Therese Holmstrom’s practice is focused on employment law and litigation. Therese regularly counsels employers on employment law compliance and assists large and small employers with employment disputes in state and federal court and at the administrative enforcement stage before the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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 a member of the Oregon State Bar, Oregon Women Lawyers, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Willamette Valley Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Therese has volunteered for several years with the local and regional chapters of Destination Imagination. She previously served on the Pro Bono Committee of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.  She is looking forward to increasing involvement in the Salem/Mid-Willamette Valley community.