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Christie S. Totten


Christie Totten defends employers against claims of retaliation, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations, including whistle-blower claims against executive-level defendants. Christie is experienced in obtaining dismissals of BOLI agency charges, briefing and arguing cases in Oregon’s trial and appellate courts, managing and streamlining complex discovery, taking and defending depositions, negotiating favorable settlements, and preparing cases for trial.

In her counseling practice, Christie advises clients on effective employee handbook policies, noncompete agreements and the 2014 City of Portland sick leave ordinance.

Representative Experience

Wedemeyer v. Nike IHM, Inc.

Won complete defense verdict. Secured directed verdict from the court in jury trial on former production manager’s retaliation claim. Obtained summary judgment on hostile work environment and disability claims prior to trial. (Washington Cty. (Or.) Ct. 2014)

Gardner v. McCormick & Schmick

Obtained dismissal of statutory claims carrying attorney fees in case alleging whistleblower retaliation, wrongful discharge, and intentional interference tort against corporation and former CEO and CFO. Defended remaining tort claims. (Multnomah Cty. (Or.) Ct. 2013)

O’Neil v. Martin et al.

Won appellate court reversal and remand of case involving First Amendment rights, arguing personal jurisdiction and pleading issues. (Or. Ct. App. 2013)

Talbot v. New Seasons Market LLC

Obtained summary judgment decision for growing grocery store company. Former employee claimed retaliation and discrimination under Family Medical Leave Act. (D. Or. 2012)

Discrimination and retaliation cases for national home improvement chain

Defended single-plaintiff claims of wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination for national retail chain. (2011-present)

Additional Qualifications

  • Freelance Writer – Publications including: Newsweek magazine; The Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y.; Willamette Week, Portland, Ore.; CitySearch.com

Professional & Community Activities

  • Multnomah County Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Oregon Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2013