Trish A. Walsh

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Litigator and Employment Advisor

Trish focuses in the areas of litigation and employment law, protecting clients' interests inside and outside the courtroom.  She practices in a variety of civil litigation areas, including complex commercial, debtor-creditor, and employment, offering a broad range of services to our business and financial clients. Trish represents clients in state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington and in arbitration and mediation. Trish also handles appeals in the Oregon Court of Appeals.
 
In her employment practice, Trish provides advice on employment issues under Oregon, Washington and federal laws. She represents employer clients in BOLI and EEOC administrative processes and in court. She also drafts, audits, and updates policy handbooks.


Little Known Facts: Graduated from renowned University of Iowa Writers' Workshop with a Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing | In the 1990's, Trish's rock band toured the country and put out records

Honors

Selected by peers to the Oregon Rising Stars list for four consecutive years (2013-2016) Trish received an honor bestowed on only 2.5% of Oregon Lawyers under the age of 40 or in practice for less than ten years

Trish served as co-chair of OGALLA, the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon from 2013-2015

In 2013, Trish was recognized by the Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition for her work with OGALLA, the LGBT Bar Association, in support of the Oregon Safe Schools Act

Winner of the Sandy Boyd Prize for creative legal writing at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Iowa Law Review (2006)

Trish received a Certificate of Appreciation at the Convocation of Equality for fostering diversity and inclusion with the Oregon State Bar

Trish clerked for the Honorable John C. Coughenour in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (2007-2009)
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    Representative Matters

    Civil Litigation – Represents businesses, financial service providers and bankruptcy trustees in litigation matters in Oregon and Washington including:
    • Business disputes
    • Employment litigation
    • Financial services litigation
    • Consumer collections
    • Commercial collections
    • Bankruptcy adversary proceedings, including preference litigation
    • Tort defense
    • Ski area defense
    Employment Advice – Advises businesses and financial services providers in employment areas including:
    • Family medical leave
    • Wage and hour laws
    • Hiring and termination of employees 

    Speaking Engagements

    Trish regularly presents at employment law seminars on workplace topics critical for employers and human resources managers.

    Education

    University of Iowa College of Law (J.D. with Distinction, 2006) - Editor-in-Chief, Iowa Law Review
    University of Iowa Writers' Workshop (Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing [Fiction], 2001)
    Portland State University (B.A. English, Minor in French, with High Honors, 1997)

    Admissions

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

    Associations

    Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
    OGALLA, the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon  
    Oregon Women Lawyers
    Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA)
    ​Lease Enforcement Attorney Network (LEAN)
    Multnomah Bar Association

    News & Events

    FWW Employment Alert - OSHA Rule--Vaccination Mandates

    9/13/2021

    With a recent surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, OSHA to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard requiring employers who employ 100 or more employees to mandate that employees either receive the COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing. READ MORE

    FWW Legal Alert: Reopening—The Pacific Northwest Removes Its Masks

    7/2/2021

    We did it. Our communities in the Pacific Northwest have taken the steps to protect each other with vaccinations, distancing, masking, and a number of sacrifices along the way to reach the point where we are reopening and removing masks. READ MORE

    FWW Employment Alert - New IRS Guidance on American Rescue Plan Act Temporary COBRA Premium Subsidy

    5/27/2021

    New IRS guidance on American Rescue Plan Act temporary COBRA premium subsidy—and deadline reminder for notices due May 31, 2021. READ MORE

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