Kjersten H. Turpen
Kjersten Turpen represents domestic and international employers in all areas of employment law. She provides comprehensive employment law counseling on managing day-to-day risk in the workplace, including best practices for employee hiring and separation, in particular with regard to drafting and enforcing non-competition agreements and other measures employers can take to protect their confidential and proprietary information. She frequently prepares executive agreements and separation agreements. Her experience includes advising clients regarding complex labor and employment issues in both domestic and international mergers and acquisitions.
Kjersten also has extensive experience litigating claims of trade secret misappropriation, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations. She represents clients in Oregon, Washington, and California in private arbitrations, federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its state counterparts. Kjersten has obtained favorable verdicts and settlements for clients across a variety of industries and during all phases of litigation.
Kjersten is a frequent speaker and author on key employment law issues. Recent topics include COVID-19 implications for the workplace, and new legislation and case law impacting employers.
- Multnomah Bar Association, Member
- Oregon State Bar
- Labor & Employment Section, Member
- California State Bar
- Labor and Employment Law Section, Member
- Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC)
- Board of Directors, 2020
- Employment Practice Group
- Chair, 2019
- Vice Chair, 2018
- Publications Liaison, 2017
- National Association of Women Lawyers, Member, 2020-present
- Association for Corporate Growth, Portland Chapter, Member
- U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Malcolm F. Marsh, 2000-2003
- U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Michael R. Hogan, 1999-2000
- Society for Human Resource Management, Member, 2019-present
- Earned the Distinguished Service Award presented by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon which recognizes exemplary service to the judiciary.