Andrea H. Thompson

Portland, OR

About Andrea

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.

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  • 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.
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Honors & Activities

  • Listed among Rising Stars (currently: Employment Litigation: Defense, Schools & Education), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2012-2017
  • 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
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Speaker, “Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 15th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Mar. 2017
  • Speaker, “Employee Classification Best Practices with an Update on the New Department of Labor Regulations,” Stoel Rives Breakfast Briefing Seminar, Sept. 2016
  • 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

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