Joel bio

Joel Christiansen



Phone: (503) 841-6722 ext. 2

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Hi, I'm Joel. I'm an Oregon employment attorney. I represent employees only. I've practiced law since 2008.


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I help clients with: (1) employment contracts, (2) employment civil rights litigation (including discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, and wage claims), and (3) international work visas.

I work on cases throughout Oregon. I represent employees, professionals, and executives. I do not currently represent corporations—except for work visa cases (employer must be the "petitioner").

Some of my recent experience, cases, and work history are available here. Past client reviews are available here and here. You can also find some articles I've published on this site here. I've received Super Lawyers and other distinctions (most of which, honestly, are just excuses directories use to sell advertising to lawyers).

My practice is relationship-focused and low volume. Clients receive my cell number and we work closely together. My goal is to make the law as accessible and personal for my clients as possible.

Practice Areas
  • Employment Contracts: I help employees, professionals, and executives with evaluating, negotiating, and resolving issues related to employment contracts. I've represented engineers, healthcare providers, attorneys, creatives, project managers, sales people, financial professionals, and a wide variety of other professions. I have experience with most major employers in Oregon.

  • Trial & Litigation: I litigate and arbitrate cases against employers that break employment laws. The cases I handle usually relate to employment civil rights issues—discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, medical leave, wages, and other "protected class/activity" types of cases. I don't litigate nearly as many cases as I used to. But when a case invokes a sense of injustice, I help clients stand up and fight.

  • International Work Visas: I help employers and other attorneys with international work visas, specifically O (extraordinary ability in sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics), P (internationally recognized performers), and Q (cultural exchange programs) classification visas. I do this work for clients throughout the U.S. 

I am licensed to practice in Oregon. I did my undergraduate degree in political philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2004). I received my law degree from the California Western School of Law (2008) with an emphasis on litigation and dispute resolution. I was a volunteer mock trial coach at Reed College and Portland State University for just under a decade.

Outside of law practice, I enjoy gardening, cycling, writing, and computer programming. I currently volunteer teaching coding to underrepresented groups. I avoid networking events, golf courses, and suits.

I was born in Southern California and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Much of my family is from Long Island, New York. My mom is a school teacher and my dad was a mechanical draftsman.