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Labor & Employment — Oregon


Barran Liebman LLP - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for A standout boutique firm undertaking a broad range of labor and employment issues, including deep expertise in sophisticated litigation, labor relations and employee benefits matters. Acts for a broad range of clients, including private sector employers, public sector bodies and higher education organizations.

Strengths One interviewee heaps praise on the firm's approach to client service: "I've worked with a lot of Portland law firms and this is by far the most professional, congenial, caring law firm that I have worked with."

Notable practitioners

Paula Barran offers a wide-ranging labor and employment practice covering matters such as complex labor disputes, employment litigation and employment compliance. Respondents note that she is "very strong, very practical and good value for money."

The "personable, experienced and very client-centered" Edwin Harnden is praised by impressed interviewees as "a dean of the Oregon Bar." He is noted for his excellence in the employment litigation space.

Richard Liebman is particularly recognized for his strength in labor law matters, including collective bargaining and labor arbitrations. In addition, he is noted for his handling of employment law disputes, including discrimination cases before the EEOC.

Amy Angel handles a range of employment matters, including litigation, compliance and general counsel. One sources calls her "a great attorney" and notes: "She always gives me the advice I need to hear even if it's not the advice I want to hear."

Department profile by Barran Liebman LLP

Barran Liebman LLP was formed in 1998 as an Oregon partnership dedicated to representing employers and developing solutions for their labor management and employment law needs. We represent employers in over 15 jurisdictions, including Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho. Our team of attorneys, which includes five partners who have worked together for more than 30 years, is supported by paralegals, legal secretaries, and staff who offer clients seamless assistance and responsiveness.

Our attorneys specialize in five areas including employment advice, employment litigation, higher education compliance and litigation, labor relations, and employee benefits. We represent employers in all employment matters, such as sexual harassment, collective bargaining, and wrongful discharge, to name a few.

Because of our exclusive employment and labor law focus, we are accessible to employers large and small. From day to day advice on when to cut a final paycheck to the complex trial work that protects employer trade secrets, we offer skilled legal counsel to our clients. Additionally, to help you prevent employer-related labor problems, we provide a full range of training tools and educational opportunities. Our Food For ThoughtSM Breakfast Seminars and free Electronic AlertsSM advice on cutting-edge changes and important updates in labor and employment law. 

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Stoel Rives LLP - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Esteemed labor and employment group that adeptly handles diverse issues such as labor relations, employee benefits and regulatory compliance. Also skilled in litigation matters including noncompetition disputes, wage and hour cases and discrimination claims. Offers recognized experience before state and federal courts and bodies such as the EEOC and NLRB.

Strengths One interviewee notes: "They've been excellent. Their availability, their attention to detail, their responsiveness and their understanding of who we are and what's important to us have been outstanding."

Respondents also highlight that the firm is "good to work with, accessible and reliable in their counsel."

Work highlights Act for Viewpoint Construction Software in litigation stemming from the departure of the firm's CFO and his solicitation of other executives while he was still at the company. The case involved issues of trade secret enforcement, nonsolicitation and confidentiality obligations.

Significant clients Nike, Costco Wholesale, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, New Seasons Market, SolarWorld Industries.

Notable practitioners

Amy Joseph Pedersen is held in high esteem for her handling of employment disputes, such as discrimination claims, class actions and noncompete cases. Sources say: "She fights very hard for her clients and does a fantastic job in court."

Victor Kisch offers a wide-ranging practice encompassing areas such as employment litigation, counseling and traditional labor law, including labor negotiations and NLRB matters. Sources name him as "a great lawyer."

The "fantastic" Karen O'Connor advises in connection with a wide variety of employment matters, including harassment, drug and alcohol issues and disciplinary actions. She is also a highly effective employment litigator. Commentators note that she is "very bright" and "very conscientious."

Brenda Baumgart excels in the employment litigation arena, handling matters at both trial and appellate level. She is also noted for her representation of clients in labor arbitrations before the NLRB. Respondents observe that "she has a real competence about her."

