Oregon Business & Industry
A United Voice for Oregon Business

A United Voice for Oregon Business

Oregon Business & Industry is Oregon's largest and most influential comprehensive business association advocating for a strong economy and a healthy, prosperous and competitive Oregon. Members participate with other business leaders committed to growing Oregon’s economy, quality jobs for our citizens, and healthy communities. OBI also offers members money-saving services.

The OBI Mission

To strengthen Oregon’s economy in order to achieve a healthy, prosperous and competitive Oregon for the benefit of present and future generations.


OBI was created July 1, 2017, through the merger of Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) and Oregon Business Association (OBA). The goal of the merger was to combine the strengths of the two organizations and to create a unified voice for Oregon businesses. Here’s a look at the history of each organization:

AOI: Serving Business Since 1895

Founded in 1895, Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) quickly became a powerful voice with Legislators and regulatory agencies – a role it maintained through economic and political change. Throughout its history, it represented large and small companies from all business classifications and all regions of Oregon through all types of economic and political circumstances.

OBA: Seeking Long-Term Balance

The Oregon Business Association (OBA) was formed by a group of Oregon business leaders in 1999, with the goal of providing statewide business leadership to ensure Oregon’s long-term economic competitiveness. Its members, from homegrown to Fortune 500, supported OBA’s commitment to a healthy economy for all Oregonians.

Core Principles

OBI's guiding principles are to:

  • Pursue a balanced approach to achieving our mission without affiliation with any political party.
  • Take positions consistent with our mission and the common good regardless of difficulty or popularity.
  • Advocate for justifiable, cooperative, appropriate and fact-based regulation.
  • Educate and engage Oregonians on the importance of business and the Oregon economy as the cornerstone of Oregon’s quality of life prosperity.
  • Advocate for efficient, effective and accountable public policies that encourage private sector job creation and business prosperity.
  • Serve as the convener of the greater Oregon business community and other stakeholders to promote a unified business voice.

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Amy Robinson



    Amy Robinson is the board chair and a shareholder in Jordan Ramis PC and focuses her practice on employment and business law. 

    Amy has deep experience in a full range of employment issues that include disability and accommodation, employee complaints and grievances, wage and hour issues, employee leaves, employee counseling and discipline, and discrimination and harassment. She has represented employers in judicial and administrative proceedings and has conducted external/third party investigations. Amy also serves as general counsel to clients on a range of business and employment matters including corporate governance, negotiations and drafting of purchase and sale agreements, and corporate reorganizations. 

    Prior to her legal career, Amy worked as a human resources professional for a variety of employers. She regularly speaks and provides training for HR professionals, managers and employees, and professional organizations on a variety of employment and human resources topics.


Charlotte K. Hodde

    Charlotte Hodde works closely with employers developing workplace policies, providing proactive advice and counsel, and defending clients under a broad range of local, Oregon, California, and federal employment laws.  She understands her clients’ motivations and advances their priorities tenaciously. Years of lobbying before the California State Legislature make her a loyal and resourceful advocate. She balances her sharp attention to detail with an eye for the bigger picture.  

    In addition to her practice at Barran Liebman LLP, Charlotte has experience working for multiple judges in the United States District Court both in California and Oregon—most recently as a law clerk to the Honorable Janice M. Stewart and the Honorable Youlee Yim You.  Having been trained to analyze complex cases, she now studies client stories to create the narrative that is key to a winning legal strategy.


    • Briefed and argued motion to dismiss on behalf of hospital client that brought a quick and very favorable settlement.
    • Counsel for International Software Brand: Advised in acquisition of California company, and developed restrictive covenants and invention assignment agreements for transferred employees.
    • Counsel for Nonprofit Business: Defeated employee complaint on behalf of medical client filed with Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) and US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with claims of discrimination based on gender and use of Oregon paid sick leave. BOLI dismissed the complaint 3 days after receiving our position statement.
    • Counsel for Private Business: Resolved workers’ compensation claim on behalf of healthcare client with a favorable settlement for one-third the value of the claim.
    • Counsel for Private University: Represented a liberal arts university in Department of Education Office of Civil Rights investigation regarding website accessibility. 
    • Counsel for County Government: Successfully defended government entity deposition regarding highly complex issues relating to medical leave retaliation, ADA compliance, and protection of sensitive attorney-client privileged information.
    • Counsel for Public University: Represented a state university before the Oregon Court of Appeals regarding FERPA privacy and PECBA duties, in addition to preparing the amicus brief filed on behalf of public education institutions. 


    • Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA), Member (2018-present)
    • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Member (2018-present)
    • Oregon State Bar: Pro Bono Committee, Member (2017-present); Labor and Employment Section, Member (2013-present)
    • Multnomah Bar Association: Member (2017-present)
    • California State Bar: Labor and Employment Law Section, Member (2017-present)
    • Oregon Women Lawyers: Working Parents Subcommittee, Member (2013-present)


    • Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine: Rising Star (2018)
    • Oregon Law Review: Maxine Lee Award for Editorial Excellence (2012)


    • Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA): “Essentials of Human Resources,” Presenter (10/23/18)
    • Oregon Workers’ Compensation Annual Educational Conference: “Navigating the Intersection of OFLA, FMLA & the ADA with Workers’ Compensation Claims,” Presenter (9/26/18)
    • Oregon Science Startup Forum: “How to Form a Company,” Panelist (4/28/18)
    • Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA): “Love in the Workplace: Unwanted Contact By Any Other Name Would Be Just As Offensive,” (3/5/18)
    • Barran Liebman Client Training: “Religious Accommodation in a Religion-Sponsored Workplace,” (2/2/18)
    • Barran Liebman Client Training: “Employment Law Essentials,” (9/19/17)
    • CLE for Oregon State Bar Accreditation: “Oregon Legal Citation and Form,” Presenter (3/20/17)



    • Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Portland: Associate Board, Member (2017-present), Operations Director (2017-present)
    • University of Oregon Law School Alumni Association: Portland Committee (2017-present)

Dinah Choi

    Dinah Choi has a nationwide regulatory compliance and employment litigation practice focused on workplace safety and health.  She provides compliance advice to employers on the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and state plans including the Oregon Safe Employment Act and Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act, as well as to mine operators on the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act – all designed to give employers operational freedom and practical business solutions while maintaining compliance.  Clients appreciate her keen understanding of operational issues as she has the benefit of substantial experience with technical matters in a wide range of industries including energy, transportation, agriculture, and healthcare.

    Dinah is an experienced litigator and has successfully represented employers in the full range of government agency enforcement actions, informal conferences, citation contests, workplace inspections and investigations, and fatal accident and catastrophic injury investigations.  Dinah also litigates safety discrimination, retaliation, and whistle-blower cases throughout the country.  Her experience ranges from defending management during federal agency investigations and developing position statements to litigating whistle-blower cases in federal and administrative courts.

    Dinah frequently speaks on occupational and mine safety and health (OSHA and MSHA) law topics and provides training for employers on developing effective safety and health programs, mitigating supervisor liability, and responding to workplace fatalities and catastrophic injuries.  She also conducts privileged post-accident investigations and internal risk assessments. 

    Dinah regularly contributes to the Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) Human Resources Manual as the editor of the Safety and Health in the Workplace, Politics in the Workplace, and Disaster Planning chapters.

Heidi W. Mason


    Heidi Mason represents public and private organizations in employment and labor law matters at Innova Legal Advisors PC.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Mason worked as a human resources professional for mid-sized and large corporations. She has hands-on experience in recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, occupational safety, leaves of absence, payroll, and ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and collective bargaining agreements. Ms. Mason earned her bachelor's degrees in human resource management and general management from Portland State University and her J.D., cum laude, from Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law. She is also PHR and SHRM-CP certified. 

    Awards / Service

    Portland Human Resource Management Association, Board Member and Co-Director of the Workforce Readiness Committee, 2016-2018

    Society for Human Resource Management, SHRM-CP Certified since 2014

    Multnomah Bar Association, YLS CLE Committee, 2012-2014

    OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association, Membership Secretary 2013-2014, Vice-Chair 2012-2013

    HR Certification Institute, PHR Certified since 2009

    Education / Professional

    B.A., Portland State University, Human Resources Management, General Management

    J.D., cum laude, Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law

    Admitted to practice in all Oregon Courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

    Member, Oregon State Bar Association

    Member, Multnomah Bar Association

    Speaking / Writing

    Heidi has been a writer, presenter, and panelist on many employment law topics such as employment at-will, hiring, record-keeping, performance management, Affordable Care Act compliance, background checks and drug screening, Oregon Sick Time, leaves of absence, and social media.

