Caroline Guest is a shareholder in the Portland office and represents public and private employers of all sizes. As a litigator, Caroline has successfully defended her clients in claims of breach of contract, wrongful discharge, and discrimination based on gender, age, disability, and sexual harassment. A substantial part of her practice, however, is providing proactive, creative and practical advice to help her clients avoid litigation in the first place.Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Caroline took a two-year break from private practice and worked as the executive vice president of human resources of a national retailer with over 27,000 employees throughout the United States and Canada. While in this position, Caroline and the HR department focused on advancing business objectives and strategies while successfully managing risk. This experience cemented her dedication to providing legal counsel that is business-oriented, and not just compliance-driven.Caroline also regularly conducts training for HR professionals, as well as front-line supervisors and managers, on topics ranging from equal employment opportunity basics, preventing workplace harassment, performance management fundamentals, and disciplining and terminating employees while limiting liability.