Services & Industries
J.D., cum laude, Willamette University College of Law, 2003
B.A., cum laude, University of Texas at Austin, 1997
Bar & Court Admissions
Oregon State Bar
Washington State Bar Association
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
Oregon Court of Appeals
Kristin is Chair of Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. She exclusively represents employers from claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and other labor and employment matters. Kristin also represents and advises employers of every size, including nonprofit organizations, regarding wage and hour, collective actions under FLSA, sex harassment, hostile work environment, FMLA/OFLA, ADA discrimination, and whistleblower matters. Kristin has extensive experience in counseling and litigating noncompetition agreements and she counsels clients on how to protect their confidential information and trade secrets.
Kristin also represents clients in traditional labor matters. Her experience includes bargaining, labor arbitrations, defending ULPs before the NLRB, and advising employers in response to union campaigns and elections.
Kristin is a frequent speaker on labor and employment issues, including labor organizing, sex harassment, wage and hour law, family medical leave, disability law, and best human resources practices.
Helicopter Transport Services, Inc.
Won partial summary judgment for Helicopter Transport Services, Inc. in a dispute with competitor Erickson Air-Crane Inc., alleging Sherman Act § 2 monopoly leveraging and refusal to deal claims, as well as breach of contract claims.
International Sale of Interest in Dental Equipment Company
Represented dental parts and equipment company in the sale of one-third of its interest to a public company in Japan. In a truly global transaction, the Tokyo, Japan-based investor had legal counsel in New York, with their principal attorney working out of Hawaii. An insurer in London underwrote the representations and warranties insurance. Tonkon Torp’s M&A group assembled a team of Tonkon Torp attorneys to assist in additional intellectual property, tax, and labor and employment issues important to the success of the transaction.
Sale of Form Factory, Inc.
Tonkon Torp represented its client, Form Factory, Inc., a retail cannabis processor, in all aspects of its sale to Acreage Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded company in Canada, in an all-stock merger transaction valued at $160 million. The transaction was extremely complicated and included Oregon Liquor Control Commission licensing and other regulatory issues, complicated Delaware statutory structures, Canadian securities law considerations, complex subsidiary ownership and joint ventures, and numerous third parties.
Sale of Pulp Mill
Represented Wayzata Investment Partners, a private equity fund, in connection with a sale of Halsey, Oregon pulp mill.
Columbia Helicopters v. Boeing
Represented Columbia Helicopters in a dispute over Boeing’s refusal to sell Boeing helicopter parts to Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters, to allow Columbia to fulfill its contracts to repair Boeing-manufactured military CH-47 Chinook helicopters. To resolve threatened antitrust litigation, Boeing ultimately agreed to recognize Columbia Helicopters as an independent service organization provide Columbia with Boeing parts to perform CH-47 repair services.
When Albina Head Start, Inc. received a significant grant award to expand the agency’s services, its management called on Tonkon Torp to help address many legal and business issues.
Albina Head Start, Inc. (AHS), which serves more than 1,000 low-income children and their families in North, Northeast and Southeast Portland, faces the future in a stronger financial position thanks to a significant pro bono effort by Tonkon Torp. Find details and more featured cases here.
Tonkon Torp client Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) is the North American subsidiary of one of the largest corporations in the world, the Italian electricity company Enel S.p.A. Here’s how we helped EGPNA in a renewable energy acquisition.
Community Involvement & Activities
Campaign for Equal Justice
Board of Directors
Large Firm Committee Member
Coalition of Community Health Clinics
Recipient of Safety Net Champion Pro Bono Award
Pro Bono Volunteer
Girls, Inc. of the Pacific Northwest
Board of Directors
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)
Past Executive Committee Member
Past Board of Directors
Business for Culture and the Arts
Art of Leadership Program 2010
Past Committee Member
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
The Best Lawyers in America
2022, Lawyer of the Year – Litigation – Labor & Employment, Portland
2013-2022, Employment Law – Management
2017-2022, Labor Law – Management
2018-2022, Litigation – Labor & Employment
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers
2014-2015, 2021-2022, Labor & Employment
2019-2022, Oregon Super Lawyer – Employment Litigation: Defense
2009-2013, Oregon Rising Star – Employment Litigation: Defense
Coalition of Community Health Clinics
2013, Safety Net Champion
Thirty-one Tonkon Torp attorneys in 11 practice areas have been included in the 2022 Oregon Super Lawyers or Rising Stars
Chambers USA has recognized 28 Tonkon Torp attorneys in eight practice areas in its Chambers USA 2022 Guide.
