Andrea H. Thompson


Andrea Thompson focuses on representing employers in all areas of employment law, with an emphasis on defending lawsuits and administrative charges, and resolving employment-related disputes. Her experience covers litigating discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower claims; wage-and-hour issues; workplace torts, such as wrongful termination; and contract disputes. She has defended health care organizations; manufacturing, technology, and forest products companies; higher education institutions; and nonprofit and public entities. Drawing on her litigation experience, Andrea also advises employers on litigation prevention strategies and practical legal compliance.

Representative Work

  • Successfully defended health care provider in multimillion-dollar lawsuit alleging hostile work environment based on race, gender, and national origin discrimination; retaliation; negligent supervision; intentional infliction of emotional distress; family leave violations; and wage-and-hour violations.
  • Obtained favorable pre-trial settlement for large regional health care system in $7 million age and gender discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of lawsuit with zero-dollar settlement for large regional health care system in failure to accommodate disability discrimination claim.
  • Obtained favorable resolution in advance of class certification in multistate collective action wage-and-hour lawsuit on behalf of assisted living and memory care centers.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal for Fortune 500 manufacturer in federal failure to accommodate, family leave, and disability discrimination lawsuit.
  • Successfully represented large North American forest products company in whistleblower administrative charge with simultaneous OSHA and DEQ enforcement actions.
  • Obtained favorable resolution for Fortune 500 manufacturer in same-sex sexual harassment, workers’ compensation retaliation, protected medical leave retaliation, and wrongful termination lawsuit.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal for high-tech manufacturer in wage-and-hour lawsuit involving discretionary incentive compensation and enforcement of employee separation agreement.

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Employment & Labor), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2012-2016
  • Co-Chair, Stoel Rives-SHRM Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2013-2016
  • Campaign for Equal Justice: Associates Committee, 2013-2016; Associates Committee Recognition, 2013
  • Oregon State Bar Committees: Legal Services Committee, Secretary 2016, Member 2014-2016; Pro Bono Committee, 2010-2013
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Member, Oregon State Bar and American Bar Associations, Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections
  • Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Volunteer Attorney, Stoel Rives Pro Bono Night Clinic and U.S. District of Oregon and Ninth Circuit Pro Bono programs
  • Stoel Rives Pro Bono Award, 2009-2010, 2013

Recent Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, “Effective Tips for Working With Outside Counsel,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Mar. 2016
  • Speaker, “What You Need to Know About Off-Duty Conduct & Employee Discipline,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 13th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Mar. 2015
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics & Legal Updates for HR Professionals in Higher Education,” Oregon College and University Professional Association for Human Resources Spring Conference, 2014
  • Speaker, “Litigation 101: What Every HR Professional Should Know,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 12th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Mar. 2014
  • Speaker, “Effective Supervisory Practices,” Willamette Valley Higher Education HR Consortium Management Development Series, 2013-2014
  • Speaker, “Ingredients and Substitutions: Practical ADA Inquiries,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 2013
  • Author, “Oregon Supreme Court Holds Employee’s Detrimental Reliance on Employer’s Statement Created Binding Job Offer,” The Verdict, 2013


  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 2008
    Order of the Coif
  • Portland State University, B.S., 2004, Sociology, summa cum laude


  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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