Kimberlee has more than twenty years of experience defending employers throughout the state of Oregon against all types of employment claims in both state and federal courts. She has represented public entities as well as private sector employers providing litigation defense, advise, counsel and pre-litigation strategies, as well as conducting employment trainings, investigations and employment policy review.
Her litigation practice focuses on various types of tort actions, including sexual discrimination and harassment, retaliation, hostile work environment, ADA, Section 1983 claims, and various complex employment law actions. She has also served as outside counsel for a number of public and private sector clients providing ongoing counsel with a particular focus on medical clinics. She has provided counsel to these entities on a myriad of issues including employment strategies, policy review, peer review, pre-litigation counsel, confidential workplace investigations and employment separation issues.
Kimberlee is a native Oregonian and values her Eastern Oregon roots. When not practicing law, she hikes, travels, bikes, golfs and is actively involved in her book club and extended family.
Successfully defended and obtained jury verdict on claims of age discrimination and retaliation on behalf of employer in action seeking reinstatement, damages and declaratory judgment.
Obtained a jury verdict for city police department on claim of wrongful death seeking damages in excess of $1,000,000.
Obtained Directed Verdict at trial in federal lawsuit on behalf of police agency defending against 1983 and state wrongful discharge claims.
Successfully argued and prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in a federal lawsuit claiming municipal client liable on joint employer claim for wrongful discharge and retaliation.
Obtained complete dismissal of fraud claims brought by former wife against ex-husband in a 5 day binding arbitration proceeding.
Defended employer against multiple claims of gender discrimination and retaliation in BOLI proceeding, resulting in dismissal of all claims, with no subsequent court filings.
Successfully negotiated a settlement in a federal lawsuit against police agency in which plaintiffs alleged malicious prosecution, fabrication of evidence and civil rights violations, seeking in excess of $8,000,000, by obtaining settlement of $40,000.
Oregon State Courts
U.S District Court: District of Oregon
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Oregon State Bar
Oregon Association of Defense Council
Multnomah Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Oregon Women Lawyers
Oregon State Bar – Arbitrator
Lane County Women Lawyers, Past Chairperson, Board of Directors
Senior Law Project
Developed and presented continuing legal education seminars in Multnomah and Lane Counties with various litigation topics.
Developed and presented trainings for clients in all aspects of employment law including sexual harassment, ADA, FMLA/OFLA, and retaliation.
Prestige Care, Inc.
Oregon School Boards Association
The Hartford Insurance Company
The Corvallis Clinic
Curry Health District