Sharon Peters is a partner in the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare and Labor & Employment Practices. Ms. Peters advises health care providers on personnel issues presented in the health care industry as well as regulatory compliance, privacy, peer review and medical staff proceedings, consent for treatment, involuntary commitment procedures, guardianship, and discharge concerns. Additionally, she represents employers regarding a wide range of employment law issues including disability accommodations, leaves of absence, discrimination and harassment, restrictive covenants, wage and hour, and terminations. In both settings, she is experienced in crisis management and fact investigations.

Ms. Peters is a frequent speaker who enjoys working with clients to develop best practices for claims avoidance. She was named to Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine from 2009 to 2016.


  • "State Legislative Responses to the Opiod Crisis: Leading Examples," AHLA Health and Life Science Law Journal, February 2018
  • "From Paper to Decision: Applying the Fair Hearing Plan to Reality," Co-author, MedStaff News, American Health Lawyers Association, Spring 2016.
  • “Internet Background Checks: Is it Worth the Risk?” Co-author, Legal Management News, Spring 2015.
  • “Think the New Portland Sick Leave Law Doesn’t Apply to Your Company? Think Again,” Client Alert, January 7, 2014.
  • “As Hospitals Trend Toward Employee Physicians, What Are the Employment Law Consequences?” Co-author, Washington Healthcare News, June 2012.
  • “Nonsolicitation Agreements Often Replace Noncompetes,” Portland Business Journal, July 8, 2011.
  • "New Law Drastically Alters Noncompete Requirements,"Portland Business Journal, August 24, 2007.
  • "More than Just a Word,"The Voice, May 17, 2006.
  • "Good records can minimize worker claims,"Portland Business Journal, April 1, 2005.

Professional Presentations

  • “Ensuring Safety and Compliance During Difficult Patient Encounters,” American Health Lawyers Association Physician and Hospital Institute in New Orleans, LA, February 6 -7, 2018
  • “To Report or Not to Report: Questions about the OMB, the NPDB, and the Health Professionals Services Program,” Oregon State Bar Health Law Section CLE, December 6, 2017
  • "Resolving Disputes in the Credentialing and Privileging World," Washington Association of Medical Staff Services, April 28, 2017.
  • "Advanced Behavioral Health for the Oregon Risk Manager," Oregon Society for Healthcare Risk Management, September 9, 2016.
  • “Holding Patterns: Behavioral Health in Oregon 2016,” Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, June 8, 2016.
  • "The Future of Telehealth Is Here: Key Legal and Compliance Issues," Oregon State Bar Health Law Section Annual Seminar, October 2015.
  • "Psychiatric Boarding and Other Hot Topics," Client Inservice, Fall 2015.
  • “Using Agreements to Protect Your Business in Oregon & Washington,” Client Seminar, October 15, 2014.
  • “Healthcare Documentation: Do’s, Don’ts, and the Use of Email,” Client Inservice, April 2014.
  • “Peer Review and Quality Assurance,” Client Inservice, September 2013.
  • “Fair Credit Reporting Act Issues for Employers in 2012,” USLAW Network Webinar, November 2012.
  • “Personnel Documentation: What to Say and How to Say It,” Oregon/Washington State Medical Group Management Association Annual Conference, May 2012.
  • “The 3 Headed Monster: Workers Comp, ADA and FMLA,” Washington Health Care Association Annual Fall Conference, September 2011.
  • “Oregon Employment Law: Getting it Right,” Oregon/Washington Medical Group Management Association Annual Conference, April 2011.
  • “USERRA: Navigating ADA, FMLA, & Workers’ Compensation Issues,” The Seminar Group, October 2007.
  • "New Age of Discovery: Electronically Stored Information for the Healthcare Risk Manager," Client Inservice, September 2007.
  • “Wage and Hour Class Actions: You’re in the Bull’s Eye,” Client Seminar, April 2007.
  • “Unsavory Employee Conduct: What’s an employer to do?” Client Seminar, March 2007.
  • “Navigating the Minefield: An employer’s step by step approach to complying with disability, medical leave, and workers’ compensation laws,” Client Education Update, September 2005.


  • State Bar Admissions
    • Oregon
    • Washington





  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • National Association Medical Staff Services
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review Practice Group)
  • Association of Workplace Investigators


University of Louisville School of Law

Juris Doctorcum laude, 2001

University of Dayton

Bachelor of Science in Economics, cum laude, 1998

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