Thomas Payne


Tom Payne works with clients on an array of employment and labor issues, including litigation, compliance, and advice. Tom has the comprehensive skill set necessary to efficiently and vigorously defend employers’ interests in administrative proceedings and in court. Enmeshed in employment issues throughout a wide range of industries, Tom provides employment advice, handles human resources issues, manages Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) complaints, and drafts non-compete and trade secret agreements. Tom also provides proactive, strategic counsel to help employers avoid litigation from the outset.

Prior to joining Schwabe, Tom was a law clerk for Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Tom’s clerkship experience helps him advocate strategically and effectively for his clients. In addition to advising and representing employers, Tom represents businesses and individuals in general litigation matters and appeals.

Tom was an Executive Editor of the Lewis & Clark Law Review and a member of the Jessup International Law moot court team during law school. Before attending law school, Tom was an elementary special-education teacher in Arizona.

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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