Carolyn Walker is noted for her strength in employment law matters, including cases involving claims of discrimination and sexual and racial harassment. She often handles matters for clients in the higher education sector. Sources consider her to be "well regarded and very professional."

Edward Reeves is noted for his expertise in matters at the intersection of employment law and education law, and is regularly called upon to advise clients such as private colleges and universities. One client reports: "Ed doesn't see us as just a file in his cabinet. He has worked really hard to understand us and our organization."

Chris Kitchel is a hugely experienced attorney who continues to offer her clients the benefit of her wealth of knowledge in the employment litigation and advisory space. Sources attest that she "has enormous client loyalty and staying power."

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Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Well-regarded group of labor and employment specialists that handles a spectrum of sophisticated litigation issues. Recognized by commentators for its standout representation of plaintiffs. Also advises employers on matters such as wage and hour disputes and workplace harassment claims.

Strengths One observer remarks: "I really appreciate their professionalism, the detailed level of the work they have done and their adaptation to our working culture. They are outstanding in quality."

Another interviewee reports: "I find them to be most helpful; they're very prompt in responding when I have questions. They also provide good advice."

Work highlights Successfully represented Community Health Services in defense of employment litigation brought by a surgeon. The plaintiff alleged damages of almost $10 million.

Defended Axiom Custom Products in various claims brought by an ex-employee, including hostile work environment and religious discrimination.

Significant clients Northwest Natural Gas Company, FEI Company, Puppet, XPO Logistics, Portland Trail Blazers.

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Sources consider Courtney Angeli to be a "superior attorney" who is "very realistic in case assessments" and offers "a strong presence and influence with opposing counsel." She primarily focuses on the representation of employers in employment litigation, but also acts for executives and other plaintiffs.

Andrew Altschul is recognized for his excellence in ERISA litigation. He is also versed in general employment litigation. Sources say that "he is a great listener and a very creative problem solver, and he has a vast depth of knowledge."

Paul Buchanan focuses his practice on employment litigation, with particular expertise regarding the ADA. Sources attest that he is "very effective when doing employment defense work."

Dan Grinfas is described by interviewees as a "walking encyclopedia" and as "a really unique talent on the advice side." His areas of expertise include wage and hour law and FMLA compliance.

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Bullard Law - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Prominent boutique that is skilled at undertaking traditional labor matters, employment disputes and employee benefits issues. Offers deep experience handling labor relations work, including collective bargaining and contract negotiations. Also provides employers with advice and training on a wide range of concerns. A broad client base includes employers in the healthcare and hospitality sectors, among others.

Strengths Sources say: "They have a number of attorneys with many years of experience and they're very dedicated to good customer service and being responsive."

Another observer also highlights the firm's impressive client service: "They've been very good. They get back to you within the day and they do quality work."

Work highlights Acting for Fred Meyer Stores in connection with a range of labor and employment matters, including unfair labor practice proceedings and the defense of lawsuits alleging discrimination, harassment and wage and hour violations.

Successfully represented KKMH Properties in defense of a disability discrimination action brought by a former employee.

Significant clients Hilton Hotels, Legacy Health System, Samaritan Health Services, Consumer Cellular, Standard Insurance Company.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Kramer is recognized for his expertise in the employee benefits space, including retirement plans, health benefit plans and other matters. Sources consider him to be "an excellent benefits lawyer."

Francis Barnwell is a respected employment law attorney who is noted for his handling of contentious and noncontentious matters, including preventive work, litigation defense and mediation. Sources consider him to be "very experienced and practical."

Maryann Yelnosky is particularly noted for her handling of employment litigation defense on behalf of clients in the healthcare sector. Interviewees affirm that she enjoys "a very good reputation" in the market.

Richard Alli is recognized for his expertise in the traditional labor law space, including NLRB, bargaining labor contracts and union election campaigns. Sources say that he is "easy to work with" and provides "great service."

Kathryn Hindman has a broad client base, ranging from nonprofits to some of the largest US corporations. She is noted for her expertise in areas such as FMLA compliance, wage and hour law, disability accommodation and harassment issues.