Jean Ohman Back



    Of Counsel


    Jean Back brings more than 25 years of experience in helping manufacturers and technology-focused employers solve problems to complicated employment scenarios.  She has broad expertise in litigation, mediation and settlement of employment and business tort claims.  She is fluent in all areas of state and federal employment, wage and hour, discrimination, and leave laws.  She is skilled at training managers and employees in employment compliance. 

    Track Record of Success

    • Leadership – Highly skilled mentor and advisor at all levels.
    • Committed to Manufacturing and Technology – As the Secretary/Treasurer on the Board of the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Jean has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by Oregon manufacturers.  Jean is also involved with and has spoken on several panels for the Technology Association of Oregon.
    • Litigation Budgeting – Well versed in managing detailed budgets for complicated litigation matters.
    • Communications –  Adept creator of collaborative written and oral communications with clients, courts, administrative agencies, colleagues, and opposing counsel.
    • Writing – Skilled in written advocacy, including drafting briefs, EEOC and state administrative charge responses, and in contract drafting, including, but not limited to employment agreements, separation agreements, non-disclosure/non-solicitation agreements, and intellectual property agreement.

Kelly T. Hagan

    Kelly Hagan's legal practice at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt focuses on health care business transactions, including business entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, system affiliations, joint ventures, physician networks and IPAs, medical staff and peer review disputes, and physician recruitment and contracting; and health care regulatory compliance, including fraud and abuse, antitrust, EMTALA, HIPAA privacy and security compliance, and data breach investigation and defense. Formerly Legal Policy Advisor to Oregon's Labor Commissioner, Mr. Hagan also advises health care clients on employment matters. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in health care law. khagan@schwabe.com | 503-796-2423

Kristine Bingman

    Kristine Bingman joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn as counsel in the firm’s employee benefits practice team. Kristine works with employers and multiemployer plans on a variety of issues related to health and welfare and retirement plans. Her practice includes advising clients about all aspects of ERISA and Internal Revenue Code compliance as it relates to employee benefit plans, as well as drafting and amending plan documents. She assists clients with health care reform, COBRA, HIPAA, nondiscrimination rules, fiduciary duties, qualified domestic relations orders, and reporting and disclosure requirements. Kristine also has more than a decade of experience advising clients on all aspects of employment law, including wage and hour, leaves of absence, state and federal disability laws, harassment and discrimination, discipline and termination, drafting and reviewing employee handbooks and workplace policies, and responding to complaints filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. She is an experienced public speaker on a variety of benefits- and employment-related topics. 

    Before joining Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Kristine worked with local employers' associations where she provided legal compliance services to multiple employer ERISA trust funds and counseled Pacific Northwest employers on legal issues related to employment law and employee benefits. 

Kyle Abraham

    Kyle Abraham represents employers in both traditional labor and employment law matters. He works with businesses of all sizes, government entities, and not-for-profit organizations. Kyle’s labor practice includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements, advising employers on labor matters, and representing employers before labor arbitrators, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Oregon Employment Relations Board. In his employment law practice, Kyle works closely with employers to develop effective workplace policies, and he provides proactive advice and counsel. Additionally, Kyle is a trained, certified and experienced workplace investigator, and he regularly conducts investigations into allegations of employee misconduct, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or other sensitive issues. 

    Kyle is an experienced litigator who has successfully represented clients before U.S. circuit and district courts, Oregon and Washington state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, and other state and federal agencies. Kyle leverages his experience to help employers anticipate and resolve problems at the earliest possible stage and in a cost-effective manner, with the confidence and capability to defend employers if the matter escalates to litigation. 

    Kyle also enjoys being actively involved in the Human Resource and Labor and Employment law communities. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and continuing legal education programs on a variety of employment and labor issues. He serves on the Portland Human Resource Management Association Board, holding the position of General Counsel and Director of Certifications, and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2016. Additionally, Kyle serves as an Executive Committee member of the Oregon State Bar Labor and Employment Section. Kyle is also an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators. 

