Veteran employment law litigator Clay D. Creps has joined the firm as a partner. Creps previously chaired the employment practice group at Bullivant Houser Bailey in Portland. His 25-year career has focused on representing businesses on a variety of employment law issues, with special focus on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) trial work. A Harvard Law School graduate, Creps has been recognized for the past five years as a leader in employment law by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and as an Oregon Super Lawyer.
"Clay brings excellent legal skills, good judgment grounded in experience and an impressive track record at trial," said Robert L. Carey, who chairs Tonkon Torp's growing Labor & Employment Practice Group. "Having represented businesses in all types of employment law issues, he is a great fit with our firm."
Creps' colleague, Krista N. Hardwick, also has joined Tonkon Torp. She represents companies in labor matters before the National Labor Relations Board and the Oregon Employment Relations Board. Hardwick also defends employers against wage and hour, discrimination, harassment and other employment-related claims filed in federal and state courts. She earned her degree, magna cum laude, from Willamette University College of Law in 2005. Before entering law school, she was a fraud investigator.
Also joining the practice later in May is Colin Love-Geiger, a 2009 graduate of University of Oregon School of Law. Love-Geiger has just completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Dennis Hubel of the U.S. District Court. Previously he clerked for the Honorable Garr King, also in the U.S. District Court, and was a judicial extern to Justice Virginia Linder of the Oregon Supreme Court. Love-Geiger earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Reed College and worked as a legal assistant and law clerk before entering law school.
"We're delighted to add three more accomplished lawyers to our labor and employment practice. This gives us additional strength and depth to serve our clients," said Carey. Tonkon Torp provides advice and counsel and defends lawsuits and administrative proceedings for many of the Pacific Northwest's leading employers in employment and labor matters.