Barran Liebman

Amy Angel

Amy L. Angel

Barran Liebman LLP
601 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 2300
Portland, Oregon 97204

Direct Dial: 503-276-2195
Fax: 503-274-1212

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Amy Angel is a partner at Barran Liebman LLP, representing public and private employers in all stages of employment litigation, including advice and compliance, administrative complaints, and trial as well as appeal. Amy works with employers of all sizes, from small local companies to national companies with operations in Oregon and in a wide-variety of industries, including construction, retail, manufacturing, agriculture, law, and health care, just to name a few. A frequent speaker, Amy addresses businesses and trade organizations on cutting-edge issues for employers. She also provides on-site trainings for human resource professionals, supervisors, and employees on a variety of employment law topics, as well as conducting internal investigations and HR Audits. Amy has been listed in the Oregon Super Lawyer Magazine as a Rising Star since 2010 and as a Super Lawyer since 2014. She was also selected for inclusion in the 2015 and 2016 publications of Best Lawyers. Amy spends time serving as the Chair of the Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee, the President of the Multnomah Bar Foundation Board, and as a member of the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center/Rosemary Anderson High School Board of Directors. Amy has substantial experience with BOLI and the EEOC, defending employees in the courtroom, and the following specific legal codes:

  • Title VII (including sex and race harassment, discrimination, and retaliation)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendments Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Civil Rights Acts, including § 1981 and § 1983 claims
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • First Amendment
  • Whistleblowing
  • Workers' Compensation discrimination and retaliation
  • Oregon wage and hour law
  • Oregon employment discrimination under Chapter 659A, including Oregon Family leave Act, Workers’ Compensation, and disability and discrimination.
  • Oregon breach of contract
  • Oregon torts, including wrongful discharge, assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and intentional interference with business relations.
  • Oregon Sick Time
  • Portland Sick Time Ordinance

She frequently advises employers in a full range of employment issues, including:

  • Navigating sticky leave situations, including under OFLA, FMLA, Workers Compensation, the ADA Portland Sick Time, and Oregon Sick Time.
  • Engaging in the interactive process and providing reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities
  • Handling employee performance, discipline, and terminations
  • Developing policies, procedures, and handbooks

Amy earned her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law and then clerked at the Multnomah County Circuit Court for the Honorable Ellen F. Rosenblum, Oregon’s current Attorney General, from 2002-2004. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and before the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon. Amy is married to Portland attorney Patrick Angel and they have an 9-year old daughter.

Professional Experience and Affiliations

  • Co-Editor, Model Policies and Forms for Oregon Employers, Associated Oregon Industries, 2015
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Member (2004-present)
  • Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee, Member & Chair-Elect (2014-present)
  • Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section Executive Committee, Member (2007-2011), Chair (2010)
  • Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section Newsletter, Editorial Board (2008-2015)
  • Oregon State Bar Diversity Planning Task Force, Civil Rights Committee Representative (2010)
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Oregon State Bar New Lawyer Mentoring Committee, Mentor (2012-2013)
  • Multnomah Bar Foundation Board Member & President (2014-present)
  • Multnomah Bar Foundation, CourtCare Campaign Committee, Member (2010-present), Chair (2012-2015); Court Care Advisory Board, Member (2010-present)
  • Association of Oregon Industries, Employment Practices Steering Committee, Member (2013-present)
  • Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Board Member (2015-present)
  • Chief Human Resource Officer Group, Member
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, Member
  • Oregon Women Lawyers, Member (2004-present)
  • Judicial Clerk, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Honorable Ellen F. Rosenblum, Portland, OR (2002-2004)
  • Judicial Clerk, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, (now the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals), Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons, Memphis, TN (2001-2002)


  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2010-2011); Super Lawyer (2014-present)
  • Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2015-present)

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a defense verdict from a Multnomah County jury in a workers’ compensation discrimination claim and successfully upheld the verdict on appeal.
  • In the District of Oregon, defeated a motion to remand to state court on the basis that the sole claim for breach of contract was completely preempted by federal labor law.
  • Conducted an investigation into a senior manager and potential misconduct, performance issues, and the deterioration of key relationships with the CEO, other senior officials and the Board of Directors. Interviewed nearly twenty witnesses in a very short time period and prepared a thorough investigation report with findings and conclusions and specific recommendations.

