Kjersten H. Turpen is a partner in the Portland office. She represents employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination matters. She represents clients in state and federal courts, and in matters filed with administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the State of Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. She regularly provides counseling to employers on a variety of personnel issues, including policies and procedures, hiring, termination, leaves, overtime compensation, and disability. She also provides sexual harassment prevention and other trainings, and serves as an independent investigator into employee complaints. Her practice also includes defending liability claims on behalf of product manufacturers and suppliers.
Ms. Turpen is a member of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and currently serves as the Employment Practice Group Vice Chair.
Prior to private practice, Ms. Turpen twice served as a federal judicial clerk, first to the Honorable Michael R. Hogan in Eugene, followed by the Honorable Malcolm F. Marsh in Portland.
United States District Court, District of Oregon
United States District Court, Western District of Washington
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Employment Practice Group Vice Chair (2018)
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Employment Practice Group Publications Liaison (2017)
Oregon State Bar Labor and Employment Section
Multnomah Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter