Me Too to We Too

July 2nd, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

The Sentinel
614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
Portland, OR

Accomplished trial lawyer Laura Salerno Owens’ presentation focuses on the importance of recruiting men to join women in the MeToo movement, and empowers listeners to make the case that gender equity is good for men, women, and the bottom-line. She begins with evidence that gender inequality still exists in the workplace even though women have made great strides over the years. Laura then discusses how to turn the “MeToo” movement into the “WeToo” movement by getting men to understand that gender equality has a positive impact on them too. Laura then provides strategies organizations can implement to even the playing field, and shares ways we can promote gender equality in our own homes.

This action-oriented presentation includes visuals to help illustrate Laura’s key points, and makes attendees think about how men and women can solve the gender equality problem together.


Laura Salerno Owens is a trial lawyer with broad experience representing employers and executives in single and class actions lawsuits. She represents clients in a variety of employment law issues including noncompetition/nonsolicitation agreements and trade secrets, wage and hour disputes, discrimination charges, sexual harassment allegations, and whistleblower claims. She also has experience litigating claims in state and federal court arising under the Equal Pay Act, Family Medical Leave Act, the Oregon Family Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act and representing clients before the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Laura is equally adept at advocating for her clients in the courtroom and advising them in the boardroom. She brings a trial lawyer’s perspective to employment disputes, which enables her to quickly get to the heart of legal issues and develop a strategy to solve often-complex problems. A natural “people person,” Laura communicates effectively with business owners, opposing counsel, and judges. One of her clients recently said “Laura provided good counsel in the negotiation of a complicated retirement agreement. Her assistance was done in a timely manner, on budget, with outstanding client service. Her advocacy led to a successful outcome for my case.” Another business owner Laura represented in enforcing a noncompetition agreement commented, “We got a speedy resolution that met our objectives. I am so impressed with the help she provided.” Laura is also an ardent advocate. As one client put it “When life throws you a curve ball, grab a bat and swing! Thanks Laura for being our bat.”

Laura has significant experience in state and federal courts, mediations, and arbitrations. She has first chair jury trial experience, has taken and defended numerous depositions, and has argued key pretrial and dispositive motions.

Laura has given more than 50 presentations and continuing education courses on various topics, including general employment law, anti-discrimination and harassment, social media in the workplace, and pay equity. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, named a Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers for the past six years, honored by the University of Oregon School of Law as an Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2016, selected by the Portland Business Journal as a “Forty Under 40” in 2018, and recognized as a Women of Influence by the Portland Business Journal in 2019.