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Katelyn S. Oldham

 Katelyn joined our firm in 2013 and became a partner in 2015.  She grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and is licensed to practice law in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. 


Katelyn has a traditional labor law practice and represents labor unions before arbitrators, state labor boards, and the National Labor Relations Board. She also negotiates labor contracts and advises our clients on issues concerning disabled employees, fitness for duty tests, medical leave issues and other employment-related issues. Katelyn represents our clients in the state and federal courts in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, and works on appeals. 


In addition to her labor practice, Katelyn represents individuals before professional licensing boards and commissions. She looks for creative opportunities and solutions, but is not afraid to litigate a case when necessary. She has represented clients before the Department of Public Safety Standards Training, Oregon Medical Board, Oregon Board of Nursing, Teachers Standards and Practices Commission, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Board of Dentistry, Oregon Board of Licensed Counselors and Therapists, Oregon Government Ethics Commission, the Medical Quality Assurance Commission (Washington's health professionals board), and other bodies. Katelyn has experience working with professionals who are seeking help for alcohol and substance abuse problems, or mental health concerns.

Katelyn also provides advice and guidance to labor union entities regarding their obligations under the law to their employees, members, apprentices, and other stakeholders. 


Before joining our firm, Katelyn was in private practice for more than a decade and represented individuals in all types of employment-related matters and civil rights claims. She has litigated claims under Section 1983 (constitutional claims), Title VII, ADA, and the ADEA, as well as matters arising under state law and contract disputes, in state and federal courts and in administrative hearings. Katelyn has also assisted multiple clients with disabilities to achieve reasonable accommodations in the workplace. She occasionally continues to represent plaintiffs in civil rights matters. 


Before joining the Tedesco Law Group, Katelyn had her own practice, the Oldham Law Office. She started her career as an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Judy Snyder.


When not working, Katelyn enjoys spending time with her son and husband, camping, traveling, reading, and running with her dog. Katelyn likes to stay involved in professional and legal service organizations and enjoys serving her community. 


Selected Presentations and Publications


"Discipline and Revocation: Working with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA)," Co-presenter at the Oregon State Fire Fighters Council Annual Conference (Winter 2016).


“The Intersection of the ADA/FMLA/Workers Compensation,” Panel presentation at the Annual Labor & Employment Section of the Oregon State Bar (Summer 2015).

“Job Applicant Screening: A State and Federal Overview of Laws & Enforcement,” Presentation at the Oregon State Bar (Spring 2015).


"Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace," Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU),  Local 11 (Summer 2014).

“Getting Information Up Front: The key to litigation letters” in Trial Lawyer, published by OTLA (Winter 2011).         

"Two Recent Cases Confirm Supreme Court's Commitment to Protecting Employees from Retaliation," Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter (July 2008).

Co-author, “Overview of Issues in Institutional Suicide, Wrongful Death, and Sexual Abuse/Assault Injury Cases,” appeared in Section 1983 Cases, published by the Oregon State Bar, (April 1, 2005).

Comment:  The Implications of Echazabal v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc. for Employers and for the Administration of Workers’ Compensation and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 80 Or.L.Rev. 327, Spring, 2001. 


Organizations and Activities


  • Member, Editorial Board, Civil Rights Section Newsletter (2011-2017)       

  • Barrister, Owen Panner Inn of Court, (2007-2017)

  • Co-chair, Employment Section, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (2008-2011)

  • Past-chair (2008) and member, Executive Committee of the Civil Rights Section, Oregon State Bar (2003-2008) 




  • University of Oregon School of Law, 2002, J.D.; Oregon Law Review, Articles Editor, 2001-2002.

  • University of Oregon (Robert D. Clark Honors College), 1996, B.A. (History), cum laude; member Phi Beta Kappa honors society.




  • Oregon, 2002

  • U.S. District Court for Oregon, 2003

  • Washington, 2004

  • U.S. District Court for Western Washington, 2010

  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2005

  • Alaska, 2015

  • U.S. District Court for Alaska, 2015


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