Barran Liebman

Todd Lyon

Todd A. Lyon
Partner

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

Direct Dial: 503-276-2194
Fax: 503-274-1212

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Todd Lyon has been a labor lawyer for nearly 20 years, representing public and private sector employers in labor negotiations, labor arbitrations, and employment litigation. Todd is a skilled negotiator who bargains pro-employer collective bargaining agreements, subcontracting agreements, and facility closure agreements. He regularly assists clients with the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements and disciplinary matters so as to avoid grievances. However, if the grievance is advanced to arbitration, Todd has conducted hundreds of arbitration hearings with superior results concerning virtually every aspect of contract interpretation, discipline, union security, and interest arbitration. Todd has also successfully litigated before the National Labor Relations Board and state labor boards in both representation and unfair labor practice hearings. He regularly assists clients in responding to union organizing campaigns and developing labor strategies to avoid campaigns altogether. In addition, Todd conducts investigations into allegations of workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment allegations. Finally, Todd has extensive experience in benefits litigation by defending against contribution claims and withdrawal liability demands.

Todd is a regular speaker at industry conferences, continuing legal education programs, universities, law schools, and client training programs concerning a variety of labor and employment law topics. He also enjoys writing on labor and employment law topics. Since 1998, he has been a Chapter Editor of The Developing Labor Law, the nation's leading labor law treatise. Todd has also served as a Chapter Editor for Oregon's public sector labor law treatise, Labor and Employment Law: Public Sector. He has also authored an article published in the Illinois Bar Journal concerning physicians' rights to collectively bargain.

Professional Experience, Affiliations, and Civic Activities

  • American Arbitration Association - Employment Law Arbitrator, Faculty Member
  • Labor and Employment Relations Association - Oregon Chapter Board Member (2010-present)
  • Oregon Public Employer Labor Relations Association - Vice President (2011-present)
  • State of Oregon Employment Relations Board - Opinion Evaluation Committee Co-Chair (2012-present); Rule Advisory Committee Member (2012-present)
  • Classroom Law Project - Board of Directors (2012-present); Oregon High School Regional & State Mock Trial Judge (2008-present)
  • Rose Villa Foundation, Inc - President (2013-present); Vice President (2012-2013); Board of Directors (2009-present)

Honors

  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine, Rising Star (2011-2012); Super Lawyer (2013-present)
  • Received AV® Preeminent rating by his legal peers at Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Publications

Featured Presentations

2014

  • Elementary, My Dear Watson: Investigations of Employee Complaints & Misconduct - Barran Liebman Central Oregon Breakfast Seminar - Bend, OR
  • Public Sector Labor Law: Reform or Attack? - Labor and Employment Relations Association 66th Annual Meeting - Portland, OR
  • Can You Hear Me Now? Communications with Unions - NPELRA Annual Training Conference - Scottsdale, AZ
  • In Employment Law, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished - Oregon Public Risk Management Association's Spring Meeting
  • Discipline: The Struggle for an Appropriate Level - University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center, Public Employment Relations Conference

2013

  • Labor & Employment Law - Guest Lecturer for Employment Law I, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Case Law Update - BOLI’s 29th Annual Employment Law Conference - Portland, OR
  • Back to the Future: PECBA 1995 and Its Impact on Us Now, Moderator – 2013 ORPELRA Annual Workshop - Wilsonville, OR
  • Grievance Processing: Better Nuts, Better Bolts, Better Results - American Arbitration Association University - Honolulu, HI
  • School's Out For Summer: Layoffs, Subcontracting & Closures - Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar - Portland, OR
  • The Anatomy of a Credible Witness - How Triers of Fact Evaluate the Credibility of Witnesses: OSB Labor and Employment Section’s Annual Meeting & CLE - Sunriver, OR
  • Deal Yourself a Winning Hand: How to Improve Your Chances in Grievance Arbitration - Yakima, WA
  • 2013 Labor Grievance Advocacy Program - American Arbitration Association University - Honolulu, HI
  • Effective Discipline and Discharge Training - International Public Management Association for Human Resources, Oregon Chapter
  • Public Service Without Public Servants, Panel Member - National Academy of Arbitrators, Annual Meeting - Vancouver, BC
  • Managing Social Media Legally - Yakima Valley Human Resources Association
  • Revised I-9 Form Training - Yakima Valley Human Resources Association
  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'N' Roll at the Ole Ranch, Discussion Moderator - 2013 NPELRA Annual Training Conference - San Antonio, TX
  • When Diet & Exercise Are Not Enough: Effective Strategies and Tips For Concession Bargaining - NPELRA Annual Training Conference - San Antonio, TX
  • NPELRA Labor Academy I: The Foundation of Labor Relations - San Antonio, TX
  • 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
  • Managing Social Media Legally – Oregon Employer Council in La Grande, Baker City, and Ontario, OR.
  • NLRB Cases and Issues, Panelist –Oregon LERA's Public/Private Employment Relations Conference
  • Performance-Enhancing Practices for Employers: Decreasing Employee Absences and Increasing Productivity - Barran Liebman Seminar
  • NPELRA Labor Academy II: The Grievance Arbitration Process - Portland, OR
  • Making that Employee Handbook Work for You - Special Districts Association of Oregon 2013 Annual Conference
  • Why Can't We All Just Get Along? Managing and Reducing Workplace Conflict - Labor and Employment Relations Association, Oregon Chapter
  • Oregon Fire Chief’s Round Table Discussion, Panel Member

