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Labor & Employment — Oregon


Barran Liebman LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Team features a number of the state's best-known labor and employment attorneys.

Strengths Interviewees discuss the team's ability to apply legal understanding to commercial issues: "They are great business partners. They use their knowledge to apply solutions that make sense for our business needs and circumstances."

Sources praise the firm's all-around service: "All of their services are extremely good and the value for the money is excellent."

Notable practitioners

Richard Liebman is held in high esteem in the Oregon legal market for the extensive depth of his labor expertise and practice spanning decades. Sources describe him as an "excellent lawyer" who "advocates for clients without leaving a wake of bodies - no needless fights." He is additionally knowledgeable on a variety of employment matters.

Commentators extol Paula Barran's strengths and lofty position in the market, stating that she is at the "top of the game" and "recognized statewide as an expert in her field." She is an experienced litigator focusing on employment compliance, handling cases such as gender discrimination.

Seasoned practitioner Edwin Harnden is noted by commentators as a "legal leader in the state." He has a wealth of employment experience with particular regard for his litigious skills handling cases relating to restrictive covenants, among others.

Amy Angel has strong experience handling both contentious and noncontentious employment matters. She represents corporate clients in disputes with former employees relating to sexual harassment and whistle-blowing.

About the Team (content provided 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 clients 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 advise on cutting-edge changes and important updates in labor and employment law. 

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Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded boutique specializing in labor and employment which 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. Offers expert training on employment matters to its diverse base of clients in industries including software, manufacturing and energy.

Strengths Commentators note the group's main strengths as "expertise and experience - they know how to get to the heart of the matter and are efficient in providing strategic advice."

One source attests to their high opinion of the group: "The firm is uniformly the most responsive we work with, clearly understands our unique business needs, and the charges are extremely reasonable."

Work highlights Represented XPO Logistics in a case with a former employee related to the alleged breach of a severance agreement.

Advised Gentry Ford Sales on a case involving a former employee who alleges he was terminated due to his opposition to sexual harassment.

Notable practitioners

Paul Buchanan has earned an array of plaudits for his extensive litigious practice in employment law, handling discrimination and harassment cases, among others. Sources note that "he responds very quickly, is detailed and knowledgeable," with one stating: "I can't imagine him being any better for client skills, it's wonderful."

Sources endorse Courtney Angeli for her "practical, pragmatic approach." She runs a sophisticated employment practice with acclaim for her representation of both employers and plaintiffs on a variety of matters.

Andrew Altschul is noted by sources as "highly knowledgeable in employment law, very approachable, and provides concrete advice in language we can understand." He is well versed in employment litigation with specialized understanding of ERISA matters.

Interviewees widely regard Dan Grinfas as a "very knowledgeable" figure in the market. He is highly thought of for his understanding of employment law, in particular FMLA issues.

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Bullard Law - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent boutique which 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, education, food and beverage, and hospitality sectors, among others.

Strengths Commentators highlight the team's wide-ranging knowledge, commending its "broad array of expertise," noting that its lawyers are "very responsive and very good value."

Sources appreciate its dutiful client service and efficiency: "They are very attentive to our longstanding relationship, as well as quick and very fair on billing."

Work highlights Represented RM Mechanical in a case brought by a former employee claiming racial harassment and that his employment was terminated in response to filing a worker's compensation benefits claim.

Acted for Consumer Cellular on a class action mandate relating to wage and hour claims regarding the failure to pay overtime bonuses.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Kramer is a "seasoned attorney," widely regarded in the Oregon market for his acclaimed employee benefits expertise. His practice spans the full gamut of employee benefits matters including retirement, health and deferred compensation plans for public and private clients.

Francis Barnwell maintains an impressive reputation for his labor and employment work with particular regard for his contentious practice, litigating and mediating for employers on a range of matters. He has deep experience of wage and hour claims.

Maryann Yelnosky is known for her "high skill level" and technical ability, particularly when handling litigation. She has deep experience working in the healthcare sector with a number of hospitality clients.

Richard Alli has a wealth of experience across the traditional labor field, including collective bargaining and union election campaigns. He represents private and public companies in sectors including retail and hospitality.

About the Team (content provided by Bullard Law)

Since 1977, Bullard Law has partnered with employers providing them with services in labor law, employment litigation, employee benefits law, and public sector labor and employment 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 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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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected team which 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. Regularly advises clients on executive severance agreements and defends against claims made by former executives. Acts for a number of prominent regional and national businesses in diverse industries including retail, security, healthcare and hospitality.

