Joel bio

Joel Christiansen



Phone: (503) 841-6722 ext. 2

New Client Inquiries:

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Hi, I'm Joel. I'm an Oregon lawyer specializing in employment law issues. I've done this work since 2008. I handle cases throughout Oregon.

A summary of some of my recent cases is available here. Past client reviews are available here and here. You can also find some articles I've published on this site here.

To contact me about a new matter, please fill out this form (preferred) or email me. All inquiries are 100% confidential and I review them personally. If I can't help, I'll do my best to provide a referral.

Practice Areas

My primary day-to-day legal work involves reviewing, discussing, negotiating, and litigating employment contract matters. I do this for healthcare providers, tech workers, creatives, executives, sales people, and a variety of others. I have experience with most of the large employers in Oregon.

I don't litigate cases as much as I used to. But I still accept a small number of contract disputes, wrongful termination, whistleblowing, retaliation, discrimination, and wage and hour cases. I stand up when cases trigger my sense of injustice.

I also help clients 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 for creative professionals. I do this work for clients throughout the U.S.


My job is to help you determine your legal rights and obtain resolution of your issue(s). Everyone prefers to resolve disputes informally. Corporations and their lawyers know this and sometimes use it as negotiating leverage.

Every client is a unique individual. I take the time to get to know my clients. Together, we discuss concerns and goals. Then, we work together to achieve those goals. For some, this requires creative dispute resolution techniques. For others, it requires aggressive litigation. In the end, my goal is to help you obtain a fair and reasonable outcome.

I cannot represent everyone who contacts me. But I try my best to find help for everyone, even if I am not able to provide representation.

About Me

I am an attorney licensed to practice in Oregon. I obtained my undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2004) and my law degree from California Western School of Law (2008). In my free time, I enjoy hiking, gardening, computer programming, and writing.