Kjersten H. Turpen

Shareholder || Portland (OR)

Kjersten represents domestic and international employers in all areas of employment law. She has extensive experience litigating claims of trade secret misappropriation, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations. She represents clients 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. She is licensed in Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho.

Kjersten also provides comprehensive employment law counseling on managing day-to-day risk in the workplace, including best practices for employee hiring and separation. She regularly 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.

Prior to private practice, Kjersten twice clerked for federal judges in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, where she was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service.

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.

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Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • SHRM
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel – Board of Directors (2020); Employment Practice Group Chair (2019); Employment Practice Group Vice Chair (2018); Employment Practice Group Publications Liaison (2017)
  • California State Bar – Labor and Employment Section
  • Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter – Labor and Employment Law Section