Strengths Commentators value the group's ability to deeply comprehend the client's needs: "They take the time to know our company and its needs, and get us the appropriate information from those most knowledgeable in the firm."

Sources highlight the team for its "responsiveness and deep knowledge of the law with a practical, common-sense approach."

Work highlights Has advised Rite Aid on an ongoing basis regarding labor and employment law compliance.

Notable practitioners

Leah Lively draws praise from clients as a "trusted adviser and an outstanding labor and employment attorney." Others add that her "client service, work product and substantive expertise is at the top end." She is an accomplished litigator handling matters that include whistle-blowing and discrimination issues.

Chrys Martin counsels employers on a variety of contentious and noncontentious labor and employment issues. Sources note that she has "great understanding of employment law but also a great common-sense approach when it comes to the day-to-day application in business settings." Adding that she is "direct and to the point."

Jenna Mooney attracts plaudits from an array of sources, who describe her as "responsive, practical, succinct and personable," as well as "intelligent and sophisticated in her approach." She provides employment counsel to a number of national and international clients.

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Fisher Phillips - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, including collective bargaining. 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 Enthusiastic sources describe the team's service as "excellent," with one commentator noting that they "always receive a timely response if I have an urgent matter."

Interviewees highlight the group for its "national reach and reputation."

Work highlights Represented an Oregon-based franchise group associated with a national fast food restaurant in defense of a claim of sexual discrimination made by a former employee.

Notable practitioners

Clarence Belnavis handles the full gamut of employment matters ranging from medical leave to disability accommodation and sexual discrimination. Sources characterize him as "smart, responsive and practical."

Richard Meneghello is a well-known and experienced employment litigator who has appeared before the Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

About the Team (content provided 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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Jackson Lewis P.C. - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Represents major employers in a myriad of employment matters, covering diverse issues such as wage and hour disputes, employment torts, 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.

Strengths Interviewees discuss the benefits of the group's national coverage: "The team is very responsive, and I also value that the firm is nationwide so we have access to experts in various fields and in all the laws of states that we do business in. I feel like we receive an incredible value for our money."

Notable practitioners

Sarah Ryan is an experienced employment attorney recognized by sources as a "brilliant and creative litigator who takes the time to really understand the style of her clients and what is important to them." Others note her as "knowledgeable, thorough and approachable."

Scott Oborne advises and litigates on a plethora of employment matters including prevailing wage law, sexual harassment and whistle-blowing. One commentator attests to his cohesive approach, stating that he is "great at collaborating with us to find solutions that work with our culture while upholding the laws."

About the Team (content provided by Jackson Lewis P.C.)

Jackson Lewis P.C. is a law firm with more than 850 attorneys in major cities nationwide serving clients across a wide range of practices and industries. Having built its reputation on providing premier workplace law representation to management, the firm has grown to include leading practices in the areas of government relations, healthcare and sports law. The firm’s commitment to client service, depth of expertise and innovation draws clients to Jackson Lewis for excellent value-driven legal advice.


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Lane Powell PC - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Noted labor and employment team which 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, with deep sector knowledge of the retail industry.

Strengths Sources laud the team's synthesis of legal and business understanding: "They are great thought partners who provide a solid legal viewpoint while taking into consideration the culture of our company. They are great communicators who follow up in a timely manner."

One client attests to the team's quality service: "As a customer I feel great. They are super responsive and always helpful. I never get off the phone with them feeling like I didn't get what I needed."

Work highlights Acted for Milam Mazda on its successful petition before the National Labor Relations Board to decertify the International Association of Machinists as the credited bargaining representative of its employers.

Advised NuStar Energy on the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 305 relating to the client's operations in Vancouver, Washington.

Notable practitioners

David Hosenpud is best known for his proficiency as an advocate, litigating cases on a range of employment issues including disability discrimination and harassment. He has experience handling class actions.

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Littler Mendelson, PC - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Well-established group providing assistance to local and national employers on traditional labor matters and employment disputes. Noted for its experience handling wage and hour claims, retaliation and whistle-blowing concerns, and harassment and discrimination litigation. Regularly acts for clients in labor negotiations and collective bargaining in particular.

Strengths Commentators enthuse over the team's "practical, thoughtful and knowledgeable work that keeps costs controlled."

Satisfied clients discuss the confidence the group provides: "If we have a pressing issue, I know that I will hear from them very quickly. They have taken the time to get to know our company well, and are thoughtful in terms of billing."

