Barran Liebman

Richard F. Liebman

Richard F. Liebman

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

Direct Dial: 503-276-2148
Fax: 503-274-1212

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Rick Liebman, a founding partner at Barran Liebman, has extensive experience representing employers in labor and employment law. Rick received both his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He is admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia. He is former chair of the Tri-County Affirmative Action Association and the Oregon State Bar's Labor Law Section. He is management editor of the Oregon State Bar's book and supplements entitled Labor and Employment Law, for which he was presented with the Association for Continuing Legal Education's Best Award of Outstanding Achievement in 2012. Rick has also served as an instructor in EEO law at Portland State University’s Professional Development Center. Rick has three notable "firsts" that truly speak to his professional accomplishments: he was selected as the first "Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year in Portland" for 2010, he was honored as the first "Management Practitioner of the Year" by the Oregon Industrial Relations Research Association in 2004, and he was the recipient of the Oregon State Bar Labor Section's first "Distinguished Service" award in 2003. Rick was also elected by his national colleagues as a national fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers for his sustained outstanding performance in the profession and is ranked #1 (with partners Paula Barran and Ed Harnden) for Labor and Employment Law defense in the State of Oregon by Chambers & Partners USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2003-present. He has been selected repeatedly by his peers for listing in the Best Lawyers in America (1995-present) and was named Best Lawyers' 2014 Portland, Oregon Labor Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year." He has also repeatedly been named as one of the top 50 lawyers in Oregon by Super Lawyers.

Legal Practice

  • Barran Liebman LLP
  • Lane Powell Spears Lubersky
  • Torkildson, Katz, Jossem & Loden, Honolulu, Hawaii

Professional Experience and Affiliations

  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow of the College (Inducted 1998); (Northern Ninth Circuit Credentials Committee (1999-2003), Committee Chairman (2001-2003)
  • Instructor for Basic EEO and Advanced EEO classes in Portland State University's Professional Development Center (1988-2008)
  • Editorial Review Board, Oregon Statutory Time Limitations, a publication of the Oregon State Bar
  • Management Editor, Oregon Employment Law, published by the Oregon State Bar in 1989, with 1994, 1997 supplements and the 2002 and 2010 editions;
  • Oregon State Bar Labor Law Section; Chair (1990-1991); Member, Executive Board (1987-1992); Award for Distinguished Service (2003)
  • Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section; Executive Board Member (2002-2008)
  • NW EEO/Affirmative Action Association; Chair (1985-1987); Vice-Chair (1984-1985); and Board Member (1983-1994); Treasurer (2005-2009); Member (1983-present)
  • Oregon Dairy Industries, Associate Member (2015-present)
  • Member of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Rule-Making Task Force to write and review all Oregon civil rights and wage/hour regulations (1995-present)
  • Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Civil Rights Advisory Committee Member (2002)
  • Oregon Make-A-Wish Foundation, Board of Directors (2003-2004)
  • Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Board of Directors, (1997-1999)
  • Oregon Symphony Association, Board of Directors, (1983-1992)
  • Japan-American Society of Oregon
  • Oregon Independent College Fund, Board of Directors, (2006-present)
  • Oregon Law Institute, Board of Directors, (2006-present)
  • Member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), Oregon Chapter (2010-present)


  • Ranked #1 (with partners Paula Barran & Ed Harnden) for Labor and Employment Lawyers in the State of Oregon, Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers (2003-present)
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (1995-present); Named Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year in Portland, Oregon (2010 & 2012); Named Law Management Lawyer of the Year in Portland, Oregon (2014).
  • Selected as one of the top 50 lawyers in Oregon by Super Lawyers (2006-present)
  • Listed in Human Resource Executive/Lawdragon 500 as the only Oregon attorney on the National "Top 20 in Traditional Labor and Employment" (2011)
  • Recipient of The Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) Best Award of Outstanding Achievement for Labor and Employment Law: Private Sector (2012)

