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, Jan. 2006

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