Services & Industries
J.D., summa cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2015
B.S.W., Azusa Pacific University, 2009
Bar and Court Admissions
Oregon State Bar
State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Megan is an attorney in Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. She works with local, regional, and national employers to solve complicated employment matters. Megan has substantial experience representing employers in state and federal court, and before Oregon’s Bureau of Labor & Industries (BOLI) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, Megan served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Erika Hadlock, former Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals. Megan graduated summa cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School, and is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the State Bar of California.
While a law student, Megan worked as a summer associate at Haglund Kelley LLP and served as a judicial extern for Judge Ann Aiken at the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.
In her free time, Megan serves as a mentor to first year Lewis & Clark Law School students and as a member of the board of directors for Youth, Rights & Justice. Outside of work, Megan’s interests include tennis, running, exploring Oregon’s wineries, reading fiction, and spending time with her husband and dogs.
In April 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down non-unanimous jury convictions in criminal cases in Ramos v. Louisiana. A shameful carryover from the Jim Crow era, Louisiana and Oregon were the last two states that allowed non-unanimous criminal convictions when as many as two jurors believed a defendant was innocent. Overnight, more than 260 cases in Oregon became eligible to seek post-conviction relief for unconstitutional non-unanimous convictions. Housed in the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) at Lewis & Clark Law School, the Ramos Project is a statewide pro-bono initiative providing legal assistance to those seeking redress.
Tonkon Torp attorney Robert Koch, Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group, won a family law appeal in the Oregon Supreme Court involving a child custody dispute for his client.
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Youth, Rights & Justice
Multnomah Bar Association
OSB Appellate and Employment Sections
Oregon Women Lawyers
The Best Lawyers in America
2022, Ones to Watch – Commercial Litigation
2022, Ones to Watch – Labor and Employment Law – Management
2022, Ones to Watch – Litigation – Labor and Employment
2022, Ones to Watch – Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Thirteen Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 13 practice groups have been selected to appear in Best Lawyers’ 2022 Ones to Watch directory.
Tonkon Torp’s 2021 Annual Labor & Employment Event, held virtually on June 9, featured a presentation by attorney Megan Reuther, who provided an update on OSHA regulations relating to COVID-19.
Tonkon Torp litigators have contributed their expertise to a new treatise on civil litigation practice, Oregon Civil Pleading and Litigation.
Attorneys from Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group have delivered a series of alerts and webinars to help employers navigate the newly released OSHA COVID-19 Rule. The Rule was adopted on November 6 and went into effect on November 16. Tonkon Torp has also released an in-depth analysis of the new Rule in an alert published on the Tonkon Torp website.
Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group concluded the first round of its coffee break webinar series with a July 30 program featuring attorney Megan Reuther. The topic focused on how to handle a COVID-19 diagnosis in the workplace.
During a year in need of some brightness, December brought some great news: after emergency Food and Drug Administration approvals, first Pfizer and then Moderna shipped COVID-19 vaccines to locations throughout the United States, kicking off a mass-immunization campaign that is fast-tracked for delivery across the country.
On November 6, 2020, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OR-OSHA) adopted the Temporary Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Rule (the Rule) aimed at addressing the effects of the pandemic on the workplace. Unless otherwise indicated, the Rule’s provisions will take effect 10 days after adoption – on November 16. OR-OSHA is issuing helpful materials to assist employers to comply with the Rule, change, and, for that reason, Oregon employers should monitor OR-OSHA’s webpage closely and/or sign up for their email alerts here.
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.
On September 20, 2018, the Washington Supreme Court considered whether an employer’s payment plan that includes “production minutes” or actual clock time as an employee’s metric, qualifies as a “piece-work plan” under Washington’s Minimum Wage Act (MWA), chapter 49.46 RCW. The Washington court held that, if production is measured by actual clock time, it is not piece work and therefore employers cannot apply workweek averaging to determine minimum wage.
In its May 31, 2018, decision in McLaughlin v. Wilson, 292 Or App 101 (2018), the Oregon Court of Appeals expanded liability for employment retaliation in two ways. The court held that (1) individuals, not just employers, can be primarily liable for retaliation under Oregon law; and (2) retaliation includes post-employment retaliation like the dissemination of negative references.
Publications & Presentations
“OSHA Updates,” Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, June 2021
“Service, Summons, and Notice Requirements,” Chapter, Oregon Civil Pleading and Litigation (2020 Edition), Oregon State Bar
“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
“How to Handle a COVID-19 Diagnosis in the Workplace,” July 2020
“Is Telecommuting the New Normal?” May 2020
“Legal Considerations for Reopening Businesses,” May 2020
“Mental Health and the ADA,” Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, May 2019
“Production Minutes Do Not Constitute Piece Work Under Washington’s Minimum Wage Law,” Tonkon Torp Legal Alert, September 2018
“Oregon Court of Appeals Expands Employment Retaliation Liability,” Tonkon Torp Legal Alert, June 2018
“The Dramatic Expansion of Oregon’s Absolute Litigation Privilege,” OSB Litigation Journal, Spring 2018