Work highlights Represented Jack in the Box in a wage and hour-related class action case before the Oregon federal court.

Advised Ruan Transport on its collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters union.

Notable practitioners

David Symes has an impressive reputation in the employment field, gaining praise from commentators as "very responsive, solutions-oriented and incredibly knowledgeable." He counsels clients on a range of contentious and noncontentious employment matters and offers preventive advice.

About the Team (content provided by Littler Mendelson, PC)

Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, representing management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serving 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. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing member entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms. For more information visit littler.com.


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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected team which advises on the full panoply of labor and employment issues. Established practice representing employers in defense of claims made by former employees. 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 Sources vouch for the team's "practice of understanding not just the issue the client has but the business the client is engaged in. They take a broad look at the business to understand the context of the issue at hand."

Commentators praise the strength of the group's geographic spread: "Bench strategically located across the country with a wide range of experience and expertise."

Work highlights Represented Banner Bank in defense against claims made by two former employees alleging wrongful dismissal due to whistle-blowing.

Assisted 24 Hour Fitness with a single-plaintiff case prevailing on a motion to compel and motion to dismiss before defending both wins before the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Notable practitioners

Jacqueline Damm joined the firm in 2017 and brought with her an excellent reputation in the field of traditional labor. She has well-regarded negotiation skills, frequently engaging in collective bargaining with unions in the healthcare sector.

Head of department Howard Rubin counsels employers on both labor and employment issues. He has longstanding experience advising, litigating and sitting in arbitration on mandates relating to wrongful termination, FMLA matters and unfair labor practices.

Tamsen Leachman is an accomplished employment practitioner offering preventive compliance and litigious services to employers in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. She is well known for her representation of healthcare and banking clients.

About the Team (content provided by Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC)

 The Portland office is one of the largest and most experienced labor and employment law practice groups in the Pacific Northwest, with a combined total of more than 150 years of practice experience among the shareholders in the office. The Portland office has extensive and specific expertise in traditional labor law, employee benefits and executive compensation, workplace safety, wage and hour law, class action defense, equal employment opportunity and civil rights laws.

An additional unique quality of the Portland office is reflected in the diversity of clients it has attracted. Portland clients range from manufacturers, to governmental entities, high-tech employers, retail and health care professions.

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Comprehensive practice which covers all of its clients' employment needs including all aspects of employment litigation, compliance counseling and noncompete disputes. Well-known labor practice advising on union election campaigns and collective bargaining. Experienced in representing clients from sectors such as technology, financial services, transportation and natural resources.

Strengths Sources enthuse about the team: "We are routinely impressed by the knowledgeable, approachable professionals at Schwabe, all of whom can be relied on to provide timely, reliable solutions to a wide array of challenges."

Commentators remark on the group's deep and versatile skill set: "It is an impressively diverse team with deep knowledge on a variety of issues facing private sector businesses and nonprofits in Oregon and the region."

Work highlights Continues to advise Auto Warehousing Company on its labor relations and strategy including collective bargaining and strikes.

Notable practitioners

Bradley Maier attracts wide-ranging praise for his immigration practice, with sources describing him as "smart," "responsive" and "dedicated." He handles business immigration matters for a range of corporate entities, with additional expertise in international trade and customs law.

Elizabeth Schleuning is a vastly experienced employment attorney, litigating matters relating to issues such as gender and disability discrimination. She offers preventive advice and training to employers on issues such as anti-harassment and is described by market sources as "excellent to work with, calm and great negotiating in court."

Seasoned attorney Michael Garone is well thought of in the Oregon traditional labor market. He is frequently engaged for works compensation matters, collective bargaining and dispute resolution. Clients value his ability to "speak frankly when appropriate to ensure we are looking at all sides of an issue."

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Stoel Rives LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed labor and employment group which 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. Represents a variety of public, private and nonprofit organizations.

Strengths Commentators note the team's high-quality service: "They are responsive, practical and efficient, and possess a deep knowledge of Oregon law and practice."

Sources discuss the confidence the group's representation instills: "They are incredibly responsive and provide great customer service. I feel very confident in the counsel they provide."

Work highlights Assisted SolarWorld Americas with an analysis of all its employment matters following the bankruptcy of the client's international parent company including issues such as employee morale and vacation payouts.

Represented Portland Public Schools in two high-profile investigations relating to a veteran educator who evaded allegations of sexual misconduct for a prolonged period of time.

