Emma Pelkey


Emma Pelkey is a partner in the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare, Labor & Employment, and Healthcare Regulatory & Compliance Practices. Her practice focuses on healthcare litigation and health law including behavioral health, provider issues, medical liability, risk management, and regulatory compliance. Additionally, she represents employers regarding a wide range of employment law issues including discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, disability accommodations, and terminations. 


  • Author, "Newly Enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act Requires Prompt Action by Employers," Legal Alert, May 2016
  • Author, "Member Briefing: Patient Safety—Identifying and Addressing Legal Issues Involved When Treating Pediatric Patients with Behavioral Health Needs," American Health Lawyers Association, July 8, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Internet Background Checks: Is it Worth the Risk?," Legal Management News, Spring 2015.
  • Author, The "Not Me Too" Evidence Doctrine in Employment Law: Courts' Disparate Treatment of Employment Discrimination Cases, 92 Or. L. Rev. 545 (2013).

Professional Presentations

  • Presenter, "Workplace Violence in Behavioral Health and Acute Care Settings," Oregon State Bar Health Law Section CLE, September 9, 2022
  • Presenter, "Navigating Reasonable Accommodation in the Workplace," Portland, Oregon, January 27, 2016


  • State Bar Admissions
    • Oregon
    • Washington
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the District of Oregon



United States District Court for the District of Oregon



  • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Sub-Committee Chair, Behavioral Health Task Force
  • Oregon State Bar Health Law Section
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Community Board for the Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund

Awards & Honors

"Ones to Watch," Health Care Law, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Best Lawyers, 2021—2023


University of Oregon School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2014

  • Oregon Law Review, Managing Editor, 2013-2014

Lewis and Clark College

Bachelor of Arts in Communications, 2009

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