Member Firm Profile

Bullard Law

Firm Profile

Address:

Bullard Law
200 SW Market St.
Suite 1900
Portland, Oregon 97201

Phone: (503) 248-1134
Fax: (503) 224-8851

Firm Size:

27 Lawyers

Primary Contact:

David J. Riewald
driewald@bullardlaw.com

Attorneys Admitted to Practice In:

Oregon
California
Idaho
Indiana
Michigan
Utah
Washington

Firm Description

Bullard Law represents management exclusively in labor and employment law matters. Since the firm was founded in 1977, it has grown to be a highly respected management labor and employment boutique law firm - the largest in the Pacific Northwest. We have provided professional services to more than 4,000 clients in both the private and public sectors and are especially proud of our client loyalty and satisfaction. In addition to representing clients in Oregon and Washington, we regularly represent employers throughout the Western United States, including California, Alaska, Idaho, and Utah. We also represent many clients nationwide.

Our primary areas of concentration include state and federal regulation of employment, labor contract administration and collective bargaining, public sector labor law, employment litigation, personnel policies and practices. Our firm's attorneys have the depth of experience and expertise to handle virtually any aspect of labor relations and employment law.

Our guiding philosophy is to provide employers with the highest quality representation and counsel, on a timely and responsive basis, and at a fair price. Our representation of clients emphasizes personal interest in their problems, teamwork, communication, integrity and value. In addition to representation on specific matters, the firm provides preventive counseling and planning to help clients avoid costly litigation or administrative proceedings.

We take great pride in our firm's growth and stature in the labor law community, and remain strongly committed to a business-oriented practice emphasizing quality, responsiveness and value
 

To learn more, visit http://www.bullardlaw.com.

Firm Representatives

Richard J. Alli, Jr.

Ric's practice emphasizes collective bargaining, labor and employment law planning and strategy, personnel administration, development and implementation of personnel policies, contract administration, grievances, union election campaigns, wage, hour and employment discrimination issues and strike operations. Ric has worked for clients throughout the United States. He works with a large number of health care, utility and manufacturing companies. Ric has handled more than 150 arbitration cases arising under a collective bargaining agreement. He is often called upon to assist labor relations personnel in addressing day-to-day concerns, as well as long-term strategic issues.

Practice Specialties

  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Union avoidance and elections
  • Collective bargaining
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Strikes and lockouts (planning and related court and board litigation)

Kara enjoys helping clients understand and solve their often complex employee benefits issues.Kara practices exclusively in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. She has experience with qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare benefit plans, executive compensation issues, and employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Kara helps clients design and draft benefit plans, monitor compliance with new legislation and regulatory guidance under the lnternal Revenue Code and ERISA, and to interact with the IRS and the DOL regarding plan issues. Kara also advises clients on COBRA and HIPAA issues, fiduciary responsibility, and prohibited transaction requirements.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Employee benefits
  • ERISA
  • Executive compensation

Dan represents employers and management in all aspects of employment litigation, including workplace discrimination, wrongful discharge, employment contracts, wage and hour disputes, and non-competition agreements. He practiced for four years in Seattle at the law firm of Perkins Coie before joining the Bullard Law firm in 1995.

Dan graduated first in his class from the University of Oregon Law School in 1991, where he served as the Executive Editor of the Oregon Law Review.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)

Fran Barnwell enjoys practicing labor and employment law because it provides an opportunity for both problem-solving and long-term client relationships. Fran evaluates complex or thorny employee matters, and advises clients on workable options and solutions. Fran is effective at discerning the important facts and issues in short order, listening to the client and evaluating desired outcomes, and pro-actively driving a course of action that is in the best interests of the client. Fran is a skilled and practical counselor with clients, and a zealous, well prepared advocate in litigation or mediation.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • Class actions
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Wage and hour audits

Akin's practice focuses on labor relations and employment advice, including bargaining, labor contract administration, employee relations, discipline and discharge, practice before state and federal agencies, and preventive risk management and strategy. He has lobbied collaboratively and successfully with employers and associations on employment and law enforcement issues.

