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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 broad experience includes briefing and arguing cases in state and federal court, and managing cases from initial demand through summary judgment, resolution or jury trial.

In her counseling practice, Christie provides practical advice to clients on a wide range of matters including terminations, disability accommodations, severance agreements, effective employee handbook policies, and noncompete agreements, and regularly helps companies comply with the Oregon sick leave law. She also conducts, oversees, and advises employers on workplace investigations.

Christie frequently speaks on newly emerging hot topics for employers, including Oregon’s 2018 manufacturing maximum hours law, anti-harassment and respectful workplaces in the #metoo era, and social media.

Christie’s clients span many industries, with particular focus in the health care, technology, and agriculture/wine industries.

Representative Experience

Oregon Winegrowers Association

Employment counsel for all advocacy and legislative matters.

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

Discrimination and retaliation cases for national home improvement chain

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

Professional & Community Activities

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

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Oregon Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2013-2018
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