Jean Ohman Back


Senior Counsel



Professional Experience

Ms. Back has been a member of the Oregon Bar and practiced in the areas of Labor and Employment and General Litigation since 1991. Ms. Back assists employers in all aspects of managing their employment relationships, including drafting employment agreements, and employment manuals, providing supervisor and employee training, assisting employers in handling employee grievances and discrimination or anti harassment complaints, managing terminations and reductions-in-force, and advising employers about their obligations under state and federal laws. Ms. Back is particularly knowledgeable on the interaction of an employee's rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Workers' Compensation Act, and State and Federal Family and Pregnancy Leave laws. Ms. Back also has worked with other members of the Labor and Employment practice group as part of a team representing employers in large wage and hour class action matters. Ms. Back has been a regular speaker to Oregon and Washington employers on a variety of employment topics.??


As one of the leaders of Schwabe's Hospitality Law group, Ms. Back and other members of this practice group focus their attention on advice and litigation of issues specific to the hospitality area, such as an innkeeper's duties owed to guests, tort law as it relates to the hospitality industry, a guest's rights to privacy, and employment issues. Ms. Back speaks regularly to hotel managers about these topics.


Ms. Back is also a member of Schwabe's Privacy Law group and advises employers and speaks regularly on risk management and privacy issues related to social networking.


Ms. Back is active in the firm's Women in Business group, which focuses on providing informative networking settings to women at all levels of business.


In addition to the Oregon State Bar, Ms. Back is also a member of the Washington State Bar, and licensed to practice in the United States Federal District Courts of Oregon and Washington, and she is licensed to appear before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.





Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is one of the Pacific Northwest’s top law firms, representing individuals and leading companies doing business in the region, across the U.S., and around the globe in a wide range of business and litigation matters. The firm has more than 170 attorneys in Portland, Bend, and Salem, Oregon, and Seattle and Vancouver, Washington. Schwabe attorneys provide a broad range of transaction and litigation services to many of the Pacific Northwest’s leading companies, from Fortune 500 industry leaders, to emerging and privately held businesses. The firm is regularly named as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon” by Oregon Business magazine, and as one of “Washington’s Best Workplaces” by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Positive employment relations are essential to the overall health of any business. Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt helps employers develop and maintain constructive relationships with their employees. Federal and state laws governing employee relations have increased both in numbers and complexity in recent years, especially in the areas of retaliation, sex and age discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace safety, job security, immigration, business acquisitions, and management/union relations. The firm provides comprehensive employment relations representation to all types of financial, manufacturing, retail, and service businesses.

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