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

Sarah J. Ryan

Office Managing Shareholder
Portland,  OR  U.S.A.
Phone(503) 229-0404

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
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

Bar & Professional Association Memberships
Oregon State Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar (inactive)


Sarah J. Ryan is the Office Managing Shareholder of the Portland, Oregon office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Ms. Ryan joined Jackson Lewis in late 2012 following over 25 years of employment and litigation practice in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Ryan chaired the Labor and Employment law practice group at a regional firm with four offices in three states.

Ms. Ryan has been recognized as a leading employment lawyer in Chambers USA since 2008 and has been recognized by Oregon Super Lawyers for many years. Ms. Ryan is also listed in the 2014 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Ms. Ryan, who enjoys an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, was selected as an attorney representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Ms. Ryan has served on numerous boards, including the Oregon Legal Aid Society, Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger (founding board member), the Multnomah Bar Foundation and the Oregon Chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation. In addition, Ms. Ryan is a former President of the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and past general counsel to Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA).

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).

Ms. Ryan authored the chapter Defending and Defeating Employee Lawsuits in Inside the Minds: Dealing with Employee Lawsuits published by Thomson West in 2005 and the Pleadings and Claims chapter in Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon manual published by the Oregon State Bar Legal Publications in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2009.

Ms. Ryan is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the Washington State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar (inactive) and the Massachusetts Bar. Ms. Ryan is admitted to the United States District Court for the Districts of Oregon and Washington, the Ninth Circuit, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Ryan received her B.A., cum laude, in Philosophy from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School, where 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.

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.

Published Works


Inside the Minds: Dealing With Employee Lawsuits. My chapter title was Defending & Defeating Employee Lawsuits.
Thomson West, First Edition (2005) [Author] Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon, my chapter was Pleadings and Claims.
Oregon State Bar Legal Publication - Editions: 1994, 1998, 2002 & 2009 [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]

Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity

•Named to Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2015
Chambers USA Industry Leader, Labor and Employment 2008-2013
•Oregon Super Lawyer, 2007-2014
•AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
•Outstanding Volunteer Award, Multnomah Bar Association, 1993
•Former attorney representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
•Former President of the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
•Former member of the Board and Executive Committee of the US District Court of Oregon Historical Society
•Former member of the Board of Oregon Legal Aid Society
•Founding board member of Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger
•Former member of the Multnomah Bar Foundation
•Former member of the board and the executive director search committee of the Oregon Chapter of Make A Wish Foundation
•Long-time volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank
•Long-time volunteer for the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP). Past recipient of the VLP volunteer of the year award for work including organization to support a legal clinic for the Cascades AIDS Project
•Past general counsel to Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA)


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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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