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Christie S. Totten

Christie Totten is a litigator who defends employers against claims of retaliation, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations, including whistleblower claims against executive-level defendants. Christie has helped employers of all sizes obtain dismissals of BOLI and EEOC agency charges and lawsuits. Her experience includes 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 jury trial.

In her counseling practice, Christie advises clients on a wide range of matters including effective employee handbook policies, employment and severance agreements, and noncompete agreements, and regularly helps companies with the Oregon sick leave law. She is a frequent speaker on the 2018 manufacturing maximum hours law, marijuana policies, social media, and other newly emerging issues for employers.

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)

Shultz v. Horizon Air Industries Inc.

Won complete dismissal of case, prior to discovery. Former flight attendant and union member brought retaliation and wrongful discharge claims against airline. (Lane Cty. (Or.) Ct. 2013)

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)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA)

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Oregon Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2013-2017
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