John Kreutzer

John Kreutzer



Expertise Overview
John’s practice focuses on employment litigation, advice, and counseling. His litigation experience includes representing employers in the defense of claims for discrimination and harassment in the workplace, protected leave and disability claims, wage and hour claims, actions based on breach of contract including non-competition agreement defense and enforcement, and trade secret violation claims. John is experienced in the defense of both class and representative actions.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, John worked at a large law firm in Portland, Oregon where he represented employers in complex employment litigation. John has also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General defending claims on behalf of the State of Oregon.

Relevant Cases
John defended a national real estate investment and property management company and its on-site manager against claims of disability discrimination and wrongful death. Summary judgment was obtained in favor of the defendants, defeating all claims against them.

He also successfully defended a national timber products inspection provider against a national Fair Labor Standards Act representative action. All claims were dismissed with prejudice after successfully prevailing on a motion for summary judgment.

Publications & Thought Leadership
John has authored several articles on employment litigation and he regularly presents to employers and trade organizations. Some of his most recent articles and presentations include:

Speaker, “H.R. Essentials: Recruit, Retain & Remove,” Portland Business Journal BizGrowth Expo; Author, “Noncompetition Agreements in Oregon, The Basics Every Employer Must Know,” Oregon Dental Association Membership Matters (December 2009); and Speaker, Southwest Washington Human Resources Management Association (SW HRMA) Human Resources Certification Exam Study Group (2009).

Professional Certification & Accolades

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1998
  • Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 1999
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2002
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 2013
  • Member, DRI, Employment Law Steering Committee
  • Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Employment Law Section
  • Executive Committee, Oregon State Bar Association, Civil Rights Section (2005-2007)
  • Executive Committee, United States District Court of Oregon Historical Society (2005-2006)
  • SHRM
  • Best Lawyers in America - Oregon
  • Oregon Super Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington


  • Willamette University, College of Law, J.D., 1997
  • Oregon State University, B.S., 1989
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