J. Ashlee Albies

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J. Ashlee Albies

J. Ashlee Albies has been practicing civil rights and employee-side employment law for over a decade. She also provides legal support to democratic workspaces and local consumer and worker cooperatives. Ashlee has devoted her legal career to providing zealous advocacy for clients who have been harmed by discrimination, retaliation, and unfair treatment by an employer or by the government. She believes in client-centered practice: providing her clients with the ability to make informed decisions about major life choices.

She is immediate past Co-chair of the Portland chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, a progressive bar association with nationwide membership. In 2010, Ashlee was a part of a legal team honored with the "Law for the People Award" by the National Lawyers Guild, and has been recognized by SuperLawyers as a rising star. She is past chair of the Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section, and has presented at many public forums and continuing legal education seminars about the First Amendment, free speech, creative uses of the law, trial advocacy, and civil rights litigation.

Ashlee is from New Jersey and earned her undergraduate degree from Cook College at Rutgers University before moving to Oregon to earn her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.

Oregon, 2005; U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 2006; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2007
Lewis and Clark, J.D., 2005
Cook College, Rutgers University, B.Sc., 2000
Professional Organizations
National Lawyers Guild, National Police Accountability Project, Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section, Oregon Women Lawyers, Oregon Trial Lawyer's Association, Multnomah Bar Association

Sample Published Decisions

Flores-Haro v. Slade, 160 F. Supp. 3d 1231 (D. Or. 2016)

Lead counsel in case involving police shooting the neighbor of a target of a police raid. Litigated case and developed factual basis for successful opposition to summary judgment motion.

United States v. City of Portland, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 188465 (D. Or. Feb. 19, 2013)

Litigated motion to intervene on behalf of community-based police oversight group in suit brought by US Department of Justice against the City of Portland alleging the City’s police bureau engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive force against community members who were or appeared to be in mental health crisis. The Court granted the group “enhanced amicus” status, and allowed enhanced participation in the litigation, similar to that of the parties. This case is on-going.

In re NSA Telecomms. Records Litig., 700 F. Supp. 2d 1182, (N.D. Cal. 2010)

Part of legal team challenging the Bush Administration’s warrantless wiretap program, gaining a ruling from the Chief Judge in the North District of California that the government had violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and awarding attorneys fees. The Ninth Circuit ultimately reversed, holding the government was immune from suit based on the doctrine of sovereign immunity.

Al Haramain Islamic Found., Inc. v. United States Dep't of the Treasury, 686 F.3d 965 (9th Cir. Or. 2012)

Part of legal team challenging the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)’s practice of seizing assets without a warrant, resulting in favorable opinion affirming that the "special needs" exception to the Fourth Amendment's protections did not apply to the seizure of a non-profit organization's assets by OFAC under Exec. Order No. 13,224.

About Us

Albies & Stark serves clients in employment-related disputes and civil rights matters, including plaintiffs in individual or class action litigation.


The experienced lawyers at Albies & Stark are recognized and regarded for their integrity, passion, and advocacy on behalf of their clients.

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1 SW Columbia Street, Suite 1850
Portland, Oregon 97204
(503) 308-4770