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Chief Administrative Officer

Britney A. Colton


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, Facilities, 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 of Labor & Employee Relations and Deputy (then Senior) General Counsel for TriMet. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. She was a Judicial Clerk for Chief Judge Ancer L. Haggerty for the United States District Court, District of Oregon.


University of Oregon, J.D. 2003, with honors; Order of the Coif; National Dean’s List; University of Oregon Scholar; Managing Editor, Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation

Southern Oregon University, B.A., Communication: Journalism, minor in Spanish, 2000, magna cum laude; Oregon Laurel’s Scholar; Editor-in-Chief of college newspaper, The Siskiyou

Universidad del Sagrado Corazon, Exchange in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1999



United States District Court for the District of Oregon



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



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


  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters as a “Big Sister,” former Volunteer
  • Lake Oswego Mock Trial Team/Classroom Law Project, former Volunteer Coach
  • High school “We the People”/Classroom Law Project competition, former Volunteer Advisor
  • High school mock trial competition/Classroom Law Project, former Volunteer Judge
  • Spanish-speaking students through Portland Literacy Council at Portland Community College, former Volunteer English teacher
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