Charlotte also provides proactive advice and counsel with the aim of crafting solutions that suit clients’ particular workplaces and unique business goals. She specializes in navigating tricky leave situations, including under the California Family Rights Act, California Pregnancy Disability Leave, California Paid Sick Leave, the Oregon Family Leave Act, Family Medical Leave Act, the ADA, and Oregon Sick Time. Charlotte’s dedication to her clients has been recognized by Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine, which has designated her as a “Rising Star”.
Charlotte graduated from University of Oregon Law School. While in school, she served two years as a managing editor for the Oregon Law Review and received the Maxine Lee Award for editorial excellence. Years working as a lobbyist in the California State Legislature make Charlotte a loyal and resourceful advocate, and she brings that passion to her community work. She had been an active board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Portland since 2017.
- Briefed and argued motion to dismiss on behalf of hospital client that brought a quick and very favorable settlement.
- Counsel for International Software Brand: Advised in acquisition of California company, and developed restrictive covenants and invention assignment agreements for transferred employees.
- Counsel for Nonprofit Business: Defeated employee complaint on behalf of medical client filed with Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) and US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with claims of discrimination based on gender and use of Oregon paid sick leave. BOLI dismissed the complaint 3 days after receiving our position statement.
- Counsel for Private Business: Resolved workers’ compensation claim on behalf of healthcare client with a favorable settlement for one-third the value of the claim.
- Counsel for Private University: Represented a liberal arts university in Department of Education Office of Civil Rights investigation regarding website accessibility.
- Counsel for County Government: Successfully defended government entity deposition regarding highly complex issues relating to medical leave retaliation, ADA compliance, and protection of sensitive attorney-client privileged information.
- Counsel for Public University: Represented a state university before the Oregon Court of Appeals regarding FERPA privacy and PECBA duties, in addition to preparing the amicus brief filed on behalf of public education institutions.
- Counsel for Startup Company: Negotiated separation of founding member and advised CEO and Board of Directors to accomplish a smooth separation.
Professional Experience and Affiliations▲▼
- Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA), Member (2018-present)
- Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Member (2018-present)
- Oregon State Bar: Pro Bono Committee, Member (2017-present); Labor and Employment Section, Member (2013-present)
- Multnomah Bar Association: Member (2017-present)
- California State Bar: Labor and Employment Law Section, Member (2017-present)
- Oregon Women Lawyers: Working Parents Subcommittee, Member (2013-present)
- Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine: Rising Star (2018)
- Oregon Law Review: Maxine Lee Award for Editorial Excellence (2012)
- Oregon Science Startup Forum Panel: “How Do I Form A Company?,” Panelist (4/20/19)
- Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA): “Essentials of Human Resources,” Presenter (10/23/18)
- Oregon Workers’ Compensation Annual Educational Conference: “Navigating the Intersection of OFLA, FMLA & the ADA with Workers’ Compensation Claims,” Presenter (9/26/18)
- Oregon Science Startup Forum: “How to Form a Company,” Panelist (4/28/18)
- Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA): “Love in the Workplace: Unwanted Contact By Any Other Name Would Be Just As Offensive,” (3/5/18)
- Barran Liebman Client Training: “Religious Accommodation in a Religion-Sponsored Workplace,” (2/2/18)
- Barran Liebman Client Training: “Employment Law Essentials,” (9/19/17)
- CLE for Oregon State Bar Accreditation: “Oregon Legal Citation and Form,” Presenter (3/20/17)
- “Not So Fast: One More Thing For Your Updated FMLA Policy,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, March 18, 2019
- “Employee or Contractor? Lessons from California,” Cascade Business News, October 17, 2018
- “Oregon Model Policies and Forms Manual,” hrsimple.com, June 16, 2018
- “Actions that Firms Can Take to Respond to the #MeToo Movement,” Daily Journal of Commerce, January 26, 2018
- “Employers Prepare: OregonSaves Launching in July”, Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, June 8, 2017
- “Trump Ousts Labor Department’s Blacklisting Rule,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, March 28, 2017
- “Minding the Difference Between Noncompetition and Nonsolicitation Agreements,” Cascade Business News, March 23, 2017
- “When Weather Wreaks Havoc: An HR professional’s guide for all of those inclement weather days,” HR.com, March 20, 2017
- “Lack of ADA Accommodation Request May Not Matter,” Daily Journal of Commerce, December 23, 2016
- “Oregon Sick Leave Law Update,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, December 13, 2016
- “EEOC Issues Updated Guidelines on National Origin Discrimination,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, November 23, 2016
- Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Portland: Associate Board, Chair (2019-present); Associate Board, Member (2017-present); Operations Director (2017-2018)
- University of Oregon Law School Alumni Association: Portland Committee (2017-present)