Megan Reuther

Megan Reuther

Partner

503.802.2174
megan.reuther@tonkon.com

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Services & Industries

Education

J.D., summa cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2015

B.S.W., Azusa Pacific University, 2009

Bar & 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 a partner 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 board member for Trauma Intervention Program Northwest. Outside of work, Megan’s interests include tennis, running, exploring Oregon’s wineries, reading fiction, and spending time with her husband and dogs.

The Ramos Project

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.

Robert Koch Wins Pro Bono Appeal at Oregon Supreme Court

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.

Community Involvement & Activities

Haggerty Scholars Program
Mentor

Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter
Board Member

Trauma Intervention Program Northwest
Board Member

Youth, Rights & Justice
Former Board Member


Professional Memberships

Multnomah Bar Association
OSB Appellate and Employment Sections
Oregon Women Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America

2022-2024, Ones to Watch – Commercial Litigation
2022-2024, Ones to Watch – Labor and Employment Law – Management
2022-2024, Ones to Watch – Litigation – Labor and Employment
2022-2024, Ones to Watch – Litigation – Trusts and Estates

Chambers USA

2024, Labor & Employment – Up & Coming

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Super Lawyers

2022-2023, Oregon Rising Star – Employment Litigation: Defense

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Chambers USA 2024 Ranks 28 Tonkon Torp Attorneys

Chambers USA has recognized 28 Tonkon Torp attorneys in eight practice areas in its 2024 Guide.

Best Lawyers in America® Names 17 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2024 Ones to Watch List

Seventeen Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 18 practice groups have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2024 Ones to Watch directory. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch is a peer-review honor that acknowledges the professional excellence of attorneys who have been in private practice for less than 10 years.

39 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2023 Super Lawyers Lists

Thirty-nine Tonkon Torp attorneys in 12 practice areas have been included in the 2023 Oregon Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists.

Megan Reuther Joins Board of Directors for Trauma Intervention Program NW

Tonkon Torp partner Megan Reuther is serving on the Board of Directors for Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) NW. TIP is a national nonprofit that screens and trains citizen volunteers to provide emotional and practical support to survivors of traumatic events and their families in the first hours following a tragedy.

Megan Reuther Charts Path for Discovery in Employment Law at OSB L&E Bootcamp

Tonkon Torp partner Megan Reuther spoke at the Oregon State Bar’s Ninth Annual Labor & Employment Law Boot Camp. Megan and a local plaintiff’s attorney led a session on discovery in employment law.

All News Items

An Employer’s Dilemma: To Mandate (or Not) the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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.

Oregon OSHA Finalizes Temporary Workplace Safety Rules for COVID-19

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.

Oregon OSHA Set to Finalize Temporary Workplace Safety Rules for COVID-19

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.

“Production Minutes” Do Not Constitute “Piece Work” Under Washington’s Minimum Wage Law

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.

Oregon Court of Appeals Expands Employment Retaliation Liability

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