John Kreutzer

John Kreutzer



John Kreutzer’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 work place, 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’s significant experience includes the defense of class action lawsuits against claims of breach of contract, fraud, wage and hour claims and violations of the Unlawful Trade Practices Act. John defended a national real estate investment and property management company and its on-site manager against claims of disability discrimination and wrongful death. Plaintiffs claimed that defendants’ alleged failure to reasonably accommodate the decedent’s disability caused his death. Summary judgment was obtained in favor of the defendants, defeating all claims against them. John defended a national inventory service provider against claims of constructive wrongful discharge brought by three former managers. All claims were dismissed with prejudice after successfully prevailing on a motion for summary judgment. John 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. John also has significant experience both enforcing and defending against enforcement of noncompetition agreements and the protection of trade secrets.

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); speaker, Southwest Washington Human Resources Management Association (SW HRMA) Human Resources Certification Exam Study Group (2009); Speaker, “Minimizing the Risk of Managing Volunteers,” Mid Valley Volunteer Management Association Conference (2008); Author, “Oregon Noncompetition Agreements,” DRI Noncompetition Agreement State Law Compendium (2008), Author, “The Age Discrimination in Employment Act,” DRI Young Lawyers (2007 Update).

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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