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Erin M. Pettigrew

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  • Phone: (206) 652-8660
  • Fax: (206) 652-8290
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Practice Areas

  • Employment
  • Civil Rights
  • Consumer Protection
  • Class Actions

Practice Description

Erin M. Pettigrew is a civil litigator with a focus on representing individuals in workplace disputes and civil rights matters. She considers it a privilege to serve working people in their fight for justice. A tenacious advocate, Erin has successfully pursued claims on behalf of victims of race and gender discrimination, wage and hour violations, whistleblower retaliation, disability discrimination, family medical leave violations, and violations of state and federal farm worker protection laws. Erin speaks Spanish and has worked with immigrant and non-English speaking communities for over ten years.

Prior to joining Breskin, Johnson, & Townsend, PLLC, Erin worked at Northwest Workers’ Justice Project in Portland, Oregon as a public interest fellow funded by the Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale. In collaboration with NWJP, she created the Wage Collection Project serving low-wage immigrant workers in Oregon. Her work included public education about wage theft, collections actions, adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court, and wage and hour lawsuits in federal court.

Erin is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law where she was elected Moot Court Honor Board President and was selected for the Order of Barristers, an honorary organization recognizing excellence in oral and written advocacy. Erin previously served as a Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice Fellow at Columbia Legal Services in Southwest Washington, a Rule 9 advocate at The Defender Association, and a judicial extern with the Washington Court of Appeals, Division One.

Prior to law school, Erin was a waitress, administrative assistant, convenience store cashier, barista, retail worker, and a project coordinator with Oregon Law Center – a legal services organization.

Erin supports immigrant rights advocacy and does pro bono work through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Kids In Need of Defense (KIND).

Professional Honors and Affiliations

  • Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale, Fellowship Grantee

  • Order of Barristers

  • Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice Fellow

  • Equal Justice Works Corps Member

  • Board of Directors, Unemployment Law Project

  • Member of the Unemployment Law Task Force, Washington Employment Lawyers Association

  • Guest Lecturer, University Behind Bars, Monroe State Prison

  • Worker’s Rights Presentations at Casa Latina and Portland VOZ Worker’s Education Project

Admissions & Courts

  • Member, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Washington State Bar
  • Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Washington, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Washington State Courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, and Oregon State Courts


  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, Public Interest Concentration in Equity in Employment
  • B.A., University of Oregon, Comparative Literature and History