Amy L. Angel

Amy Angel is a Partner at Barran Liebman LLP, representing public and private employers in all stages of employment litigation, including advice and compliance, administrative complaints, and trial as well as appeal.  Amy works with employers of all sizes, from small local companies to national companies with operations in Oregon and in a wide-variety of industries, including construction, retail, manufacturing, agriculture, law, and health care, just to name a few.  A frequent speaker, Amy addresses businesses and trade organizations on cutting-edge issues for employers.  She also provides on-site trainings for human resource professionals, supervisors, and employees on a variety of employment law topics, as well as conducting internal investigations and HR Audits.  Amy is listed in the Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, is named to the Best Lawyers list, and was recently honored as an “Up & Coming Attorney” by Chambers & Partners USA. Amy spends time serving as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center and Rosemary Anderson High School. She also serves as a Parent Representative on the Lake Oswego School District’s Dyslexia Task Force. 

Amy has substantial experience in defending employers before the Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in Oregon and Federal Courts, and under a broad range of local, Oregon, and federal employment laws, including:

  • Title VII (including sex and race harassment, discrimination, and retaliation)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ADA Amendments Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Civil Rights Acts, including § 1981 and § 1983 claims
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • First Amendment
  • Whistleblowing
  • Workers’ compensation, discrimination, and retaliation
  • Oregon wage and hour law
  • Oregon employment discrimination under Chapter 659A, including Oregon Family Leave Act, workers’ compensation, disability, and discrimination.
  • Oregon breach of contract
  • Oregon torts, including wrongful discharge, assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and intentional interference with business relations.
  • Oregon Sick Time
  • Portland Sick Time

She frequently advises employers on a full range of employment issues, including:

  • Navigating sticky leave situations, including under the Oregon Family Leave Act, Family Medical Leave Act, workers’ compensation reinstatement and reemployment, the ADA, Portland Sick Time, and Oregon Sick Time.
  • Engaging in the interactive process and providing reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities
  • Handling employee performance, discipline, and terminations
  • Developing policies, procedures, and handbooks

Amy earned her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law and then clerked at the Multnomah County Circuit Court for the Honorable Ellen F. Rosenblum, Oregon’s current Attorney General, from 2002-2004.  She is admitted to practice in Oregon and before the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon.  Amy is married to Portland attorney, Patrick Angel, and they have a 13-year old daughter.

Barran Liebman LLP

At Barran Liebman LLP, our experienced and dedicated attorneys focus on representing employers and providing solutions to our clients' employment law and labor management needs. Our attorneys specialize in five areas including employment advice, employment litigation, higher education compliance and litigation, labor relations, and employee benefits. We represent employers of all sizes throughout all industries, regarding employment matters such as sexual harassment, collective bargaining, and wrongful discharge, to name a few.
Our exclusive employment and labor law concentration benefits our clients directly as we are well-versed in the legal complexities of our practice area, and are quick to reply to our clients' needs.  From day-to-day advice on when to cut a final paycheck or how to handle a BOLI claim, to the intricate trial work that protects employer trade secrets, we offer skilled legal counsel to our clients. Additionally, to help prevent employer-related legal complications, 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.

Located in Portland, Oregon, Barran Liebman effectively assists clients in the Northwest and across the country. Whether you are an employer, human resource professional, in-house counsel, business executive, or business owner, you will benefit from Barran Liebman's specialized experience and exceptional client service.


Our commitment to diversity

Barran Liebman LLP is committed to fostering diversity, within itself and the community it serves.

We are committed to our employees and clients, believing that in order to provide the best legal services, we must first be dedicated to being the best employer possible. Being the best employer necessarily begins with a strong commitment to diversity within our own team. We strive to attract, mentor and retain attorneys and legal professionals of all backgrounds and experiences and are proud that half of Barran Liebman’s attorneys are women or minorities. This diversity allows us to offer our clients a wide range of perspectives which leads to innovative solutions.

We also work hard to promote diversity throughout the community. We actively participate in bar and community activities which strive to celebrate and enhance diversity. We support the following organizations through leadership roles, participation, and funding:


  • American Association of University Women
  • Association of Title IX Administrators
  • Campaign for Equal Justice
  • Diversity Committee of the Oregon Independent College Foundation
  • EEO Classes at Portland State University
  • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Japan American Society of Oregon
  • Latino Network
  • Multicultural Law Students Association at Willamette University College of Law
  • Multnomah Bar Association Equality and Diversity Committee
  • Northwest Regional China Council
  • NW EEO/Tri-County Affirmative Action Association
  • Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association
  • Oregon Hispanic Bar Association
  • Oregon League of Minority Voters
  • Oregon Minority Lawyers Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Affirmative Action Committee
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Civil Rights Section Executive Committee
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Disability Law Section Member
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Diversity Planning Task Force
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Best Practices Committee
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Partners in Diversity
  • Special Education PTA of Portland
  • Uniting to Understand Racism
  • Urban League of Portland

We also endorse the Multnomah Bar Association’s Statement of Diversity Principles and the Oregon State Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion Program.

We are proud to participate in the SummerWorks internship program, administered by the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, a non-profit organization. The program matches our firm with a youth who is motivated to improve his or her life circumstance, but lacks the typical education credentials, work experience or networks to get there.

If you are interested in learning more about Barran Liebman’s commitment to diversity, please contact our Executive Director, Traci Ray, at

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