Barran Liebman

Kyle Abraham

Kyle Abraham

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

Direct Dial: 503-276-2132
Fax: 503-274-1212

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Kyle Abraham represents employers in both traditional labor and employment law matters. He works with businesses of all sizes, government entities, and not-for-profit organizations. Kyle’s labor practice includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements and representing employers before labor arbitrators, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Oregon Employment Relations Board. In his employment law practice, Kyle works closely with employers to develop effective workplace policies, and he provides proactive advice and counsel. He regularly provides training on workplace polices to human resource professionals, supervisors and employees. In addition, Kyle regularly conducts workplace investigations into allegations of harassment and employee misconduct. Kyle is an experienced litigator who has successfully represented clients before U.S. circuit and district courts, Oregon and Washington state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, and other state and federal agencies. Kyle leverages his experience to help employers anticipate and resolve problems at the earliest possible stage and in a cost-effective manner, with the confidence and experience to defend employers if the matter escalates to litigation.

Kyle also enjoys being actively involved in the labor and employment law community. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and continuing legal education programs on a variety of employment and labor issues. He is also a Director on the Portland Human Resource Management Association Board, holding the position of Director of Legislative Affairs, and serves as a member of the Oregon State Bar, Labor and Employment Section, Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Barran Liebman, he served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) and represented the Air Force in labor and employment matters around the world. Kyle continues his service as a JAG in the Oregon Air National Guard.

Professional Experience and Affiliations

  • Association of Workplace Investigators (2014-Present)
  • Oregon State Bar Association: OSB Labor and Employment Section, Executive Committee (2014-present); Military and Veterans Law Section Executive Committee (2013-present)
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (2012-present)
  • Oregon Labor and Employment Relations Association (2012-present)
  • Multnomah County Bar Association (2012-present)
  • Professional in Human Resource, HRCI (2011-present)
  • Oregon Air National Guard, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate/Major (2011-present)
  • Portland Human Resource Management Association (PHRMA) Board, Director of Legislative Affairs (2013-present)
  • National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (2014-present)
  • United States Air Force, Judge Advocate Corps (2006-2011)
  • Marion County District Attorney's Office (2002-2005)

Civic Activities

  • Bridges to Change, Chair, Board of Directors (2014-present)
  • Forest Heights Homeowners Association, Board of Directors (2012-present)
  • 142 Fighter Wing Community Foundation, Board Member (2012-present)
  • Classroom Law Project, Mock Trial Coach (2012-2013)


  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyer Magazine, Rising Star (2014-present)
  • United States Air Force, Commendation Medal for Meritorious Achievement (2007 & 2009)
  • U.S. Air Force, Commissioned Officer Training, Top Graduate/Valedictorian (2006)
  • Employee-of-the-Year, the Marion County District Attorney's Office (2005)

Representative Presentations

  • “HR Rocks: Top Employment, Labor and Benefits Laws” Oregon and Southwest Washington Association for Health Care Recruiters, November 14, 2014
  • “Budding Complications: How Should Employers Navigate the Changes in State Marijuana Laws?” Barran Liebman Seminar, October 17, October 21, November 6, and November 20, 2014
  • “Elementary My Dear Watson: Investigations of Employee Complaints & Misconduct,” Oregon State Bar Government Law Section CLE, October 10, 2014
  • "Labor and Employee Relations Course," PHRMA Study Group, October 8, 20914
  • “How to ‘Rock’ Workplace Investigations into Employee Complaints,” Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar, September 25, 2014
  • "Risk Management," PHRMA Study Group, August 26, 2014
  • "Now Hiring? How to Avoid Traps & Pitfalls During the Hiring Process," Barran Liebman Breakfast Seminar, May 6, 2014
  • “Employees & The Armed Services: USERAA & Veterans’ Preference Issues,” Oregon City Attorney Association, May 2, 2014
  • “Workplace Violence: Obligations to Provide a ‘Legally’ Safe Workplace,” Oregon City Attorney Association, May 2, 2014
  • “It's Not Your Father's NLRB: The National Labor Relations Board's Expanding Agenda,” Northwest Human Resource Management Association’s 2014 Oregon HR Academy, April 29, 2014
  • "Employment Law Update," Oregon & SW Washington Association for Health Care Recruitment, March 13, 2014
  • “NLRB’s Expanding Agenda,” Employment Law Beyond the Basics – Sterling Educational Services, March 6, 2014
  • Why Paid Leave Laws are Starting to Proliferate,” XpertHR Podcast, February 28, 2014
  • "Risk Management," PHRMA Study Group, February 2014
  • “Portland Sick Leave Q & A Workshop,” Barran Liebman Seminar, December 12, 2013
  • “Maximize Value, Minimize Risk: The Art of Using Social Media in Business,” Lorman Educational Services’ Employment Law Update, December 11, 2013
  • "Portland Sick Leave Q&A Workshop," Barran Liebman Seminar, December 5, 2013
  • "Effective Documentation: Performance Evaluation and Discipline," City of Newberg Mid-Management Training, October 17, 2013
  • "Why Job Descriptions Matter," City of Newberg Mid-Management Training, October 17, 2013
  • "Leadership Techniques: Building a Better Team," City of Newberg Mid-Management Training, October 17, 2013
  • "Deal Yourself a Winning Hand: How to Improve Your Chances in Grievance Arbitration," Barran Liebman Seminar, September 4, 2013
  • “Social Media: Implications for Business,” Oregon Law Institute’s Internet Law Developments, June 7, 2013
  • “What Every Sergeant Needs to Know About Employment Laws,” Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Training, May 2, 2013
  • "Drugs in the Workplace," Webinar, April 30, 2013
  • "It’s Not Your Father’s NLRB: Today’s Board Targets Non-Union Employers and Changes the Rules In Favor of Unions,” Barran Liebman Seminar, April 2013
  • "Risk Management," PHRMA Study Group, February 2013
  • "Metadata and Legal Ethics: Your Obligations and Limitations," October 2012
  • "Do I Have to Bargain That? How to Navigate Proposals from a Union," February 2011
  • "How to Win an Employment Case before the Merit Systems Protection Board," July 2010

Representative Publications

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Supreme Court



  • Willamette University, College of Law (J.D. 2005)
  • Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management (M.B.A. 2005)
  • Willamette University, Center for Dispute Resolution (certificate, 2005)
  • College of Wooster, Ohio (B.A. 2001)
  • University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom (1998-1999)
Military service.

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