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Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon

Carol A. Noonan

Of Counsel
Carol Noonan advises and defends employers in a broad range of employment and general litigation matters. She focuses on defending discrimination, retaliation, interference, and harassment claims involving employee medical and health issues under federal and state laws relating to ill or injured workers, such as the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Oregon disability discrimination and workers’ compensation discrimination statutes. Her other litigation work includes representing employers in disputes involving other forms of employment discrimination, retaliation and harassment, wage and hour laws, and wrongful discharge in federal and state courts and before the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Many of Carol’s litigation clients are employers in the health care and manufacturing industries.

Carol’s counseling practice covers advice on litigation avoidance, particularly with respect to managing ill or injured workers, as well as all types of employment matters, and includes training of both managers and staff. She also focuses on drafting and reviewing employment-related agreements and policies.

Representative Experience

Hulme v. The Springs Living, LLC

Voluntary dismissal with prejudice of OFLA, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and negligence claims. (Clackamas Cnty. (Or.) Cir. Ct. 2013)

Larmanger v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest

Obtained summary judgment on seven claims that included leave discrimination, aiding and abetting discrimination, and whistleblower retaliation brought by patient care manager against major health care employer. (D. Or. 2012; 9th Cir. 2014)

Teague v. Legacy Health

Motion for summary judgment granted on each of six claims for employment discrimination under the Oregon Family Leave Act, Oregon disability discrimination statutes, and breach of contract. (Multnomah Cnty. (Or.) Cir. Ct. 2011)

Hilde v. Pinnacle Healthcare, et. al.

Motion to dismiss with prejudice granted in favor of individual defendants, and summary judgment granted to remaining defendant on breach of an employment contract claim. (Lane Cnty. (Or.) Cir. Ct. 2011)

Nolan v. Transcend Services, Inc.

Represented this premiere transportation and translation company in wage and hour claims related to alleged unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Oregon wage statutes. The case was dismissed. (D. Or. 2011)

Mallen v. Bank of America

Voluntary dismissal with prejudice of age discrimination claim. (Multnomah Cnty. (Or.) Cir. Ct. 2009)

Johnson v. Bank of America

Represented this major financial institution in a wage and hour case. Our motion to dismiss and to compel arbitration was granted. (D. Or. 2008)

Berntsen v. Dollar Tree Stores

Summary judgment granted on eight claims of age, gender and national origin employment discrimination. Jury verdict achieved for defendant on remaining claim for quid pro quo sexual harassment. (D. Or. 2007)

Liysa Northon, et al. v. Ann Rule, et al.

Defendant’s Motion to Strike Plaintiff’s Claims (Anti-SLAPP) granted on defamation and false light claims. (D. Or. 2007)

Manesh v. Tokyo Electron American

Summary judgment granted in workers' compensation discrimination case. (D. Or. 2007)

Employment dispute for national retailer (Fortune 100)

Motion to dismiss granted in case for breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy. (D. Or. 2006)

Speed v. adidas America

Summary judgment granted in employment discrimination case. (D. Or. 2006)

Employment dispute for national retailer (Fortune 100)

Summary judgment granted for defendant in case alleging workers' compensation discrimination, wrongful discharge, defamation, and invasion of privacy. (D. Or. 2005)

Prather v. Columbia Helicopters

Summary judgment granted in whistleblower case alleging wrongful termination, breach of contract and statutory wage claims. (Multnomah Cnty. (Or.) Cir. Ct. 2005)

Kuyat v. Applied Materials

Summary judgment granted in case alleging wrongful termination and breach of contract. (D. Or. 2004)

Additional Qualifications

  • Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney's Office, Civil Division, Washington, D.C., 2001

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board Member, Youth, Rights and Justice
  • Volunteer Attorney, Legal Aid’s Domestic Violence Project 
  • Committee Member and Firm Coach, Multnomah CourtCare Campaign
  • Oregon State Bar Diversity Section’s Convocation on Equality Champion, 2011
  • Coordinator and Volunteer, Attorneys for Youth, 2006-2008
  • Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyer Society Pro Bono Committee, 2005-2007
  • Girls’ lacrosse coach, Eastside Portland Lacrosse

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Employment Law - Management by Best Lawyers, 2016