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.
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:
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.
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.
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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 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.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND AFFILIATIONS
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 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.
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
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
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 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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org | 503-796-2423
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 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.
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.
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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. firstname.lastname@example.org | 503-796-2401
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 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 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 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 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. email@example.com | 206-689-1235
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.
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