Akin represents employers throughout Oregon and Washington in all matters related to labor and employment and related municipal law issues. Akin formerly served as an assistant attorney general for Oregon for labor and employment matters.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Personnel policies
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Collective bargaining
  • Unfair labor practices

Lisa is a graduate of the George Washington University where she earned her J.D.. Lisa has been representing Oregon employers for over thirty years and is a frequent speaker on employment law topics. She focuses her practice on employment advice, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Frequent advice and training issues include employment policies and procedures, employment agreements, non-compete agreements, hiring, termination, and other aspects of employment law including the ADA, sexual harassment, federal and state discrimination laws, disability issues, age discrimination and workers' compensation discrimination claims.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • FMLA
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Personnel policies
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Supervisor training
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Workers Compensation

Mitch has extensive practical experience in traditional labor and employment law, including litigation, labor arbitration, development and administration of employee benefit plans, ERISA, WARN Act, workplace investigations, OFCCP/affirmative action compliance, immigration and developing and implementing HR policies and procedures. With the business acumen acquired as a human resources professional and in-house attorney, Mitch truly understands the challenges his clients face. His unique perspective helps him accurately assess and analyze situations, devise creative and effective solutions, avoid potential lawsuits, and successfully defend lawsuits when they arise.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Personnel policies
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Supervisor training
  • Arbitration
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Employee benefits
  • ERISA
  • Immigration

Megan practiced labor and employment law in Chicago before moving her practice to Oregon. Her experience includes defending employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in all types of individual employee and class action labor and employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful and retaliatory discharges and wage and hour issues. She also provides practical advice and training to employers on all types of employee-related issues, including: FMLA and ADA compliance; effecting discipline and discharge; conducting harassment and workplace investigations; reviewing employment contracts; policy and handbook development and administration; and state and federal employment laws.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Class actions
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Personnel policies
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements

Chris Duckworth represents both public and private sector clients in labor and employment issues. Chris graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2003, and received his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2013. During law school, Chris clerked for the Portland City Attorney's office, where he worked on employment litigation cases for the City in its role as an employer. He also tried three cases to a jury while interning with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office as a court-certified law student.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • FMLA
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Supervisor training
  • Unfair labor practices

Randi J. Ensley's practice focuses on both public and private sector clients' labor and employment issues. Her practice includes research and support in issues of employment discrimination, litigation, benefit plans, claims, settlements, personnel policies, and HIPAA related matters.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Personnel policies
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Employee benefits
  • Workplace Privacy

Kathy specializes in counseling both public and private sector employers in all aspects of employment relations and litigation including wage and hour, discrimination and harassment, family medical leave and disability, and COBRA administration. Kathy recently served as General Counsel to the Board of the Portland Human Resource Management Association. A frequent speaker and author, Kathy has considerable expertise in supervisory training and preventative employment policies.

Kathy clerked for the Office of Administrative Law Judges at the United States Department of Labor in Washington, DC for two years before entering private practice.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • FMLA
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Class actions
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Workers Compensation

Tom is one of the few attorneys in Portland and the Northwest who specializes in employee benefits and his presence at Bullard greatly enhances the firm's expansive representation of employers in the labor and employment law arena. Since 1983, he has represented employers in the areas of qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and funding vehicles for employee benefits plans. Tom received his law degree from Yale Law School and undergraduate degree from Claremont Men's College (now Claremont McKenna College), and clerked for Judge Otto Skopil on the U.S. Court of Appeals before entering private practice.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)
  • Pension, benefit and bonus provisions
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Employee benefits
  • ERISA
  • Executive compensation

Alan has extensive litigation experience in federal and state courts with special emphasis on injured worker and disability discrimination litigation. Currently, in addition to a litigation case load, Alan consults with employer/clients on the development of management strategies for dealing with injured and disabled workers, family medical leave and workers compensation conflicts. Alan is a member of the following associations: Oregon Bar Association; Washington State Bar Association; and the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • OSHA inspection and compliance (US)
  • Workers Compensation