    Prior to joining Barran Liebman, he served on active duty in the Department of the Air Force as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) and represented the Air Force in labor and employment matters around the world. Kyle continues his service as a major in the Oregon Air National Guard.



    • Portland Human Resource Management Association (PHRMA): General Counsel (2017); Director of Legislative Affairs (2013-present)
    • Northwest Association of Title IX Administrators: Member (2016-present)
    • Society of Human Resource Management, SHRM-CP: Member (2015-present)
    • Oregon State Bar Association: Nonprofit Organizations Law Section Executive Committee (2015-present); OSB Labor and Employment Section, Executive Committee (2014-present)
    • National Public Employer Labor Relations Association: Member (2014-present)
    • Association of Workplace Investigators: Member (2014-present)
    • The Developing Labor Law: Contributing Editor (2013-present)
    • Oregon Public Employer Labor Relations Association: Member (2013-present)
    • Oregon Labor and Employment Relations Association: Member (2012-present)
    • Multnomah County Bar Association: Member (2012-present)
    • Professional in Human Resources, HRCI (2011-present)
    • United States Air Force: Judge Advocate Corps (2006-2011)
    • Marion County District Attorney’s Office: Member (2002-2005)




    • SAFE of Columbia County: Service Award (2017)
    • Portland Human Resource Management Association (PHRMA): Volunteer of the Year (2016)
    • Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine: Rising Star (2014-2015)
    • United States Air Force: Commendation Medal (Meritorious Achievement) (2007, 2009); Commissioned Officer Training, Top Graduate (Valedictorian) (2006)
    • Marion County District Attorney's Office: Employee-of-the-Year (2005)




