Britney A. Colton

Britney A. Colton

Chief Administrative Officer
Portland, OR

About Britney

Britney Colton is Stoel Rives’ Chief Administrative Officer and a licensed attorney. She is responsible for providing firm-wide strategic direction and daily oversight of the following functions: Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Talent Development & Diversity, Office Administration, Administrative Support, Library/Knowledge Management, Paralegals, Practice and Project Support, and Practice Assistants (legal secretaries). Her charter is to maximize the utilization, efficiency, and effectiveness of all department personnel.

Britney serves as a trusted advisor to firm leadership and is a member of the Administrative Leadership Team. She is responsible for ensuring the entirety of the human capital functions, policies, and programs foster a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive work environment that motivates employees, recognizes successes, retains strong performers, and aligns with the firm’s strategic goals and objectives.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Britney was Director, Labor & Employee Relations, (2016–2018) and Deputy (then Senior) General Counsel (2006–2016) for TriMet. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon School of Law (2011–2016) and an attorney for Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP (2005–2006). She was a Judicial Clerk for Chief Judge Ancer L. Haggerty for the United States District Court, District of Oregon (2003–2005).

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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Board of Governors’ Unlawful Practice of Law Committee, Chair, 2013
  • Oregon State Bar Speakers Bureau, 2007–Present
  • Speaker on ADA Title II-Public Transit, Willamette Law School, 2010–2013
  • Speaker on Peer Review Panel, Los Angeles Mass Transit Authority, 2012
  • Board of Governors’ Federal Practice & Procedures Committee, 2010–2012
  • Oregon State Bar Practice & Procedures Committee, 2008–2010
  • Volunteer Legal Research & Writing Judge for University of Oregon School of Law, 2007–2008, 2010
  • YLS Professional Education & Development Committee, 2005–2007

Civic Activities

  • Volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters as a “Big Sister,” 2008–09
  • Volunteer Coach for Lake Oswego Mock Trial Team/Classroom Law Project, 2006
  • Volunteer Advisor for high school “We the People”/Classroom Law Project competition, 2004–2006
  • Volunteer Judge, high school mock trial competition/Classroom Law Project, 2004, 2007–2008
  • Volunteer English teacher for Spanish-speaking students through Portland Literacy Council at Portland Community College, 2005
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Preparing for the Silver Tsunami and Promoting Values of Diversity and Inclusion” (panelist), 5th Annual Enterprise Risk Management Symposium, April 2019
  • “Lumber Company Not Liable under ELL or in Negligence for Death of Its Independent Contractor’s Employee,” Recent Case Notes, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel journal, summer 2006
  • “Washburn v. Columbia Forest Products: Good News for Employers in Oregon,” Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, Employment Advisory Bulletin, May 2006
  • “Knock, Knock! The Inspector is at Your Door,” Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, Environmental Advisory Bulletin, January 2006

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