About Amy

Amy Joseph Pedersen is a partner in the Labor and Employment section of the Litigation practice group. She focuses exclusively on employment litigation and counseling, primarily on the employer’s side of a dispute but, on occasion, also represents executives and executive groups. Amy has substantial trial experience in state and federal courts, as well as in administrative proceedings and arbitration, in all areas of employment law including discrimination and wage class actions. She also has significant experience in noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreement negotiation, drafting and enforcement litigation and workplace investigations. Amy is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and a past member of the Executive Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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  • Nike v. Dekovic, et. al. – Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of Nike in misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and business tort litigation involving Adidas and three former Nike footwear designers, ultimately securing confidential settlement after favorable discovery rulings.
  • Ossana v. Nike – Defense verdict after lengthy jury trial in which plaintiff sought $27M in damages, including punitive damages, for alleged whistleblower retaliation.
  • Ranza v. Nike & Nike European Operations Netherlands – Won motion to dismiss based on complex jurisdictional issues after extensive discovery in sex and age discrimination case. Decision affirmed by Ninth Circuit.
  • Townsend v. Nike – Defense verdict after lengthy jury trial in which employee alleged race discrimination in promotion process.
  • Nike v. McCarthy – Injunction obtained in hard-fought suit by Nike against former executive who left for Reebok in violation of his noncompetition agreement. Injunction upheld on appeal to the Ninth Circuit.
  • Callaway Golf v. Nike – Injunction avoided in case of first impression where Callaway Golf attempted to enjoin Nike’s hiring of executive by use of novel “inevitable disclosure” doctrine. Petition for writ of mandamus to Oregon Supreme Court by Callaway Golf defeated.
  • Confidential party v. Nike – Defense verdict in month-long arbitration involving complex endorsement contract claims for several hundred million dollars.
  • Confidential parties – Injunction obtained on behalf of insurance company against former salesperson for violation of nonsolicitation clause.
  • James Hardie Building Products v. Johnson – Matter favorably settled after lengthy injunction trial and appeal on behalf of major manufacturer against former salesperson for violation of noncompetition agreement.
  • Valdez v. KOIN-TV – Favorably settled Equal Pay Act class action claims by female production technicians employed by television studio.
  • Guydish v. U.S. Bakery – Summary judgment obtained in overtime wage and hour class action in Washington.
  • Harrington v. City of Portland – Co-counsel in defense verdict in headliner three-week trial of gender discrimination claims by Chief of Police Penny Harrington against Mayor Bud Clark and the City of Portland.
  • Confidential parties – Defense verdict in week-long arbitration of on-air talent’s claims of age discrimination against television station.
  • Many cases dismissed by summary judgments obtained in favor of employers in race, age, gender, national origin, religion, whistleblower, injured worker and disability discrimination and retaliation cases.
  • Workplace investigations of race and gender discrimination and whistleblower retaliation.
