts, and administrative agencies. More
Tim O'ConnellTim O'ConnellPartner(206) 386-7562EmailTim O’Connell is widely known for his labor law experience. His practice includes collective bargaining, unfair labor practice and representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and public sector agencies...More
Alyson PalmerAlyson PalmerAssociate(206) 386-7619EmailAlyson Palmer brings experience in the federal government to her practice in advising clients on a variety of labor and employment matters and complex litigation. An associate in the Labor & Employment Group of Stoel Rives LLP, Alyson is excited to share her interest in the nexus between private business employment practices and developments in federal affirmative action and discrimination laws.More
Amy Joseph PedersonAmy Joseph PedersonPartner(503) 294-9408EmailAmy Joseph Pedersen is a Portland partner who practices exclusively in the Labor & Employment Group at Stoel Rives LLP. Recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers USA, clients describe her as a “tough litigator” who provides “high quality, great value advice.” Amy has substantial trial experience in state and federal courts...More
Ed PiperEd PiperAssociate(503) 294-9274EmailEd Piper is a technology-focused employment lawyer. He advises clients in all aspects of labor and employment law (including both counseling and litigation) and focuses on guiding employers through the intricacies of the ever-evolving digital workplace.More
Jim ShoreJim ShorePartner(206) 386-7578EmailJames Shore focuses exclusively on representing businesses and entrepreneurs in labor and employment law. Recognized by the Washington CEO Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Labor & Employment Attorneys in Washington State,” he has particular experience representing employers on restrictive covenant/trade secret issues...More