Meyer Stephenson: Meet The Attorneys
Robert is co-founder of Meyer Stephenson, an employment law firm based in Portland, Oregon, representing employees in all state and federal courts in Oregon. Robert has over a decade of employment litigation experience. He has served as lead trial attorney in over 20 jury trials.
Since 2013, Robert has devoted his practice to pursuing employment law claims on behalf of employees. Robert has successfully represented Oregon employees in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and wrongful termination cases in both state and federal court.
Robert’s community activities include serving on the board of the Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger, an organization that has raised over $2.5 million to support hunger relief efforts by the Oregon Food Bank. Robert also serves as a mentor for new members of the Oregon State Bar through its mentorship program.
Robert lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two children. When he’s not working, Robert spends most of his time driving his children to their various events. He also enjoys running, snowboarding,
Talia Y. Guerriero is an employment lawyer with a background in labor and union rights that enriches her employment practice. She has a strong voice for the underdog with a passion for social justice and civil rights that defines her life.
Talia Y. Guerriero is an employment lawyer with a background in labor and union rights that enriches her employment practice. She has always been a strong voice for the underdog with a passion for social justice and civil rights that defines her life. Her work has always focused on empowering and protecting the rights of marginalized communities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (“LGBTQ”) communities in particular.
Talia provides quality legal representation in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies and boards. Her efforts have been recognized by SuperLawyers as a “Rising Star” for 2016-2020 and by Avvo with a “Superb” rating. She is also an accomplished presenter at various conferences and seminars. Talia brings significant civil rights and litigation experience to Meyer Stephenson from her five and a half years with Bennett Hartman, LLP as a partner and associate as well as her general counsel position with the International Union of Operating Engineers, her judicial externship with Judge Tauro in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, and her judicial clerkship with Judge Steele at the Clackamas County Circuit Court.
From 2018-2020, Talia has acted as local counsel on a groundbreaking case for transgender rights with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, resulting in an incredible settlement for the plaintiff and likely impacting the way that employers handle insurance coverage for transgender employees. Read more at http://www.nclrights.org/
Talia graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz, with High Honors in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa honors society membership, and multiple scholarships. At Northeastern Law School, she was one of only four “Public Interest Scholars” and received multiple scholarships. After law school, she published a law review article in the U.C. Davis Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy on implementing effective non-discrimination policies for LGBTQ youth in foster care.
She also stays active teaching cycle and yoga and enjoying the great Oregon outdoors with her beloved family, including two terrible terriers named Cherry Blossom and Dandy Lion.
Check out Talia’s tips on understanding the framework of Oregon law on discrimination against LGBTQ people in the workplace and retaliation for reporting that discrimination here: https://vimeo.com/
Michael Owens is passionate about helping employees who have experienced unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation at work because he believes everyone deserves to be treated with dignity in the workplace.
Mike was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and grew up in the Mountain West. He is passionate about helping employees who have experienced unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation at work because he believes everyone deserves to be treated with dignity in the workplace. While in college at the University of Wyoming, Mike was a national champion in parliamentary debate. At Willamette University College of Law, he was a law review editor, was inducted into the Order of the Barristers as a moot court member, and graduated in the top five percent of his class.
Sharia Mayfield’s passion for anti-discrimination work stems from her desire to ensure vulnerable voices are heard. As an Arab-American Muslim and daughter of an immigrant mother, Sharia believes that equity begins with fair earning potential for all.
Sharia Mayfield, born and raised in Oregon, has a BA in creative writing from Stanford and a JD from Georgetown. She worked for two years as an intelligence and national security advisor to US Senator Ron Wyden before joining the Oregon Department of Justice as a lawyer in both the Trial And Appellate divisions for nearly two years. Switching to the private sector, she realized her passion for workers’ rights. Sharia also teaches privacy law at Willamette Law, has run for office, and enjoys sauntering around in her free time.
Sarah Osborn is an employment lawyer representing clients with a collaborative and thoughtful approach while maintaining a strong moral compass for social justice.
Sarah graduated from University of Oregon with her law degree and received numerous awards for her commitment to helping underserved populations, including pro bono honors and the National Public Interest Award from Equal Justice Works. While in law school, Sarah was a law review editor and member of moot court where she placed at the top of several competitions. She previously worked for an Oregon Federal Magistrate Judge and clerked for several firms in the areas of labor, employment, and civil rights law.
Sarah is also passionate about alternatives to litigation (ADR) and holds a Masters in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. She published her thesis on the workplace safety hazards of sexual harassment.
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