Department profile by Bullard Law

Firm Overview:  Since 1977, Bullard Law has partnered with employers providing them with services in labor law, public sector labor and employment law, employment litigation and employee benefits law.  A Pacific Northwest leader, Bullard’s exceptional performance includes employment defense verdicts in tough discrimination litigation cases as well as active participation to prevent “would‑be” claims.  The firm’s labor, employment and benefits law experience spans across all industries and remains extensive.  Its capacity for private and public sector bargaining and NLRB work is unmatched.  Bullard Law attorneys work side-by-side with clients to minimize risks and avoid problems before they happen.


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Tonkon Torp LLP - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for An outstanding full-service labor and employment practice that handles the gamut of mandates including wage and hour litigation, unfair labor practice cases and strike issues, as well as noncontentious advisory and compliance work. Also exhibits significant aptitude in business immigration and employee benefit matters. Acts for a wide range of clients, with particular recent activity on behalf of those in the healthcare sector.

Strengths An impressed client notes: "I think they are just fabulous. I always feel very confident in their legal advice and counsel. I have developed a very good relationship with our attorneys and find them to be very responsive."

Another interviewee comments: "I am always able to get a quick response. They are always very measured in their answers and take into account our business."

Work highlights Acted for Georgia-Pacific in connection with a number of labor matters, including success in several labor arbitrations, age discrimination lawsuits and unfair labor practice petitions.

Acted for Lake District Hospital in connection with its contract negotiations with the Oregon Nurses Association.

Significant clients Banfield Pet Hospital, CoHo Distributing, The Salvation Army, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, Friendship Health Center.

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Turid Owren is the firm's leading light in the business immigration space. She acts for a range of domestic and international companies, and is considered by sources to be "an extremely strong advocate for business clients."

Clay Creps is noted for his handling of high-stakes employment litigation, including ADA cases and wage and hour disputes. Sources say that he is "a really solid lawyer."

Alan Curtis Perkins offers a respected employment immigration practice, including extraordinary ability cases and intracompany transfers. He also has expertise relating to the employment and immigration aspects of M&A.

Group chair Robert Carey is praised for his "great practical approach to business law" and "creative solutions." He offers noted experience of a range of employment disputes, including discrimination, whistle-blower and sexual harassment cases.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Respected team that provides strength across contentious and noncontentious issues. Particularly noted for its defense of clients in employment litigation, including discrimination cases and Oregon Family Leave Act suits. Acts for a number of prominent regional and national businesses in diverse industries including retail, security, healthcare and hospitality.

Strengths One client reports: "They've been outstanding and are super-knowledgeable. They are real partners with us and are very committed to helping us be successful."

Another impressed source notes: "I have found the firm to be very available and comfortable to work with. Even the senior partners have taken time out to be introduced to me, and then spend time in conversation."

Work highlights Represented Alaska Airlines in defense of a disability discrimination suit brought by a long-term employee. The plaintiff alleged damages of $105,000.

Acted for a residential care facility in connection with a discrimination and whistle-blowing lawsuit brought by a former employee.

Significant clients Andrews International, Whole Foods Market, Leatherman Tool Group, Bank of America, Landry's.

Notable practitioners

The "very personable and knowledgeable" Jenna Mooney offers a broad employment law practice encompassing advisory and preventive work and litigation defense. Sources consider her to be an "extraordinary person" who is "really committed" to her clients.

Chrys Martin offers a wealth of experience across a broad spectrum of labor and employment matters, including litigation, training and union negotiations. One impressed client notes: "She is very straightforward and always gets back to us quickly with responses."

Leah Lively is an employment litigator with extensive experience in discrimination claims, wrongful discharge cases and wage and hour class actions, among other matters. Her client base includes companies in the retail and restaurant industries.

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Fisher Phillips - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Possesses expertise in a broad spectrum of employment issues such as allegations of workplace discrimination, trade secret cases and class actions. Also handles labor arbitration and negotiations. Assists private and public employers from industries including healthcare, food and beverage and financial services. Able to utilize the resources of the firm's hugely impressive national network of offices.

