Todd A. Hanchett

Todd A. Hanchett
Portland, OR
P: 503.294.9454

About Todd

Drawing on more than 15 years of experience, Todd Hanchett represents employers in high-stakes litigation and traditional labor law matters. As a seasoned litigator, Todd regularly represents clients before state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington, as well as in labor arbitrations and before the National Labor Relations Board. A frequent speaker and author on a variety of employment and labor law topics, Todd is the Chair of the Board of the Maurice Lucas Foundation.  He is listed in Best Lawyers in America® and in Oregon Super Lawyers®.

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  • Obtained defense verdict following one-week jury trial on claims of sexual harassment, race discrimination, FMLA/OFLA retaliation, and wrongful discharge. Lawson v. American Cancer Society, et al.
  • Defended medical device company on claims of tortious interference and alleged violations of non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality covenants. After a seven-day jury trial, obtained a favorable verdict substantially in favor of defendants.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of complaint alleging Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower and retaliation claims even after court permitted plaintiff multiple opportunities to replead.  Briefed appeal to the Fifth Circuit, which was affirmed.
  • Obtained summary judgment on race and national origin discrimination claims. Manesh v. Sun Microsystems, Inc.
  • Won summary judgment on claim of same-sex sexual harassment. Plaintiff appealed. Briefed and argued appeal to the Ninth Circuit, which was affirmed.
  • Obtained partial summary judgment on plaintiffs’ ERISA claims, which drove favorable resolution of case.
  • Successfully obtained temporary restraining order preventing client’s supplier partner from disclosing confidential, proprietary information. Following entry of restraining order, negotiated favorable contractual terms with supplier as part of resolution.
  • Negotiated dozens of labor agreements with various unions.
  • Handled 30+ labor arbitrations; numerous favorable outcomes achieved.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Employment Law–Management, Litigation-Labor & Employment ), 2012‑2017
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® (Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment & Labor, Business Litigation), 2013‑2017
  • Listed among Rising Stars by Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2008‑2012
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Director, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel 2013-2015
  • Chair (2008‑2012), Publications Representative (2006‑2008), Employment Law Practice Group, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Director, Oregon Chapter, Federal Bar Association, 2005‑2014
  • Member, Oregon Minority Lawyers Association
  • Member, Labor and Employment Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Former Chair (2003‑2004), Member (2001‑2004), Best Practices Committee, Diversity Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, House of Delegates, Oregon State Bar, 2001‑2004
  • Member, Associates Committee, Campaign for Equal Justice, 2001‑2004

Civic Activities

  • Chair (2015-present), Director (2012‑2015), Maurice Lucas Foundation
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Traditional Labor Update,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Mar. 2016
  • “Employment Law: A Practical Approach,” Client Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, Sep. 2015
  • “Grabbing Wage and Hour Issues by the Horns,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 13th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Mar. 2015
  • “Hot Topics in Employment Law,” Client Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, Oct. 2014
  • Willamette University College of Law Professionalism Program, Aug. 2014
  • “Employment Law Update,” Public Media Business Association Annual Conference, Portland, OR, May 2014
  • “Discharge and Documentation,” Client Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, Aug. 2013
  • Willamette University College of Law Professionalism Program, Aug. 2013
  • “HR Recipes for Success: A Pinch of This, a Dash of That: Dealing with Micro-Inequities in the Workplace” SHRM Oregon State Council Eleventh Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, Mar. 2013
  • “OMG! The NLRB Publishes First Social Media Decisions,” Portland Business Journal, Feb. 2013
  • “Employment Law Review,” Client Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, Oct. 2012
  • “Managing Employees in a Union Environment, Client Training, July 2012
  • “2012 Employment and Labor Law Update,” Rogue Valley SHRM Seminar, Medford, OR, May 2012
  • “Labor Law Update: Recent Developments at the NLRB,” Klamath Basin SHRM Seminar, Apr. 2012
  • “Takin’ Care of Business: Labor Law for Non-Union Employers,” SHRM Oregon State Council Tenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, Mar. 2012
  • Contributing Editor, Developing Labor Law, American Bar Association, 2005‑2012
  • “Creating & Maintaining a Healthy Workplace,” Barran Liebman LLP Breakfast Seminar, July 2011
  • “Worshipping at Work: Religious Discrimination, Accommodation, and Trends in the Law,” OADC Annual Convention, June 2011
  • “Discovery,” Multnomah Bar Association Young Litigators Forum Seminar Series, Feb. 2011
  • “Privacy Issues in the Workplace,” Barran Liebman LLP Annual Seminar. Sept. 2010
  • “Watch Out for So-Called ‘Facebook Firings,’“ Oregon Business Magazine, Sept. 2010
  • “Hiring Independent Contractors Becoming Riskier,” Daily Journal of Commerce, Aug. 2010
  • “The Beginning is the End is the Beginning: Effective Employment & Severance Agreements,” Barran Liebman LLP Breakfast Seminar, June 2010
  • “Focusing the Binoculars: A Close Look at the Employee Free Choice Act,” Barran Liebman LLP Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Sept. 2009
  • “How to Respond to a BOLI Complaint,” Sept. 2008
  • “Conducting Investigations,” SHRMA, May 2008
  • “Union Organizing,” Client Training, July 2007
  • “Employment Law 101 for Small Businesses,” Barran Liebman LLP Breakfast Seminar, July 2007
  • “Non-competition Agreements,” OADC Annual Convention, June 2007
  • “FMLA Update,” Council on Education Management (COEM), June 2007
  • “e-discovery in Employment Cases,” OLI Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, June 2007
  • “Retaliation Redux: Is the Rabbit Out of the Hat?,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Fall 2006
  • “Public Policy Challenges to Labor Arbitration Awards: Still A Safe Harbor For Silly Fact Finding?,” Willamette Law Review, 2002
  • “Ninth Circuit Employment Law Update,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Newsletter, Spring 2002

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