Barran Liebman

Andrew M. Schpak

Andrew M. Schpak

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

Direct Dial: 503-276-2156
Fax: 503-274-1212

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Andrew Schpak has been exclusively representing management in employment litigation and providing advice in employment matters for over eleven years. He works with government entities, businesses of all sizes, and non-profit organizations. Andrew drafts and updates workplace policies and employee handbooks, provides workplace training, and advises clients on employment issues when they arise. He also drafts, reviews, and negotiates employment, partnership, and independent contractor agreements, as well as confidentiality, non-solicitation, and non-competition agreements. Andrew represents clients before state and federal administrative agencies and in state and federal court proceedings. He has represented client in trials and on appeal. Andrew led both the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA) Young Lawyers Section. He now acts as an ABA YLD Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, a member of the Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel, and as a LP Fellow to the ABA Law Practice Division. He also is a Life Fellow and Board Member of the American Bar Foundation. Locally, he sits on the Multnomah Bar Association Board of Directors and is a member of its Finance and Operations Committee. He just completed an eight year term on the Board of NWEEO/Affirmative Action Association and a nine year term on the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Theatre, having led each Board for at least two years. Andrew was first listed in the Oregon Super Lawyer Magazine as a Rising Star in 2009 and has been listed as a Super Lawyer since 2013. Since 2014, he has been ranked as an “Up and Coming” attorney for Labor & Employment law in the state of Oregon by Chambers & Partners USA. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and as a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) by the Society for Human Resources Management. Andrew graduated from Reed College and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School. He is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts.

Representative Matters

  • Secured a directed verdict at trial defending publishing company against a lawsuit alleging breach of contract, discrimination, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • Successfully defended a defense verdict on appeal by plaintiff in the Oregon Court of Appeals.
  • Conducts regular trainings to educate new and continuing employees and supervisors on diversity, discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace, helping their employers avoid countless issues and claims.
  • Developed and implemented and oversaw the complete restructuring of all employee and independent contractor agreements and related confidentiality, non-solicitation, and non-competition contracts for a major advertising agency.

Professional Experience and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division: Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates (2015-Present); Chair (2014-present); Chair-Elect (2013-2014); Secretary-Treasurer (2012-2013); Conferences, Programs, and Products Director (2011-2012); Liaison to the Senior Lawyers Division (2010-2012); Committee Director (2010-2011); Leadership Advisory Board: Co-Chair (2012-2014); Member (2009-2011; 2012-2014); District Representative of Oregon and Washington (2008-2010); Member (2004-present); Labor and Employment Law Committee: Co-Chair (2009-2010); Vice Chair (2006-2009); Member (2005-present)
  • American Bar Association: Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel Member (2015-Present; ABA Day Planning Committee Member (2013-Present)
  • American Bar Foundation: Board of Directors Member (2015-Present); Life Fellow (2013-Present)
  • American Bar Association Law Practice Division: LP Fellow (2015-Present)
  • • Oregon State Bar Association: Young Lawyer Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates (2014-2015); Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, Delegate for Region 5 (2009-present); Oregon State Bar New Lawyer Mentoring Committee: Chair (2011-2013), Member (2011-present); Legal Job Opportunities Task Force (2012); Quality of Life Committee: Chair (2011), Secretary (2010), Member (2008-2011); Mentoring Task Force (2010-2011); Leadership College Fellow (2009); Senior Lawyers Task Force: Member (2008-2009)
  • Multnomah Bar Association: Board of Directors: Member (2008-2009; 2014-present); ); Finance & Operations Committee Member (2015-Present); Board Liaison to the Judicial Screening Committee (2014-2015; Delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates (2010-2014); Membership Committee: Member (2009-2010); Wintersmash Committee: Chair (2006-2007); Member (2005-2007)
  • Multnomah Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section: Board of Directors: President (2008-2009); Member (2006-2010); Membership Committee: Chair (2005-2006); Member (2004-2006)
  • American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee: YLD Fellow (2008-2010); Member (2004-present)
  • American Bar Association Section Officers Conference: Chairs Class Representative and Executive Committee Member (2014-2015)
  • National Employment Law Counsel: Member (2015-Present)
  • • NW EEO/Affirmative Action Association: Chair (2014-2015); Vice Chair (2012-2014); Treasurer (2009-2012); Board Member (2008-present)
  • Oregon Health Care Association, Business Partner Member (2015-present)
  • Oregon Dairy Industries, Associate Member (2015-present)
  • Connecting Communities Coalition, ADA Subcommittee: Member (2012-present)
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society: Member
  • Graduate of National Institute for Trial Advocacy: Trial Skills
  • Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR): Certified (2011-present)
  • Portland Human Resources Management Association: Member (2004-present)
  • Honorable Lourdes Baird, U.S. District Court: Judicial Intern (2003)
  • California State Attorney's Office: Law Clerk (2002)
  • Portland City Mayor's Office: Criminal Justice Assistant (2000-2001)


