Nicole Elgin

Nicole Elgin represents employers in traditional labor and employment law matters. Nicole’s labor practice ranges from strategizing employer campaigns during a unionization drive to negotiating collective bargaining agreements and representing employers in hearings before arbitrators, the Oregon Employment Relations Board, and the National Labor Relations Board. Nicole works with unionized employers across a variety of industries and sectors, from chemical manufacturing and wood products to public education service districts. 
Nicole’s employment law practice includes working with employers to adapt workplace policies to the latest legislative changes at the state and national levels. Nicole defends employers facing investigation by Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), Washington’s Labor & Industries (L&I), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Nicole also advised the state in drafting its regulations on Oregon’s Equal Pay Act as a member of the Bureau of Labor and Industries’ Rulemaking Committee and has helped numerous employers perform equal pay analyses. 
Prior to joining Barran Liebman LLP, Nicole was a judicial extern for the Honorable Michael H. Simon at the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys traveling with her family, discovering new Oregon breweries, and dog walking at the Oregon Humane Society.


  • Counseled employer through negotiating a collective bargaining agreement to impasse, subsequent layoffs, and plant work transfers.
  • Successfully defended employer’s termination of employee through grievance arbitration.
  • Represented employer interests as a member of Oregon’s Rulemaking Advisory Committee on Oregon Pay Equity.
  • Represented employer before the NLRB and strategized campaign for opposition to unionization efforts at one location and simultaneous support of decertification at another location including filing an unfair labor practice charge against the union.
  • Successfully defended employer through multiple complaints filed with the Bureau of Labor and Industries based on employer’s legitimate business reasons for termination of employment.
  • Negotiated a renewed collective bargaining agreement focusing on National Labor Relations Act compliance and employer indemnity.


  • Portland Human Resource Management Association: Member (2019-present)
  • Society for Human Resource Management: Member (2019-present)
  • Federal Bar Association Oregon Chapter: Board Member (2018-present)
  • NW EEO/Affirmative Action Association: Board Member (2018-present)
  • Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section: Service to the Public Committee (2018-present); 3L Liaison for Lewis & Clark School (2016-2017)
  • Multnomah Bar Association: Continuing Legal Education Committee (2017-2018)
  • Oregon Public Employer Labor Relations Association (ORPELRA): Member (2017-present)
  • Oregon Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA): Member (2017-present)
  • Oregon State Bar: Labor & Employment Law Section: Member (2017-present)
  • Oregon Women Lawyers: Member (2014-present)
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon – The Honorable Michael H. Simon: Judicial Extern (2016)
  • Law School Admission Council (LSAC): High School/Middle School Mock Trial Volunteer (2015)


  • Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine: Rising Star (2019-present)
  • Lewis & Clark Law School: Cornelius Honor Society; Best Oral Advocate; Community Service Honors; Honors Appellate Brief; Discovery Grant Recipient; Minta Hicks Newell Memorial Scholarship Recipient; Candise DuBoff-Jones Scholarship Recipient; Allen Hein Memorial Scholarship Recipient
  • University of Washington: Dean’s List; Fritz Scholarship Recipient; Barbara McMahon Scholarship Recipient


