Jennifer A. Nelson

Shareholder || Portland (OR)

Jennifer A. Nelson represents public and private employers in all aspects of employment law, including matters involving:

  • discrimination;
  • harassment;
  • wrongful termination;
  • retaliation;
  • reasonable accommodation;
  • non-competition/non-solicitation;
  • wage and hour issues; and
  • class action claims.

She has successfully represented employers in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho in state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Washington Human Rights Commission, and the Idaho Human Rights Commission.

Jennifer also counsels both large and small companies on a variety of employment issues, including:

  • employee discipline and termination;
  • pay equity audits and compliance recommendations;
  • wage and hour compliance;
  • policy drafting;
  • reasonable accommodation; and
  • adherence to federal and state family and medical leave laws.

Additionally, she has spoken at several employment law seminars and provides management, human resources and employee training.

Learn more about Jennifer A. Nelson


  • J.D., University of California School of Law, Los Angeles, 2003
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Idaho, 1999

Admittance to Practice

  • Oregon
  • Idaho
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho

Professional Activities

  • Oregon State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Idaho State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Multnomah County Bar Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - "#MeToo, #MeThree, #MeFour: Best Practices for Preventing Workplace Harassment and Investigating Harassment Claims" - Boise - October 24, 2018
  • Portland Human Resources Management Association - "HR on (Mock) Trial: Disability & Retaliation - Would You Make the Same Decisions?" - Portland - September 19, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "How In-House Counsel and HR Professionals Can Work Together to Reduce HR Burnout" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Podcast - "Translating the Legalese of Pay Equity" - January 22, 2018
  • National Business Institute Human Resource Law From Start to Finish Seminar - "Alternative Dispute Resolution: Escaping a Runaway Jury" - October 11, 2017
  • Oregon Association of Corporate Counsel - "Arbitration: Is the Dispute Arbitrable, Class Action Waivers, and Drafting Considerations" - Portland - November 2015
  • February 15, 2018 - Portland Business Journal - "Thought Leader Forum: New pay equity rules are near. Is your company ready?"
  • Best Lawyers in America (2019)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2009 and 2010)
  • “Rising Star” – Super Lawyers Oregon (2009- present)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

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