Featured Presentations

  • 09/26/2015 - Oregon State Bar Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference - Case Law Update
  • 09/24/2015 - Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar - Avengers Assemble!: 2015 Case Law Update
  • 05/15/2015 - Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark - Case Law Update
  • 05/14/2015 - 2015 Pulp & Paper Roundtable - Employment & Labor Law Update
  • 04/17/2015 - Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark - Representing Family & Closely-Held Businesses
  • 02/05/2015 - Multnomah Bar Association - 15 for '15: The Top 15 Labor and Employment Updates for 2015
  • 12/04/2014 - NW EEO Annual Employment Law Update
  • 12/02/2014 - Barran Liebman Breakfast Seminar - Legislative & Case Law Update
  • 11/06/2014 - BOLI's 30th Annual Employment Law Conference - Case Law Update
  • 10/10/2014 - Labor and Employment Law in a Changing World (Oregon State Bar Annual Section CLE) - Labor and Employment Law Update
  • 09/25/2014 - Barran Liebman Annual Seminar - Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame: The Platinum Case Law Update
  • 05/30/2014 - OLI Annual Employment Law Update - Case Law Update
  • 03/14/2014 - Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School - Business Law Program
  • 01/21/2014 - NW EEO Annual Employment Law Update
  • 12/04/2013 - BOLI's 29th Annual Employment Law Conference - Case Law Update
  • 09/26/2013 - Barran Liebman Annual Seminar - Legislative & Case Law Update
  • 09/20/2013 - OSB Labor & Employment Section's Annual Meeting & CLE - Case Law Update
  • 05/31/2013 - Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark 2013 Annual Employment Law Update - Case Law Update
  • 03/01/2013 - Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School - Representing Family and Closely Held Businesses: Employment Law Concerns for Small Businesses
  • 01/09/2013 - NW EEO Annual Employment Law Update
  • 11/30/2012 - Bureau of Labor and Industry Annual Employment Law Conference - 2012 Caselaw Update
  • 06/30/2012 - Top 10 Things the General Counsel Should Know About Labor Law - National Association of College/University Attorneys Annual Conference - Chicago, IL
  • 06/01/2012 - Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School - 2012 Employment Law Update
  • 01/25/2012 - NW EEO Employment Law Update
  • 06/03/2011 - OLI CLE - 2011 Annual Employment Law Update
  • 04/20/2011 - Oregon NHRMA HR Foundation Conference - Employment & Labor Law Update
  • 01/20/2011 - NW EEO/Affirmative Action Association - Employment Law Update.
  • 01/19/2011 - University of Oregon School of Law. Arbitration Under a Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • 09/30/2010 - Barran Liebman Annual Seminar - The Year's Legal Update in Employment & Labor Law.
  • 09/24/2010 - OSB Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Meeting & CLE
  • 01/29/2010 - 14th Annual Oregon Labor Law Conference
  • 12/01/2009 - Barran Liebman Breafast Seminar - Understanding the New Limitations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
  • 09/26/2009 - OSB Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Meeting & CLE
  • 06/05/2009 - Oregon Law Institute (OLI) Annual Employment Law Update
  • 04/22/2009 - NHRMA Presents: Human Resource Foundations - A Guide to Professional Development

Featured Publications

  • "Noncompetition, Non-solicitation and Confidential Agreements," Daily Journal of Commerce, November 28, 2014
  • “Employment Law and Civil Rights,” Oregon Statutory Time Limitations, Oregon State Bar, 2014 Edition
  • Quoted in "Law Firm Models: Improving Diversity and Performance," Law Practice Today, July 2014
  • Co-author, "The Legality of Secondary Activity To Enforce Either Recognition or Bargaining", published by The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, Summer 2002 Newsletter
  • Columnist for OSB Civil Rights Section newsletter (2000-present)
  • Co-author, "Arbitration Under Oregon's PECBA", University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center, Fall 2003
  • Contributing author, Schlei & Grossman, "Employment Discrimination Law", with supplements, published by BNA in conjunction with ABA Subsection Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity

Representative Matters

  • Spokesperson for Portland Public Schools 2004 teacher negotiations which The Oregonian described as, "The pay increase is modest. So are the changes to health insurance. But both sides achieved their goals and kept their promises, with the kind of good faith effort not seen in years. That's monumental in a district known for its mistrustful negotiations and alienated union leadership." The Oregonian, October 6, 2004
  • Counsel for J. C. Penney in Patton v. J. C. Penney, 301 Or 117, 719 P2d 854 (1986), the leading and most frequently cited case on the principle of employment-at-will in Oregon . Cited by Portland Monthly as one of the 20 most important legal decisions for the past 50 years in Oregon
  • Counsel for II Morrow, Inc. (a division of United Parcel Service) in Mains v. II Morrow, Inc., 128 Or App 625 (1994), overturning a BOLI rule on employer strict liability for supervisory conduct in hostile environment cases
  • Counsel for United Airlines in Smith v. United Airlines, U. S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Civil No. 93-572-JE (1994), establishing an employer's right to reject reinstatement under ORS 659.415 after a treating physician has found a permanent restriction on return to work

Administrative Proceedings

  • Number of EEO Charge Matters handled: more than 1500 in 12 states and with four federal agencies for numerous clients
  • Number of National Labor Relations Board Matters handled: more than 700, including elections and various unfair labor practice charges
  • Contract negotiations: chief spokesman, member of the bargaining committee or advising bargaining committee on several hundred labor contracts; more than 1000 labor arbitrations

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Hawaii
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit



  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall (J.D.)
  • University of California at Berkeley (B.A.)
Rick Liebman has been named to Best Lawyers Our 5 founding partners have practiced together for over 35 years.

"One of the deans of labor law." "Highly respected and very knowledgeable."

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