Carolyn D. Walker

Carolyn D. Walker
Partner
Portland, OR
P: 503.294.9358
Overview

About Carolyn

Carolyn Walker is a partner of the firm practicing in the Labor and Employment group. She has extensive experience litigating and counseling clients on a wide variety of employment matters including retaliation; wrongful discharge claims based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age and religion; FMLA and state leave laws; sexual and racial harassment; disability discrimination; discipline and discharge; wage and hour; breaches of employment contracts; and other claims arising in the employment context.

Additionally, Carolyn investigates complaints of harassment and discrimination and responds to governmental agency complaints filed against employers. She has represented clients in jury trials, in arbitrations and mediations, and before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Carolyn represents employers across all industries, with a special concentration in the areas of health care, higher education, agriculture and energy.

Before Joining Stoel Rives, Carolyn was Of Counsel, Vantage Legal Solutions, LLC, Chicago, Illinois (2006‑2008); vice president of Business and Legal Operations, Cosmic Knits, Inc., Portland, Oregon (2005‑2007); shareholder (2000‑2005) and associate (1997‑1999), Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, LLP, Portland, Oregon; associate, Lindow & Treat, LLP, San Antonio, Texas (1996‑1997); associate, Jones Kurth & Treat, PC, San Antonio, Texas (1992‑1996); associate, Fulbright & Jaworski, San Antonio, Texas (1991‑1992); and systems analyst, Chrysler Motors Corporation (1986‑1988).

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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Employment Law-Management), 2012-2017
  • Included as a “Litigation Star,” by Benchmark Litigation, 2017
  • Included in "Top 250 Women in Litigation," by Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2016
  • Former Commissioner, Government Standards and Practices Commission for state of Oregon
  • Former member, Judicial Screening Committee, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member, Stoel Rives Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2010-2016

Civic Activities

  • Board member, Friends of the Children (Portland)
  • Board member, Oregon Community Foundation
  • Trustee, Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Chair, Metropolitan Portland Leadership Council of the Oregon Community Foundation, 2015-present
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Speaker, “Lifting up the Next Generation Women,” 2017 Women in Leadership Symposium, Portland, Oregon, Apr. 18, 2017
  • Speaker, “Race and Gender Issues within the Animal Rights Movement,” Animal Rights Conference, Pace University, Oct. 9, 2016
  • Speaker, "Best Practices in Employee Termination," SHRM/Stoel Rives 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Mar. 2, 2016
  • Speaker, "Oregon's New Statewide Sick Leave Law," Stoel Rives LLP Labor and Employment Seminar, Dec. 3, 2015
  • Speaker, "Navigating Agency Complaints," SHRM/Stoel Rives 13th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Mar. 2015
  • “FMLA Leave or ADA Accommodation (Or Both)? Overview of Beyond the Basics,” Employers and the Law: 2013-2014 Anthology of Best Articles, 2014
  • Speaker, “Home Health Care Providers and the FLSA: My How Things Have Changed,” Oregon Health Care Association, Oct. 21, 2014
  • Speaker, “Responding to Discrimination Complaints – Expert Tips and Strategies for BOLI/EEOC Responses,” NW EEO/Affirmative Action Association, June 12, 2014
  • Speaker, "Family Leave and Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation – Beyond the Basics," Stoel Rives LLP Labor and Employment Seminar, May 22, 2013
  • Speaker, "Dealing with Workplace Emergencies," Eleventh Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, SHRM Oregon State Council, Feb. 28, 2013
  • Speaker, "Health Care Reform - After the Supreme Court's Decision: Group Health Plan Update 2012," Stoel Rives LLP Labor and Employment Seminar, Oct. 4, 2012
  • Speaker, "Common Mistakes Employers Make," Tenth Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, SHRM Oregon State Council, Mar. 8, 2012



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