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Bullard Law

Bullard Law
200 SW Market St.
Suite 1900
Portland, Oregon 97201
Phone: (503) 248-1134
Fax: (503) 224-8851
Web site:
Firm Size: 27 Lawyers
Primary Contact:
David J. Riewald

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.

Attorney Biographies

Richard J. Alli, Jr.
B.S., University of Oregon, 1977; J.D., Willamette University, 1980

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 asked upon to assist labor relations personnel in addressing day-to-day concerns, as well as long-term strategic issues.

Kara Backus
J.D., University of Southern California, B.A., English and German, Amherst College

Kara enjoys working with clients to help them better 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 the employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Kara works with clients to design and draft benefit plans, monitor compliance with new legislation and regulatory guidance under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA, and to interact with the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor regarding plan issues. Kara also advises clients on COBRA and HIPAA issues, fiduciary responsibility, and prohibited transaction requirements.

Daniel R. Barnhart
J.D., University of Oregon, 1991; B.A., University of Oregon, 1988

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 Smith Jernstedt Wilson 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.

Francis T. Barnwell
J.D., George Washington University, 1981; B.A., Dartmouth College, 1977

Fran has been a shareholder with the firm since 1989. His practice continues to emphasize preventative advice, litigation, arbitration and mediation.

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.

C. Akin Blitz
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1979; J.D., Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, 1975 B.A., Willamette University, 1972

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.

Lisa C. Brown
J.D., George Washington University, 1979; B.A., Swarthmore College and Northwestern University, 1976

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, noncompete 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.

Mitchell J. Cogen
J.D., University of Connecticut, 1999; B.A., University of Vermont, 1985

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.

Megan J. Crowhurst
J.D., University of Washington, School of Law; B.S., Texas Christian University

Megan practiced labor and employment law in Chicago before moving her practice to Oregon. While there, she was selected as one of the Illinois Rising Stars in Employment Litigation by Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2013. Since moving to Oregon, she has been selected as an Oregon Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015 and 2016. 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 Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act 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.

J. Chris Duckworth
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 2013; B.S., Natural Resources Management, Colorado State University, 2003

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.

Randi J. Ensley
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 2014; B.A., Washington State University, 2011

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.

Kathryn M. Hindman
J.D., Gonzaga University, 1986; B.A., University of Washington, 1981 Washington State University, 1976

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, Portland Human Resource Management Association. A frequent speaker and author, Kathy has considerable expertise in supervisory training and preventative employment policies.

She 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.

Thomas I. Kramer
J.D., Yale University, 1980, B.A., Claremont Men’s College, 1976 (summa cum laude) University of St. Andrews, 1974-1975

Tom is one of the few attorneys in Portland and the Northwest who specializes in employee benefits and his addition to Bullard greatly enhances the firm’s expansive representation of employers in the labor and employment law arena. He joins Bullard after nine years at Portland law firm Amburgey & Rubin PC.

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. Kramer 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 in Portland for two years before entering private practice.

Alan M. Lee
J.D., Willamette University, 1968; B.S., Willamette University, 1966

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 Bar Association; and the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel.

Victoria L. Macpherson
J.D., Willamette University, 1986; B.A., Oregon State University, 1981

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

Michael G. McClory
J.D., University of Notre Dame, 1989; B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1986

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 author and editor of Bullard Law's employment law blog. His other writing credits include: the chapter entitled "Employment Agencies" published by BNA in the 1998 Supplement to Employment Discrimination Law, 3d Edition; the article entitled "Relationship of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and California Workers' Compensation Laws" published in the California Labor & Employment Law Quarterly; and The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990: A Comprehensive Analysis of Title I published by the National Employment Law Institute (co-author).

Currently, he is the Board President for the Oregon/Southwest Washington Industry Liaison Group. Previously, he served eight years on the NWEEO/Affirmative Action Association Board of Directors. From 2001-2015 Mike served as the Bullard Law Team Captain for the Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger Annual Drive to benefit the Oregon Food Bank.

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.

Benjamin P. O’Glasser
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2007; B.A., University of Chicago, 2004

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.

J. Kent Pearson, Jr.
J.D., Washington and Lee University, 1982, B.A. Wake Forest University, 1979 (cum laude)

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 15 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.

Kirk S. Peterson
J.D., with distinction, University of Nebraska, 1993; B.S., Eastern Montana College, 1979

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.

Liani J. Reeves
B.A., Willamette University, 1998; J.D., Willamette University, 2001

Liani has a special passion for helping employers navigate the litigation process. 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 in defending against race, gender, age, and disability discrimination claims, as well as OFLA, FMLA, and whistleblowing and retaliation claims.

Liani uses her substantial experience to develop extensive training methods and materials to assist employers in proactively preventing and documenting employment actions against future litigation. She also specializes in training client personnel on managing the burdensome and expensive electronic discovery process. As a former front line manager herself, Liani has practical experience interpreting collective bargaining agreements, responding to grievances, and engaging in progressive discipline. This experience helps her inherently understand the needs of her clients as employers and managers. Liani serves in an of counsel capacity to the firm.

David J. Riewald
J.D., University of Oregon, 1983; B.A., Albion College, 1980

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 Independent Business. Dave also has published numerous articles on employment law issues.

Daniel L. Rowan
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 2011; B.A. University of Oklahoma (cum laude), 2004

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.

Maryann Yelnosky
J.D., University of Oregon, 1986 (Order of the Coif); B.S., University of Oregon, 1976; University of Pennsylvania (1972-1974).

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.” Listed in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers; Oregon State Bar, litigation and labor and employment law sections; Washington State Bar, labor and employment law sections; American Bar Association; Multnomah Bar Association; Oregon Women Lawyers Society; Dean's Advisory Committee for the University of Oregon School of Law (2006-present); Portland Human Resources Management Association Counsel (2002); Board of Psychologist Examiners, Public Member (2003-2007); Adjunct Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law (2008-2010); Oregon Episcopal School, Board of Trustees (1999-2004); Oregon Episcopal School Mock Trial Coach, Classroom Law Project (1999-2003); Foundation for Medical Excellence, Speaker (1998-99; 2002-03); Special Grader, Oregon Board of Bar Examiners (1993).

Maryann is the Recipient of the 2011 Lewis and Clark Law School Harpole Attorney Award.

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