Kelly R. Tilden

Shareholder, Employment Group Chair

Employment Advice & Litigation Lawyer

Clients trust Kelly to guide and provide smart business advice relating to all employment law issues. Kelly’s experience ranges from advising businesses on day to day employee issues to successfully defending her clients in trial and this has led her to be the Chair of the firm’s Employment Practice Group.

Kelly strives to align business needs with best legal practices for businesses of all sizes. Her practice includes advice and litigation regarding the following: hiring, negotiating and drafting of contracts, protection of trade secrets, discipline, civil rights, and wage and hour and leave laws. While employees and related problems can appear to be unique, our firm’s command of the laws and regulations will help our clients efficiently and effectively find resolution.
Prior to practicing law, Kelly traveled extensively and lived abroad and across the United States. Her work experiences, which vary from bartender, laborer, care giver, social worker at a homeless clinic and teaching former gang members, helped her develop unique insight about the workplace and a straight forward approach with her clients and in court. 


Selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 2018-2024 for Employment Law - Management

Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Employment Lawyers as the Oregon employment attorney for 2022 and as the featured attorney for February/March 2022
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Representative Matters

Prevailed with motion for summary judgment to dismiss former bank CEO's claim of breach of contract and defamation. 

Successfully defended software company against BOLI claims of workers compensation discrimination, disability discrimination, and retaliation claims of former employee.

Successfully defended vineyard against multi-plaintiff OSHA retaliation, race discrimination, and retaliation claims filed with EEOC.

Obtained favorable settlement for moving company against joint employee claims of wage and hour violations and race discrimination.

Successfully defended three joint defendants against claims of breach of noncompete, nonsolicitation agreement, Uniform Trade Secrets Act in NASD arbitration.

Prevailed with foreclosure of construction lien at trial and on appeal for construction company. Also, obtained attorneys fee award for client.

Speaking Engagements

Kelly frequently conducts seminars and training sessions on employment and litigation issues for the GoWest Credit Union Association (fka Northwest Credit Union Association), Oregon Bankers Association, other financial service providers, trade associations, and business clients.  


Willamette University College of Law (J.D. 2001)
Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA (A.B. French and Art History, cum laude, 1993)
Universite de Paris IV, Le Sorbonne in Paris, France (1990-1991)


Oregon State Bar
Washington State Bar
U.S. District Court
District of Oregon
Western District of Washington 


ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee
Oregon Women Lawyers
Multnomah Bar Association
Friends Committee Member of the National Association of Women Judges
Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

News & Events

FWW Employment Alert: U.S. Department of Labor Increases Salary Basis for Exempt Employees


On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule which will increase the FLSA’s annual salary-level basis threshold for white-collar exemptions to overtime requirements. READ MORE

FWW Employment Alert: Federal Trade Commission Bans Non-Competes Nationwide


On April 23rd the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a final rule that effectively bans employers’ use of all non-compete agreements (with very limited exceptions). READ MORE

FWW Employment Alert: Oregon and Washington Legislative Updates 2024


As we settle into 2024, now is a good time to take note of some recent changes to Oregon and Washington employment laws. As usual, there are a number of updates that will require revising handbooks and policies. READ MORE

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