Notable practitioners

Amy Joseph Pedersen attracts praise as a "pragmatic, smart, efficient and highly effective" attorney. Others state that "her experience is extremely deep in employment, she knows our company well, and she seems to know all of the attorneys, judges and public servants in the region." She focuses on employment disputes including class actions.

Victor Kisch is extolled by market commentators as an "extraordinary" lawyer who "provides excellent, pragmatic and business-oriented advice." He has an impressive contentious employment practice and is deeply knowledgeable in all areas of labor law.

Karen O'Connor is a highly experienced employment lawyer handling both contentious and noncontentious matters on issues such as gender and disability discrimination, harassment and disciplinary actions. Sources highlight her "common-sense approach and ability to understand the nuances of a case or particular situation."

Brenda Baumgart represents healthcare and biomedical clients in employment disputes, with impressive experience acting for clients in labor arbitrations. She is lauded as "responsive and effective" with an "aura of confidence that instills confidence in people."

Carolyn Walker represents clients in sectors including energy and education, in disputes with former employees on issues of age and gender discrimination and whistle-blowing. One enthusiastic client attests to their satisfaction: "She is extremely knowledgeable and understands our approach to dealing with labor disputes."

About the Team (content provided by Stoel Rives LLP)

Ours is one of the largest labor and employment practice in Oregon, We provide counseling and dispute resolution services across the full spectrum of labor and employment law and work with employers throughout the nation to ensure compliance and avoid disputes by providing practical counseling and training. Should litigation or other employment-related disputes arise, we provide you with a vigorous, thorough and well-reasoned defense with the goal of meeting your business objectives at a reasonable cost. We:

  • Defend and represent employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including class and collective wage and hour actions as well as multi-plaintiff and individual disputes involving discrimination (race, sex, age, religion and disability), non-competition, labor/management disputes, wrongful termination, retaliation, defamation, and breach of contract claims.
  • Litigate cases in state and federal courts as well as various government agencies (EEOC, DOL, NLRB, etc.).
  • Represent management in private labor arbitration matters and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in all aspects of union-management relations, including union organizing campaigns and representation elections, unfair labor practice charges, and collective bargaining.  
  • Provide in-depth knowledge of deal negotiation and documentation; intellectual property protection, including non-compete enforcement and defense; and workplace investigations.

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Tonkon Torp LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established full-service labor and employment practice which handles the gamut of mandates including wage and hour litigation, unfair labor practice cases, collective bargaining and strike issues, as well as noncontentious advisory and compliance work. Leading business immigration practice with significant aptitude in employee benefit matters. Acts for a wide range of clients, with particular activity acting on behalf of companies in the insurance and healthcare sectors.

Strengths Sources note the team's strength at every level: "Strategic thinking and efficient staffing with highly skilled junior partners and associates."

Work highlights Advised Columbia Distributing Company on a range of employment issues including a discrimination matter before the Washington Human Rights Commission.

Represented Chubb in defense of claims brought against it by former employees alleging sexual and racial discrimination.

Notable practitioners

Turid Owren is a leading name in the Oregon business immigration market and is highly sought after for her wealth of experience across the field. Sources laud her as "very knowledgeable" and comment that "her attention to detail is unsurpassed."

Robert Carey is roundly acclaimed by sources as a "great lawyer" with particular recognition for his labor practice. He has experience handling labor negotiations, arbitrations and collective bargaining as well as advising corporate clients on a range of employment matters.

Commentators highlight Clay Creps for his diverse employment practice counseling insurance clients and charities on issues including discrimination, terminations and wage and hour matters. Sources speak highly of his approach: "He responds quickly and treats all of the employees with whom he interacts with great respect and kindness."

Commentators highlight Alan Curtis Perkins as a "great practitioner" and remark that he is "extremely sharp." He regularly assists clients with applications for temporary and permanent working visas due to extraordinary ability and intracompany transfers.

About the Team (content provided by Tonkon Torp LLP)

Tonkon Torp attorneys know that no matter the size or nature of a company's workforce, labor and employment issues are critically important to ongoing success. Our relationship-based approach offers practical solutions to labor and employment issues for a diverse group of employers. We help our clients manage employee relations, protect competitive positions, deal with union activity and defend employment litigation. Our services include counseling to identify potential problem areas and develop appropriate policies and procedures. We provide training to our clients to help management and employees avoid costly disputes. We also help our clients comply with local, state and federal employment laws and minimize exposure to litigation. When workplace disputes do escalate, Tonkon Torp assists in resolving the dispute out of court, at trial, and on appeal.

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Senior Statesperson

Barran Liebman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Liebman is held in high esteem in the Oregon legal market for the extensive depth of his labor expertise and practice spanning decades. Sources describe him as an "excellent lawyer" who "advocates for clients without leaving a wake of bodies - no needless fights." He is additionally knowledgeable on a variety of employment matters.

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Barran Liebman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Commentators extol Paula Barran's strengths and lofty position in the market, stating that she is at the "top of the game" and "recognized statewide as an expert in her field." She is an experienced litigator focusing on employment compliance, handling cases such as gender discrimination.

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Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Buchanan has earned an array of plaudits for his extensive litigious practice in employment law, handling discrimination and harassment cases, among others. Sources note that "he responds very quickly, is detailed and knowledgeable," with one stating: "I can't imagine him being any better for client skills, it's wonderful."

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Barran Liebman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Seasoned practitioner Edwin Harnden is noted by commentators as a "legal leader in the state." He has a wealth of employment experience with particular regard for his litigious skills handling cases relating to restrictive covenants, among others. 

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Amy Joseph Pedersen

Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Joseph Pedersen attracts praise as a "pragmatic, smart, efficient and highly effective" attorney. Others state that "her experience is extremely deep in employment, she knows our company well, and she seems to know all of the attorneys, judges and public servants in the region." She focuses on employment disputes including class actions.

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Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Victor Kisch is extolled by market commentators as an "extraordinary" lawyer who "provides excellent, pragmatic and business-oriented advice." He has an impressive contentious employment practice and is deeply knowledgeable in all areas of labor law.

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Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources endorse Courtney Angeli for her "practical, pragmatic approach." She runs a sophisticated employment practice with acclaim for her representation of both employers and plaintiffs on a variety of matters. 

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Clarence Belnavis

Fisher Phillips

From the Chambers USA guide

Clarence Belnavis handles the full gamut of employment matters ranging from medical leave to disability accommodation and sexual discrimination. Sources characterize him as "smart, responsive and practical."

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Tonkon Torp LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Carey is roundly acclaimed by sources as a "great lawyer" with particular recognition for his labor practice. He has experience handling labor negotiations, arbitrations and collective bargaining as well as advising corporate clients on a range of employment matters.

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Tonkon Torp LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Commentators highlight Clay Creps for his diverse employment practice counseling insurance clients and charities on issues including discrimination, terminations and wage and hour matters. Sources speak highly of his approach: "He responds quickly and treats all of the employees with whom he interacts with great respect and kindness."

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jacqueline Damm joined the firm in 2017 and brought with her an excellent reputation in the field of traditional labor. She has well-regarded negotiation skills, frequently engaging in collective bargaining with unions in the healthcare sector.

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Bullard Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Kramer is a "seasoned attorney," widely regarded in the Oregon market for his acclaimed employee benefits expertise. His practice spans the full gamut of employee benefits matters including retirement, health and deferred compensation plans for public and private clients.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leah Lively draws praise from clients as a "trusted adviser and an outstanding labor and employment attorney." Others add that her "client service, work product and substantive expertise is at the top end." She is an accomplished litigator handling matters that include whistle-blowing and discrimination issues.

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Band 2

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chrys Martin counsels employers on a variety of contentious and noncontentious labor and employment issues. Sources note that she has "great understanding of employment law but also a great common-sense approach when it comes to the day-to-day application in business settings." Adding that she is "direct and to the point."

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Band 2

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jenna Mooney attracts plaudits from an array of sources, who describe her as "responsive, practical, succinct and personable," as well as "intelligent and sophisticated in her approach." She provides employment counsel to a number of national and international clients.

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Band 2

Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Karen O'Connor is a highly experienced employment lawyer handling both contentious and noncontentious matters on issues such as gender and disability discrimination, harassment and disciplinary actions. Sources highlight her "common-sense approach and ability to understand the nuances of a case or particular situation."

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Band 2

Peck, Rubanoff & Hatfield

From the Chambers USA guide

Kathy Peck of Peck, Rubanoff & Hatfield is a highly knowledgeable employment practitioner, particularly adept at handling discrimination cases.

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Band 2

Jackson Lewis P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Sarah Ryan is an experienced employment attorney recognized by sources as a "brilliant and creative litigator who takes the time to really understand the style of her clients and what is important to them." Others note her as "knowledgeable, thorough and approachable."

