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For nearly two decades, I’ve energetically represented employees in employment and labor disputes, driven by my belief that every one deserves and should expect fairness and respect from their employer. I advocate the rights of employees, particularly health care workers, providers, and their unions. I feel that those who have chosen to devote their profession to the health and care of others need a professional to look after them.

My civil rights practice focuses on family medical leave and disability law. Having litigated through trial and appeal several Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) cases, I’m proud to have helped craft this law that supports employees when they need help from their employer to care for themselves and their family members.

Determination and flexibility are absolutely necessary to succeed in the employment law arena. As a father of two, an avid hiker, and sea kayaker, I have it.

I grew up in New England, lived in the Netherlands as a teenager and moved to Oregon to go to Reed College. I fell in love with Oregon, and have lived in Portland ever since. When not representing nurses, doctors and other health care workers, I can be found hiking in the gorge, sea kayaking, or bicycling on the Springwater corridor in Portland.

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Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon State Bar 1997
  • Oregon Federal Bar 2001
  • Washington State Bar 1998
  • Ninth Circuit 2002
  • Federal Western District of Washington: 2002
  • U.S. Supreme Court 2007


  • Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College: J.D., 1997
  • Reed College: B.A., Honors, Political Theory, 1994

Prior Experience

Smith, Gamson, Diamond & Olney Associate, Labor & Employment Law 9/97 to 9/01

Brownstein Rask
Law Clerk, Commercial Litigation 9/96 to 9/97

Oregon Department of Justice
Law Clerk, Labor & Employment Trial Division 9/95 to 9/96

Massachusettes Commission Against Discrimination
Civil Rights Intake 6/93 to 4/94

Professional Organizations

  • Chair, Oregon State Bar Labor and Employment Section 2008-10
  • Editor, Oregon State Bar Public Sector Labor CLE
  • Oregon State Bar Fee Arbitration Panel, Member 2002-Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers, Member
  • 2002 President’s Award Recipient
  • Oregon State Bar Labor and Employment Section, Member


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