Attorney Jay Sayles is an experienced workers’ compensation defense attorney, focusing on representing clients to ensure that workers’ compensation law is appropriately applied to all claims. His goals are to help employers increase the efficiencies of which claims are handled, as well as to understand what the law requires in individual cases.
Prior to joining the firm, Jay also represented workers’ compensation claims on behalf of governmental employers.
I enjoy practicing workers’ compensation defense law, as the intersection of law and medical science applied to cases presents a consistently challenging practice. By understanding evolving medical and treatment practices, I can explain to clients about what the law requires – both in terms of compensation and treatment – as well as what may not be required or covered under the law.
Jay has an extensive background in a number of different areas of law. He has significant litigation experience (including class action securities fraud), he served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General, American Samoa, he was an in-house corporate counsel for a consulting group, and served as a project manager for Horizon Air. He additionally has extensive experience in environmental and regulatory matters, having supervised a team of 40 reviewers on a nationwide Environmental Impact Statement, and having served as a legal consultant in developing and drafting CEQA and NEPA documents for the Natomas Levee Improvement Project.
Jay is strongly committed to giving back to the community. He has served as both Chair and Co-Chair of the Oregon State Bar, New Lawyers Division Pro Bono Committee. In this capacity, he has helped organize a number of outreach programs, including Wills for Heroes (will preparation for veterans and first responders), immigration CLEs, and the annual Pro Bono fair.
When not practice law, Jay enjoys spending time with his family, as well as mountaineering, hiking, road biking, burritos, skiing, scuba dividing, and wine making.