Melissa J. Healy


Melissa Healy is a litigation associate practicing in the firm's Labor and Employment group. Her practice focuses on providing advice in employment law matters, representing management in employment litigation, and providing traditional labor support to employers.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Melissa was an associate at Barran Liebman LLP (2010-2012), and a judicial law clerk for Justice W. Scott Bales of the Arizona Supreme Court (2009-2010).

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Employment & Labor), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2013-2015
  • Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law (6th Ed.)
  • Board member, Oregon Southwest Washington Industry Liaison Group (2014-present)
  • Chair, Oregon New Lawyers Division Law Related Education Subcommittee (2011-present)
  • Assistant Editor, The Affiliate newsletter, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, (2011-2014)
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Membership Committee, (2010-2013)
  • Member, Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Member, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association


  • "New Oregon Employment Laws for 2016," OSWILG, Dec. 7, 2015
  • "Oregon's New Statewide Sick Leave Law," Stoel Rives Breakfast Seminar, Dec. 3, 2015
  • "Discrimination in the Workplace," University of Oregon School of Law, Apr. 17, 2015
  • "Weaving Through Complicated Americans with Disabilities Act Scenarios," SHRM/Stoel Rives 13th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Mar. 2015
  • "But I Was Off the Clock: Managing Off-Duty Conduct," Stoel Rives Breakfast Seminar, Nov. 12, 2014
  • "Harassment & Discrimination in the Workplace: What You Need to Know," SHRM Rogue Valley Chapter May Legal Seminar, May 15, 2014
  • "Hot Topics: New Developments in Labor and Employment Law," SHRM Rogue Valley Chapter May Legal Seminar, May 15, 2014
  • "Labor and Employment Law 101," University of Oregon School of Law, Feb. 21, 2014
  • "Portland Paid Sick Leave," Stoel Rives Breakfast Seminar, Feb. 5, 2014
  • "Portland Sick Leave: What Employers Need to Know," Western Pension & Benefits Conference, Nov. 4, 2013
  • "Labor and Employment Law 101," Willamette University College of Law, Sept. 6, 2013
  • Speaker, "Putting Out Kitchen Fires: Dealing with Workplace Emergencies," SHRM 11th Annual Employment Law Conference, Feb. 28, 2013
  • Speaker, "Workplace Investigations of Employment Issues," Pacific Northwest Paralegal Association, Nov. 28, 2012


  • Regularly contributes to the Stoel Rives World of Employment blog
  • "College Football Elections and 'Negative Comment' Protections: What's New at the NLRB" (coauthor), News & Views, the Portland Human Resource Management Association newsletter, May 2014
  • "ORS 652.150: Tips to Address and Resolve Loopholes in the Statute's 12-Day Safe Harbor Provision" (coauthor), The Verdict, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel newsletter, Issue 2, 2014
  • "Tips for Employers on Weathering the Storm This Winter" (coauthor), News & Views, the Portland Human Resource Management Association newsletter, Mar. 2014
  • "Be Cautious When Classifying Workers as Independent Contractors," The Young Lawyer, July/Aug. 2013
  • "2013-14 Incoming ABA President: James R. Silkenat," American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Affiliate Newsletter, July/Aug. 2013
  • "High School Diploma Required: Employers Should be Cautious about Educational Qualifications when Hiring," Daily Journal of Commerce, Dec. 21, 2011
  • "Give Young Lawyers Skills Through Public Service," American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Affiliate Newsletter, Sept./Oct. 2011
  • "Employers Should Beware of 'Cat's Paw' Liability," Coast River Business Journal, Aug. 2011
  • "Pitfalls of Summer Internships, and Summer in General," Daily Journal of Commerce, June 23, 2011
  • "Kentucky Young Lawyers as Leaders," American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Affiliate Newsletter, May/June 2011
  • "What to Know Before you Check an Employee's Credit History," Daily Journal of Commerce, Jan. 28, 2011

Civic Activities

  • Coach, Parkrose High School Constitution Team


  • University of Arizona, J.D., 2009, magna cum laude
    Order of the Coif
    Executive Note Editor and Writer, Arizona Law Review
    Perry Rogers Scholar
  • University of Oregon, B.A., Political Science, 2004, summa cum laude with departmental honors


  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

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