Barran Liebman

Andrew M. Schpak

Andrew M. Schpak
Partner

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

Direct Dial: 503-276-2156
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Andrew Schpak represents management in employment litigation and provides advice in employment matters. He has worked 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 represents clients before state and federal administrative agencies and in state and federal court proceedings. Andrew is the Multnomah Bar Association's Delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates and a past President of its Young Lawyers Section. He also acts as the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's Chair-Elect and will Chair the Division during the 2014-2015 bar year. The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division honored Andrew with back-to-back "Star of the Year" Awards in 2011 and 2012 for his work as the Conferences, Programs, and Products Director, Committee Director, and District Representative for Oregon and Washington. Andrew also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Theatre, Chair of the Board of NWEEO/Affirmative Action Association, and as a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has been listed in the Oregon Super Lawyer Magazine as a Rising Star since 2009 and was named to the Super Lawyer list in 2013. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). Andrew graduated from Reed College and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School. He is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington.

Professional Experience and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers' Division: Chair-Elect (2013-Present); 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-Present); Member (2009-2011; 2012-Present); 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 Section of Labor and Employment Law, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee: YLD Fellow (2008-2010); Member (2004-present)
  • Oregon State Bar Association: House of Delegates, Delegate for Region 5 (2009-present); Oregon State Bar New Lawyer Mentoring Committee: Chair (2011-2013); 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: Delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates (2010-present); Membership Committee: Member (2009-2010); Board of Directors: Member (2008-2009); Wintersmash Committee: Chair (2006-2007); Member (2005-2007)
  • Multnomah Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section: Board of Directors: Immediate Past President (2009-2010); President (2008-2009); President-Elect (2007-2008); Member (2006-present); Membership Committee: Chair (2005-2006); Member (2004-2006)
  • NW EEO/Affirmative Action Association: Chair (2012-2013) Treasurer (2009-2012); Board Member (2008-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)
  • American Bar Association - ABA Day Planning Committee Member (2013-Present)

Honors

  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyer Magazine, Rising Star (2009-2012); Super Lawyer (2013-present)
  • Received AV® Preeminent™ rating by his legal peers at Martindale-Hubbell
  • 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 and 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

  • Hollywood Theatre Board of Directors: Chair (2013-Present); President (2007-2013); Member (2006-present)
  • 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)
  • Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts, Art of Leadership Program Graduate (2006)

Featured Presentations

  • 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 - HR.com 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

  • "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

Academics

  • Reed College (B.A. 2001); Commendation for Excellence (2001)
  • 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
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