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Sarah N. Turner

Partner

(206) 695-5115
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Seattle
701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA 98104


Portland
121 SW Morrison St.
Suite 1575
Portland, OR 97204


Education

J.D., cum laude, New England School of Law, 2002

  • New England School of Law Service Award

B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1997

Internships

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

Honorable Peter M. Lauriat, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge

Shelter Legal Services

Clerkships

Massachusetts Superior Court Judicial Clerkship

Honors

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Employment Litigation: Defense, Insurance Coverage, Employment & Labor, and Employee Benefits (2016-2017, Law & Politics)

Rising Stars® distinction in the fields of Employment Litigation: Defense; Employment & Labor; and Employee Benefits/ERISA (2010-2012, 2014, Law & Politics)

Sarah Turner is a partner with the Employment, Labor, and ERISA practice groups in the Seattle and Portland office of Gordon & Rees. Her practice focuses on litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts in the areas of employment, and group and individual life, health, and disability claims.   

Ms. Turner's practice includes federal and state litigation of group and individual life, health and disability benefits and breach of fiduciary duty claims under ERISA. She has successfully defended clients in lawsuits filed in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Washington and Oregon federal courts. Ms. Turner has authored publications on several ERISA-related topics.

Ms. Turner also counsels, trains, and represents clients on a broad range of employment law issues, including hiring, review, and termination procedures, workplace investigations, background checks, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation issues, wage and hour law, Family and Medical Leave Act issues, non-competition agreements, and compliance with COBRA and HIPAA. She drafts and updates personnel policies, workplace privacy issues, employee handbooks, drug and alcohol policies, employment agreements, trade secret issues, and non-competition agreements.

Ms. Turner's litigation experience includes defending employers in matters involving claims for wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, invasion of privacy, defamation, and wage and hour claims that are filed in state and federal courts, and in matters filed with administrative agencies. Ms. Turner also has experience counseling and representing employers in traditional labor disputes, including unfair labor practices, collective bargaining agreements, and federal preemption issues.

Admissions

Washington
Oregon
Massachusetts
United States District Courts, Washington, Eastern and Western District
United States District Court, Oregon
United States District Courts, District of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Memberships

American Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
Oregon State Bar Association
King County Bar Association
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Defense Research Institute

Community Involvement

Women Business Owners Association
Society for Human Resource Management

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Contact

(206) 695-5115

sturner@grsm.com


Offices

Seattle

Portland

Education

J.D., cum laude, New England School of Law, 2002

  • New England School of Law Service Award

B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1997

Internships

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

Honorable Peter M. Lauriat, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge

Shelter Legal Services

Clerkships

Massachusetts Superior Court Judicial Clerkship

Honors

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Employment Litigation: Defense, Insurance Coverage, Employment & Labor, and Employee Benefits (2016-2017, Law & Politics)

Rising Stars® distinction in the fields of Employment Litigation: Defense; Employment & Labor; and Employee Benefits/ERISA (2010-2012, 2014, Law & Politics)

Sarah N. Turner

Partner

Practices

Biography

Sarah Turner is a partner with the Employment, Labor, and ERISA practice groups in the Seattle and Portland office of Gordon & Rees. Her practice focuses on litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts in the areas of employment, and group and individual life, health, and disability claims.   

Ms. Turner's practice includes federal and state litigation of group and individual life, health and disability benefits and breach of fiduciary duty claims under ERISA. She has successfully defended clients in lawsuits filed in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Washington and Oregon federal courts. Ms. Turner has authored publications on several ERISA-related topics.

Ms. Turner also counsels, trains, and represents clients on a broad range of employment law issues, including hiring, review, and termination procedures, workplace investigations, background checks, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation issues, wage and hour law, Family and Medical Leave Act issues, non-competition agreements, and compliance with COBRA and HIPAA. She drafts and updates personnel policies, workplace privacy issues, employee handbooks, drug and alcohol policies, employment agreements, trade secret issues, and non-competition agreements.

Ms. Turner's litigation experience includes defending employers in matters involving claims for wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, invasion of privacy, defamation, and wage and hour claims that are filed in state and federal courts, and in matters filed with administrative agencies. Ms. Turner also has experience counseling and representing employers in traditional labor disputes, including unfair labor practices, collective bargaining agreements, and federal preemption issues.

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Admissions

Washington
Oregon
Massachusetts
United States District Courts, Washington, Eastern and Western District
United States District Court, Oregon
United States District Courts, District of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Memberships

American Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
Oregon State Bar Association
King County Bar Association
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Defense Research Institute

Community Involvement

Women Business Owners Association
Society for Human Resource Management

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