    • Oregon City Attorney Association’s Annual Conference: “Navigating Veterans Preference for Public Sector Employers,” Presenter (5/5/17)
    • 2017 Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference: “Marijuana and the Law,” Presenter (3/7/17)
    • 24th Annual Oregon State Bar Litigation Institute & Retreat: “Employment and ERB Update, with Post Election Predictions,” Presenter (2/24/17)
    • Portland State University Human Resource Strategy Lecture: “What HR Students Should Know About Employment & Labor Laws,” Presenter (11/1/16)
    • Associate of Corporate Counsel CLE: “Drafting, Enforcing and Defending Restrictive Covenants,” Presenter (10/12/16)
    • Barran Liebman Annual Seminar: “Stay Safe on the Open Road: A Look at OSHA’s Current Focus,” Presenter (10/6/16)
    • Yamhill County Human Resource Association Meeting: “Marijuana Laws: What to Know and How to Align Them with Your Company’s Current Policies,” Presenter (9/8/2016)
    • PHRMA July Breakfast: “Marijuana Laws: What to Know and How to Align Them with Your Companies Current Policies,” Presenter (7/20/16)
    • Oregon State Bar 2nd Annual Labor and Employment Law Boot Camp: “Nuts and Bolts of Labor Law: Private Sector Labor Law,” Presenter (6/2/16)
    • 29th Annual Public Employment Relations Conference: “The Leading Oregon Employment Relations Board (ERB) Cases of 2015-2016,” Presenter (4/14/16)
    • Oregon & SW Washington Association for Health Care Recruitment (OSWAHCR) Meeting: “2016 Legal Update,” Presenter (3/17/16)
    • Cascade Occupational Safety & Health Conference: “Budding Complications: Navigating Marijuana in the Workplace,” Presenter (3/9/16)
    • National Public Labor Relations Association Webinar: “Workplace Violence: Obligations to Provide a ‘Legally’ Safe Workplace,” Presenter (2/11/16)
    • 2016 SDAO Annual Conference: “Budding Complications: Navigating Marijuana in the Workplace,” Presenter (2/5/16)
    • Barran Liebman Food for Thought Breakfast Seminar: “Preventing Workplace Violence: A Look at Employer Obligations and Effective Policies & Procedures,” Presenter (1/19/16)
    • Associated Oregon Loggers Annual Conference: “Marijuana in the Workplace,” Presenter (1/16/16)
    • Independent Electrical Contractors of Oregon: “Don’t Get Shocked: Be Prepared for the New Union Organizing Rules and New State Employment Laws,” Presenter (11/19/15)
    • PHRMA Luncheon & Workshop: “Legislative Update: What Do Oregon’s New Laws Mean for Your Industry?,” Presenter (11/11/15)
    • Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services 2015 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference: “Marijuana in the Workplace,” (11/6/15)
    • NHRMA 2015 Annual Conference & Tradeshow: “What’s the NLRB Cooking up Now? A Taste of the Board’s Expanding Agenda,” Presenter (10/6/15)
    • Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar: “The NLRB’s Expanding Agenda: None of Us Are out of Reach!,” Presenter (9/24/15)
    • Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders Annual Conference “Stay Out of Troubled Waters: Navigating Employment Laws,” Presenter (9/16/15)
    • Excell Oregon: “Budding Complications: Navigating Marijuana in the Workplace,” Presenter (8/13/15)
    • Gresham Chamber of Commerce: “Marijuana and the Workplace,” Presenter (8/12/15)
    • PHRMA Employee Relations Special Interest Group: “Workplace Investigations: Beyond the Basics,” Presenter (8/4/15)
    • LERA, Lane Community College and LERC: “Are You High? Legalized Marijuana and the Workplace,” Panelist (7/14/15)
    • Barran Liebman Seminar: “Budding Complications: Dealing With Marijuana in the Workplace,” Presenter (6/23/15 - 6/25/15)
    • Hot Topics/Cool Talks, presented by Oregon Business Magazine: “Measure 91 and the Employer,” Panelist (6/23/15)
    • Your Voice, Your Vote, presented by KATU News: “Impact of Legalized Marijuana on Employers,” Featured Presenter (6/21/15)
    • Barran Liebman Food for Thought Breakfast Seminar: “Workplace Investigations: Beyond the Basics,” Presenter (5/5/15)
    • Southern Oregon Public Sector Labor Relations Training: “A Practical Roadmap for Bargaining in the Public Sector,” Presenter (4/28/15)
    • Southern Oregon Public Sector Labor Relations Training: “Winning the Unfair Labor Practice Battle Before It Starts,” Presenter (4/28/15)
    • NHRMA 2015 Oregon HR Academy: “HR & Employment Law,” Co-Presenter (4/14/15)
    • Independent Electrical Contractors of Oregon 2015 Spring Conference: “In the Trenches: Combatting Union Organizing,” Presenter (4/11/15)
    • Independent Electrical Contractors of Oregon 2015 Spring Conference: “Budding Complications: How to Deal with Marijuana in the Workplace,” Presenter (4/11/15)
    • Oregon & SW Washington Association for Health Care Recruitment: “Legal Update for Healthcare Recruiters,” Presenter (3/12/15)
    • Barran Liebman Central Oregon Seminar: “Budding Complications: How Should Employers Navigate the Changes in State Marijuana Laws?,” Presenter (1/23/15)
    • LERA Oregon Chapter: “Are You High? Marijuana and the Workplace,” Presenter (1/22/15)
    • Oregon and Southwest Washington Association for Health Care Recruiters: “HR Rocks: Top Employment, Labor and Benefits Laws,” Presenter (11/14/14)
    • Barran Liebman Seminar: “Budding Complications: How Should Employers Navigate the Changes in State Marijuana Laws?,” Presenter (10/17/14, 10/21/14, 11/6/14, 11/20/14)
    • Oregon State Bar Government Law Section CLE: “Elementary My Dear Watson: Investigations of Employee Complaints & Misconduct,” Presenter (10/10/14)
    • PHRMA Study Group: “Labor and Employee Relations Course,” Presenter (10/8/14)
    • Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar: “How to ‘Rock’ Workplace Investigations into Employee Complaints,” Presenter (9/25/14)
    • PHRMA Study Group: “Risk Management,” Presenter (8/26/14)
    • Barran Liebman Breakfast Seminar: “Now Hiring? How to Avoid Traps & Pitfalls during the Hiring Process,” Presenter (5/6/14)
    • Oregon City Attorney Association: “Employees & the Armed Services: USERAA & Veterans’ Preference Issues,” Presenter (5/2/14)
    • Oregon City Attorney Association: “Workplace Violence: Obligations to Provide a ‘Legally’ Safe Workplace,” Presenter (5/2/14)
    • Northwest Human Resource Management Association’s 2014 Oregon HR Academy: “It’s Not Your Father's NLRB: The National Labor Relations Board's Expanding Agenda,” Presenter (4/29/14)
    • XpertHR Podcast: “Why Paid Leave Laws are Starting to Proliferate,” Presenter (2/28/14)
    • Barran Liebman Seminar: “Portland Sick Leave Q&A Workshop,” Presenter (12/5/13)
    • City of Newberg Mid-Management Training: “Effective Documentation: Performance Evaluation and Discipline,” Presenter (10/17/13)
    • City of Newberg Mid-Management Training: “Why Job Descriptions Matter,” Presenter (10/17/13)
    • City of Newberg Mid-Management Training: “Leadership Techniques: Building a Better Team,” Presenter (10/17/13)
    • Barran Liebman Seminar: “Deal Yourself a Winning Hand: How to Improve Your Chances in Grievance Arbitration,” Presenter (9/4/13)
    • Oregon Law Institute’s Internet Law Developments: “Social Media: Implications for Business,” Presenter (6/7/13)
    • Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Training: “What Every Sergeant Needs to Know about Employment Laws,” Presenter, (5/2/13)
    • HR.com Webinar: “Drugs in the Workplace,” Presenter (4/30/13)
    • Barran Liebman Seminar” “It’s Not Your Father’s NLRB: Today’s Board Targets Non-Union Employers and Changes the Rules In favor of Unions,” Presenter (4/13)
    • PHRMA Study Group: “Risk Management,” Presenter (2/13)




