We represent individuals and businesses in litigation matters in Washington, Oregon and California, with particular expertise in employment and commercial litigation.
Our employment litigation experience is deep and broad. We regularly handle the following types of matters for our business and individual clients: wage and hour claims, discrimination claims, sexual harassment claims, and wrongful termination.
1 Southwest Columbia Street
Portland OR 97258
We are drawn to employment litigation by our desire to help people and to hold employers accountable.
Prior to forming Stutheit Kalin, we worked at large law firms who primarily defended employers. We formed our own firm because we wanted to practice law without ideology, and without the constraints inherent in large firm practice. We wanted the freedom to choose our clients and cases based on their merit Ã¢ÂÂ not whether they were plaintiffs or defendants, businesses or people. We believe our experience representing a broad spectrum of clients gives us unique insight and makes us better lawyers.
I am passionate about the practice of law and committed to the success of my clients. I have been a litigator since graduating from law school in 2001. Prior to opening my own firm, I worked for large defense-oriented law firms in Seattle and Portland.
I founded my own firm because I was frustrated by the constraints of law firm life. Constraints on who I could represent, on how I could represent them, and how I could charge them.
I am proud to have attended the public schools of Vancouver, Washington. I am equally proud of the year I spent at Clark Community College. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Redlands (in Southern California) in 1998, where I was an English major, resident advisor and burrito connoisseur.
Rather than put my ever-useful Creative Writing degree to work, I enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where I earned honors in legal writing and served as an editor on the Journal of Labor and Employment Law.
I enjoy fishing, hiking, photography, terrible television shows, and spending time with my wife and two children. I prefer flip-flops to wingtips, the Beatles to the Stones, and the Timbers to the Blazers.
Bar Number: 32090
Bar Number: 061248
University of Redlands
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Before forming Stutheit Kalin, I practiced labor and employment law for 13 years, first at Perkins Coie LLP and then at Ongaro Burtt LLP, an employment litigation boutique firm in San Francisco that merged with Thompson & Knight LLP. I have practiced in Portland since 2005. I have substantial experience litigating complex wage and hour class actions in California and Oregon. I also handle single-plaintiff claims involving discrimination based on race, sex and national origin, sexual harassment, disability discrimination and accommodation, and claims involving denial of protected leave.
My Northwest roots are deep. I grew up on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and then studied dance and history at the University of Washington before attending law school at Boalt Hall at the University of California – Berkeley. At Boalt, I was an editor on the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice and interned at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office. I spent my third year at Harvard Law School before returning to the Bay Area, following my graduation in 2000.
In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, strong coffee, bargain shopping and being the least crafty person in Portland.
University of Washington
Boalt Hall - University of California at Berkeley
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