Kyle Busse

Kyle Busse

Of Counsel

Kyle Busse is one of the leading employment attorneys in Oregon. Before joining Markowitz Herbold, he was a managing partner of a premier plaintiffs’ employment litigation firm.

Kyle will continue to handle employment cases, representing both employees and employers, and will expand his practice to include complex commercial litigation.

Kyle has more than 14 years of experience litigating all manner of employment-related cases, from individual discrimination suits to thousand-member wage and hour class actions. His broad state and federal practice have involved claims for whistleblower retaliation, race discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, medical leave interference, wrongful discharge, fraud, and discrimination in places of public accommodation. Outside the courtroom, Kyle is recognized as a skilled negotiator of executive contracts and a thoughtful advocate in resolving contract disputes and non-competition agreements. 

Kyle is a gifted advocate. His commanding presence in the courtroom and keen intellect is matched by his deep compassion and stellar people skills. He is widely recognized for his practical experience and has spoken and contributed to publications on various topics including litigating Oregon employment claims, statutory interpretation, federal practice, alternative dispute resolution, EEOC enforcement, injured worker and workers’ compensation discrimination.  He also has extensive experience in state and federal appellate courts, having briefed and argued numerous times before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Oregon Court of Appeals.  

He is recognized by Super Lawyers®, both as a "Rising Star" and a "Super Lawyer" for twelve consecutive years (2008-present). Since 2016, Kyle has been included in Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law, and Labor and Employment Litigation. Kyle was recently named Best Lawyers' 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Law – Individuals, in Portland, Oregon, and a Labor & Employment Star by Benchmark Litigation®.


  • “The Missing Link: Interpreting Oregon’s Aid and Abet Statute,” Chapter, Employment Law Update, Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School (2016)
  • "Alternative Dispute Resolution," chapter, Oregon State Bar Legal Publications (2009)
  • "Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter: Supreme Court Update," Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section (2008-2015)
  • "Labor and Employment Law: Private Sector, Equal Employment Opportunity: Enforcement" Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education (2011)
  • "Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon," Oregon State Bar Legal Publications (2009)
  • "Representing Low-Wage Immigrant Workers on Wage & Hour and Workers’ Compensation Claims," Speaker and Author (2009)
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law – Individuals, Portland, Ore. 2020
  • Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Individuals; Litigation - Labor and Employment Law, 2016 to present
  • Super Lawyer, Employment Litigation – Plaintiff, Super Lawyers, 2019 – 2021; Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2008 to 2018
  • Labor & Employment Star, Benchmark Litigation
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section
  • Member, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Commissioner, City of Portland Human Rights Commission, 2011-2015 (Commission Chair – 2012-2013)
  • Chair, Portland Human Trafficking Task Force (2014-2017)
  • Volunteer, Hands On Greater Portland
  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Oregon
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University — J.D.
  • University of Oregon — B.A., Philosophy

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