    • Are Your Employees Entitled to Daily & Weekly Overtime?,” Cascade Business News, May 17, 2017
    • Featured in “Lottery Boss Harassed Subordinates And Misled Investigator, Report Says,” The Oregonian, April 5, 2017
    • “Workplace Investigations,” “Traditional Labor Law,” “Military Leave,” “Public Employers,” AOI Oregon Human Resources Manual, American Chamber of Commerce Resources, Chapter Author, 2016
    • Look Out Private Universities, Student Assistants Have the Right to Join a Union,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, August 25, 2016
    • The Ninth Circuit Sides with the NLRB, Class Action Waivers are Unlawful,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, August 23, 2016
    • For Workplace Complaints, the Best Defense Is a Good Offense,” Cascade Business News, March 16, 2016
    • “Workplace Investigations,” “Military Leave,” Workplace Violence,” “Unions,” “Public Employers,” AOI Oregon Human Resources Manual, American Chamber of Commerce Resources, Chapter Author, 2015
    • “Back to the Future: The NLRB Returns to a More Liberal Joint-Employer Standard,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, September 1, 2015; Republished by Cascade Business News, September 16, 2015
    • “‘Ban the Box’ comes to Oregon,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, July 2, 2015
    • Featured in “Marijuana Law Ushers in New Business Age,” OregonBusiness.com, June 23, 2015
    • “Regardless of State Laws, the Use of Marijuana remains Unlawful under Federal Law,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, June 15, 2015
    • “A Mere Suspicion of Needing a Religious Accommodation Could Lead to an Employment Faux Pas,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, June 2, 2015; Republished by HR.com, July 31, 2015
    • “Violence At Work: Tips to Stay Safe,” Legal & Compliance Excellence Essentials, May 2015
    • “Recreational Marijuana: What’s an Employer to Do?” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 29, 2015
    • “April is National Workplace Violence Prevention Month. Are You Prepared?,” Cascade Business News, April 15, 2015
    • “The Value of an Effective Investigation,” Daily Journal of Commerce, March 27, 2015
    • “The ‘Quickie Election’ Rule A Major Setback for Employers Facing Union Organizing,” Legal & Compliance Excellence Essentials, January 2015
    • “NLRB Hits Employers Facing Union Organizing With a One-Two Punch,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, December 15, 2014
    • “Protect Employees Against Possible Workplace Violence,” Daily Journal of Commerce, October 22, 2014
    • “For Workplace Complaints, the Best Defense is a Good Offense,” Cascade Business News, October 15, 2014
    • Quoted in “Are Businesses Bad for Hiring Illegal Immigrants?” The Oregonian, September 5, 2014
    • “For Workplace Complaints, The Best Defense is a Good Offense,” Oregon Business Magazine, September 2014
    • “BOLI Raises the Stakes,” Legal & Compliance Excellence Essentials, July 2014
    • “BOLI Raises the Stakes on Veterans’ Preference for Public Employers,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, June 20, 2014
    • “Student Athletes Could…Go…All…The…Way…to the Bank,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, March 27, 2014
    • “Oregon’s Veterans’ Preference Rule: Take Two,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, February 25, 2014; Republished by Governor's Office of Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter, February 27, 2014
    • “The Debate about College Athletes as Employees Moves to the National Labor Relations Board,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, February 10, 2013
    • “No Gossiping Rule is a ‘No Go’ for the NLRB,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, January 13, 2013
    • “Oregon Public Employers Get Some Guidance on Bargaining Obligations For Safety Proposals,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alerts, August 22, 2013
    • “Lawmakers Target Social Media Rules,” Daily Journal of Commerce, May 24, 2013
    • “New Law Makes Personal Social Media Accounts Off-Limits for Oregon Employers,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, May 17, 2013
    • “New Oregon Law Give Veterans a Day Off for Veterans Day,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, April 12, 2013
    • “Navigating Uncertainty in the Wake of Noel Canning,” Cascade Business News, March 21, 2013
    • “Time to Dust Off Your New Hire Packet: New Forms I-9 are Here,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alerts, March 8, 2013
    • “The NLRB Investigates an Employer’s Moonlighting Policy: Without the Help of Blue Moon Detective Agency, Bruce Willis, or Cybill Shepherd,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, February 8, 2013
    • “Nonunion Employers in Crosshairs,” Daily Journal of Commerce, January 25, 2013; Republished by Idaho Business Review, February 1, 2013
    • “It’s Baaack! The Employee Free Choice Act’s Arbitration Requirement for an Initial Collective Bargaining Agreement is New and Not So Improved,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, January 25, 2013
    • “FMLA Leave to Care for Adult Children with Disabilities – New DOL Guidance Clarifies Employee Rights,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, January 16, 2013
    • “NLRB Overturns a 34-Year Rule: Employers May Be Forced To Turn Over Witness Statements,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, January 4, 2013
    • “An Oregon Homecare Provider's Missteps Illustrate the Importance of E-Verify Compliance,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, January 2, 2013
    • “Metadata and Legal Ethics: Your Obligations and Limitations,” October 2012
    • “Do I Have to Bargain That? How to Navigate Proposals from a Union,” February 2011
    • “Understanding Disability Retirement in Federal Employment,” January 2011
    • “How to Win an Employment Case before the Merit Systems Protection Board,” July 2010




