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
  • Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law (6th Ed.)
  • Chair, Oregon New Lawyers Division Law Related Education Subcommittee (2011-present)
  • Assistant Editor, The Affiliate newsletter, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, (2011-present)
  • 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


  • "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

Civic Activities

  • Coach, Parkrose High School Constitution Team


  • Regularly contributes to the Stoel Rives World of Employment blog
  • "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


  • 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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