Overview

About Victor

Labor and Employment

Victor is consistently ranked among the best labor and employment lawyers in the Pacific Northwest. He has been ranked in the top tier by Chambers USA in “Band 1” for over a decade, the highest ranking under the peer and client rating process. This year, he was described as “extraordinary,” “excellent,” “pragmatic.”

He is one of eight Oregon management-side attorneys elected as a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers for sustained outstanding performance in the profession. He now serves on the Pacific Northwest Admissions Committee for the College.

He has been included in Best Lawyers in America for over ten years. He has been AV rated for over 20 years by Martindale-Hubbell® and listed as a Super Lawyer since its inception about 15 years ago.

Labor and Employment Practice

Victor has gone to trial in over 60 cases, including jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, NLRB cases, and administrative hearings. He has been lead counsel in some of the most well-known labor and employment cases in Oregon history:

  • Member of post-trial team that successfully reduced the largest employment law verdict in Oregon history from $19 million to $1.2 million.
  • Counsel for employer in the largest union election in Oregon history. Approximately 2,500 voters (employer won).
  • Defense verdicts for Costco, PGE and Wells Fargo, in jury trials involving age, race and retaliation.

Victor’s practice includes employment litigation, traditional labor law, advice and training. He is a resident of the firm’s Portland office, which is ranked in tier #1 by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers in America®.

Victor is a frequent speaker in Oregon and nationally. For over five years, he wrote a monthly column in the Portland Business Journal on a wide range of Human Resources issues. He has been quoted by the Associated Press, The Oregonian, The Seattle Times, Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Portland Business Journal and Oregon Business Magazine and has appeared as a TV commentator on KGW Live@7, KATU, KPTV and KOIN-TV.

Victor began his career in San Francisco at the largest labor and employment firm in the country, Littler, which has over 1,000 lawyers. He was an associate and a partner at Littler from 1985 to 1993.

After Littler, Victor started the Labor and Employment Group at a Portland firm (Tonkon Torp) and was instrumental in its growth. He was a partner and chair of the L&E Group from 1993 to 2005.

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Experience

Experience

Employment Trials and Litigation (Representative List)

  • Nydigger v. Portland General Electric (PGE) – Defense verdict in two-week jury trial in which plaintiff claimed retaliation (whistleblower).
  • Langton v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. – Defense verdict in one-week jury trial in which a 69-year-old employee, who worked over 10 years for defendant, alleged age discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation.
  • Tatum v. Costco Wholesale Corp. – Defense verdict in two-week jury trial defending retaliation claims arising from termination of a manager who made a sexual harassment complaint.

Labor Law (Organizing Drives, Elections, Project Labor Agreements, Unfair Labor Practices, Labor Negotiations)

Victor’s practice includes “traditional” labor law, which covers employers in union organizing drives, strikes, unfair labor practice charges; negotiating collective bargaining agreements and project labor agreements (pre-hire agreements).

Wage and Hour Class Actions (Representative List)

  • Bey v. SolarWorld Resolved on favorable terms class claims involving 5-minute grace period and meal period.
  • Holden v. Staples, Inc. – Resolved precertification wage and hour class claims relating to payments upon termination.
  • Zamora v. Foster Farms – Resolved class claims precertification alleging termination pay, postings and pay stub information.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA for 16 years (2004-2019). Comments include:
    • An “extraordinary” lawyer who “provides excellent, pragmatic and business-oriented advice” (2018);
    • “Offers wide ranging practice... a great lawyer” (2017);
    • “Excellent employment attorney” (2016);
    • “He is well respected, very timely and a great communicator” (2015);
  • Counsel, Portland Human Resource Management Association (PHRMA), Affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 2006
  • Past instructor, Portland State University Professional Development Center, Advanced EEO Law
  • Past member, Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Past board member, Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), for 10 years (2004-2014)

Civic Activities

  • Former Board member, Lan Su Chinese Garden, former president, former vice president and executive committee member
  • Board member, Vital Life Foundation
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