Featured Presentations

  • Associated Oregon Loggers Annual Conference - Oregon Statewide Sick Leave - January 15, 2016
  • Southern Oregon Employment Law Seminar - Oregon Statewide Sick Leave - December 1, 2015
  • OSB Labor & Employment Section's Boot Camp - Legal Ethics - November 5, 2015
  • National Payroll Association Oregon Chapter - 2015 Legislative Update - October 16, 2015
  • Barran Liebman Annual Seminar - The Villains of Workers' Compensation & How to Fight Them - September 24, 2015
  • AGC Oregon Columbia Chapter Summer Convention - Oregon Paid Sick Leave - August 7, 2015
  • Barran Liebman Breakfast Seminar - Oregon Paid Sick Time - July 7, 2015
  • Central Oregon Community College - Title IX Update - June 9, 2015
  • Oregon Law Institute - Portland, Eugene, and Oregon State Paid Sick Leave - May 15, 2015
  • Oregon State Bar Fall Employment Law CLE Series - Ethical Issues in Employment Practice - December 2, 2014
  • Oregon Council of School Attorneys Workshop - What's 'Reasonable' Under the ADA? - November 14, 2014
  • AOI Policy Forum & Legislative Reception - Employment Issues Panel - November 12, 2014
  • Barran Liebman Annual Seminar - Sweet Child O' Mine: Employment Issues Born from Pregnancy - September 25, 2014
  • AGC Oregon Columbia Chapter Summer Convention - Employing the Next Generation - August 8, 2014
  • OLI Annual Employment Law Update - PDRx: Portland Sick Leave Dosage & Use - May 30, 2014
  • Northwest Human Resource Management Association's 2014 Oregon HR Academy. HR and Legal Update - April 29, 2014
  • National Electrical Contractors Association Oregon-Columbia Chapter Lunch & Learn - Portland Sick Leave - January 7, 2014
  • BOLI's 29th Annual Employment Law Conference - Portland Sick Leave - December 5, 2013
  • Oregon Workers Compensation Division Educational Conference - Untangling the Legal Web of Workers Compensation Leave, OFLA, FMLA and the ADA - November 13, 2013
  • Barran Liebman Seminar - Portland Sick Leave Q&A Workshop - November 14, 2013 and November 21, 2013
  • Barran Liebman's 1st Annual Latino Employment Law Seminar - Hiring & Firing: Essentials and Pitfalls - October 24, 2013
  • The Seminar Group's 5th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference - Small Business and Start-Up Labor & Employment Issues - October 24, 2013
  • Barran Liebman Annual Seminar - Are You Ready for Portland's Mandatory Sick Leave? - September 26, 2013
  • Barran Liebman & Trupp HR Breakfast Seminar - Recruiting & On-Boarding Top Talent - August 20, 2013
  • AGC Columbia-Willamette Chapter Summer Convention - Top Ten Reasons Employers Get Swept Under the Current - August 9, 2013
  • NHRMA Oregon Human Resources Academy - HR and Employment Law - May 1, 2013
  • Governor's Occupational Health and Safety Conference - Drug Testing in the Workplace - March 6, 2013
  • Barran Liebman Breakfast Seminar - Conducting Your Own HR Audit: Compliance, Checklists, Best Practices & More - March 5, 2013
  • The Seminar Group's Small Business Employment Law Issues Seminar - Hiring: The Basics, The Necessary, and The Crucial - February 13, 2013
  • The Seminar Group's, Fourth Annual Labor and Employment Seminar - Small Business & Start-Up Labor & Employment Issues - November 1, 2012
  • Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar - Top 10 FMLA Mistakes Employers Still Make (& How to Stop Making Them) - September 27, 2012
  • Webinar - Bullying in the Workplace - July 2012
  • Northwest Human Resource Management Association HR Foundations Conference - HR & Employment Law - April 2012
  • Barran Liebman Breakfast Seminar - Navigating Employment Laws for Veterans & Service Members - January 17, 2012
  • Domestic Violence and the Law - Sponsored by Portland State University and Barran Liebman LLP - October 2011
  • Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar - Domestic Violence and the Workplace - September 22, 2011
  • Portland State University Professional Development Center - Employee & Labor Relations Course - May 2, 2011
  • Social Media in the Workplace - LERA / PERC Conference - March 15, 2011
  • Barran Liebman Breakfast Seminar - Regulating Employee's Off-Duty Conduct: Where to Draw the Line? - March 1, 2011
  • Special Districts Association's 2010 Conference - Drug Use in the Workplace
  • International SOS: Pandemic Flu Information Webinar - December 2009
  • NHRMA 71st Annual Conference & Tradeshow - Planning for Flu Season
  • Drugs in the Workplace - September 2009
  • Employment Law Update - April 2009
  • Privacy in the Workplace - April 2009
  • Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: A Legal Perspective - February 2009
  • Chasing Away the Joint Employer Blues - October 2008
  • How Proposed Administrative and Legislative FMLA Changes Will Affect Your Organization - May 2006

Featured Publications

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon



  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2001), Law and Contemporary Problems, Staff Editor
  • Cornell University (B.A., 1996)

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