Laura is a trial lawyer and a skilled advocate. She has successfully represented employers and employees in hundreds of disputes, ranging from single-person contract disputes to multi-thousand person class actions. Top crisis communications expert Shannon Berg says about Laura "If you are in the fight of your life, you want Laura in your corner."
Laura is currently focused on assisting her clients during the COVID-19 crisis. Laura advises employers on navigating the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, managing workforce layoffs, furloughs, and sick leave, and keeping employees safe in the workplace. She represents clients in a variety of employment law issues including trade secrets, wage and hour disputes, discrimination charges, sexual harassment allegations, whistleblower claims, and noncompetition/nonsolicitation agreements. She also has a broad range of experience litigating claims in state and federal court arising under the Equal Pay Act, Family Medical Leave Act, the Oregon Family Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as representing clients before the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Laura is equally adept at advocating for her clients in the courtroom and advising them in the boardroom. She brings a trial lawyer’s perspective to employment disputes, which enables her to quickly get to the heart of legal issues and develop a strategy to solve often-complex problems. A natural “people person,” Laura communicates effectively with business owners, opposing counsel, and judges. One of her clients recently said "Laura provided good counsel in the negotiation of a complicated retirement agreement. Her assistance was done in a timely manner, on budget, with outstanding client service. Her advocacy led to a successful outcome for my case." Another business owner Laura represented in enforcing a noncompetition agreement commented, "We got a speedy resolution that met our objectives. I am so impressed with the help she provided." Laura is also an ardent advocate. As one client put it "When life throws you a curveball, grab a bat and swing! Thanks, Laura for being our bat."
Laura has significant experience in state and federal courts, mediations, and arbitrations. She has first-chair jury trial experience, has taken and defended numerous depositions, and has argued key pretrial and dispositive motions.
Laura has given more than 100 presentations and continuing education courses on various topics, including general employment law, anti-discrimination and harassment, social media in the workplace, and pay equity. She has served as the keynote speaker at large conferences such as Oregon Health & Science University’s Women in Academic Medicine and she presents to various business groups ranging from Disrupt HR, Rotary, and others. She has also presented numerous times on COVID-19 related issues such as reopening the workplace, social distancing policies, safety in the workplace, and remote working policies.
Laura was recently recognized by the Oregon Commission for Women as a 2021 Women of Achievement honoree. Additionally, she is recognized by Best Lawyers in America, named a Super Lawyer by Oregon Super Lawyers, honored by the University of Oregon School of Law as an Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2016, selected by the Portland Business Journal as a “Forty Under 40” honoree in 2018, and honored as a Woman of Influence by the Portland Business Journal. In 2019, Portland Business Journal's parent company, the Business Journals, recognized Laura as one of the top 100 Legal Influencers in the U.S.
Awards and Honors
In the News
Watch Laura's December 16, 2019, DisruptHR presentation: Disrupt Inequity: Equal Pay in 2019
Boards and Affiliations
Admitted to Practice
June 23, 2019
The Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017: Understanding Inequity, Complying with the Law, and Taking the Lead on Change
June 11, 2019
From the #MeToo Movement to the #WeToo Movement: Solving the gender equality problem together
December 08, 2017
Harassment in the Workplace: Five Portland Employment Lawyers on How Businesses Need to React
Employer Resources from April 29, 2020 webinar Leading Through COVID-19 (Big picture considerations for employers as they reopen their workplaces)
When the Jury is Your Client: Defending the Use of an Anonymous Jury in the Malheur Occupation Trial