Strengths One client reports: "The team was seamless. Everyone knew what was going on and the communication was spot-on."

Work highlights Acted for a Milwaukee computer chip manufacturer with operations in Oregon in connection with a disability suit brought by a former employee who claimed to have been terminated due to her medical condition.

Significant clients Milwaukee Electronics.

Notable practitioners

Clarence Belnavis represents clients in connection with a range of advisory and contentious employment law matters, including discrimination claims and wage and hour class actions. Sources consider him to be "very straightforward and down-to-earth."

Richard Meneghello offers a broad employment litigation practice with a particular focus on disability discrimination issues.

Department profile by Fisher Phillips

Fisher Phillips attorneys are ready to help you take a stand: in court, with employees and unions, or with competitors. Fisher Phillips has the experience and resolve to back you up. That’s why some of the savviest employers come to the firm to handle their toughest labor and employment cases.

The firm has more than 350 attorneys in 33 offices. In addition to Portland, the offices are in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Gulfport, Houston, Irvine, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Denver, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Respected team that advises on the full panoply of labor and employment issues. Offers notable expertise in wage and hour matters, class action representation and traditional labor concerns. Acts for regional, local and national employers from a wide spectrum of industries, offering impressive experience of state and federal courts and administrative hearings.

Strengths One client reports: "It was a great experience. The partner in charge knew the case as well as I did. I don't really think they could have improved."

Work highlights Represented Western Union in defense of allegations of race and sex discrimination and retaliation brought by an employee. Ogletree was successful in obtaining a summary judgment.

Acted for Moore Excavation in defense of disability discrimination and claims of failure to accommodate. The team successfully obtained a summary judgment.

Significant clients Guard Publishing, Northview Hotel Group, Rite Aid, The Home Depot, Bethesda Lutheran Communities.

Notable practitioners

Howard Rubin is described by sources as a "strong traditional labor lawyer and a good negotiator." He has exceptionally deep knowledge relating to labor agreements, arbitrations and union organizing. He is also noted for his handling of ERISA litigation.

The "wonderful" Larry Amburgey is a hugely experienced labor and employment attorney who continues to serve as of counsel to the firm. He is noted for his expertise in matters such as labor negotiations, unfair labor practices matters and discrimination litigation.

Jacqueline Damm impresses in the traditional labor law space, handling matters such as collective bargaining and union organization. She has a broad client base, including utilities and healthcare providers.

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Jackson Lewis P.C. - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Represents major employers in a myriad of employment matters, covering diverse issues such as wage and hour disputes, restrictive covenants and disability arrangements. Also handles a range of labor matters for both unionized and nonunionized companies. Acts for clients from a range of industries, including technology, construction and professional services.

Work highlights Represented Kappa Alpha Theta in a whistle-blower suit brought by an employee alleging unsafe living and working conditions. The team achieved a settlement at less than 10% of the original $400,000 claim.

Acted for Cascade Specialties in a multiplaintiff FLSA case regarding the use of protective equipment.

Significant clients Intel, Holland Partner Group, TCM Corporation, Wilson Construction, Safway Services.

Notable practitioners

Sarah Ryan is relied on by clients for her extensive experience relating to discrimination and harassment claims, among other strands of employment litigation. Sources describe her as "very practical and creative," with one interviewee relating: "I have a great amount of confidence in her judgment."

Scott Oborne offers an extensive litigation practice, including experience relating to whistle-blower cases, sexual harassment suits and disability discrimination claims, among other matters. He is also noted for his expertise in prevailing wage law.

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Lane Powell PC - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Noted labor and employment team that handles a wide range of issues including collective bargaining agreements, unfair labor practice claims, wage and hour disputes and employee handbook design. Also has significant experience representing clients in discrimination cases at trial and before the EEOC and other agencies. Other areas of strength include employee benefits law and OSHA matters.

Work highlights Acted for Tesoro Refining & Marketing in an NLRB dispute stemming from the 2015 oil industry strike. The team defended claims that its client had failed to pay an annual incentive fee to its employees in retaliation for the strike.

