Aruna

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ARUNA A. MASIH 

My parents were medical missionaries who modeled the importance of public service, commitment to a larger cause, and equal access for all. These values have informed my personal and professional life, and I have pursued my labor and employment law practice as a personal mission to advance civil rights, wages, benefits, and working conditions for all workers.

I regularly represent employees, labor unions, and joint labor-management trust funds in state and federal courts and before the administrative agencies charged with enforcing employee and labor rights. Since 2003, I have also been a part of my firm’s PERS team, representing the PERS Coalition of unions and public employees in their fight to preserve retirement benefits before the legislature and the courts. I have testified as an expert witness on the subject of public pensions and along with my partner Greg Hartman, represented public employees in all the major PERS cases decided by the Oregon Supreme Court over the last decade.

Currently, I am Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the Oregon State Bar and serve on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Women Lawyers and the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation. I have previously served as Co-Chair of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association and Auction Chair of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation. I do this volunteer work because I believe that the Bar and law firms should afford attorneys of color and women equal opportunities for professional advancement.

I was born in New York but raised in India, where my parents worked at a rural mission hospital in Punjab.  My brothers and I called the hospital campus home for fifteen years and attended Woodstock School, an international boarding school up in the Himalayas. We came back to this country when I was in high school.

I attend Calvary Presbyterian Church in NE Portland and enjoy playing indoor soccer, futsal, and kickball. My women’s indoor soccer team, the Hello Kitties, has been playing together for over a decade.

Joined BHMK

2003

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon State Bar 1997
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon 2001
  • Washington State Bar 2002
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2009

Education

  • Wellesley College (B.A., cum laude, Int’l Relations & French, 1994)
  • Tulane and Creighton Universities (J.D., 1997)

Prior Experience

  • McKanna Bishop Joffe LLP, 2001-2003
  • Bennett, Hartman, Reynolds & Wiser LLP, 1997-2001

Professional/Volunteer Activities

  • Oregon State Bar, Labor and Employment Section
    • Member, 1998-Present
    • Executive Committee, 2014-Present, Secretary, 2015-2016
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 2005-2016
    • Auction Co-Chair, Secretary, 2008, VP, 2009, President 2010
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
    • Member, 1998-Present
    • Board of Directors, 2014-Present
  • Oregon Minority Lawyers Association
    • Member, 1998-Present
    • Board of Directors, 1998-2003, Co-Chair 1999-2001
  • Oregon State Bar, Diversity Section
    • Member, 2002-Present
    • CLE Committee, 2002-2005
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
    • Member 1998-Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association
    • Member 1998 to Present
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
    • Member 2012-Present

Publications

Legal Issues in Education: Employee Rights Manual for Oregon School Employees (Second Edition, 2003).

PERS, OPSRP, and Related Programs, Labor and Employment Law:  Public Sector (OSB Publications, 2011).

Contested Case Preparation and Strategy, Oregon Administrative Law (OSB Publications, 2016).