Sarah J. Ryan: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Sarah J. Ryan

Office Managing Shareholder
Portland,  OR  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Construction
  • Government Contractors
  • Public Sector
  • Real Estate
  • Technology and Telecom
University University of Nebraska-Omaha, B.A., Philosophy, cum laude, 1979
Law SchoolUniversity of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1982
Admitted1983, Oregon; 1983, Oregon - D. Or.; 1985, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; 2014, Massachusetts - D. Mass.; 2001, District of Columbia (inactive); 2001, Washington; 2013, Massachusetts; 1998, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Activities

•District of Columbia Bar (inactive)
•Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter, Former President
•Multnomah Bar Foundation, Former Member
•Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Former Attorney Representative
•Oregon State Bar Association
•Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA), Past General Counsel
•Washington State Bar Association


Sarah J. Ryan is Office Managing Shareholder of the Portland, Oregon, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She joined Jackson Lewis in late 2012 following over 25 years of employment and litigation practice in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ryan chaired the Labor and Employment law practice group at a regional firm with four offices in three states.

Ms. Ryan represents some of Oregon's leading employers and provides counsel and litigation services in general employment law, as well as a wide range of employee relations issues. Ms. Ryan has extensive experience advising clients and litigating employment claims regarding harassment, discrimination and retaliation, intellectual property protection, breach of contract, wrongful termination, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, employment torts, wage and hour, and state and federal family medical leave laws. She has defended clients in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts and before the EEOC, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) and the Washington Human Rights Commission. Ms. Ryan has assisted one of her clients in obtaining nine summary judgment dismissals in an employment case in just one forum. Ms. Ryan also proactively assists her clients in preventing legal problems by focusing her counsel and advice on creative solutions to personnel issues that eliminate or reduce the risk of litigation.

Ms. Ryan is a frequent speaker before business and employer associations, including the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Oregon Staffing Association, the American Staffing Association of Washington, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA), and the Pacific Northwest Defense Counsel (PNDC).

While attending the University of Oregon Law School, she twice received the AmJur Award for Excellence. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable George Woodrich, Lane County Circuit Court Judge for the State of Oregon.

Honors and Recognitions

•Multnomah Bar Association, Outstanding Volunteer Award (1993)
•Volunteer Lawyer Project, Volunteer of the Year Award for her work (including organization to support a legal clinic for the Cascades AIDS Project)

Published Works

• Inside the Minds: Dealing With Employee Lawsuits. Defending & Defeating Employee Lawsuits. Thomson West, First Edition (2005) [Chapter Author]
• Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon. Pleadings and Claims. Oregon State Bar Legal Publication - Editions: 1994, 1998, 2002 & 2009 [Chapter Author]
• Internal Investigations - Advanced Topics, Ball Janik LLP Employment Newsletter (April 2012) [Author]
• I-9 Audits: Are You Next? Ball Janik LLP Employment Newsletter (February 2011) [Author]
• A New Year: Religious Accommodation in the Workplace, Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA) Monthly Newsletter (November 2009) [Author]
• External Investigators: When are they Worth it? PHRMA News and Views Newsletter (May 2009) [Author]
• Is Telecommuting the Answer? PHRMA News and Views Newsletter (October 2009) [Author]

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

•Oregon Legal Aid Society, Former member of the Board
•U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, Former member of the Board and Executive Committee
•Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger, Founding board member
•Oregon Chapter of Make A Wish Foundation, Former member of the board and the executive director search committee
•Oregon Food Bank, Long-time volunteer
•Volunteer Lawyers Project, Long-time volunteer

In the News

August 17, 2015
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

August 17, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm's attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective...

May 19, 2015
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Ranked in 2015 Chambers USA Guide

May 19, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 19, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 62 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking...

December 18, 2013
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Works for Women

December 18, 2013

WHITE PLAINS, NY (December 18, 2013) - Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the largest workplace law firms in the world representing management, is pleased to announce the firm elevated six women to the role of Managing or Resident Shareholder in 2013: Tammy L. Baker (Birmingham); Kathleen R. Barrow (Rapid City); Karen E. Griffin (Dallas); Gina K...


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Pacific Northwest Employer Workplace News - August 2015
Michael A. Griffin,Bryan P. O'Connor,Sarah J. Ryan,Christine A. Slattery, September 2, 2015
A metal casting company lawfully terminated an employee for his threats of violence to other employees, despite a claim that his depression/stress made him do it, the federal appeals court covering Oregon and Washington has ruled, upholding the dismissal of the employee’s disability...

Oregon Legislative Update
April Upchurch Olsen,Sarah J. Ryan, July 14, 2015
Oregon employers must comply with new laws signed by Governor Kate Brown mandating the provision of sick leave benefits, prohibiting inquiring into or considering an applicant’s criminal conviction history on an employment application form or prior to an interview, limiting non-competition...

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Sarah J. Ryan

1001 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1205
PortlandOR 97204


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