    • 142 Fighter Wing Community Foundation: Board Member (2012-present)
    • Oregon Air National Guard: Staff Judge Advocate/Major (2011-present)
    • Forest Heights Homeowners Association: Board of Directors (2012-2015)
    • Classroom Law Project: Mock Trial Coach (2012-2013)



    Employment Law Advice & Litigation
    Labor Relations
    Higher Education Representation
    HR Audits
    Workplace Investigations

Leora Coleman-Fire

    Leora Coleman-Fire focuses her practice in the area of labor and employment law at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Ms. Coleman-Fire helps employers to comply with the myriad of laws governing the employer/employee relationship. In addition, Ms. Coleman-Fire is experienced in pretrial and trial motions, legal research and writing memoranda, and document review when litigation arises. Previously, Ms. Coleman-Fire was a summer associate at Schwabe and clerked for the Oregon Department of Justice, Special Litigation Unit where she worked on high-profile complex litigation issues ranging from defending constitutional challenges to preparing for settlement negotiations.


    lcoleman-fire@schwabe.com | 503-796-7443


Michael T. Garone

    Michael Garone is an attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt with over 30 years of experience in traditional labor law, employment law and appellate law, and a special emphasis in arbitration. He has tried over one hundred labor arbitrations and has been involved in all aspects of collective bargaining, advising his clients on grievance issues, contract negotiations and the requirements of state and federal law. He has litigated many cases before the National Labor Relations Board and other federal and state administrative agencies. He also has substantial litigation experience in federal and state courts in both Oregon and Washington at both the trial and appellate levels during which he has been involved in traditional labor issues as well as employment law and other issues. He has defended several class action wage and hour lawsuits in both Oregon and Washington as well as class action arbitrations. Mr. Garone brings a fresh and unique insight to the representation of management in labor and employment issues. mgarone@schwabe.com | 503-796-2401

