Salem, Oregon

Posted Date

March 12, 2024

Contact Information

Gennifer Brown

General Counsel Division, Labor and Employment Section


The Oregon Department of Justice is seeking applicants for attorney positions in the Labor and Employment Section of the General Counsel Division.  The Department of Justice promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging among our employees and seeks applicants with awareness and commitment to these values.  As we advise our clients and engage with one another, these values motivate and guide our interactions.


The successful applicant will join the team of attorneys in the Labor and Employment Section who advise the state in its role as an employer on labor and employment matters. The Labor and Employment Section attorneys also represent the state in labor arbitrations and before the Oregon Employment Relations Board. The State of Oregon is the largest public employer in Oregon, providing the attorneys in the Labor and Employment Section with opportunities to work on varied, interesting, and often cutting-edge legal issues.  Duties will include:


  • Advice on state and federal employment laws including ADA, Pay Equity, Title VII, FMLA/OFLA, Veteran’s preference, and USERRA.
  • Advice on labor issues under collective bargaining agreements and the Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act (PECBA).
  • Representation at administrative hearings and labor arbitrations involving disciplinary or other personnel actions, Unfair Labor Practice complaints, and contract interpretation issues.
  • Advice on and supervision of a broad range of investigations related to the workplace, including discrimination and harassment complaints, whistleblower complaints, and investigations regarding workplace conduct.
  • Conducting trainings for clients covering a range of employment law subjects.


Attributes of a successful candidate will include:


  • Excellent written and oral advocacy that includes application of equity-based principles.
  • Strong legal research and writing skills.
  • Accountability for work product and time management skills.
  • A growth mind-set and openness to receiving constructive feedback.
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with colleagues and clients.


Questions regarding this position may be directed to Tessa Sugahara, Attorney-in-Charge, Labor and Employment Section, at 503-931-8048, or Sylvia Cramond, Assistant Attorney-in-Charge, at 971-707-8329.



In an ongoing effort to attract and retain diverse candidates, we are hopeful you’ll share our recruitment with members of your association, organization, or section members.  I am available by phone or email if you have questions.


Apply here!

Assistant Attorney General (Labor & Employment Section)

Closes April 2, 2024 at 11:58 p.m.