Brent Hamilton practices in Stoel Rives’ Labor & Employment group, where he advises clients regarding emerging Oregon and federal employment laws, including Paid Leave Oregon, Oregon predictive scheduling, the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act, and employee vs. independent contractor classification.

Brent has first-chaired a six-day jury trial in Oregon state court and briefed, argued, and won a variety of dispositive motions as well as assisted on appeals arising out of those motions.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Brent was an associate and senior associate with two regional law firms. While attending law school, he was a law clerk with the Oregon Department of Justice, Trial Division.


University of Oregon Law School, J.D., 2013; Articles Editor, Staff Editor, Oregon Law Review; Outstanding Student in Law and Entrepreneurship Award

Gonzaga University School of Business, M.B.A., Concentration: Finance, 2010

Gonzaga University, B.A., History/Political Science, 2016, magna cum laude




  • First-chair on six-day jury trial in Multnomah County (Oregon).
  • Won motion for summary judgment in U.S. District Court of Oregon on behalf of an employer against claims of sexual harassment and discrimination.
  • Won motion to dismiss with prejudice on behalf of an employer against claims of race and sex discrimination.
  • Successfully defended numerous employers in connection with audits by the U.S. Department of Labor, including Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
  • Led internal investigation of cross claims alleging harassment, discrimination, and retaliation made by and against high-level company officials.


Insights & Presentations

  • “Portland teacher strike weighs on families’ finances but unlikely to rattle broader economy” (quoted), oregonlive.com, November 16, 2023


  • Listed among Rising Stars (Employment Litigation, Employment & Labor, Business Litigation) Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2019–2023
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch (Litigation – Labor & Employment), Best Lawyers, 2022–2024



  • Pro Bono Committee, Young Lawyers Section, Multnomah Bar Association, 2016–2018
  • Pro Bono / General Counsel, Portland Human Resources Management Association, 2018–present
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