Caroline R. Guest

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Although Caroline has been an employment defense litigator for almost two and a half decades, her true passion is assisting clients avoid litigation altogether, which she accomplishes by providing prompt, practical, business-driven advice. In 2008, Caroline left private practice and worked as the executive vice president of human resources of a national retailer with over 27,000 employees throughout the United States and Canada. That experience provided Caroline with invaluable insight into what companies value most about their outside counsel: a thorough understanding of the organization’s business realities, and the ability to manage legal challenges with advice that is business-oriented and not just compliance-driven. Since returning to private practice, Caroline has incorporated these key insights into all her client relationships.

In concert with her active advice practice, Caroline also regularly conducts training for supervisors and managers. In addition to teaching the fundamentals of the law and best practices for avoiding both company and individual liability, Caroline focuses on coaching managers on performance management, which she views as the all-too-often overlooked keystone to creating a positive, successful workforce that meets the company’s business objectives.

When litigation is unavoidable, Caroline brings a long track record of success in both state and federal court, having successfully defended clients in claims of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation based on disability, gender, pregnancy, age, whistleblowing, and public accommodation law, particularly with respect to service animals.

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Education

  • J.D., University of Oregon, 1994
  • A.B., Smith College, 1981

Admittance to Practice

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington

Professional Activities

  • Oregon Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association

Speeches

  • Bureau of Labor and Industries - "Avoiding Employers' Number 1 Risk - Retaliation Claims" - Portland - November 15, 2016
  • Bureau of Labor and Industries - "Workplace Harassment" - Portland - November 2, 2015
  • Sequoia Equities - "Discrimination and Harassment Free Workplace" - Portland - November 2014
  • Oregon Banker’s Association Human Resource Committee - "Legal Update" - Portland - April 2014
  • Oregon Cannabis Industry Association - "Oregon Marijuana Business Law 101" - Portland - February 2014
  • Morrison Child and Family Services - "A Guide to Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace" - Portland - December 2013
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Oregon Chapter - "Executive Errors: Helping Companies Avoid Self-Inflicted Wounds" - Portland - November 2013
  • Heron Lakes Golf Course - "Supervisor Training" - Portland - November 2013
  • Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Annual Conference - "Workplace Investigations: Just the Facts" - Portland - November 2012
  • Client Presentation - "Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation" - February 9, 2012
  • Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Annual Conference - "Workplace Investigation: Managing a Modern Workforce" - Portland - December 2011
  • NWEEO/Affirmative Action Association - "Addressing Disciplinary and Terminations Issues while Avoiding Legal Pitfalls" - September 15, 2011
  • Client Presentation - "Supervisor Training: Steering Clear of the Bermuda Triangle of Employment Laws" - August 16, 2011
  • Bandon Dunes Golf Resort - "Managing Within the Law" - Bandon - March 2011
  • Multnomah Bar Association - "The Latest in Whistleblowing Under State and Federal Law" - Portland - March 2011

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • Acritas Star (2018-present)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Best Lawyers in America (2014 to present)
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell