Oregon Employment Lawyers

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
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Hillsboro, OR Employment Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(971) 533-6178 3699 NE John Olsen Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Construction and IP
Willamette University College of Law
Michael Stevens has a background in insurance defense representing individuals to large corporations in a wide variety of cases from personal injury to wrongful death and construction defects. He handled cases with values of as much as $4 million, and drafted many successful motions for summary judgment. An Oregon native, he graduated from Oregon State University with his bachelor’s degree and earned his juris doctorate at Willamette University College of Law in Salem in 2009. At Willamette he was an editor and writer for Willamette Law Online and the Web & Publication Editor for the Willamette Sports Law Journal. He...
Huffman
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Springfield, OR Employment Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(541) 747-3354 1011 Harlow Rd
Suite 300
Springfield, OR 97477
Employment, Business, Municipal and Real Estate
University of Oregon School of Law
K.C. Huffman, graduated from Reedsport High School (’93) Linfield College (’97) and the University of Oregon School of Law (’00). Following law school, K.C. served as the Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Lyle C. Velure. In 2001 K.C. joined Thorp, Purdy, Jewett, Urness & Wilkinson, P.C., and in 2007 K.C. became a partner in the firm. K.C. is currently the President of the Lane County Bar Association.
Jeff Merrick
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(503) 665-4234 811 SW Naito Parkway
Suite 420
Portland, OR 97209
Employment, Civil Rights, Insurance Claims and Legal Malpractice
Lewis & Clark Law School and University of Minnesota Law School
Oregon Trial Attorney: 503-665-4234

I love the law, and I love helping people.

An Oregon civil litigation attorney since 1984, I have recovered millions of dollars for injured children and adults. In addition to personal injury cases, I help people with claims against lawyers, employers government pedestrian & bicycle injuries, and other reasons.

I limit my law practice to just a few clients at a time. This way, I control the quality of the work and the quality of the client relationship.

Most of my clients have never worked with a lawyer before. People call me because they are suffering from some trouble....
(503) 665-4234 4800 SW Meadows Road
Suite 300
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
John Gear
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Salem, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(503) 569-7777 161 High St SE, STE 208B
Salem, OR 97301
Employment, Consumer, Elder and Estate Planning
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I mainly serve clients with problems in: Consumer and employee law: I prefer to help people anticipate and avoid legal problems by understanding how the law affects them and what they need to do to get the results they want. But sometimes legal problems can't be avoided, such as when someone treats you unfairly and you need to respond. Sadly, among the many reputable businesses who pride themselves on treating everyone fairly, there are a few others, who often try to take advantage of their customers and even their employees at every opportunity. Many...
(503) 339-7787 161 Hig ST SE, STE 208B
Salem, OR 97301
Meng Ouyang
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Eugene, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
1158 High Street
Suite 101
Eugene, OR 97401
Employment, Business, IP and Patents
University of Oregon
A chemistry and computer science major, once an international student then an immigrant, worked in a variety of fields, speak English and Mandarin fluently, and I care and have compassion for other people. I have a high standard for myself and will work for you with the same standard.
John Stuart Razor
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Salem, OR Employment Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(503) 362-5600 659 Cottage St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Civil Rights and Real Estate
Willamette University College of Law
The Law Office of John Razor provides both Plaintiffs and Defendants with expeditious and proficient representation in a variety of legal settings. Mr. Razor has considerable experience in civil litigation, including trials, arbitrations, mediations, administrative hearings, and appeals. Get a hold of us today to discuss how we can assist you. Regardless of your situation, we can help. Confident that we will obtain more than satisfactory results, we handle a considerable amount of our cases on a contingency basis. Check with us today for a candid and realistic evaluation of your case.
James Stanley Baldock
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Eugene, OR Employment Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(541) 345-8542 245 E. 4th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
Employment, Business, Consumer and Divorce
James was born in Mississauga, Ontario. In middle school, he moved to Coppell, Texas, where he completed high school. He returned to Canada to complete his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario in 2006. It was there that he met his wife, Brandi Baldock. They met playing hockey together on a co-ed intramural team. James went to law school at the University of Oregon, earning his Juris Doctorate in 2009. At UO, he gained a lot of practical experience from his externship with Judge Carp at the Lane County Circuit Court, and internships at the Domestic...
Brandy Pirtle-Guiney
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(503) 208-7355 PO Box 11225
Portland, OR 97211
Free ConsultationEmployment and Business
Western New England University School of Law
After over ten years in private practice and public service, Brandy Pirtle-Guiney formed Pirtle-Guiney Law LLC in February 2016 in order to focus solely on employment and civil rights law with an emphasis on partnering with progressive small businesses to provide a wide-range of services aimed at helping their businesses and employees thrive.

Brandy was previously an attorney with Davis Law Offices LLC where she practiced employment, small business, vcivil rights and estate planning law. She previously served as a Senior Civil Rights Investigator with the Bureau of Labor and Industries where she spent several years handling employment, housing and public...
Tamsen Leachman
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Portland, OR Employment Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(503) 417-5513 851 SW 6th Ave., Suite 1500
Portland, OR 97204
Employment
University of Idaho College of Law
I am a partner with Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP, and head up the firm's 11-member Employment and Labor Team. We are effective in assisting our clients because we broad industry focus and diverse skills. We are large enough to get the job done, yet small enough to keep it personal. My team and I help companies and organizations understand, avoid, and resolve legal issues that arise in the workplace and with employees. We provide proactive advice and counsel to businesses, and help guide their Human Resources and Risk Management strategy and efforts. We also defend employers...
Ms. Shari L. Lane
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(503) 688-5162 205 SE Spokane Street, Suite 305
Portland, OR 97202
Employment
Lewis & Clark Law School
I enjoy getting to know clients and their business goals. We work together to balance legal obligations and restrictions, operational needs, and employee relations. This area of law is messy and unpredictable (it involves human beings, after all), but with patience and perseverence it is often possible to harmonize these three elements.
Nathan Piers-VanderPloeg
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Portland, OR Employment Law Attorney with 7 years experience
101 SW Main Street, Ste. 805
Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationEmployment, Criminal, Education and Personal Injury
Oregon State University
Nathan Piers-VanderPloeg is a native Oregonian born and raised in the Portland area. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from Linfield College in 2005 and earned his law degree from the University of Oregon in 2011. While working for the Lane County District Attorney as a third-year law student, Nathan tried and won five cases, including a seven count felony jury trial. Following his graduation from law school, Nathan worked as an associate in a general litigation firm, focusing his personal practice on the areas of Employment Law, Personal Injury, and criminal defense. He has handled a...
Lawrence Boyd Hunt
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Portland, OR Employment Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(503) 226-1162 101 SW Main St
Portland, OR 97204
Employment, DUI, Estate Planning and Real Estate
University of Oregon School of Law
Larry Hunt was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He received his bachelor's degree with honors from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and his law degree from the University of Oregon. He has practiced law in Portland since 1975 when he began working with Millard Becker who is now retired. Mr. Hunt has contributed to the annual survey on Sales published in The Business Law Journal, and has lectured on the negotiation and drafting of contracts and on legal issues concerning the formation, management, and dissolution of limited liability companies. He is admitted to practice in...
Meredith Holley
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Eugene, OR Employment Law Attorney
(458) 221-2671 207 E 5th Ave, Suite 254
Eugene, OR 97401
Employment, Civil Rights, Domestic Violence and Education
Meredith Holley is a lawyer, life coach, and bestselling author of the book Career Defense 101: How to Stop Sexual Harassment Without Quitting Your Job. She helps heart-centered, future-focused professional women and their companies stop sexual harassment, clean up toxic work environments, and create healthy workplace culture.

Early in her legal career, she got her dream job representing women in sexual harassment lawsuits. The problem was that the owner of her company was sexually harassing her at the same time. Meredith realized that the law offered little help for employees until they are fired or forced to quit a job...
Edie Rogoway
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Portland, OR Employment Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(503) 334-0331 6312 SW Capitol Highway #1102
Portland, OR 97239
Employment, Civil Rights, DUI and Personal Injury
Southwestern Law School
ABOUT EDIE ROGOWAY I have been a Portland-based trial lawyer for the past 14 years, the last four of which have been in private practice representing clients primarily in the areas of employment discrimination, civil rights, and personal injury. I try cases in state and federal court in both Oregon and Washington. A key strength and my favorite part of practicing law is building relationships, and I take great pride in the customer service component of my job. I am personally involved in each stage of every case, from strategy and investigation to motion practice to alternative resolutions...
Paul S. Bovarnick
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(800) 998-9776 1205 NW 25th Ave
Portland, OR 97210
Free ConsultationEmployment, Construction, Medical Malpractice and Workers' Comp
University of Oregon School of Law
I decided years ago that I wanted to represent individuals against the powerful. Over the last 38 years, I have represented the victims of railroads, doctors and hospitals, negligent drivers and irresponsible corporations. I have tried and litigated all kinds of cases in Federal and state courts in Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Utah and Idaho.
Scott T. Cliff
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
7007 SW Beveland Road
Suite 213
Portland, OR 97223
Free ConsultationEmployment and Arbitration & Mediation
Lewis & Clark Law School
SOLUTIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES For more than twenty years, Scott T. Cliff has focused his practice on all aspects of employment law, representing both employers and employees and earning a reputation among clients, colleagues and even opponents for his well-balanced, cost-effective approach to resolving conflicts. He offers services covering the spectrum of appropriate conflict resolution strategies.
Robert McGaughey
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Portland, OR Employment Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(503) 223-7555 65 SW Yamhill St
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97204
Employment, Business, Securities and Stockbroker Fraud
University of Akron
We handle shareholder, partnership & LLC disputes, securities & investment lawsuits & arbitrations, fraud & ponzi scheme claims, stockbroker & financial planner arbitrations, breach of fiduciary duty claims, shareholder oppression, dissolution, appraisal, derivative & accounting lawsuits, elder financial abuse, employment and non-competition disputes, interference with contract & economic relations and other business lawsuits in state and federal courts and various arbitration forums. Bob McGaughey has practiced law since 1980. He is the author of Oregon Securities Law and Oregon Corporate Law Handbook. Bob is past Chair of OSB Securities Regulation Section and OSB Business Litigation Section. He is a...
Aaron S. Ferreira
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(503) 228-2495 525 SW Jackson Street
Portland, OR 97201
Employment, Business, IP and Real Estate
Lewis & Clark Law School
Benjamin Taylor Ybarra
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Oregon City, OR Employment Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(503) 303-8369 714B Main Street
Suite 202
Oregon City, OR 97045
Employment, Business, Consumer and Estate Planning
Gonzaga University School of Law
Benjamin Ybarra, Attorney at Law is a general practice that serves the Portland metropolitan area. I work with individuals and businesses in a variety of transactional areas and legal disputes.
Justice J. Brooks I
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
1001 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
Portland, OR 97204
Employment, Appeals, Business and Personal Injury
William H. Bowen School of Law
Justice primarily focuses his practice on business, commercial, employment, and tort litigation. Justice's objective is to obtain favorable outcomes for each of his clients though competent and responsive legal advocacy. Justice leverages his litigation experience, including multiple jury and bench trials to meet and often exceed client expectations.

Justice also advises clients concerning various business matters including, but not limited to, entity creation, contracts, real estate, and licensure. Justice utilizes an industry-focused approach to help clients naviagate their business issues.

Justice provides labor and employment training for employers. The training focuses on the prevention of claims and how to mitigate and...
Aurelia Erickson
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(503) 223-7555 65 SW Yamhill St
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97204
Employment and Stockbroker Fraud
Lewis & Clark Law School
Kathy Peck
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Lake Oswego, OR Employment Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(503) 303-7238 5285 Meadows Road, Suite 194
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Employment
Willamette University
Kathy Peck graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington State University and received her law degree from Willamette University College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Washington. Kathy is a well-known lecturer on employment law topics and has published articles for the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Law Institute, the Bureau of Labor and Industries, the American Arbitration Association and a variety of other organizations. She has also taught employment discrimination as an adjunct professor at Willamette University College of Law. Ms. Peck is one of 15 Oregon attorneys and less than 1500 attorneys nationwide to be...
Jeff Napoli
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Lake Oswego, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(503) 620-9887 15924 Quarry Road
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Free ConsultationEmployment and Personal Injury
Gonzaga University School of Law
Jeff Napoli practices principally in the areas of employment and tort litigation. Prior to co-founding Gilroy & Napoli, Jeff was a Deputy District Attorney at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office. There, Jeff became a seasoned trial attorney, trying over 50 cases. Today, he uses his trial experience to maximize results for his clients. Jeff is admitted to practice law in all the state courts in Oregon and the United District Court for the District of Oregon. Additionally, Mr. Napoli is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyer’s Association and the Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington County Bar Associations. ...
Jason R Polen
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
PO Box 96261
Portland, OR 97296
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Communications and IP
Jason is a self-starting, go-getting lawyer who takes a pragmatic approach to helping his clients. He co-founded StaTerra Law with Tim because he was not satisfied with the traditional approach to providing legal services. He firmly believes that legal costs should be predictable, transparent and value-driven.

Jason’s entrepreneurial mindset enables him to better understand his clients’ needs. His first taste of entrepreneurship came from his childhood. As a kid, he helped manage his family’s small free-range cattle farm. Every morning before school, he would deliver bales of hay (that he and his family had harvested in the summer) to a herd...
Jane C Hanawalt
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Florence, OR Employment Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(541) 997-2635 1625 12th Street
PO Box 1153
Florence, OR 97439
Free ConsultationEmployment, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Elder
The George Washington University Law School
Jane Hanawalt has been engaged in the practice of law since her graduation in 1988 with a degree of Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law in Washington D.C. Following her admission to the State of Virginia Bar she worked for eight years in the Office of the General Council, United States Department of Agriculture before moving to California and joining the Law Firm of Jon York & Associates in 1996. Between 2001 and 2004 Jane, together with her husband, enjoyed a lengthy sabbatical, sailing the Pacific Coast of Mexico and the Sea of Cortez, on a...
Peter Vaughan Shaver
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(503) 473-8252 3939 NE Hancock Street
#308
Portland, OR 97212
Employment, Business, Communications and IP
University of Oregon School of Law
J. D., University of Oregon School of Law, certificate in Intellectual Property. B. A., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.
Elliott P. Dale
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(503) 224-5560 805 SW Broadway
Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97205
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business and Real Estate
Lewis & Clark Law School
Ken Mitchell-Phillips Sr.
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Portland, OR Employment Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(503) 778-5266 One World Trade Center
121 SW Salmon St., STE 1100
Portland, OR 97204
Employment, Communications, Education and Entertainment & Sports
Lewis & Clark Law School
Mitra Shahri
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Portland, OR Employment Law Attorney
(503) 243-4545 1500 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 800
Portland, OR 97201
Employment
As Mitra Law Group’s founding partner, Portland employment law lawyer Mitra Shahri represents Oregonians who have been mistreated in the workplace. Attorney Shahri has been practicing law since 1993. Ms. Shahri is a member of the Labor & Employment and Education committees of the Oregon State Bar. Attorney Shahri obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Utah, where she was an editor of the law review. She is currently licensed to practice in both Oregon and California.
Andrew M. Schpak
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Portland, OR Employment Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(971) 275-7935 601 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204
Employment
Cornell University
Andrew Schpak represents management in employment litigation and provides advice in employment matters. He has worked with both public and private entities, and has handled litigation and advised clients on state and federal discrimination claims, class actions, and employee handbooks. He is Vice Chair of the American Bar Association YLD Labor and Employment Law Committee, a YLD fellow to the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, and President of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Andrew is a Board Member of the NW EEO/Affirmative Action Association and President of the Board of Directors of Film Action Oregon. He...
Cheyenne Powelson
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(503) 444-3897 650 NE Holladay St, Suite 1600
Portland, OR 97232
Employment, Business and Construction
Gonzaga University School of Law
Colin Rockey Hackett
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Portland, OR Employment Law Attorney
(503) 764-9746 2100 Northeast Broadway Street
Portland, OR 97232
Free ConsultationEmployment, DUI, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Colin Rockey Hackett Law serves clients primarily in Workers' Compensation, Criminal Defense and Family Law matters in the counties of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas. Mr. Hackett's office is located in Portland and Beaverton, Oregon.
Lyndon Ruhnke
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Gresham, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(503) 665-2944 123 E. Powell Blvd.
Ste 208
Gresham, OR 97030
Free ConsultationEmployment, Bankruptcy, Consumer and Personal Injury
Lewis & Clark College
Lyndon Ruhnke represents consumer debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. Lyndon’s general practice primarily focuses on representing individuals with claims ranging from consumer issues to personal injury. He is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA). He has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1999. He is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of Oregon. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Nebraska and his J.D. with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law...
(503) 520-5800 4085 SW 109th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 284-6875 4415 NE Sandy Blvd., Ste.204
Portland, OR 97213
Andrew Seth Lewinter
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Eugene, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(541) 686-4900 101 E. Broadway, Suite 220
Eugene, OR 97401
Employment
Shawn Michael O'Neil
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Wilsonville, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(503) 570-8755 8755 SW Citizens Drive, Suite 202
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Employment, Business, Consumer and Personal Injury
For more than two decades Shawn has advised individuals, businesses, landowners, and public entities, throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington on various and often complex legal matters. He has successfully represented hundreds of these clients in civil litigation matters in both state and federal court.

Shawn is able to effectively negotiate settlements on challenging and highly charged cases while at the same time always being prepared to take cases to trial if resolution is not possible. Shawn is comfortable trying cases in front of juries and to the court. He has spent countless hours mentoring less-experienced attorneys on how to effectively try...
Phil Nelson
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
111 SW Fifth, Ste 1740
Portland, OR 97210
Employment, Business and Real Estate
University of Washington School of Law
I am a business lawyer who thinks like a businessman. Providing the kind of services my business clients need really is that simple. My practice focuses on litigation solutions that are consistent not at odds with my clients' business needs. My firm, Slinde Nelson, offers full service, innovative solutions to business clients throughout the region. We handle entity formation, buying and selling of businesses, employment law matters and employee relations issues, intellectual property matters, trade secrets, real estate and construction matters, and just about any other issue that comes up in the business setting.
Dian Rubanoff
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Lake Oswego, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(503) 303-7236 5285 Meadows Road, Suite 194
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Employment
Whittier College
Dian "Dee" Rubanoff is an equity partner with Williams Zografos & Peck, exclusively representing employers in labor and employment matters. Dee grew up in Southern California and fell in love with Oregon while visiting family. Dee was hired by a Portland law firm before graduating from law school. Prior to joining Williams Zografos & Peck in 2001, Dee practiced litigation and appellate law. In her spare time, Dee enjoys volunteering for non-profits, including Dress for Success, and spending time with her family.
Seth H. Row
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Portland, OR Employment Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(503) 243-2300 2300 US Bancorp Tower
111 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
Employment, Construction, Environmental and Products Liability
Georgetown University Law Center
Tiffany A. Harris
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Portland, OR Employment Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(971) 634-1818 811 SW Naito Pkwy, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204
Employment, Criminal and DUI
University of Oregon School of Law
I defend people throughout the State of Oregon who have been accused of violating criminal and regulatory laws. Although my principal focus is on criminal cases and jury trials, I developed skills as a problem solver, case planner, and legal writer representing corporate clients at one of the largest civil law firms in the Pacific Northwest. As a result, I approach every criminal case with a unique set of capabilities to find practical solutions, legal advantages, and the best, most cost-effective outcomes for my clients. I can help wherever your problem takes us -- whether it's in...
Margaret Wilson
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Eugene, OR Employment Law Attorney
101 E Broadway
Eugene, OR 97401
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
University of Oregon School of Law
Margaret Wilson has been a practicing attorney since 1993. She is currently the managing shareholder for the Wilson Law Office in Eugene, Oregon. Ms. Wilson is also a mediator/arbitrator with a focus on employment law and workplace disputes.
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Employment law governs the relationship between workers and their employers. This law, contained in federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions, specifies the rights and restrictions applicable to each party in the workplace.

This area of law regulates such issues as employee benefits, discipline, hiring, firing, leave, payroll, and health and safety in the workplace. It also encompasses non-compete agreements, retaliation, severance, unemployment compensation, pensions, whistle-blowing, worker classification, wage garnishment, work authorization for non-U.S. citizens, worker's compensation, and employee handbooks.

Both federal and state laws govern the relationship between employees and employers. Federal laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics. Many states have enacted their own laws similar to federal ones (and sometimes are more stringent). Cities and counties also can enact ordinances that affect employee rights, such as local minimum wage laws.

Employment lawyers can choose to accept only employees as clients, only employers, or both. Some attorneys focus on a specific area of employment law, such as workers' compensation, whistleblowing or discrimination, but many can handle a wide range of employment law issues.


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