Joel bio

Joel Christiansen


841-6722 ext. 2
P.O. Box 4120 #83585
Portland, OR 97208
Hi, I'm Joel 👋

Please note: I am not accepting any new clients at this time. Existing and former clients can continue to reach me using the information above.


I have been an Oregon lawyer for 13 years. I focus on two areas of law: (1) U.S. work visas and green cards, and (2) employee rights advocacy. I am also a professional software engineer.

I am currently working with the technology team at Seattle-based to make business-related immigration simpler, easier, and less expensive. I independently built to open source and organize primary legal citations related to the following business immigration classifications: O (extraordinary ability in arts, business, education, and science), P (entertainment and cultural performance), and Q (cultural exchanges). I have helped artists, chefs, engineers, entrepreneurs, and other creative types work in their chosen fields in the United States.

In addition to my immigration work, I handle a small number of employee rights advocacy matters. I have litigated cases in the areas of employment civil rights (discrimination, whistleblowing, medical leave, disability rights), wage and hour (overtime, minimum wage, fair pay), and employment contracts (noncompetes, NDAs, compensation agreements, contract-based pay disputes). My most recent work includes fighting damage caps in employment discrimination cases and helping to reduce the scope of employer-imposed noncompetition agreements

I grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin. I have a B.A. in political philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I also learned to program computers at the 24/7 computer lab in the engineering and mathematical sciences department. I went to law school at California Western School of Law in downtown San Diego, California, where I focused my coursework on civil litigation. I volunteered as an undergraduate mock trial coach at Reed College and Portland State University from 2009 through 2018. In 2019, I completed master gardener training with the Washington State University extension program (Walla Walla County).