Defended Albertson's in a sex discrimination lawsuit. Lane Powell was successful in gaining a motion for summary judgment. The plaintiff claimed over $1.7 million in damages.

Significant clients Nordstrom, Wells Fargo, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Central Electric Cooperative, Cutter & Buck.

Notable practitioners

David Hosenpud is recognized for his handling of employment litigation, including both class actions and single-plaintiff actions. His areas of strength include discrimination litigation, wrongful discharge cases and whistle-blower cases. Sources call him "a very fine litigator."

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Littler Mendelson, PC - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Provides assistance to local and national employers on traditional labor matters and employment disputes including wage and hour claims, retaliation and whistle-blowing concerns, and harassment and discrimination litigation. Features a team of well-regarded and experienced practitioners.

Strengths Sources note Littler's firmwide resources in the labor and employment space: "One of the key strengths I appreciate is the breadth and depth of knowledge across the entire spectrum of labor and employment issues throughout the US, as well as access to similar resources globally. I don’t think any other firm comes close. Littler seems to have a subject matter expert no matter how narrow the issue."

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic" David Symes is an experienced litigator with a fine track record in the employment law arena. His areas of strength include wrongful discharge cases, discrimination litigation and whistle-blower cases.

Tamsen Leachman possesses an effective employment practice, including training programs, compliance issues and also employment disputes and arbitrations. Respondents appreciate that she is "generous with her time."

Department profile by Littler Mendelson, PC

Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,300 attorneys in over 75 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single source solution provider to the global employer community.
Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for more than 75 years. For more information, visit www.littler.com.

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With Littler’s collective knowledge and experience, the firm provides clients with comprehensive legal services covering the full range of workplace issues, including general labor and employment advice, litigation and dispute resolution, labor relations, compliance, codes of conduct, workforce management, data privacy, employment and transfer agreements, corporate labor governance, and knowledge management and training.
Littler is experienced in handling multi-country labor and employment matters that span the globe and often work with leading attorneys in jurisdictions worldwide to provide clients with global legal services and a single point of contact. The firm’s international offices span three continents – North America, South America and Europe – and include: Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico the United Kingdom and Venezuela. Littler’s global capabilities also include a number of U.S. - based lawyers who are qualified practitioners in Australia, Brazil, China, Japan and South Africa, among other countries.


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Comprehensive practice that covers all of its clients' employment needs including all aspects of employment litigation, compliance counseling, collective bargaining agreements and noncompetition disputes. Experienced in representing clients from sectors such as technology, financial services, transportation and natural resources.

Strengths One source attests: "All of the work that they have done with us has exceeded our expectations and has been so clear and concise."

Work highlights Successfully acted for Thompson Metal Fab in connection with two collective bargaining negotiations. The matters involved ERISA and Affordable Care Act issues.

Acted for Tidewater Barge Lines, to bring charges against the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, alleging that it had been involved in a secondary boycott.

Significant clients International Container Terminal Services, Columbia Forest Products, Parr Lumber, Oregon Freeze Dry Foods, OnPoint Credit Union.

Notable practitioners

Bradley Maier offers a highly regarded business immigration practice, regularly advising clients such as businesses, investors and individuals. He handles such matters as part of a broader practice that also encompasses international trade and IP matters.

Elizabeth Schleuning has expertise across a range of employment disputes, including noncompetition, wage and hour and confidentiality issues. Her broad client base includes technology, healthcare and natural resource companies.

Sources praise the "very knowledgeable" Michael Garone for his written briefs, which are "head and shoulders above other attorneys'." He focuses his practice on traditional labor matters, including arbitrations and collective bargaining.

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "wonderful" Larry Amburgey is a hugely experienced labor and employment attorney who continues to serve as of counsel to the firm. He is noted for his expertise in matters such as labor negotiations, unfair labor practices matters and discrimination litigation.

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Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chris Kitchel is a hugely experienced attorney who continues to offer her clients the benefit of her wealth of knowledge in the employment litigation and advisory space. Sources attest that she "has enormous client loyalty and staying power."