  • Regular employment advice given to employers in many industries, including entertainment, marketing, sports, manufacturing, architecture, health care, real estate, technology, insurance, retail, non-profits, forest products, media, financial services, telecommunications, web services and construction.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Litigation-Labor & Employment “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2020
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Employment Law-Management, Litigation-Labor & Employment), 2009–2021
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Oregon) by Chambers USA (currently: Labor & Employment), 2006–2020 (“always in command of the issues” and “understands how businesspeople look at a legal matter,” 2014; “a seasoned labor and employment attorney,” 2013; “a force to be reckoned with,” 2012; “practical, responsive and a real virtuoso at finding a middle ground that works,” 2011; highly regarded for her “incisive litigation and trial skills,” 2010; offers “practical legal advice and irreplaceable trial skills,” 2009; “tough litigator” who provides “high quality, great value advice,” 2008; “tenacious and refreshingly client-oriented,” 2007; “straightforward, no-nonsense, smart litigator,” 2006)
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® (Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment & Labor), 2008–2020
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® in Top 25 Women Lawyers, 2008–2014
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Selected as a “Litigation Star” and “Labor & Employment Star” by Benchmark Litigation (Labor and Employment)
  • Pro Bono Award of Merit, Multnomah Bar Association, 2011
  • Member, American Bar Association; Multnomah Bar Association; Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Former Chair, Employment Section, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Former board member, Oregon chapter of Federal Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Volunteer, Southeast Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer, Domestic Violence Project
  • Volunteer, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
  • Former member, Board of Directors, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette
  • Former member, Board of Directors and former president, Janus Youth Programs
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Children’s Land Trust
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Paid Leave Developments,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 18th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 2020
  • “Breakout Session: Advanced ADA,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 17th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 2019
  • “Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace,” Stoel Rives Breakfast Seminar, June 2018
  • “Lightning Round: Staying Anchored with Your Top 10 Legal Updates,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 16th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 2018
  • “Avoid the Shipwreck and Protect the Treasure Chest: Departing Employees,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 16th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 2018
  • “Oddities of Oregon Law,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 15th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2017
  • “Privacy in the Workplace; Handling Employee Medical Information and Personal Data,” Stoel Rives Breakfast Seminar, April 2016
  • “Effective Tips for Working With Outside Counsel,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2016
  • “Best Practices in Hiring/Onboarding New Employees,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2016
  • “FMLA and the ADAAA: A Practical Approach,” client presentation, Nov. 2015
  • “Trade Secrets, Noncompetes, and Preventing Employee Data Theft,” Stoel Rives Breakfast Seminar, Sept. 2015
  • “What You Need to Know About Off-Duty Conduct & Employee Discipline,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 13th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2015
  • “Dispute Resolution and Settlement: The OK Corral,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 13th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2015
  • “Conducting a Defensible Workplace Investigation,” Employee Relations group presentation, Feb. 2015
  • “But I Was Off the Clock: Managing Off-Duty Conduct,” Stoel Rives Breakfast Seminar, Nov. 2014
  • “Conducting Workplace Investigations,” client presentation, April 2014
  • “When is a Worker an Independent Contractor and When is She an Employee?,” client presentation, May 2013
  • “Insiders’ Guide to Conducting Internal Investigations,” client presentation, April 2013
  • “Privacy and Confidentiality Under the ADAAA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation,” Disability Management Employer Coalition, FMLA/ADAAA Employer Compliance Conference, April 2013
  • “Employment Agreements from Soup to Nuts,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 2013
  • “Post-Employment Restrictions: Can You Really Enforce Them?,” client presentation, Dec. 2012
  • “The Fast Track: Litigating the Noncompete Case,” Oregon State Bar, Labor and Employment Section, Oct. 2012
  • “The Times They Are A-Changin’: The EEOC and the ADA in 2012 and Beyond,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 10th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2012
  • “To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate (Or, Why You Probably Want Arbitration Agreements with Your Employees!),” client presentation, Jan. 2012
  • “Individuals as Parties,” chapter, Oregon Civil Pleading and Practice, Oregon State Bar Publication, 2012
  • “An Enforceable Noncompetition Agreement: An Oxymoron? Protecting the Workforce, Customer Base and Trade Secrets,” Oregon State Bar, New Lawyers Division, Oct. 2011
  • “Deposing the Plaintiff in an Employment Case,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Practice Academy, Sept. 2011
  • “The Bermuda Triangle — ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation,” Mid-Willamette Valley HR Association, Sept. 2011
  • “A Discussion of ADA Basics and Reasonable Accommodation,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 9th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2011
  • “Managing Non-Exempt Employees,” client presentation, July 2010
  • “Avoiding the Critical Blow in HR Depositions,” Oregon State Bar, Labor and Employment Section, April 2010
  • “The Times They Are A-Changin’: A Brief Synopsis of What Labor and Employment Lawyers Should Know About New Laws,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Spring 2009
  • “You Want Info from the Feds? You Have an Uphill Battle” (co-author), Litigation Journal, Winter 2009
  • “The Law Protects Troops When They Return to the Workforce,” Portland Business Journal, Winter 2008
  • “Legislature Restricts Use of Noncompetition Agreements,” Portland Business Journal, Fall 2007

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