Ryan S. Kunkel

Ryan S. Kunkel
Portland, OR

About Ryan

I help employers resolve employment-related disputes in litigation and counsel clients to help prevent those disputes in the first place. My practice also includes helping management resolve complex labor disputes, including organizing drives, NLRB proceedings, and work stoppages. You can find me frequently contributing to the award-winning blog Stoel Rives World of Employment.  

Prior to joining the firm, I worked as a legislative assistant in the United States House of Representatives, where I advised a member of Congress on a variety of policy issues and built coalitions to support the Congressperson’s legislative agenda.

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  • Legal extern, United States District Court, Court of Oregon, Honorable Marco Hernandez
  • Legal Writing Fellow, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • United States House of Representatives, Legislative Assistant
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Best Appellate Brief and Outstanding Oral Advocate Awards, First-Year Moot Court Competition (2013)

Civic Activities

  • Judge, Lewis & Clark Law School Moot Court
  • Coach, Lincoln High School and Wood Middle School Constitution Teams (2013)
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • "Whistleblower Retaliation Protection Expands in Oregon," Stoel Rives World of Employment, 2017
  • Presenter, “Wage and Hour Update (Focus on New Oregon Paycheck Law and Check-in on DOL Exempt Status Rules),” SHRM/Stoel Rives 15th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2017
  • Presenter, “Employee Classification Best Practices with an Update on the New Department of Labor Regulations,” Stoel Rives Breakfast Briefing Seminar, Sept. 2016
  • Co-presented on “Labor Update” and “Legal Update” panels at the 14th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, 2016
  • “It’s a Trap! Students Receiving Credit Need Not be Paid?” Stoel Rives World of Employment, 2016
  • “EEOC Promotes Gender Equality by Imposing Another Burden on Employers,” Stoel Rives World of Employment, 2016
  • “What Employers Can and Cannot Say During a Union Organizing Campaign,” Stoel Rives World of Employment, 2016
  • Co-presented “Barrel Racing: Weaving Through Complicated Scenarios under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” HR Rodeo: 13th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, Multnomah Athletic Club, 2015
  • See more of my blog posts at Stoel Rives World of Employment blog

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