Ursula A. Kienbaum

Shareholder Portland (OR)

Ursula Kienbaum has spent her entire legal career representing and counseling  employers in traditional labor and employment law matters. Specializing in traditional labor relations, particularly in the manufacturing, food processing, waste disposal, and telecommunications industries, Ursula represents employers in representation and decertification proceedings, union campaigns, strike preparation, contract administration, and labor arbitrations. Ursula also has significant experience investigating and responding to unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board.

In addition, having a broad background in employment law, Ursula routinely assists clients with day-to-day employment issues (discipline, discharge, and wage and hour issues), and has experience defending employment harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims before state and federal courts and the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Ursula also has experience representing and advising clients regarding independent contractor misclassification issues, including audits with the Oregon Department of Labor and the Oregon Employment Department.  Recognized as an Oregon Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2012-2014, Ursula greatly values the strong relationships that she builds with her clients.


Ursula’s experience in labor and employment law includes:

  • Lead counsel in numerous labor arbitrations, including successful representation in multiple discharge cases involving long-term employees.
  • Routinely advising employers in contract administration, including assistance with grievance processing and contract interpretation.
  • Investigating, responding, and filing to unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, including successful representation of discharge, discipline, and contract interpretation cases.
  • Representing clients in representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, including objections and appeals.
  • Extensive involvement in union representation campaigns, decertifications, and strikes, including drafting of strike pleadings.
  • Successful representation in state and federal courts, including wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and breach of duty of fair representation claims.
  • Assisting clients with independent contractor misclassification matters, including audits by various state administrative agencies and defense of claims for unemployment benefits by independent contractors.
  • Years of experience investigating and responding to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation charges filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Oregon Women Lawyers Association

Published Works


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Media Quotes

December 2014 - HR Magazine - "Material Changes to Job Duties Can Support Bias Claim"
October 2014 - HR Magazine - "Prohibiting Male Guards for Female Inmates Challenged"
August 04, 2014 - SHRM.org - "Prohibiting Male Guards for Female Inmates Might Be Discriminatory"