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:

13 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

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

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

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, Jr. has broad experience representing employers in the area of labor and employment law, with an emphasis in wage and hour matters, NLRB and ERB proceedings, personnel policies and practices, union organizing campaigns and actions, and the WARN act.

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

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

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