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

Bethany BacciBethany BacciPartner503.294.9837EmailBethany's Linkedin ProfileBethany Bacci is a member of Stoel Rives' Employee Benefits Group and assists public and private employers in achieving their human capital and compensation objectives with advice on a wide array of tax and fiduciary matters...More
Adam BelzbergAdam BelzbergPartner206.386.7516EmailAdam Belzberg represents and advises employers, from small businesses to international corporations, in all aspects of labor and employment law. More
Howard Bye-TorreHoward Bye-TorreOf Counsel206.386.7631EmailHoward's Linkedin ProfileHoward Bye-Torre focuses his practice on assisting clients with employee benefit matters relating to cafeteria, health and other welfare plans. Howard writes and speaks extensively on federal health care reform...More
Keelin CurranKeelin CurranPartner206.386.7537EmailKeelin's Linkedin ProfileKeelin 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 DalePartner208.387.4282EmailJames's Linkedin ProfileJames 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
John DudreyJohn DudreyAssociate503.294.9227EmailJohn Dudrey is a litigation associate in the firm's Labor & Employment Group. His practice focuses on assisting clients with complex labor and employment litigation matters.More
Matt DurhamMatt DurhamPartner801.578.6984EmailMatthew's Linkedin ProfileMatt 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
Todd HanchettTodd HanchettPartner503.294.9454EmailTodd's Linkedin ProfileDrawing 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 HawkinsAssociate916.319.4648EmailBryan's Linkedin ProfileBryan 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 HealyAssociate503.294.9263EmailMelissa 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 JonesPartner206.386.7598EmailKarin's Linkedin ProfileKarin Jones has experience in a variety of civil matters with a primary focus on employment law and has represented agencies in litigation before state commissions as well as state and federal courts. More
Ryan KunkelRyan KunkelAssociate503.294.9647EmailRyan's Linkedin ProfileRyan Kunkel is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Portland office. He is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Group and concentrates his practice on traditional labor issues and employment litigation and counseling. More
Caroline LivettCaroline LivettAssociate503.294.9222EmailCaroline's Linkedin ProfileCaroline Livett’s practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law including both advice and litigation. Her litigation experience includes multiple jury trials in both state and federal court and appellate arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. More
Michael MenssenMichael MenssenAssociate801.578.6945EmailMichael's Linkedin ProfileMichael Menssen practices in Stoel Rives' Employment Law and Litigation practice groups. He has experience in a full range of labor and employment cases, including wage and hour, discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and unfair labor practices. More
Tim O'ConnellTim O'ConnellPartner206.386.7562EmailTim 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
Karen O'ConnorKaren O'ConnorPartner503.294.9291EmailKaren's Linkedin ProfileKaren O'Connor focuses her practice on counseling and litigation on complex employment issues including leave laws, workplace harassment and discrimination, discipline and documentation, and drug and alcohol issues. More
Dexter PearceDexter PearceAssociate503.294.9297EmailDexter's Linkedin ProfileDexter Pearce is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Labor & Employment Group. He represents employers in matters involving labor and employment-related disputes including wage and hour and discrimination issues.More
Amy Joseph PedersenAmy Joseph PedersenPartner503.294.9408EmailAmy Joseph's Linkedin ProfileAmy 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 ReevesEd ReevesPartner503.294.9260EmailEd Reeves is a partner of the firm based in the Portland office. Since 1984, Ed's practice has focused on counseling employers, educating management in all areas of labor and employment law and advising private colleges and universities on all aspects of education law. He also offers to serve as a neutral mediator and arbitrator.More
Laura RosenbaumLaura RosenbaumPartner503.294.9642EmailLaura's Linkedin ProfileLaura Rosenbaum is a partner in the Labor and Employment group. She represents clients in employment-related litigation in court and before administrative agencies. Her practice also involves counseling employers on employment-related issues.More
Jim ShoreJim ShorePartner206.386.7578EmailJames's Linkedin ProfileJames 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
Andrea ThompsonAndrea ThompsonPartner503.294.9271EmailAndrea Thompson focuses her practice on representing employers in all areas of employment law, with an emphasis on defending lawsuits and administrative charges, and resolving employment-related disputes. More
Carolyn WalkerCarolyn WalkerPartner503.294.9358EmailCarolyn's Linkedin ProfileCarolyn Walker is a partner of the firm practicing in the Labor and Employment group. She has extensive experience litigating and counseling clients on a wide variety of employment mattersMore
Chris WallChris WallAttorney(206) 386-7615EmailChris manages all phases of litigation, including trials and appeals in state and federal courts as well as arbitrations and administrative proceedings. He uses insights from litigation to provide his clients with strategic advice on how to avoid litigation before it starts and resolve disputes in the most cost-effective manner. He works with businesses to navigate a wide variety of matters including labor issues, wage and hour, wrongful termination, and discrimination claims.More