Kelly S. Riggs

Of Counsel || Portland (OR)

Kelly S. Riggs is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington and provides employment law litigation and counseling services to public and private employers of all sizes, with a special focus on working with healthcare employers.


Kelly has extensive experience representing and advising employers in the healthcare industry, including large and small health networks, hospitals, medical clinics, mental health practices, dental practices, public health districts, assisted living facilities, home care agencies, and other health-related entities. Prior to joining Ogletree in 2013, Kelly spent several years representing healthcare providers in employment, medical malpractice, licensing board, and health law matters, during which she gained a deep understanding of the healthcare environment and legal issues unique to the healthcare setting.

Kelly now applies that experience to regularly advise healthcare employers in areas such as:

  • HIPAA, health information privacy, and other data privacy laws
  • Retaliation and whistleblower claims related to patient health and safety
  • Responding to subpoenas or requests for protected health information
  • Legal issues arising when employees are also patients
  • Employee performance and discipline issues related to clinical practice
  • Licensing board disciplinary matters

Employment Litigation

Kelly represents employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies in single- and multi-plaintiff litigation involving claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and other federal and parallel state employment laws, including:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Wrongful termination
  • Retaliation and whistleblower
  • Disability discrimination/reasonable accommodation
  • Civil claims for sexual abuse or other substantial psychological or physical harm
  • Enforcement litigation related to I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification practices
  • Wage and hour claims
  • Claims related to employee theft/embezzlement

Employment Advice/Counseling

Kelly also regularly provides advice and counseling to employers on all aspects of employment law under state and federal laws to help minimize the risk of litigation in the first place, including:

  • Health information and data privacy
  • Employee Handbooks and other personnel policies
  • Employee discipline and termination
  • Reasonable accommodations/interactive process (employment and public accommodations)
  • State and federal family and medical leave and paid sick time laws
  • Internal investigations of employee misconduct or complaints
  • HR/supervisor training
  • Joint Employer Issues
  • I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and E-Verify Compliance and federal agency investigations

Representative Industries

Kelly has successfully represented and provided counseling advice to local, regional, and national employers across a wide spectrum of industries, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Food Processing
  • Farming
  • Commercial Trucking
  • Construction
  • Insurance
  • Technology
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Cannabis
  • Service Industries
Learn more about Kelly S. Riggs

Kelly’s broad experience successfully defending employers in employment-related claims includes:


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • American Healthcare Lawyers Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association – Health Law Section
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Washington County Bar Association


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