Victoria L. Macpherson

Victoria L. Macpherson concentrates her practice on employee benefits law with an emphasis on education and public institutions, ERISA, executive compensation, preventative counseling and advice and tax-qualified retirement plans. The complexity and intellectual challenge of employee benefits is what she enjoys most about her practice. She also appreciates the opportunity to work closely with clients and other professionals in a practical, problem-solving capacity.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)
  • Pension, benefit and bonus provisions
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Employee benefits
  • ERISA
  • Executive compensation

Mike specializes in employment counseling and litigation. He has extensive experience regarding all aspects of disability discrimination law, including disability compliance planning and defense of litigation. Mike's practice also emphasizes discrimination and harassment law, termination counseling, employee-employer contracts, and affirmative action-government contractor law. Mike is a frequent author regarding current developments in the law and is the editor and author of Bullard Law's blog, The Bullard Edge.

Mike joined the firm in 1997, Prior to that he practiced in Palo Alto and San Jose, California. He is admitted to practice in Oregon, California, Illinois and Indiana.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • FMLA
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)

Benjamin P. O'Glasser

Ben advises public and private sector clients in employment and labor matters, including federal and state employment litigation. Ben's work includes advice and litigation relating to wrongful termination, alleged sexual harassment, and disability accommodation and discrimination as well as labor contract interpretation and administration.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Personnel policies
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Employee benefits

J. Kent Pearson, Jr.

Kent Pearson's extensive knowledge of wage and hour law is complemented by his broad-based experience with traditional labor issues, employment agreements, plant closings, employer policies, administrative hearings, and day-to-day management consultation. Pearson began his career with Portland's former Spears Lubersky firm (now Lane Powell PC) in 1982 and joins Bullard after 5 years at Amburgey & Rubin PC. Pearson received his law degree from Washington and Lee University and his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Wake Forest University.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Handbook Review
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Union avoidance and elections
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Unfair labor practices

Kirk concentrates his practice on preventative employment practices, labor contract administration and negotiation, arbitration, agency proceedings, and employment litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he was the Director of Operations Services for the Nebraska Division of Burlington Northern Railroad Company where he was in charge of Labor Relations, Personnel, and Manpower Planning. Previously, Kirk held a variety of operating and staff positions throughout the Burlington Northern system.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Personnel policies
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Arbitration
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Unfair labor practices

Throughout her legal career, Liani successfully resolved hundreds of cases and obtained favorable jury verdicts for the State of Oregon. She also has a diverse portfolio of employment defense experience regarding race, gender, age, and disability discrimination claims, as well as OFLA, FMLA, and whistleblowing and retaliation claims. Liani uses her experience to develop extensive training methods and materials to assist employers in preventing and documenting employment actions against future litigation. She also trains clients on managing the burdensome and expensive electronic discovery process.Liani has practical experience interpreting collective bargaining agreements, responding to grievances, and engaging in progressive discipline.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Leave laws
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Collective bargaining
  • Supervisor training
  • Human Rights

Dave has specialized in labor and employment law for over 30 years. He is the immediate past president of Worklaw@ Network. His practice focuses on advising Oregon and Washington employers and management personnel on how to avoid employment lawsuits, and in defending them if they do become entangled in those lawsuits. He has served as an adjunct professor of employment discrimination law at Willamette University School of Law. Currently Dave serves on the Leadership Council for the Oregon Chapter of the National Federation of lndependent Business. Dave also has published numerous articles on employment law issues.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Employment-related criminal defense
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Personnel policies

Daniel Rowan's interest in human interactions and his desire to create a positive impact led him to labor and employment law. Dan graduated from the University of Oklahoma (cum laude) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004, and he received his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2011. Specializing in public sector law, collective bargaining and labor arbitration, Dan frequently represents clients in hearings before the Oregon Employment Relations Board (ERB) as well as leading training sessions on labor and employment topics.

Practice Specialties

  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Union avoidance and elections
  • Collective bargaining
  • Supervisor training
  • Arbitration
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Unfair labor practices

Maryann is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where she earned her J.D.. She has devoted her career to representing Oregon employers, specializing in litigation, employee management and employer training. Chambers USA included her in their list of America's Leading Lawyers for Business, calling her "an aggressive, no-nonsense litigator." Maryann has also been listed with Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers and is the recipient of the 2011 Lewis and Clark Law School Harpole Attorney Award.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Workplace Privacy