Experience/Background


Representative Matters

Employment Litigation
  • Zweizig v. Northwest Direct Teleservices, Inc., 3:15-cv-02401-HZ (D. Or.)
    Represented a technology manager unlawfully retaliated against by a former boss via derogatory blog articles. Unanimous jury verdict for $1 million noneconomic damages. (The Oregonian) Defendant's appeals dismissed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Zweizig v. Rote, No. 18-35991 (9th Cir. June 16, 2020)

    This case is currently before the Oregon Supreme Court on the following certified question of law: “Does Oregon Revised Statutes § 31.710(1) cap the noneconomic damages awarded on an employment discrimination claim under Oregon Revised Statutes § 659A.030?” Zweizig v. Rote, 962 F.3d 484 (9th Cir. 2020).
  • Co-counsel with Jim Vogele and the Oregon Law Center in Cole v. Kraft Heinz, 18-cv-02121-SU (U.S. District Court, Pendleton Division). Represented a factory worker who was fired while on leave caring for a critically-ill family member.
  • Represented IT Director of a public entity in whistleblower retaliation litigation.
  • Represented underpaid workers in minimum wage litigation in state and federal courts.
  • Defended technology company against former employee's claims for unpaid commissions.
  • Represented employees in actions against employers for violation of crime victim protection statutes.
  • Defended tech startup against breach of contract claims from former employee.
  • Represented fire chief in public whistleblower claims.

Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Obtained O-1 visa for design director at creative studio
  • Obtained O-1 visa for chef
  • Obtained O-1 visa for scientist 
  • Obtained P visa for musical group to tour the United States
  • Assisted Legalpad.io with immigration software prototyping

Employment Contracts
  • Represented employees—executives, entrepreneurs, healthcare workers, engineers, creative talent, salespersons, etc.—in private contract review and negotiation matters. 
  • Pursued breach of contract claims for employees in mediation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Work History

Attorney, Portland, OR (2010- Present)
Advise and represent employees in legal matters involving employment contracts, employee rights litigation, and work visas. Super Lawyer "Rising Star."

Associate Attorney, Mitra Law Group, Portland, OR (2009-2010)
Represented employees in employment litigation at high-volume plaintiff-side practice.

Law Clerk, Nicholas & Butler LLP, San Diego, CA (2006-2007)
Consumer, business, and employment litigation.

Conflicts Analyst, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, WI (2005)
Screened new matters for large international law firm.

Lawyer Referral Service, Milwaukee Bar Association, Milwaukee, WI (2003-2005)
Fielded calls from the community and referred to appropriate lawyers, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and other community resources.

Volunteer Paralegal, UW-Milwaukee Legal Clinic, Milwaukee, WI (2001-2003)
Supported staff attorney in landlord/tenant and consumer law cases.