Haley Morrison

Haley Morrison

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503.802.2121
haley.morrison@tonkon.com

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Education

J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law, Order of the Coif, 2008

B.A., Colorado College, 2001

Bar & Court Admissions

Oregon State Bar
State Bar of California

Haley is a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. She provides counsel to employers on a wide variety of matters, with a particular focus on employment litigation in California and Oregon, in both single-plaintiff and class action contexts. Haley conducts comprehensive employment practice diagnostics for national and global companies, as well as workforce exempt classification reviews. She also provides advice on discrete issues in countless employment-related contexts.

Among her many achievements, Haley is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and Oregon Super Lawyers. She has also been recognized as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® as a result of her successes defending businesses in significant class actions.

Haley’s clients include: Morgan Stanley, Becton, Dickinson and Company, AMN Healthcare, Vesta, Sunshine Retirement Living, Dick’s Auto Group, Asante, Brightwater Senior Living, Dragonberry Produce, Trackers Earth, and Teleperformance USA. She also regularly works with businesses selected by the Y Combinator, the renowned tech incubator in San Francisco, whose companies have a combined valuation of over $100B. Haley’s Y Combinator clients include Newfront Insurance, Truepill, and Lambda School, among others.

Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, Haley worked in California for multinational law firm, Paul Hastings LLP, for seven years. As a student at the University of San Diego School of Law, Haley served as an intern in the Attorney General’s Office, an extern for the Honorable Nita L. Stormes in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, and as a summer associate at Paul Hastings. Before attending law school, Haley worked for the Oregon Sports Authority, where she was responsible for marketing and organization for major sporting events such as the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Dew Tour, and the U.S. Women’s Soccer Fan Celebration Tour.

Haley is a soccer player, runner, and overall sports enthusiast. In her spare time, she volunteers with programs focused on building self-esteem and developing life skills through sports. She is on the Board of Directors of Playworks, a nonprofit that improves the well-being of elementary-aged children by increasing opportunities for safe, meaningful play, and on the Advisory Board of Bridge City Soccer Academy, a nonprofit teaching young, female athletes the tools to make confident and empowered decisions both on and off the field. Haley also participates in several local leadership groups focused on making the Greater Portland area a better, safer place to live. Growing up, Haley was an All-City and All-State selection multiple times while playing soccer at Lincoln High School. She played collegiately at Colorado College (NCAA Division I), and semi-professionally for several seasons before attending law school.

Representative Matters

Achieved Asylum for Ethiopian Refugee

Obtained asylum for an Ethiopian refugee who had suffered lifelong persecution. And, after five years of advocacy — which included leveraging support from two United States Senators and a Congressman — successfully petitioned for derivative status for her five young children. 

Achieved Dismissal of Class Action Following Summary Judgment Victory

Authored a motion for partial summary judgment which resulted in the plaintiff voluntarily dismissing a putative class action involving hundreds of drivers, warehouse workers and front office personnel. 

Achieved Walk-Away Win in Statewide Class Action

As a result of early motion practice, achieved complete walk-away on California statewide class action allegations involving more than 500 engineers.

Attained Defense Verdict in Misclassification Jury Trial

Attained complete defense verdict in an exempt misclassification case tried before a jury.

Defeated Class Certification and Prevailed on Follow-On Individual Cases

After defeating class certification in a case involving supervisors in the package delivery industry, prevailed on follow-on individual actions through motion practice and/or trials. After a string of victories without a single loss, the remaining individual plaintiffs dismissed their cases outright. 

Defeated Misclassification Class Action

Defeated class certification in a state-wide exempt misclassification matter regarding retail supervisors.

Multiple Summary Judgment Wins

Achieved more than two dozen complete victories on summary judgment.

Successful Mediations

Negotiated very favorable client results in numerous mediations, including in state- and nation-wide class actions, and single-plaintiff cases.  

Summary Judgment Win Mooted Nationwide Collective Action

Prevailed on summary judgment as to the named plaintiffs in a nationwide independent contractor matter, thereby mooting their efforts to certify a collective action.

Tonkon Torp Secures Complete Victory – and Wins Attorneys’ Fees – in Employment Litigation Matter for Sunshine Retirement Living

In a very rare decision by a federal court, Tonkon Torp partner Haley Morrison won attorneys’ fees for the defense in a case alleging state and federal discrimination and retaliation claims. Morrison, along with local counsel from Troutman Pepper’s Atlanta office, defended Sunshine Retirement Living in the case brought by a former employee, before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Community Involvement & Activities

Playworks Pacific Northwest
Chair, Board of Directors

Women’s Foundation of Oregon
Founding Member, 2015-2016

Portland Business Alliance
Leadership Portland Class of 2017

University of San Diego
Alumni Association

Wallace Inn of Court
2010-2012


Professional Memberships

American Bar Association
Multnomah Bar Association
San Diego County Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association

The Best Lawyers in America

2020-2022, Litigation – Labor & Employment

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Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers

