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, wage and hour claims, and represents employers in state and district 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 and discrimination in the workplace. 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. He often provides on-site employment law training to help businesses prevent workplace grievances.

Sean is a past Board Member of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section where he voted as the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Delegate to the American Bar Association. Additionally, he served as the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyer Division’s Bullyproof Program which received praise for its implementation in the Portland Public Schools in 2014. In 2011, while serving on the Membership Committee, Sean was awarded the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s Award of Merit for his work with the bar and the community. Sean also serves 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.

Representative Matters

  • Secured a directed verdict at trial defending publishing company against a lawsuit alleging breach of contract, discrimination, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • Effectively defended a defense verdict on appeal by plaintiff in the Oregon Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully defended numerous restaurant and lodging clients against administrative complaints alleging discrimination, sexual harassment, workers’ compensation retaliation, whistleblowing, and OFLA interference before BOLI and the EEOC resulting in dismissal of the claims.
  • Defended small employer against whistleblowing claims in Formal Charges brought by BOLI on behalf of two former employees. The matter was successfully resolved for an extremely nominal value (3% of what BOLI sought in damages).

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
  • 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

  • 1/25/16 - 1/27/16 - Managing the Impact: Employer Considerations to Dealing with Marijuana in the Workplace," Southern Oregon Presentation Series
  • 11/16/15 - "Helping Businesses Succeed - Employment Law Series," Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce
  • 11/13/15 - "Keys to a Complete Employee Handbook," Oregon Association of Orthopaedic Executives Fall Conference
  • 11/03/15 - "Social Media in the Workplace," BOLI's 30th Annual Employment Law Conference
  • 10/28/15 - "Paid Sick Leave in Oregon," Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
  • 10/27/15 - "Oregon Work Laws," On-Air Interview, theDove TV
  • 10/27/15 - "Jackson County Employment Law Seminar," Medford/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
  • 10/05/15 - "Top 5 Hottest Legal Issues For Hospitality Employers," Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association Annual Convention
  • 09/30/15 - "Navigating the Complexities of Employee Classification," Presented by Boly:Welch and Barran Liebman
  • 09/24/15 - "Bam! Pow! EPLI!," Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar
  • 08/11/15 - "Oregon Statewide Sick Leave," - Rogue Valley SHRM & BBSI Southern Oregon Seminar Series: Grants Pass and Medford
  • 05/20/15 - Employment Law Training - Rogue Valley Society for Human Resource Management
  • 04/14/15 - Co-Presenter: "HR & Employment Law," NHRMA 2015 Oregon HR Academy
  • 04/07/15 - Co-Presenter: "Delivering Performance Feedback," Mastering Staff Management for Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs
  • 03/31/15 - Co-Presenter: "Hiring and On-Boarding," Mastering Staff Management for Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs
  • 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 - "Navigating Employment Leave Laws," MBA Young Lawyer's Section CLE
  • 09/25/14 - "Talkin' Bout My Generation: Leading a Multigenerational Workforce," Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar
  • 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 - "Managing Social Media Legally," Yakima Valley Human Resources Association
  • 04/16/13 - "Revised I-9 Form Training," 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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