On September 14, labor and employment partners Kristin Bremer Moore and Clay Creps hosted a webinar to brief healthcare employers on the recent vaccine mandates by Governor Brown and President Biden.
Fifty-three Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 39 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022
Three Tonkon Torp partners have been named Portland Lawyer of the Year in their respective specialties by Best Lawyers in America 2022.
On October 23, 2020, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Agency (Or-OSHA) issued its fourth draft of the Temporary Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Rule (the Rule) aimed at addressing the effects of the pandemic on the workplace. The comment period for this latest draft closed on October 30, and OR-OSHA has stated that it intends to adopt the rules this week on November 5.
The Department of Labor released new Q&A guidance regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Among other things, the guidance provides new insight on various coverage issues relating to whether domestic service workers are covered by the new law, how FFCRA interacts with temporary employees of staffing companies who perform services for a covered employer, and what impact school closures during summer months might have on FFCRA leaves.
While the use of cannabis is still illegal at the federal level, 33 states now allow medical use and 11 of those states and Washington, D.C. have also legalized recreational use.
Recently, the Oregon legislature passed Senate Bill 828, known as the Fair Work Week Act, which will dramatically change how covered employers schedule workers. Governor Brown is expected to sign the law soon. The Fair Work Week Act applies to large retail, hospitality, and food service establishments in Oregon that employ 500 or more employees worldwide, including chains or “an integrated enterprise.”
In the wake of Governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation last year, the Oregon Legislature amended Oregon’s “whistleblower” protection statute (ORS 659A.203) by expanding it to include Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that receive public funds from grants or contracts. Effective January 1, 2017, the new law protects employees and board members of nonprofit organizations who, based on a “good faith and objectively reasonable belief” that a violation has occurred, disclose “lawfully accessed information related to” a violation of law by the nonprofit organization.
Publications & Presentations
“Oregon Healthcare Vaccine Mandates,” September 2021
“Updates to Labor Law Under the Biden Administration,” Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, June 2021
“Oregon OSHA Finalizes Temporary Workplace Safety Rules for COVID-19,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, November 2020
“Oregon OSHA’s New COVID-19 Rule: What It Means For Your Business,” November 2020
“Oregon OSHA Set to Finalize Temporary Workplace Safety Rules for COVID-19,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, November 2020
“Employer Obligations and Unemployment Benefits,” July 2020
“Employment Law for Startups,” TiE XL Oregon Bootcamp, June 2020
“Managing Thorny COVID-19 Leave Issues,” May, 2020
“New DOL Guidance on Joint Employers, Summer School Closures, and Domestic Workers,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, May 2020
“Pre-Employment Drug Screening Policies Are Changing for Oregon Employers,” Portland Business Journal, April 2020
“How to Manage Layoffs During COVID-19,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, March 2020
“NLRB Update: What Non-Union Employers (Still) Need to Know About Labor Law,” Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, May 2019
“Oregon Equal Pay Act,” March 2019
“Workplace Culture,” Thought Leader Forum, Portland Business Journal, February 2019
“Worksite Enforcement, Compliance Best Practices & Forms I-9,” June 2017
“Employments Issues for Nonprofits: Employees, Independent Contractors, Interns and Volunteers,” June 2017
“Independent Contractors and Non-Competition Agreements,” March 2017
“When Do You NEED to Talk to a Lawyer,” TiE Oregon Bootcamp, November 2016
“Hedging Your Bets – Using Offers of Judgment in Employment Cases,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Annual Convention, June 2015
“NLRB Ambush Elections,” Tonkon Torp LLP’s Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, May 2015
“How to Respond to Union Organizing,” East Oregonian Publishing Company, January 2015
“ADA and FMLA Update; Recent Changes in ADAAA Legislation,” 5th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, The Seminar Group, October 2013