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Therese helps companies of all sizes become better employers: better at compliance; better at managing employees; and better at retaining their top talent. She walks employers through the development of personnel policies and helps them through the process of responding to employee complaints or lawsuits. She also assists companies in bringing or defending against lawsuits related to business disputes.

Curious by nature, Therese enjoys getting glimpses into a client’s business and learning about their industry. She finds the diverse range of businesses in the Willamette Valley fascinating. Therese’s favorite thing about her job is that every day she gets to team up with a wide variety of people to tackle challenging issues.

Before she became an attorney, Therese was a founding board member of the nation’s first co-operatively owned brewpub in Austin, Texas. This experience gave her a passion for working with entrepreneurs. Today, she volunteers with Destination Imagination, an annual educational program of project-based learning that blends STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) with the arts and social entrepreneurship.

Therese has served on the Pro Bono Committee of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and the board of the Salem Society for Human Resources Management. She is looking for additional opportunities to get involved in the mid-Willamette Valley.

Therese advises management regarding difficult employee relations issues and assists employers with employment law compliance, independent contractor agreements, employment agreements, and best practices.  Therese also works with employers to develop personnel policies and employee handbooks.

Therese represents clients in a variety of different employment law disputes, including:

  • Breach of contract claims
  • Enforcement of non-competition agreements
  • Wage and hour violations
  • Claims of discrimination or harassment
  • Wrongful discharge

Therese also represents businesses and individuals in complex business and contract disputes.

Therese graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and earned her law degree from Willamette University College of Law. During law school, Therese helped defend state agencies against employment litigation as a law clerk in the Trial Division of the Oregon Department of Justice and assisted small businesses and nonprofits at Willamette’s Business Law Clinic.

Therese worked in human resources for a large employer in Texas before attending law school.  Prior to joining Saalfeld Griggs, Therese represented employers in workers’ compensation defense matters and provided legal advice to school districts, education service districts, and community colleges on public entity, tort, and employment law issues.

Therese is originally from Texas but has wholeheartedly adopted Oregon as her home—she has visited all 36 of Oregon’s counties! She and her husband Bill love to travel and spend their free time introducing their young son Hays to the world.