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Barran Liebman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Liebman is particularly recognized for his strength in labor law matters, including collective bargaining and labor arbitrations. In addition, he is noted for his handling of employment law disputes, including discrimination cases before the EEOC.

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Barran Liebman LLP

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Paula Barran offers a wide-ranging labor and employment practice covering matters such as complex labor disputes, employment litigation and employment compliance.  Respondents note that she is "very strong, very practical and good value for money."

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Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP

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Paul Buchanan focuses his practice on employment litigation, with particular expertise regarding the ADA. Sources attest that he is "very effective when doing employment defense work."

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Barran Liebman LLP

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The "personable, experienced and very client-centered" Edwin Harnden is praised by impressed interviewees as "a dean of the Oregon Bar." He is noted for his excellence in the employment litigation space.

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Amy Joseph Pedersen

Stoel Rives LLP

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Amy Joseph Pedersen is held in high esteem for her handling of employment disputes, such as discrimination claims, class actions and noncompete cases. Sources say: "She fights very hard for her clients and does a fantastic job in court."

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Stoel Rives LLP

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Victor Kisch offers a wide-ranging practice encompassing areas such as employment litigation, counseling and traditional labor law, including labor negotiations and NLRB matters. Sources name him as "a great lawyer."

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Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP

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Sources consider Courtney Angeli to be a "superior attorney" who is "very realistic in case assessments" and offers "a strong presence and influence with opposing counsel." She primarily focuses on the representation of employers in employment litigation, but also acts for executives and other plaintiffs.

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Clarence Belnavis

Fisher Phillips

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Clarence Belnavis represents clients in connection with a range of advisory and contentious employment law matters, including discrimination claims and wage and hour class actions. Sources consider him to be "very straightforward and down-to-earth."

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Tonkon Torp LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Group chair Robert Carey is praised for his "great practical approach to business law" and "creative solutions." He offers noted experience of a range of employment disputes, including discrimination, whistle-blower and sexual harassment cases.

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Tonkon Torp LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clay Creps is noted for his handling of high-stakes employment litigation, including ADA cases and wage and hour disputes. Sources say that he is "a really solid lawyer."

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

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Jacqueline Damm impresses in the traditional labor law space, handling matters such as collective bargaining and union organization. She has a broad client base, including utilities and healthcare providers.

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Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP

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Dan Grinfas is described by interviewees as a "walking encyclopedia" and as "a really unique talent on the advice side." His areas of expertise include wage and hour law and FMLA compliance.

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Bullard Law

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Thomas Kramer is recognized for his expertise in the employee benefits space, including retirement plans, health benefit plans and other matters. Sources consider him to be "an excellent benefits lawyer."

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Leah Lively is an employment litigator with extensive experience in discrimination claims, wrongful discharge cases and wage and hour class actions, among other matters. Her client base includes companies in the retail and restaurant industries.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Chrys Martin offers a wealth of experience across a broad spectrum of labor and employment matters, including litigation, training and union negotiations. One impressed client notes: "She is very straightforward and always gets back to us quickly with responses."

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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The "very personable and knowledgeable" Jenna Mooney offers a broad employment law practice encompassing advisory and preventive work and litigation defense. Sources consider her to be an "extraordinary person" who is "really committed" to her clients.

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Stoel Rives LLP

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The "fantastic" Karen O'Connor advises in connection with a wide variety of employment matters, including harassment, drug and alcohol issues and disciplinary actions. She is also a highly effective employment litigator. Commentators note that she is "very bright" and "very conscientious."

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Peck, Rubanoff & Hatfield

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Kathy Peck of Peck, Rubanoff & Hatfield is described by sources as "a well-rounded lawyer who works incredibly hard." She offers particular strength in discrimination litigation.

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Jackson Lewis P.C.

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Sarah Ryan  is relied on by clients for her extensive experience relating to discrimination and harassment claims, among other strands of employment litigation. Sources describe her as "very practical and creative," with one interviewee relating: "I have a great amount of confidence in her judgment."