2012

  • 2012 Caselaw Update, Bureau of Labor and Industry Annual Employment Law Conference
  • Retaliation and Employee Handbooks - Willamette Valley Higher Education HR Consortium
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished! - Oregon State Public Employer Labor Relation Association Annual Meeting
  • Ending on a High Note: How to Prepare and Present a Winning Closing Argument in Labor Arbitration - American Arbitration Association University in Honolulu, HI and Sacramento, CA
  • What Happens in Vegas, Doesn’t Stay in Vegas: Discipline for Off-Duty Misconduct – Barran Liebman LLP Annual Employment, Labor & Benefits Law Seminar
  • Effective Discipline and Discharge- Oregon Refuse & Recycling Association Fall Convention
  • Can’t We All Just Get Along? How to Reduce Workplace Conflict and Successfully Achieve Resolution - The 2012 Oregon Public Transportation Conference
  • Confessions of a Former Union Lawyer - National Public Employer Labor Relations Association Webinar
  • Yes, Those Labor Laws DO Apply to You! What Every 'Non-Union' Employer Needs to Know About the National Labor Relations Act – Barran Liebman Central Oregon Breakfast Seminar Series; Oregon Employers Council; Barran Liebman Food For Thought Breakfast Seminar Presented by Barran Liebman and Boly:Welch
  • Vocation Voodoo: Demystifying Words and Phrases Used in the Workplace - Leading Age Oregon's 2012 Annual Conference
  • Striking Teachers, as heard on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud
  • Public Sector Labor and Employment Law Update - STATE 9-1-1/APCO/NENA Annual Training Conference
  • Managing Social Media Legally - STATE 9-1-1/APCO/NENA Annual Training Conference; Oregon Employers Council
  • Teacher Strike, as heard on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud
  • Ask the Arbitrator, Panel Member – University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center, Public Employment Relations Conference
  • Gazing Into the Crystal Ball: Correctly Interpreting a Collective Bargaining Agreement– Rogue Valley Public Service Academy
  • Navigating the Stormy Seas: How to Negotiate a Collective Bargaining Agreement that Won’t Sink– Rogue Valley Public Service Academy
  • NPELRA Labor Relations Academy Program, Academy 1: The Foundation of Labor Relations - Portland, OR
  • Money, Money, Money… Wage & Hour Legal Landscape – Guest Lecturer for Employment Law II, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Current State of Labor Relations - Guest Lecturer for Portland State University

2011

  • Labor Arbitration Advocacy - Oregon Public Employer Labor Relations Association (ORPELRA)
  • Panel on Employment and Union Issues: Labor Law for Non-Union Employers - Washington Refuse and Recycling Association Christmas Meeting
  • Haggling In Hard Times: Collective Bargaining During the Recession - Oregon Fire District Directors Association and Oregon Fire Chiefs Association
  • Managing Social Media Legally - Oregon Transit Association; Oregon Employer Council Speaker Showcase; Yakima Valley Human Resources Association; Western Region International Public Management Association for Human Resources Conference
  • Can I Get A Witness? Working With Witnesses in Labor Arbitration - American Arbitration Association University in Sacramento, CA and Honolulu, HI
  • Surviving the Slump: Making Smart and Fair Employment Decisions During The Recession - Oregon State Bar and Government Law Section
  • Effective Discipline and Discharge Training - Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services
  • Discipline in the Age of Social Media: Skills Training for A Successful Arbitration - American Arbitration Association University, PGE, and Oregon Labor & Employment Relations Association
  • In the Trenches: Countering Union Organizing - Lewis & Clark Law School Guest Lecturer, Labor Law Class
  • Solution to Resolution in Collective Bargaining - Breakfast Seminar for Oregon Labor and Employment Relations Association

2010 & Prior

  • Confessions of a Former Union Lawyer - Local Government Personnel Institute
  • Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon, Public Employment Relations Conference, Panelist on Leading PECBA Cases of 2009-2010
  • Employee Free Choice Act and Other Legislative Efforts to Make Organizing Easier - Young Presidents Organization
  • Public Sector Labor and Employment Law Update - Association of Oregon Counties
  • Spinning Your Wheels: The Nuts and Bolts of Transit Interest Arbitration - Oregon Transit Association
  • Keeping Your Workplace Clean: How to Establish and Maintain a Positive Work Environment - Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association
  • Legal Ethics: Can Lawyers Be Ethical? - Guest Lecturer for Law & Ethics, Western Washington University
  • Discrimination on the Basis of Union Activities - Guest Lecturer for Labor Relations, Western Washington University

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Courts, District of Oregon and Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Assistant

Academics

  • J.D., Hamline University School of Law (1997), cum laude
  • B.A., Saint Norbert College (1994), magna cum laude
American Arbitration Association | Panel Member 2013

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