Carolyn D. Walker

Carolyn D. Walker

Portland, OR

About Carolyn

Carolyn Walker is a partner of the firm practicing in the Labor and Employment group. She has extensive experience litigating and counseling clients on a wide variety of employment matters including retaliation; wrongful discharge claims based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age and religion; FMLA and state leave laws; sexual and racial harassment; disability discrimination; discipline and discharge; wage and hour; breaches of employment contracts; and other claims arising in the employment context.

Additionally, Carolyn investigates complaints of harassment and discrimination and responds to governmental agency complaints filed against employers. She has represented clients in jury trials, in arbitrations and mediations, and before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Carolyn represents employers across all industries, with a special concentration in the areas of health care, higher education, agriculture and energy.

Before Joining Stoel Rives, Carolyn was Of Counsel, Vantage Legal Solutions, LLC, Chicago, Illinois (2006‑2008); vice president of Business and Legal Operations, Cosmic Knits, Inc., Portland, Oregon (2005‑2007); shareholder (2000‑2005) and associate (1997‑1999), Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, LLP, Portland, Oregon; associate, Lindow & Treat, LLP, San Antonio, Texas (1996‑1997); associate, Jones Kurth & Treat, PC, San Antonio, Texas (1992‑1996); associate, Fulbright & Jaworski, San Antonio, Texas (1991‑1992); and systems analyst, Chrysler Motors Corporation (1986‑1988).

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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Employment Law-Management), 2012-2018
  • Included as a “Litigation Star,” by Benchmark Litigation, 2017-2018
  • Recipient, Multnomah Bar Association 2018 Professionalism Award
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Oregon) by Chambers USA (currently: Labor & Employment), 2017-2018
  • Included in “Top 250 Women in Litigation,” by Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2016
  • Former Commissioner, Government Standards and Practices Commission for state of Oregon
  • Former member, Judicial Screening Committee, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member, Stoel Rives Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2010-2016

Civic Activities

  • Advisor, former board member, Friends of the Children (Portland)
  • Board member, The Oregon Community Foundation
  • Board member, trustee, Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Chair, Metropolitan Portland Leadership Council of the Oregon Community Foundation, 2015-present
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Speaker, “Lightning Round: Staying Anchored with Your Top 10 Legal Updates,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 16th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 28, 2018
  • Speaker, “Avoid the Shipwreck and Protect the Treasure Chest: Departing Employees,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 16th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 28, 2018
  • Speaker, “Reasonable Accommodation - Beyond the Basics,” Stoel Rives Breakfast Briefing Seminar, Jan. 25, 2018
  • Speaker, “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” Stoel Rives Breakfast Briefing Seminar, Dec. 13, 2017
  • Speaker, “Navigating Reasonable Accommodation Law in the Modern Workplace,” NWEEO, Nov. 30, 2017
  • Speaker, “Gender and Race Redux: Identifying and Fixing the Racist and Sexist Realities of the Animal Protection Movement,” 25th Annual Animal Law Conference, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 14, 2017 
  • Speaker, “Lifting up the Next Generation Women,” 2017 Women in Leadership Symposium, Portland, Oregon, April 18, 2017
  • Speaker, “Race and Gender Issues within the Animal Rights Movement,” Animal Rights Conference, Pace University, Oct. 9, 2016
  • Speaker, “Best Practices in Employee Termination,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2, 2016
  • Speaker, “Oregon's New Statewide Sick Leave Law,” Stoel Rives LLP Labor and Employment Seminar, Dec. 3, 2015
  • Speaker, “Navigating Agency Complaints,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 13th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2015
  • “FMLA Leave or ADA Accommodation (Or Both)? Overview of Beyond the Basics,” Employers and the Law: 2013-2014 Anthology of Best Articles, 2014
  • Speaker, “Home Health Care Providers and the FLSA: My How Things Have Changed,” Oregon Health Care Association, Oct. 21, 2014
  • Speaker, “Responding to Discrimination Complaints – Expert Tips and Strategies for BOLI/EEOC Responses,” NW EEO/Affirmative Action Association, June 12, 2014
  • Speaker, “Family Leave and Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation – Beyond the Basics,” Stoel Rives LLP Labor and Employment Seminar, May 22, 2013
  • Speaker, “Dealing with Workplace Emergencies,” Eleventh Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, SHRM Oregon State Council, Feb. 28, 2013
  • Speaker, “Health Care Reform - After the Supreme Court's Decision: Group Health Plan Update 2012,” Stoel Rives LLP Labor and Employment Seminar, Oct. 4, 2012
  • Speaker, “Common Mistakes Employers Make,” Tenth Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, SHRM Oregon State Council, March 8, 2012

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