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Kjersten H. Turpen

Fax +1.503.248.9085

Kjersten Turpen represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination and harassment litigation, wage and hour claims, and providing comprehensive employment law counseling. She has extensive experience litigating employment cases in state and federal courts, and in matters filed with administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the State of Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Ms. Turpen regularly provides counseling to employers on a variety of personnel issues, including policies and procedures, hiring, termination, leaves, overtime compensation, and disability accommodations. She also provides sexual harassment prevention and other trainings, and serves as an independent investigator into employee complaints.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Turpen served as a partner at an American law firm where she gained extensive experience litigating employment cases in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including preparing successful motions, effective witness preparation, efficient management of all stages of discovery, and strategic representation of clients at mediation.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
    • Employment Practice Group Chair (2019)
    • Employment Practice Group Vice Chair (2018)
    • Employment Practice Group Publications Liaison (2017)
  • Society for Human Resource Management: Member (2019-present)
  • Oregon State Bar, Labor and Employment Section
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter
  • Defense Research Institute, Labor & Employment Law Committee

Additional Information

  • “Understanding and Avoiding Discrimination and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” BOLI (2019)
  • "Pay Equity in Oregon," BOLI (2018)
  • "Documentation, Discipline & Discharge," BOLI (2018)
  • “Ethics in Settlement for Class and Complex Litigation,” ABA Litigation Section Roundtable (February 2015)