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Sarah J. Ryan


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Sarah J. Ryan is a Principal in the Portland, Oregon, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She joined Jackson Lewis in late 2012 following over 25 years of employment and litigation practice in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ryan chaired the Labor and Employment law practice group at a regional firm with four offices in three states.

Ms. Ryan represents some of Oregon’s leading employers and provides counsel and litigation services in general employment law, as well as a wide range of employee relations issues. Ms. Ryan has extensive experience advising clients and litigating employment claims regarding harassment, discrimination and retaliation, intellectual property protection, breach of contract, wrongful termination, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, employment torts, wage and hour, and state and federal family medical leave laws. She has defended clients in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts and before the EEOC, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) and the Washington Human Rights Commission. Ms. Ryan has assisted one of her clients in obtaining nine summary judgment dismissals in an employment case in just one forum. Ms. Ryan also proactively assists her clients in preventing legal problems by focusing her counsel and advice on creative solutions to personnel issues that eliminate or reduce the risk of litigation.

Ms. Ryan is a frequent speaker before business and employer associations, including the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Oregon Staffing Association, the American Staffing Association of Washington, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA), and the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC).

While attending the University of Oregon Law School, she twice received the AmJur Award for Excellence. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable George Woodrich, Lane County Circuit Court Judge for the State of Oregon.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Multnomah Bar Association, Outstanding Volunteer Award (1993)
  • Volunteer Lawyer Project, Volunteer of the Year Award for her work (including organization to support a legal clinic for the Cascades AIDS Project)
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Professional Associations and Activities

  • District of Columbia Bar (inactive)
  • Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter, Former President
  • Multnomah Bar Foundation, Former Member
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Former Attorney Representative
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA), Past General Counsel
  • Washington State Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Oregon Legal Aid Society, Former member of the Board
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, Former member of the Board and Executive Committee
  • Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger, Founding board member
  • Oregon Chapter of Make A Wish Foundation, Former member of the board and the executive director search committee
  • Oregon Food Bank, Long-time volunteer
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project, Long-time volunteer

Published Works

  • "Inside the Minds: Dealing With Employee Lawsuits." Defending & Defeating Employee Lawsuits. Thomson West, First Edition (2005) [Chapter Author]
  • "Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon." Pleadings and Claims. Oregon State Bar Legal Publication - Editions: 1994, 1998, 2002 & 2009 [Chapter Author]
  • "Internal Investigations – Advanced Topics," Ball Janik LLP Employment Newsletter (April 2012) [Author]
  • "I-9 Audits: Are You Next?" Ball Janik LLP Employment Newsletter (February 2011) [Author]
  • "A New Year: Religious Accommodation in the Workplace," Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA) Monthly Newsletter (November 2009) [Author]
  • "External Investigators: When are they Worth it?" PHRMA News and Views Newsletter (May 2009) [Author]
  • "Is Telecommuting the Answer?" PHRMA News and Views Newsletter (October 2009) [Author]

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August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

April 25, 2019
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Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys in 2019 Edition

April 25, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (April 25, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 72 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 Edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S.... Read More

April 2, 2019
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Jackson Lewis Announces D&I Advancements

April 2, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (April 2, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, continues to make significant strides towards advancing the firm’s commitment to inclusivity, including appointing the firm’s first-ever Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Jana Simon, renaming the firm’s law school scholarship... Read More

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July 10, 2019

New Oregon Law Restricts Nondisclosure, Nondisparagement Provisions in Workplace Agreements

July 10, 2019

A new Oregon law limits employers’ use of nondisclosure or nondisparagement agreements with their employees with respect to employment discrimination or sexual assault. The Workplace Protection Act (WPA), signed by Governor Kate Brown, also requires employers to adopt written anti-discrimination policies regarding internal employment... Read More

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The Importance of Developing an Investigation Plan
October 30, 2019

The importance of a prompt and thorough internal investigation is more evident than ever, and an effective investigation plan can protect the company’s interests when reviewing internal complaints.  Consider the following when developing an investigation plan. Read More

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State Data Breach Laws

Sarah Ryan and Daniel Moses discuss the various state laws governing data breach notification, the recent developments of GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act.

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