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Elizabeth A Schleuning

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

From the Chambers USA guide

Elizabeth Schleuning has expertise across a range of employment disputes, including noncompetition, wage and hour and confidentiality issues. Her broad client base includes technology, healthcare and natural resource companies.

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Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Altschul is recognized for his excellence in ERISA litigation. He is also versed in general employment litigation. Sources say that "he is a great listener and a very creative problem solver, and he has a vast depth of knowledge."

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Francis T Barnwell

Bullard Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Francis Barnwell is a respected employment law attorney who is noted for his handling of contentious and noncontentious matters, including preventive work, litigation defense and mediation. Sources consider him to be "very experienced and practical."

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Brenda K Baumgart

Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brenda Baumgart excels in the employment litigation arena, handling matters at both trial and appellate level. She is also noted for her representation of clients in labor arbitrations before the NLRB. Respondents observe that "she has a real competence about her."

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources praise the "very knowledgeable" Michael Garone for his written briefs, which are "head and shoulders above other attorneys'." He focuses his practice on traditional labor matters, including arbitrations and collective bargaining.

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Calvin Keith of Perkins Coie LLP offers a respected employment litigation practice. He handles matters such as wage and hour class actions, trade secrets cases and noncompete issues.

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Allyson S Krueger

Dunn Carney LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Allyson Krueger of Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP is described by sources as a "ferocious advocate" and "great at giving advice." She focuses her practice on defending claims of wrongful termination, discrimination and retaliation. She also undertakes workplace investigations for clients.

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Richard Meneghello

Fisher Phillips

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Meneghello offers a broad employment litigation practice with a particular focus on disability discrimination issues.

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Rubin is described by sources as a "strong traditional labor lawyer and a good negotiator." He has exceptionally deep knowledge relating to labor agreements, arbitrations and union organizing. He is also noted for his handling of ERISA litigation.

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Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" David Symes is an experienced litigator with a fine track record in the employment law arena. His areas of strength include wrongful discharge cases, discrimination litigation and whistle-blower cases.

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Bullard Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Maryann Yelnosky is particularly noted for her handling of employment litigation defense on behalf of clients in the healthcare sector. Interviewees affirm that she enjoys "a very good reputation" in the market.

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Richard J Alli Jr

Bullard Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Alli is recognized for his expertise in the traditional labor law space, including NLRB, bargaining labor contracts and union election campaigns. Sources say that he is "easy to work with" and provides "great service."

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Kathryn M Hindman

Bullard Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Kathryn Hindman has a broad client base, ranging from nonprofits to some of the largest US corporations. She is noted for her expertise in areas such as FMLA compliance, wage and hour law, disability accommodation and harassment issues.

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Lane Powell PC

From the Chambers USA guide

David Hosenpud is recognized for his handling of employment litigation, including both class actions and single-plaintiff actions. His areas of strength include discrimination litigation, wrongful discharge cases and whistle-blower cases. Sources call him "a very fine litigator."

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Tamsen L Leachman

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Tamsen Leachman  possesses an effective employment practice, including training programs, compliance issues and also employment disputes and arbitrations. Respondents appreciate that she is "generous with her time."

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Jackson Lewis P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Oborne offers an extensive litigation practice, including experience relating to whistle-blower cases, sexual harassment suits and disability discrimination claims, among other matters. He is also noted for his expertise in prevailing wage law.

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Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Reeves is noted for his expertise in matters at the intersection of employment law and education law, and is regularly called upon to advise clients such as private colleges and universities. One client reports: "Ed doesn't see us as just a file in his cabinet. He has worked really hard to understand us and our organization."

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Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carolyn Walker is noted for her strength in employment law matters, including cases involving claims of discrimination and sexual and racial harassment. She often handles matters for clients in the higher education sector. Sources consider her to be "well regarded and very professional."

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Up and Coming

Barran Liebman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Angel handles a range of employment matters, including litigation, compliance and general counsel. One sources calls her "a great attorney" and notes: "She always gives me the advice I need to hear even if it's not the advice I want to hear."

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