  • Listed in Chambers & Partners USA (2014-present)
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyer Magazine, Rising Star (2009-2012); Super Lawyer (2013-present)
  • Named one of Portland Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" Leading Executives
  • Received AV® Preeminent™ rating by his legal peers at Martindale-Hubbell
  • Oregon New Lawyers Division Member Services Award (2015)
  • 3rd Place, International Debate Championship presented by the Young Bar Association of Montreal (2014)
  • Multnomah Bar Association Award of Merit (2013)
  • Oregon State Bar President’s Membership Service Award (2012)
  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division “Star of the Year” Award (2010-2011 & 2011-2012)
  • Daily Journal of Commerce “Up and Coming Lawyer” Finalist (2011)
  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division “Star of the Quarter” Award (2009)
  • Multnomah Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section Award of Merit (2006)

Community Activities

  • Cornell Law School Alumni Advisory Committee (2015-Present)
  • Hollywood Theatre Board of Directors: Chair (2013-2015); President (2007-2013); Member (2006-2015)
  • Reed College Leadership Academy, Leadership Coach (2013-present)
  • Campaign For Equal Justice: Champion (2004-Present); Advisory Committee (2011-Present); Associates Committee: Co-Chair (2009-2012); Member (2007-2012)
  • The City Club of Portland - Member
  • Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts, Art of Leadership Program Graduate (2006)

