Matt Tellam represents employers in a variety of employment-related matters, including agency actions, disputes and litigation, workplace investigations, labor negotiations and arbitrations, and advice and counsel. He has considerable experience assisting employers with employee separations, including reductions in force.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Matt guided clients through family law matters including divorces, modifications, family abuse prevention act matters, and relocation proceedings. In addition to representing clients in contested court hearings, Matt represented clients in alternative dispute resolution settings, including mediation and arbitration. 


University of Washington Law School, J.D., 2019

University of Oregon, B.S., Political Science/minor: Economics, 2012; Dean’s List



United States District Court for the District of Oregon


  • Advise employers at all stages of the employee separation process, including situations involving reductions in force.
  • Advise employers during labor organizing activity and election petitions.
  • Conduct workplace investigations and advise on Title IX matters.
  • Advise employers on agency matters, litigation, labor grievances, and arbitrations.
  • Advise employers on compliance with Title VII and the ADA, including accommodations in the workplace.
  • Successfully defended health care employer in labor arbitration involving the grievance of employee discipline.


Insights & Presentations

  • “Best Practices in Employee Separations, Including Reductions in Force,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 21st Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2023
  • “Five Legal and Regulatory Employment Updates for Manufacturers” (co-author), Portland Business Journal, September 2022
  • “Ore. Employers Must Heed Challenged Heat, Smoke Rules” (co-author), Law360, August 2022
  • “Harassment and Discrimination: Awareness and Avoidance,” (co-presenter), Client Training, June 2022
  • “Legal & Legislative Update,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 20th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2022



  • Oregon State Bar Association, Member
  • SHRM/Stoel Rives Labor and Employment Law Conference, Co-Chair, 2023 and 2024


  • The Children’s Representation Project, Multnomah County, 2019–2022
  • Child and Youth Advocacy Clinic, Former Volunteer


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