2019-2022, Labor & Employment

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Super Lawyers

2020-2022, Oregon Super Lawyer – Employment Litigation: Defense
2016-2018, Oregon Rising Star – Labor & Employment
2015, San Diego Rising Star – Labor & Employment

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America's Top 100

2018-2019, America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

The Corporate America

2015, Legal Elite

San Diego Business Journal

2014–2015, Best of the Bar

The Daily Transcript - San Diego

2012–2014, Top Attorney – Labor & Employment
2012–2014, Top Young Attorney

31 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2022 Super Lawyers Lists

Thirty-one Tonkon Torp attorneys in 11 practice areas have been included in the 2022 Oregon Super Lawyers or Rising Stars

Chambers USA 2022 Ranks 28 Tonkon Torp Attorneys

Chambers USA has recognized 28 Tonkon Torp attorneys in eight practice areas in its Chambers USA 2022 Guide.

Haley Morrison Explores Discovery at 2021 OSB L&E Boot Camp

Tonkon Torp partner Haley Morrison spoke at the 2021 Labor and Employment Law Boot Camp organized by the Oregon State Bar

Best Lawyers in America® Includes 53 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2022 List

Fifty-three Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 39 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022

26 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2021 Super Lawyers Lists

Twenty-six Tonkon Torp attorneys in nine practice areas have been included in the 2021 Oregon Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists.

All News Items

Department of Labor Announces Final Rule on Joint Employer Liability

The United States Department of Labor issued its Final Rule on Joint Employer Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new Rule, which will become effective March 16, 2020, is a departure from the legal interpretation adopted by the Obama Administration, and the interpretation by the National Labor Relations Board, both of which significantly expanded joint employer liability.

DOL Increases Salary Basis Test for Exempt Workers

After five years of fits and starts — which we covered here, here, here, and here — the federal Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized its regulations related to the salary basis test for the so-called white collar exemptions to overtime. Effective January 1, 2020, the salary basis will increase from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $684 per week ($35,568 per year).

Department of Labor Again Seeks to Increase the Minimum Salary for Exempt Workers

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks — again — to raise the minimum salary threshold for employees classified as exempt pursuant to one of the so-called “white collar” exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional employees.

Ninth Circuit Limits the Use of Tip Credits

On September 18, 2018, the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, considered whether fourteen former servers and bartenders were entitled to back wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for time spent engaged in non-tipped tasks.

U.S. Supreme Court Restores Status Quo for Automobile Service Advisors

On April 2, 2018, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, resolved a circuit split by concluding that auto dealership service advisors are exempt from the overtime requirements under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).

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Publications & Presentations

“Telecommuting and Flexible Work Schedules,” Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, June 2021

“Department of Labor Announces Final Rule on Joint Employer Liability,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, January 2021

Podcast, “Employment Laws & COVID Considerations,” Boiled Down, November 2020

“ADA Considerations Related to the Pandemic,” May 2020

Panelist, “Tools to Survive the COVID-19 Economy: CARES Act SBA Loans, Employment Laws, and Corporate Issues,“ April 2020

​”Department of Labor Announces Final Rule on Joint Employer Liability,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, January 2020

“DOL Increases Salary Basis Test for Exempt Workers,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, September 2019

“Discovery in Labor and Employment Law,” Fifth Annual Labor and Employment Law Boot Camp, Oregon State Bar, June 2019

“Internal HR and ER Investigations,” Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, May 2019

“Addressing & Mitigating Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace,” Nonprofit Association of Oregon, November 2018

“Ninth Circuit Limits the Use of Tip Credits,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, September 2018

“Employment Practice Liability: Coping with the Growing Risks of Workplace Misconduct,” Oregon Business, June 2018

“U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, May 2018

“U.S. Supreme Court Restores Status Quo for Automobile Service Advisors,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, April 2018

“Supreme Court to Again Evaluate Whether Auto Service Advisors Are Exempt from Overtime,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, October 2017

“Federal District Court Invalidates the DOL’s Overtime Rules,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, September 2017

“Big Changes for Large Employers: Oregon Legislature Passes Fair Work Week Act,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, June 2017

“Employment Law Q&A for Startups,” August 2016

“Labor & Employment Update,” Real Benefits Group, June 2016

“The DOL’s Increased Salary Requirements for White Collar and Highly Compensated Workers,” Association of Corporate Counsel of Oregon Newsletter, June 2016

“Employee Handbooks for Startups,” March 2016

“Exempt from Overtime? Maybe Not – The Rules Are Changing,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, November 2015

“NLRB Limits Ability of Employers to Ban Use of Cameras in Workplace,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, October 2015

“Best Practices in Drafting Independent Contractor Agreements,” Matthew Bender, August 2013

“While You Were Sleeping – A Wake-Up Call About Class Action Risks,” Client Round-Table, June 2012

“EEOC Issues New Guidance on Background Checks – ‘Business Necessity’ Standard Now Applies,” Paul Hastings Client Alert, May 2012

“Employee Classifications: Getting the C-Suite’s Ear,” Inside Counsel, December 2011

“‘Going Rogue’ Vendor Control in the Age of HR Outsourcing,” The Recorder, December 2011