  • Barran Liebman Client Training: “Labor Relations Supervisor Training,” Presenter (8/1/19)
  • Oregon Paralegal Association: “Pay Equity Workshop,” Presenter (6/27/19)
  • 2019 OSB Labor & Employment Section Boot Camp: “Nuts and Bolts of Labor Law: Private Sector Labor Law,” Presenter (6/14/19)
  • Barran Liebman Client Training: “ADA & Accommodations: Best Practices for Supervisors & Managers,” Presenter (5/22/19)
  • 22nd Annual Vigilant Pulp & Paper West Coast HR Roundtable: “Employment & Labor Law Update,” Presenter (5/9/19)
  • Portland Human Resource Management (PHRMA): “U.S. Employment Law & Regulations,” Presenter (5/7/19)
  • CDF Webinar: “2019 Employment Law Updates for Oregon & Washington,” Presenter (4/23/19)
  • Mid-Willamette SHRM Seminar: “Sick Time, Family Leave, & the ADA”; “Effective Discipline & Discharge,” Presenter (4/19/19)
  • Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA): “The Oregon Equal Pay Act: Challenges & Successes, Tips & Traps,” Co-Presenter (4/16/19)
  • Barran Liebman Breakfast Seminar: “When Sick Time, Family Leave, & The ADA Collide: Common Pitfalls & Strategies for Employer Success,” Presenter (3/12/19)
  • Barran Liebman Traditional Labor Law Update: “Significant 2018 National Labor Relations Board Decisions & What Employers Need to Know for 2019,” Co-Presenter (3/6/19)
  • Barran Liebman Client Training: “Pay Equity Workshop,” Presenter (2/21/19)
  • National Electrical Contractors Association: “Oregon Pay Equity,” Co-Presenter (12/18/18)
  • Independent Electrical Contractors: “Unionization & Employer Rights,” Presenter (11/15/18)
  • Barran Liebman Client Training: “How to Combat Harassment & Discrimination in the Workplace,” Presenter (11/5/18)
  • Oregon & SW Washington Association for Health Care Recruitment (OSWAHCR): “Employment Law Update,” Presenter (11/9/18)
  • Portland Human Resource Management Association (PHRMA): “U.S. Employment Law & Regulations,” Presenter (11/6/18)
  • BOLI’s 34th Annual Employment Law Conference: “Case Law Update: Everything You Need to Know,” Presenter (11/1/18)
  • Barran Liebman Annual Seminar: Case Law Around the Campfire: Annual Update,” Presenter (9/27/18)
  • Barran Liebman Interactive Pay Equity Roundtable: “Oregon’s Equity Laws,” Co-Presenter (7/23/18)
  • Yamhill County HR Association: “Effective Discipline & Discharge,” Presenter (6/14/18)
  • Lewis & Clark Law School, The Law of Higher Education Course, Guest Presenter (5/22/18)
  • Independent Electrical Contractors of Oregon: “Union Organizing, Employers’ Rights, & Antitrust,” Presenter (4/12/18)
  • Barran Liebman Client Training, “Love in the Workplace: Unwanted Contact By Any Other Name Would Be Just As Offensive,” (2/13/18)
  • PHRMA Labor Relations SIG: “Traditional Labor Law: New Developments Under A Trump Board,” (1/25/18)
  • Barran Liebman Seminar: “The Winds of Change Blow Through the NLRB: An Update on the NLRB’s New Agenda,” (1/24/18)
  • Northwest EEO: “Employment Law Update,” Presenter (1/16/18)
  • Technical Assistance for Employers Program of BOLI- Recordkeeping Requirements Seminar: “OSHA’s New Rule Affects Post-Accident Drug Testing Policies,” Guest Presenter (6/22/16)



  • Lewis & Clark Law School Mentoring Program: Mentor (2018-present)
  • Oregon Humane Society: Volunteer (2018-present)
  • MBA Imprint: Volunteer (2017-present)
  • Campaign for Equal Justice: Associates Committee & Program Coordinator (2018-present)
  • Rosemary Anderson High School: Mentor (2014-2017)
  • Rose Haven: Reigning Roses Walk Committee Member (2016-2017)
  • Girl Scouts of America: Lifetime Member (1999-present)

Barran Liebman LLP

Barran Liebman LLP attorneys practice labor and employment law exclusively for employers. Our attorneys constantly study new developments in the laws and regulations that affect employers. 

Many of our attorneys have been practicing for almost three decades and have solidly established national reputations. Consequently, our attorneys are sought-after speakers in labor and employment issues, both locally and nationally. Our attorneys are called upon to help train judges and other attorneys on topics related to labor and employment law in seminars held throughout the year. Radio, newspaper and TV reporters frequently rely on our lawyers as sources of important information on labor and employment law issues. 

To learn more about any of our attorneys or our law firm, please get in touch with us using the contact information below:

Barran Liebman LLP

601 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 2300
Portland, OR 97204-3159
Phone: (503) 228-0500
Fax: (503) 274-1212Website: Client Services Director
Traci RayPhone: (503) 276-2115