Barran Liebman

Iris Tilley

Iris Tilley

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

Direct Dial: 503-276-2155
Fax: 503-274-1212

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Iris Tilley advises employers in all aspects of employee benefits, including the design, administration, and termination of qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, and health and welfare plans. With regard to retirement plans, Iris has counseled employers on issues including the correction of plan errors, the calculation of withdrawal liability, the arbitration of withdrawal liability disputes, and the use of qualified plans for tax-planning purposes. She has also assisted employers with the establishment of Employee Stock Ownership Plans. Her work with health and welfare plans has included the correction of administrative errors, the implementation of plan amendments required for health care reform, and business planning for health care reform. She also regularly advises employers on issues related to COBRA and HIPAA. Iris' executive compensation experience includes the drafting and negotiating of a wide variety of executive compensation arrangements as well as working with employers to craft corrections where a program has not been administered in accordance with the deferred compensation rules under §409A. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Portland and her J.D. and M.B.A. from Seattle University School of Law and Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics, respectively. Iris is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington and often speaks and writes about employee benefits topics, including health care reform.

Professional Experience and Affiliations

  • Oregon Bar Association, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • Oregon Women Lawyers, Board Member (2013-present)
  • Multnomah Bar Association - Young Lawyers' Section, Professional Development & Education Committee, Member; Publicity Representative (2010)
  • American Bar Association, Member (2014-present)
  • NW EEO/Affirmative Action Association, Member (2015-present)
  • Women in Financial Services, Portland Metro Chapter, Member (2015-present)
  • The Portland Children's Museum, Board Member (2015-present)
  • Western Pension and Benefits Conference, Member
  • Metropolitan Youth Symphony Board, Member (2011-2012)
  • YWCA Leadership Board, Secretary (2011); Member (2010-2011)
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, Member


  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyer Magazine, Rising Star (2013-present)

Featured Publications

Featured Presentations

  • "Fiduciary Update," Vindicated LLC, January 21, 2016
  • "Healthcare Reform," BOLI's 30th Annual Employment Law Conference, November 3, 2015
  • "Health Care Reform: 10 Easy Steps to Compliance," Barran Liebman's 2nd Annual Latino Employment Law Seminar, October 28, 2015
  • "Employee Benefits After the Affordable Care Act," NHRMA 2015 Annual Conference & Tradeshow, October 6, 2015
  • "Wellness Programs," Worksite Wellness Network, October 1, 2015
  • "Legal Updates Every Employer Needs to Know," Presented by The Commerce Bank of Oregon, September 30, 2015
  • "'Hulk Smash' Your Health Care Reform Anxiety," Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar, September 24, 2015
  • "Redefining a Fiduciary," Financial Planning Association of Oregon and SW Washington, August 19, 2015
  • "Non-Disclosure, Non-Competition & Non-Solicitation Agreements," Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Business Law CLE, May 21, 2015
  • "ACA Reporting & ERISA Compliance Issues," Johnson Benefit Group Webinar, March 6, 2015
  • "Employer Reporting Requirements Under the ACA," Biggs Insurance Services, February 10, 2015
  • "Health Care Reform," Special Districts Association of Oregon Annual Conference, February 7, 2015
  • Health Care Reform: An Employer's End-of-Year Guide to Compliance, BOLI's 30th Annual Employment Law Conference, November 6, 2014
  • Health Care Happy Hour, Barran Liebman Central Oregon Breakfast Seminar, October 9, 2014
  • "Employee Benefits," Northwest Human Resource Management Association's 2014 Oregon HR Academy, April 29, 2014
  • "Recent Issues in Health Care in Oregons Public Sector," 2014 PERC Conference, March 20, 2014
  • "PPACA/Obamacare: What Employers Need to Know," Employment Law Beyond the Basics - Sterling Educational Services, March 6, 2014
  • "Health Care Reform," BOLI's 29th Annual Employment Law Conference, December 4, 2013
  • "Pre-Law Panel," University of Portland Student Alumni Association, November 13, 2013
  • "The Affordable Care Act: A Print-Worthy Guide," Printlandia: Pacific Printing Industries Association Regional Conference, October 5, 2013
  • Self-Auditing Your Benefit Plans Before the IRS Comes Knocking, Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar, September 26, 2013
  • "The Affordable Care Act - On The Dawn Of Implementation," Oregon Labor and Employment Relations Association, September 10, 2013
  • "2014 Affordable Care Act Changes," Local Government Personnel Institute Annual Conference, August 22, 2013
  • "Latest Update on the PPACA: Whats Happening Now," Sterling Educational Services Fundamentals of Employment Law, June 20, 2013
  • "Health Care Reform Update," American Forest and Paper Association Roundtable, May 9, 2013
  • "Employee Benefits," NHRMA Oregon Human Resources Academy, April 30, 2013
  • "Health Care Reform," Oregon LERAs Public/Private Employer Relations Conference, March 20, 2013
  • "Benefits Breakfast," Presented by ADP, March 13, 2013
  • "Employee Benefits," The Seminar Group's Small Business Employment Law Issues Seminar, February 13, 2013
  • "Benefits by the Dozen: Top 12 Benefits Issues for 2013," Barran Liebman Breakfast Seminar, December 11, 2012
  • "Strategic Compensation: A Beyond the Basics Guide to Employee Benefits," Webinar, November 15, 2012
  • "Health Care Reform & The Impact on the Workplace," The Seminar Groups Fourth Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, November 2, 2012
  • "Designing Multi-State and International Compensation Programs," Columbia Willamette Compensation Group Fall 2012 Networking Event, September 25, 2012
  • Health Care Reform: An Updated View, Special Districts Association of Oregon Annual Conference, February 11, 2012
  • "Health Care Legislative Update," Sterling's Employment Law Update, October 6, 2011
  • "Best Practices for Handling Medical Records," June 9, 2011
  • "Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act: An Employers Guide to Compliance," Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) Conference, June 6, 2011
  • "A Best Practices Guide for Sensitive Employment Records," Portland Metropolitan Payroll Association Meeting, May 18, 2011
  • Health Care Reform, Columbia-Willamette Compensation Group, March 28, 2011
  • "Spring Employment Law Potpourri: Privacy in the Workplace," Central Oregon Breakfast Seminar, March 8, 2011
  • "Health Care Reform," Special Districts Association of Oregon's Annual Conference, February 11, 2011
  • Privacy Conundrums: A Best Practices Guide for Sensitive Employment Records, Barran Liebman Breakfast Seminar, January, 19 2011
  • "Health Care Reform Update," December 2, 2010
  • "Ten Reasons for Having a Company Policy About Internet Use and Social Networking in the Workplace," Oregon State Bar CLE, November 5, 2010
  • "Health Care Reform," Heart of Oregon APA Chapter's Annual Conference, October 8, 2010
  • "Health Care Reform 2010-2014," Automatic Data Processing (ADP) User Group Meeting, September 17, 2010
  • "Health Reform Seminar, " Klamath Basin SHRM, August 5, 2010
  • "Health Reform Seminar," Salem SHRM, July 13, 2010
  • "Litigation & E-Discovery" and "Children's Medical Records," Lorman Seminar, June 9 and 17, 2010
  • "Wellness Programs: A Legal Prospective," Creating A Healthy Workforce Symposium, June 4, 2010

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals



  • Seattle University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2008), Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Article Editor
  • Seattle University, Albers School of Business & Economics (M.B.A., 2008)
  • University of Portland (B.B.A., 2001)

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