Joel Christiansen

Attorney at Law

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Hi, I’m Joel Christiansen. Since 2008, I have represented employees and small business employers in a wide variety of employment law matters. I provide one-off consultations, ongoing strategic advice in transactional matters, and representation in lawsuits/negotiations against employers who break the law. I also defend small business owners against unfounded employment lawsuits. I deal with every imaginable employment-related government agency. I accept cases throughout Oregon, including rural and frontier areas of our state.

My recent experience includes plaintiffing and defending contract cases, noncompete and trade secret cases, wrongful termination cases, wage and hour disputes, and whistleblowing (private and public sector) matters. My clients range socioeconomically from sub-minimum wage workers to chief executives. I am admitted to practice law in all Oregon state courts and the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. Super Lawyers has listed me as a “Rising Star” in Oregon employment law every year since 2014.

I previously worked as an associate attorney in Portland and as a sole practitioner. During law school, I was a law clerk at the Southern California class action firm that handled the trial court and 9th Circuit appellate litigation in the case that became known as AT&T v. Concepcion. Among other things, I worked on product origin fraud cases (e.g., foreign-made consumer products sold as “Made in the U.S.A.” and foreign grown produce sold as “CA Grown.”) Before law school, I was a staffer and, later, Director of the Milwaukee Bar Association‘s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). I also worked very briefly as an office monkey at Foley & Lardner, LLP.

I have lived in Oregon for a decade now. I grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and went to college at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2004). During high school and college, I worked as a sous chef, bank fraud investigator, and paralegal. I received my law degree from the California Western School of Law in San Diego, California (2008).

Outside the office, my hobbies include the backcountry, cooking, gardening, and coding (Ruby, Python, and JavaScript). I avoid golf courses, networking events, and wearing a suit when I’m not in court. The John Day is my favorite Oregon river. I am a volunteer mock trial coach at Reed College.