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. She has substantial experience in defending employers before BOLI, the EEOC, and the NLRB, and in Oregon and federal courts, and under a broad range of local, Oregon and federal employment laws, including:

  • 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
  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • First Amendment
  • Whistleblowing
  • Workers' Compensation discrimination and retaliation
  • Oregon wage and hour law
  • Oregon employment discrimination under Chapter 659A
  • Oregon breach of contract
  • Oregon torts, including wrongful discharge, assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and intentional interference with business relations.
  • Portland Sick Time Ordinance

In addition, Amy frequently advises employers in a full range of employment issues, including:

  • Investigating complaints of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation
  • Handling challenging family, medical, and military leave situations
  • Engaging in the interactive process and providing reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities
  • Managing employee performance, discipline, and terminations
  • Developing policies, procedures, and handbooks

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, health care, etc.

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.

Amy earned her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law. 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 a 7-year old daughter.

Professional Experience and Affiliations

  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, 2010-2011
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Member
  • Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee, Member 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 - Present
  • 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-Present
  • Multnomah Bar Foundation Board Member, 2014 - Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association, CourtCare Campaign Committee, Member 2010 - Present, Chair 2012-Present
  • Association of Oregon Industries, Employment Practices Steering Committee - Member (2013-Present)
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, Member
  • Oregon Women Lawyers, Member 2004 - Present
  • BOLI Administrative Rules Advisory Group
  • Associate, Hoffman Hart & Wagner LLP, 2004 - 2005
  • Judicial Clerk, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Honorable Ellen F. Rosenblum, Portland, OR, 2002 - 2004
  • Judicial Clerk, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons, Memphis, TN, 2001 - 2002

Featured Presentations

  • 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 LLP 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

  • "Private Contractors Are Subject to SOX Retaliation Claims," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, March 4, 2014
  • "New Portland Protected Sick Time Website," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, December 9, 2013
  • "Portland Protected Sick Time Poster Available," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, December 3, 2013
  • Quoted in, "Final Sick Leave Rules Have Employers Scrambling," Daily Journal of Commerce, November 12, 2013
  • "Final Rules Published for Portland Sick Leave Ordinance," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, November 4, 2013
  • Contributor, "Oregon Employer Alert: Barran Liebman Offers Insights on Recent Legal Developments,", September 23, 2013
  • Quoted in, "Portland's City Attorney's Office Releases Proposed Sick Leave Rules for Comment,", August 19, 2013
  • "DOL Guidance Clarifies FMLA Rights for Same-Sex Couples," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, August 16, 2013
  • "Portland Publishes Sick Leave Administrative Rules," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, August 16, 2013
  • "New Law Adds Bereavement Leave to OFLA," American Chamber of Commerce Resources HR Update, July 30, 2013
  • "Just Who Exactly is a Supervisor?," Cascade Business News, July 18, 2013
  • "Scrutinize That Internship Program," Daily Journal of Commerce, June 28, 2013
  • "Changes to Oregon's Direct Deposit Law," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, June 19, 2013
  • "Recent Decisions," Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter for the Oregon State Bar, June 2013
  • "CourtCare's 10th Annual Fundraising Campaign: April 15-May 3," Multnomah Lawyer, April 2013
  • "Family & Medical Leave Laws," Cascade Business News, December 19, 2012
  • "Reviewing Your Employee Handbook and Work Rules: Bringing "At-Will" Policies and Restrictions on Non-Work Discussions into Line with the NLRB," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, November 6, 2012
  • Featured in "What New Law, Ruling or Regulation is Opening the Door to Litigation?," Portland Business Journal, September 21, 2012
  • "Other Leaves: Oregon,", July 2012
  • "USERRA: Oregon,", July 2012
  • Amy Angel, Quoted in "Attendance Policy can be Enforced Without Violating Employee's ADA Rights," InsideCounsel, July 2012
  • "NLRB Launches Webpage to Educate Employees About Protected Concerted Activity," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, June 21, 2012
  • "Recent Decisions," Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter for the Oregon State Bar, June 2012
  • "CourtCare's 9th Annual Fundraising Campaign: April 30th - May 18th," Multnomah Lawyer, May 2012
  • "Managing Attendance Problems within the ADA Just Got a Little Easier," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, April 12, 2012
  • Recent Decisions, Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter for the Oregon State Bar, March 2012
  • "A Guide to Veterans' Employment Rights," Daily Journal of Commerce, November 23, 2011
  • "Veterans' Employment Rights Returning from Service," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, November 7, 2011
  • "NLRB Postpones Requirement to Post Notice of Employee Rights," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, October 5, 2011
  • "Spousal abuse, workplaces: a bad mix," Daily Journal of Commerce, August 26, 2011
  • "New Requirement to Post Notice of Employee Rights under the NLRA," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, August 25, 2011
  • Un-appy: Portland-Area Lawyers Not Sold on iPhone Time-Tracking App, quoted in the Daily Journal of Commerce's BrieflyLegalPDX, May 26, 2011
  • What Every Employer Needs to Know About the New ADAAA Regulations, Daily Journal of Commerce, April 22, 2011
  • Recent Decisions, Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter for the Oregon State Bar, December 2010
  • Recent Decisions, Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter for the Oregon State Bar, August 2010
  • Recent Decisions, Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter for the Oregon State Bar, March 2010
  • How to Stem Discrimination Claims, Daily Journal of Commerce, February 25, 2010
  • A Civil Rights Stampede: Lawyers Anticipate Rash of Discrimination Claims, Portland Business Journal, February 5, 2010
  • Legal Considerations of a Pandemic Flu, Multnomah Bar Association Website, September 2009
  • Recent Decisions, Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter for the Oregon State Bar, August 2009
  • Handling Employees with Caregiving Responsibilities,, June 2009
  • The ADA Amendments Act: Redefining Disability, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Fall Magazine 2008
  • Holiday Shutdowns Save Costs, But Watch for Legal Pitfalls, Portland Business Journal, November 14, 2008
  • What to Expect from the ADA Amendments Act, Portland Human Resource Management Association, November 2008
  • Paternity Leave Still Underutilized in Oregon, Portland Business Journal, October 3, 2008
  • Retaliation Cases Reveal Supreme Court's View on Stare Decisis, Federal Bar Association Newsletter for the District of Oregon, Summer 2008
  • Is Preemployment Drug Testing by Public Employers Constitutional?, Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter for the Oregon State Bar, June 2006

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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