Nathan Sramek

    Nathan Sramek helps his clients navigate litigation stemming from commercial disputes, products liability and personal injuries. Nathan’s clients range from small local businesses to established regional retailers and financial institutions. Currently, Nathan dedicates a significant portion of his practice to defending retailers and property owners against premises liability claims. Nathan recognizes that every dispute is as unique as the parties involved, and he approaches each with the perspective he has gained working on litigation in state and federal trial and appeals courts.

    Before joining Schwabe, Nathan served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Rex Armstrong at the Oregon Court of Appeals, where he helped draft judicial opinions in civil, administrative and criminal cases. While in law school, Nathan worked as a Certified Law Clerk at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon, where he regularly appeared in federal court on behalf of the United States and gained trial experience prosecuting misdemeanor offenses. Nathan also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and a law clerk at the Trial Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Rebecca Boyette

    Rebecca Boyette helps clients in the healthcare and manufacturing and distribution industries navigate the bumpy road of employment law. She advises on day-to-day issues such as employee handbooks, leave laws, discipline and terminations. When necessary, Rebecca defends clients in court and before state and federal agencies in claims involving discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, family and medical leave, and disabilities. She works with employers of all sizes, from local businesses with a handful of employees to large national companies with hundreds of employees across multiple states.

    Rebecca is a responsive, friendly and efficient practitioner who works collaboratively with clients to find workable solutions to employment issues. Whether crafting employment policies for a small dental practice, advising a large food distribution company on complex employee leave laws or zealously defending a surgical practice in a whistleblower lawsuit, Rebecca will customize her approach to reach clients’ goals and respect their budgets. 

Ronald G. Guerra

    Ronald G. Guerra brings a unique and diverse background to representing clients in employment and labor relations matters.  Ron is a frequent speaker, writer and trainer on employment and immigration reform and compliance issues.  Ron represents clients in federal and state courts and before federal and state administrative agencies, including the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Bard and the U.S. Department of Labor.  Prior to obtaining his legal education, Ron worked eleven years for the Whirlpool Corporation in various business management positions and was an Associate Professor of Management for Davenport University.

Sommer Tolleson

    Sommer Tolleson is the managing partner of Maher & Tolleson, LLC. She specializes in representing businesses in all aspects of Oregon and Washington workers’ compensation matters. Prior to earning her law degree, Sommer worked several years as a certified Oregon workers’ compensation claims examiner. She has over 22 years of experience in the field of workers’ compensation.

Stephanie P. Berntsen

    Stephanie Berntsen focuses her legal practice at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt on employment advice and litigation, securities litigation and business litigation. Ms. Berntsen has served as lead counsel in numerous employment and securities disputes, assisted clients in resolving matters by defense up to and including at trials and arbitrations, including FINRA matters. She recently defended clients in two employment discrimination jury trials - gender discrimination and Title VII retaliation - both resulting in defense verdicts. She speaks regularly on employment related issues, including Seattle's Safe and Sick Leave, wage and hour, disability law, discipline and termination, and trade secrets. She currently serves as the Assistant Practice Group Leader for the firm's Employment Law Group. For the past eight years, Ms. Berntsen has been recognized for inclusion in Thomson Reuter's Washington Rising Stars list, an annual roster of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. sberntsen@schwabe.com | 206-689-1235

Thomas M. Triplett

    Since coming to Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in 1965, Tom Triplett has developed a national reputation for his work in the areas of antitrust and labor law. He has represented a host of companies on organizational and recognitional issues in the construction industry before the National Labor Relations Board; negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, arbitration of disputes, litigation of Title VII and wrongful discharge cases; defense of criminal antitrust cases; and prosecution of antitrust cases against organized labor. Mr. Triplett is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. In addition, he has been named an Oregon Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine, a peer-elected distinction bestowed upon the top 5% of all attorneys in Oregon. He is also listed in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America for his work for management in labor and employment law.


    ttriplett@schwabe.com | 503-796-2901