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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2314

P.K. Runkles-Pearson

Partner

P.K. Runkles-Pearson joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in June 2014 as a partner on the education, appellate, and employment law practice teams. P.K. has more than a decade of experience representing employers and managers in litigation and before administrative bodies on a full array of employment issues, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, accommodation, family/medical leaves, whistleblowing, wage and hour, employee classification and independent contractor issues, noncompetition and trade-secret matters, and workplace torts such as defamation, wrongful discharge, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. P.K. counsels employers on all those issues and prepares and reviews employment handbooks and policies.

P.K. specializes in work for higher education institutions and other public, nonprofit, or mission-driven entities. Before joining Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, P.K. served as in-house counsel at Portland State University, managing litigation, student, and employment matters. She has regularly handled counseling and litigation involving students, including issues of accommodation, discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, and due process.

P.K. is also an accomplished appellate practitioner in Oregon and federal courts. Her experience includes appellate motions, merits briefing, and oral argument; amicus briefs; petitions for review to the Oregon Supreme Court; and petitions for writs of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. She served as law clerk to Justice Thomas A. Balmer of the Oregon Supreme Court.