Featured Presentations

  • 11/10/2015 - Navigating Marijuana & the Workplace - Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce South Metro Leadership Forum
  • 11/05/2015 - Displaying Professionalism When Clients Allege Wrongdoing and Malpractice - ABA 9th Annual Section of Labor & Employment Law Conference
  • 11/03/2015 - Employment Law Essentials & 2015 Legal Update - Oregon Employer Council, Clackamas County
  • 10/17/2015 - "ABA YLD Demystified: Understanding the YLD & What It Can Do For You," ABA YLD Fall Conference
  • 10/07/2015 - "Summary Judgment Practice & Strategy," Multnomah Bar Association CLE
  • 09/30/2015 - "Legal Updates Every Employer Needs to Know," Presented by The Commerce Bank of Oregon
  • 09/24/2015 - "Coping With the Green Lantern: Recreational Marijuana in the Workplace," Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar
  • 09/23/2015 - "Marijuana Laws for Health Care Facilities," Senior Service Network of Salem
  • 09/14/2015 - "In the Spotlight: Top Employment Law Issues Facing Today's Health Care Providers," Oregon Health Care Association Annual Convention
  • 09/03/2015 - "What Matters for Not-For-Profits: Creating a Culture that Attracts, Retains and Motivates Great Employees," Oregon Society of CPAs
  • 08/13/2015 - Budding Complications: Navigating Marijuana in the Workplace - Excell Oregon
  • 07/31/2015 - Better Leader, Better Lawyer, Better You: Your Guide to Going Beyond and Honing Your Craft - American Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • 05/20/2015 - Marijuana in the Workplace - National Association of Women in Construction Salem Chapter
  • 05/08/2015 - Marijuana and the Workplace - Oregon Law Institute
  • 04/17/2015 - Transitioning from Mentee to Supervisor: Partner Responsibilities Under the Rules of Professional Conduct - ABA National Institute for New Partners
  • 04/10/2015 - "So You Think You Can Lead?" American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Four Corners Summit
  • 03/19/2015 - Marijuana in the Workplace - Willamette Valley Inn of Court
  • 02/25/2015 - Panelist, "How to Keep Employees Happy and Fulfilled," Top Workplaces Panel Discussion hosted by The Oregonian
  • 11/11/2014 - Marijuana and the Workplace - Eugene Public Radio
  • 10/14/2014 - The Burdens of Being The Boss: Legal Requirements and Practical Tips - ABA YLD Fall Conference
  • 10/05/2014 - Learning the Ropes: Success Tips for New Associates - Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund CLE
  • 10/03/2014 - Diversity & Discrimination - Client Training
  • 09/25/2014 - D.N.T.: Discipline 'N Terminate Like a Rock Star - Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar
  • 09/20/2014 - Motion Practice: When & Why to File - Oregon New Lawyers Division Practical Civil Litigation Training
  • 09/11/2014 - Doing Well, Doing Good: Planning and Implementing Successful Public Service Initiatives - ABA Section Officers Committee Fall Leadership Meeting
  • 08/28/2014 - Diversity, Discrimination & Harassment - Client Training
  • 08/09/2014 - Mind Your Own Business: Just Do It - American Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • 08/08/2014 - Making Your Bar More Strategic: Ensuring Effective, Well-Prepared Bar Leaders - National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • 05/27/2014 - Discovery - Barran Liebman Training
  • 04/16/2014 - Keys to a Custom & Complete Employee Handbook - Barran Liebman Seminar
  • 02/25/2014 - Tips for Succeeding as a New Attorney - Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
  • 02/21/2014 - Employment Law Overview - Clark College
  • 11/20/2013 - Is Your Employee Handbook Up to Date? Essential Components and Sample Policies for Today's Workplace - National Business Institute
  • 11/15/2013 - Examining the Contours of Volunteers, Intern and Independent Contractor Classifications - Oregon Chapter CUPA-HR Fall Conference
  • 10/24/2013 - Employee Handbooks - Barran Liebman's 1st Annual Latino Employment Law Seminar
  • 10/11/2013 - Mind Your Own Business: Just Do It - American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Fall Conference
  • 09/26/2013 - Interns, Volunteers & Independent Contractors - Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar
  • 09/16/2013 - Opportunities with Smaller Law Firms - Cornell Law School
  • 05/22/2013 - Employee Handbooks - Webinar
  • 05/10/2013 - Avoiding Wrongful Discharge Claims and Legislative Update - Douglas County Society for Human Resource Management
  • 04/30/2013 - Professionalism Panel - Multnomah Bar Association
  • 04/03/2013 - Keys to a Custom & Complete Employee Handbook - Lewis & Clark Law School
  • 03/29/2013 - What I'd Wished I'd Known About My Job Search - American Bar Association Webinar
  • 03/21/2013 - Unplugged: Young Lawyers Talk About Their Path - Western States Bar Conference
  • 03/05/2013 - Employee Handbooks - Northwest Public Power Association Webinar
  • 02/05/2013 - Discovery - 2013 MBA Young Litigators Forum
  • 02/02/2013 - Law in a Time of Cholera - Reed College Working Weekend Panelist
  • 01/23/2013 - How Affiliates Can Assist Membership with Employment Prospects - ABA Young Lawyers Division Teleconference Panelist
  • 11/15/2012 - Transgender and Gender Identity Issues in the Workplace - Northwest EEO November Seminar, Panel Member
  • 09/27/2012 - House Rules: Employee Handbooks - Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar
  • 05/04/2012 - Bridging the Gap Between Junior and Senior Associates - ABA Young Lawyers Division 2012 Spring Conference
  • 04/04/2012 - How to Develop and Implement a Successful Mentoring Program - ABA Young Lawyers Division
  • 03/07/2012 - Keys to a Custom & Complete Employee Handbook - Lewis & Clark Law School Clinical Internship Seminar
  • 12/06/2011 - The Law & Logistics of Internal Investigations - Barran Liebman LLP 2011 Food For Thought Breakfast Seminar
  • 10/20/2011 - Impact of Social Networking on Common Legal Issues - Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
  • 10/05/2011 - How to Work a Room - Oregon State Bar Quality of Life Committee Panel
  • 07/2011 - Accepting Your Mission: Getting the Most Out of Your First Job - American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Podcast
  • 06/30/2011 - Employee & Labor Relations Course - Portland State University Professional Development Center
  • 05/09/2011 - Employee & Labor Relations Course - Portland State University Professional Development Center
  • 04/05/2011 - The ADA: The Basics Of Disability Law - Oregon State Bar New Lawyers Division
  • 03/31/2011 - Conducting Effective and Bias-free Investigations - NW EEO/Affirmative Action Association
  • 09/30/2010 - Top Wage & Hour Mistakes - Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar
  • 07/08/2010 - Recognizing, Understanding & Accommodating Disabilities in the Workplace
  • 05/15/2010 - The Legal and Practical Realities of Disability Discrimination Law - Joint Spring Conference of the ABA YLD and the ABA General Practice/Solo Section
  • 04/29/2010 - Secrets of Superstar Attorneys
  • 11/12/2009 - ADAAA, Oregon State Bar
  • 11/05/2009 - Learning the Ropes, Oregon State Bar CLE
  • 09/17/2009 - The ADA Amendments Act: Ferocious Lion or Lovable Lamb? - Barran Liebman Annual Labor & Employment Seminar
  • 05/14/2009 - Domestic Violence in the Workplace - American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Conference, New Orleans
  • 03/02/2009 - The New ADA Amendments Act - Redefining 'Disability' for Employers