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Band 2

Elizabeth A Schleuning

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

From the Chambers USA guide

Elizabeth Schleuning is a vastly experienced employment attorney, litigating matters relating to issues such as gender and disability discrimination. She offers preventive advice and training to employers on issues such as anti-harassment and is described by market sources as "excellent to work with, calm and great negotiating in court."

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Band 3

Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Altschul is noted by sources as "highly knowledgeable in employment law, very approachable, and provides concrete advice in language we can understand." He is well versed in employment litigation with specialized understanding of ERISA matters.

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Band 3

Francis T Barnwell

Bullard Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Francis Barnwell maintains an impressive reputation for his labor and employment work with particular regard for his contentious practice, litigating and mediating for employers on a range of matters. He has deep experience of wage and hour claims.

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Band 3

Brenda K Baumgart

Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brenda Baumgart represents healthcare and biomedical clients in employment disputes, with impressive experience acting for clients in labor arbitrations. She is lauded as "responsive and effective" with an "aura of confidence that instills confidence in people."

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Band 3

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

From the Chambers USA guide

Seasoned attorney Michael Garone is well thought of in the Oregon traditional labor market. He is frequently engaged for works compensation matters, collective bargaining and dispute resolution. Clients value his ability to "speak frankly when appropriate to ensure we are looking at all sides of an issue."

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Band 3

Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees widely regard Dan Grinfas as a "very knowledgeable" figure in the market. He is highly thought of for his understanding of employment law, in particular FMLA issues.

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Band 3

Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Calvin Keith of Perkins Coie LLP carries a "great reputation" in Oregon for his handling of single-plaintiff and class action employment and labor matters. He engages in labor negotiations and collective bargainings, as well as advising employers on an array of discrimination and harassment cases.

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Band 3

Allyson S Krueger

Dunn Carney LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Allyson Krueger of Dunn Carney LLP is particularly noted for her "depth of knowledge" in the employment field. She has a reputation as an ardent and effective trial lawyer handling a plethora of wrongful dismissal, harassment and discrimination cases for employers. 

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Band 3

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Howard Rubin counsels employers on both labor and employment issues. He has longstanding experience advising, litigating and sitting in arbitration on mandates relating to wrongful termination, FMLA matters and unfair labor practices.

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Band 3

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

David Symes has an impressive reputation in the employment field, gaining praise from commentators as "very responsive, solutions-oriented and incredibly knowledgeable." He counsels clients on a range of contentious and noncontentious employment matters and offers preventive advice.

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Band 3

Bullard Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Maryann Yelnosky is known for her "high skill level" and technical ability, particularly when handling litigation. She has deep experience working in the healthcare sector with a number of hospitality clients.

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Band 4

Richard J Alli Jr

Bullard Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Alli has a wealth of experience across the traditional labor field, including collective bargaining and union election campaigns. He represents private and public companies in sectors including retail and hospitality.

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Band 4

Lane Powell PC

From the Chambers USA guide

David Hosenpud is best known for his proficiency as an advocate, litigating cases on a range of employment issues including disability discrimination and harassment. He has experience handling class actions.

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Band 4

Tamsen L Leachman

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Tamsen Leachman is an accomplished employment practitioner offering preventive compliance and litigious services to employers in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. She is well known for her representation of healthcare and banking clients.

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Band 4

Richard Meneghello

Fisher Phillips

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Meneghello is a well-known and experienced employment litigator who has appeared before the Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Band 4

Jackson Lewis P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Oborne advises and litigates on a plethora of employment matters including prevailing wage law, sexual harassment and whistle-blowing. One commentator attests to his cohesive approach, stating that he is "great at collaborating with us to find solutions that work with our culture while upholding the laws."

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Band 4

Hart Wagner, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Karen O'Kasey of Hart Wagner, LLP is widely recognized for her trial experience on employment matters, with particular proficiency in the medical sector. Sources note her as a "very savvy litigator" and admire her "very strong and confident personality."

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Band 4

Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carolyn Walker represents clients in sectors including energy and education, in disputes with former employees on issues of age and gender discrimination and whistle-blowing. One enthusiastic client attests to their satisfaction: "She is extremely knowledgeable and understands our approach to dealing with labor disputes."

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Up and Coming

Barran Liebman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Angel has strong experience handling both contentious and noncontentious employment matters. She represents corporate clients in disputes with former employees relating to sexual harassment and whistle-blowing.

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