Wilson S. Jarrell

Wilson Jarrell advises and represents employers and management on a wide range of employment issues. He proactively counsels management in developing effective workplace policies, and works closely with clients to ensure satisfactory resolution when the need for litigation arises. Additionally, Wilson frequently serves as a workplace investigator, regularly conducting investigations into allegations of employee misconduct, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or other sensitive issues.

Wilson understands that the business needs and goals of his clients are paramount, and thus focuses on providing reliable, efficient, creative, and tailored solutions to each individual problem that may arise. By quickly developing an understanding of his clients’ unique businesses, he is able to provide responsive, solution-oriented advice and representation that gets clients back to doing what they do best: running their business.

Prior to joining Barran Liebman, Wilson externed for the Honorable Marco A. Hernandez, and clerked for the Office of Lincoln County Legal Counsel.  He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, third in his class, where he was elected to Oregon Law’s Order of the Coif for his outstanding commitment to academic excellence. Wilson received his B.A., magna cum laude, in Mathematics from Humboldt State University, which nurtured his love of creative problem-solving. Throughout the duration of his legal education, Wilson was highly active in the community, serving as both an Environmental and Natural Resource Fellow and the Co-Director of the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Wilson remains active in his community today, serving on the Service to the Public Committee of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.


  • Counsel for a State Agency: Conducted multiple investigations regarding claims of discrimination, hostile work environment, harassment, and retaliation
  • Counsel for a Local County:  Conducted investigation regarding claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, hostile work environment, and racial discrimination
  • Counsel for a Local Special District: Conducted investigation regarding employee misconduct and retaliation
  • Counsel for a Private Corporation: Represented local company in response to employee complaints of disability discrimination filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
  • Counsel for Local Financial Institution: Represented Pacific Northwest bank in lawsuit alleging whistleblower retaliation and wrongful termination
  • Counsel for an International Shoe Company:  Drafted confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements for company-wide use
  • Counsel for a Higher Education Institution:  Conducted independent contractor audit in response to individuals working as both employees and independent contractors
  • Counsel for a Local Private Corporation:  Advised on termination of executive officer
  • Counsel for a Large International Corporation:  Advised on compliance with federal and state regulations specific to substance abuse testing
  • Counsel for a Large Oregon Brewery:  Advised on Paid Time Off policies and compliance with Oregon Sick Leave laws
  • Counsel for a Private Company:  Advised on independent contractor classification issues and drafted independent contractor agreement
  • Counsel for a Non-Profit:  Advised on long-term disability and scope of applicable exemptions from various laws and regulations for a religious organization


  • Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section: Service to the Public Committee, Member (2018-present)
  • Honorable Judge Marco A. Hernandez: Legal Extern (2017)
  • Earthjustice Northwest Regional Office: Law Clerk (2017)
  • Office of Lincoln County Legal Counsel: Legal Intern (2016)

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 tray@barran.com.

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