Barran Liebman

Sean P. Ray

Sean P. Ray

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

Direct Dial: 503-276-2135
Fax: 503-274-1212

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Sean Ray is an attorney at Barran Liebman LLP, representing management in employment matters. He defends employers against discrimination complaints, sexual harassment lawsuits, and retaliation claims, and represents employers in state court, as well as before Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries and the Washington State Human Rights Commission. In addition to litigation, Sean also works with employers to ensure compliance with changes in the law, including drafting and revising their employee handbooks and providing customized trainings to address harassment, discrimination, and other workplace issues to help businesses prevent grievances. Sean regularly writes about employment law cases and decisions, and his columns can be found in such publications as the Portland Business Journal, the Daily Journal of Commerce, and Oregon Business Magazine.

Sean currently serves as a Board Member of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and votes as the Multnomah Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section Delegate to the American Bar Association. In 2011, while serving on the Membership Committee, Sean was awarded the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s Award of Merit. Sean is also active on the Campaign for Equal Justice Associates Committee, and is a past member of the CourtCare Advisory Committee. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland, and earned his J.D. at the University of Oregon. In addition to being licensed to practice in Oregon, Washington, the U.S. District Court of Oregon, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Sean is also a Registered United States Patent Attorney.

Professional Experience and Affiliations

  • Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Board Member (2012-2014); MBA YLS Multnomah Lawyer Articles Editor (2012-2014); Bullyproof Program Co-Chair (2014); Membership Committee Chair (2011-2012); YLS Summer Social Host & MC (2012); Member (2009-2014)
  • • Multnomah Bar Association, CLE Committee Member (2014-Present); Golf Committee Member (2011-2014); Member (2009-present)
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Member (2007- present); Intellectual Property Section, Member (2008- present); Labor and Employment Section, Member (2012- present); Civil Rights Section Executive Committee, Member (2012- 2015)
  • American Bar Association - Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Section Delegate (2013-2014)
  • The Lawyer's Campaign for Equal Justice, Associates Committee (2011-present)
  • CourtCare Advisory Committee, MBA Young Lawyers Section Representative (2012-2013)
  • NW EEO/Affirmative Action Association, Member (2015-present)
  • Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, Member (2012-present)
  • Oregon Statutory Time Limitations, 2014 Edition, Editorial Review Board
  • The Developing Labor Law: “2014 Cumulative Supplement,” and “2013 Cumulative Supplement” Contributing Editor
  • Editorial Review Board, Oregon Statutory Time Limitations, a publication of the Oregon State Bar
  • Oregon Law Reunion Class of 2007, Steering Committee Member
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Member (2012-present)
  • Defense Research Institute, Member (2013-present)
  • Graduate of National Institute for Trial Advocacy: Trial Skills
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, Member
  • University of Oregon Alumni Association, Member


  • Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section Award of Merit (2011)

Featured Presentations

  • 12/10/14 - "Wage & Hour Basics," National Business Institute: Employment Law 2014 Comprehensive Guide
  • 12/02/14 - "Legislative & Case Law Update," Barran Liebman Food For Thought Breakfast Seminar
  • 10/03/14 - "Diversity & Discrimination," Client Training
  • 09/25/14 - "Talkin' Bout My Generation: Leading a Multigenerational Workforce," Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar
  • 09/25/14 - "Navigating Employment Leave Laws," MBA Young Lawyer's Section CLE
  • 04/29/14 - "HR and Legal Update," Northwest Human Resource Management Association's 2014 Oregon HR Academy
  • 04/09/14 - "Case Law Update," Bridgeport Continuing Education
  • 03/06/14 - "Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace," Employment Law Beyond the Basics - Sterling Educational Services, March 6, 2014
  • 01/21/14 - "Case Law Update," NW EEO Annual Employment Law Update
  • 10/25/13 - "Legislative and Legal Update: What PR and HR Need to Know for 2014," - ADP Conference
  • 10/24/13 - "Social Media," - Barran Liebman's 1st Annual Latino Employment Law Seminar
  • 10/17/13 - "Effective Documentation: Performance Evaluation and Discipline," - City of Newberg Mid-Management Training
  • 09/27/13 - "Social Media," Oregon State Bar CLE
  • 09/26/13 - "Legislative & Case Law Update," Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar
  • 09/23/13 - "The Essentials of Wage and Hour," Webinar
  • 08/09/13 - "Top Ten Reasons Employers Get Swept Under the Current," AGC Columbia-Willamette Chapter Summer Convention
  • 05/22/13 - "Federal Wage & Hour Laws & Issues," Webinar
  • 05/16/13 - "Can't We All Just Get Along? How to Reduce Workplace Conflict and Successfully Achieve Resolution," ASQ NW Quality and Improvement Conference
  • 05/01/13 - "HR and Employment Law," NHRMA Oregon Human Resources Academy
  • 04/24/13 - "Performance-Enhancing Practices for Employers: Decreasing Employee Absences and Increasing Productivity," Barran Liebman Seminar
  • 04/16/13 - "Revised I-9 Form Training," Yakima Valley Human Resources Association
  • 04/16/13 - "Managing Social Media Legally," Yakima Valley Human Resources Association
  • 03/14/13 - "Performance-Enhancing Practices for Employers: Decreasing Employee Absences and Increasing Productivity," Barran Liebman Seminar
  • 01/09/13 - "Case Law Update," NW EEO Annual Employment Law Update
  • 09/27/12 - "The Year's Update in Labor & Employment Law," Barran Liebman LLP Annual Employment, Labor & Benefits Law Seminar
  • 06/26/12 - "Disability Discrimination in the Workplace," Client Training
  • 11/29/11 - "Preventing Workplace Violence," Worker's Compensation Educational Conference
  • 11/18/11 - "Oregon Insurance Traps," Los Angeles, CA

Featured Publications

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Registered United States Patent Attorney



  • University of Oregon School of Law (J.D. with Intellectual Property Law Statement of Completion, 2007); Award of Excellence (Law) Scholarship
  • University of Portland (B.S. 2001); University of Portland President's Scholarship

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