Featured Publications

  • Three Laws Affecting Employers in 2016,” Daily Journal of Commerce, December 24, 2016
  • Becoming Indispensable,” TYL: A Publication of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, August 2015
  • De-Mystifying the Impact of Measure 91,” ACC Oregon Chapter Newsletter, December 2014
  • "Thoughts on Becoming a Partner," American Bar Association’s Law Practice Today, December 12, 2014
  • Featured in "Marijuana and the Workplace: Q&A on Oregon’s Legalization of Recreational Pot," The Oregonian, November 14, 2014
  • Quoted in, “The Key to Young Lawyer Success,” Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, October 3, 2014
  • Featured in, “Preview of the 2014–2015 Bar Year: A Q&A with Chair-Elect Andrew Schpak,The Affiliate - The Newsletter of the ABA YLD, July/August 2014
  • "More Great Things to Come in 2014-15," Fellows Fodder: A Publication For and About the Members of the ABA YLD Fellows, Summer 2014
  • "Responding to Employee Allegations & Official Complaints,” Cascade Business News, December 19, 2013
  • Featured in “Eric Dahlin and Andrew Schpak Receive 2013 MBA Merit Awards,” Multnomah Lawyer, May 2013
  • Profiled by the American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division, ABA YLD Website: Labor & Employment Law Committee, February 25, 2013
  • Featured in "Legal Residency Concept Picks Up Steam," The Florida Bar News, November 1, 2012
  • Featured in "Rose City in the Running to Host ABA Division Conference," BrieflyLegalPDX (online), August 23, 2012
  • "Legal Ramifications of Joining Homeowners' Association Boards," Daily Journal of Commerce, April 26, 2012
  • Quoted in "ADA Means Changes for Some Design, Construction Projects," Daily Journal of Commerce, April 16, 2012
  • "The NLRB Seeks to Define When Facebook Posts are Protected," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, August 15, 2011
  • "Initiating and Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation," Daily Journal of Commerce, March 24, 2011
  • "They're Heeeerrrreee! EEOC Issues Final ADAAA Regulations," Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, March 28, 2011
  • "New Bar Year Promises Exciting Public and Member Service Projects," quoted in The Affiliate, July/August 2010 - Volume 35, Number 6 (Link to Article)
  • "The Power of Reasonable Expectations," Daily Journal of Commerce, March 26, 2010
  • "Employment Discrimination Law, 2009 Cumulative Supplement" (published by the Bureau of National Affairs and the American Bar Association): Supplement Coordinator
  • "Domestic Violence in the Workplace" 201 Practice Series for the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Labor and Employment Committee website, January 2009
  • Contributing Editor, Developing Labor Law, Fifth Edition "Successorship and the Contract-Bar Doctrine"
  • "Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation" 101 Article Series for the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Labor and Employment Committee website, November 2007, Link to Article
  • "The Essential Elements of an Employee Handbook" 101 Article Series for the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Labor and Employment Committee website, August 2007, Link to Article
  • "Sexual Stereotyping" 101 Article Series for the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Labor and Employment Committee website, December 2006, Link to Article

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals



  • Reed College (B.A. 2001); Commendation for Excellence (2001); House Adviser; Student Body Co-Treasurer
  • Cornell Law School (J.D. 2004); Dean's List; Research Assistant to Dean Stewart Schwab (2003-2004); Cornell Law Students Association, Executive Board; Cornell Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, Law School Representative

Andrew "does a great job of understanding the client" and is "very knowledgeable and very thorough."

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