Doctolero and Eki v Menzies Aviation et al,

Multnomah County Circuit Court Case Nos. 1103-04292, 1104-05151

$332,000 jury verdict in wrongful termination suit by two mechanics fired after complaining to OSHA about lack of a workplace toilet

Oregonian article

Johnson v Clackamas County et al
Federal District Court Case Nos. 08-1379-BR, 09·1406·BR

$250,000 settlement in wrongful termination case by Native American supervisor 

Blue Fox Inc. v  Small Business Administration

Ninth Circuit persuaded to permit suit against the Army under a unique theory of sovereign immunity waiver, 121 F.3d 1357 (9th Cir 1997). The U.S. Supreme Court reversed, 525 U.S. 255 (1999)(non-employment case)

​Tom wrote about his Supreme Court appearance in the
Texas Bar Journal

Bulow v Estey et al
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 0712-14608

$506,676.95 jury verdict in suit for underpaid commissions, and related claims by Dotty’s general manager

Oregonian article

Arjangrad v JPMorgan Chase

Federal District Court Case No. 3:10-cv-01157-PK

Confidential resolution, with letter of apology, in wrongful termination suit by female business banker alleging sex and national origin discrimination


Federal court opinion denying summary judgment

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Hickman Construction v South Umpqua State Bank
Douglas County Circuit Court Case No. CV9-0193 

$124,000 jury verdict in interference with business relations suit against bank (non-employment case)

The trial followed the Oregon Court of Appeals' reversal
of the trial court's directed verdict for the bank

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A native of Michigan, Tom is a graduate of Michigan State University and Saint Louis University School of Law.  He began his legal career in Washington, D.C., where he practiced for five years in the field of federal government contract law.  After working as an attorney advisor at a federal agency, he joined a boutique Washington, D.C. law firm, where he worked closely with senior partners on a range of cases against the federal government.  Since coming to Oregon in 1986, he has spent his career fighting for individuals, taking many cases to trial against powerful institutions.  Over the past 15 years, he has practiced predominately in the area of employment litigation, with an emphasis on employment discrimination law.   Licensed to practice in Oregon, he is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association.  Jury verdicts, settlements, and other results include the following:

Sievers v Alaska Airlines
Department of Labor ALJ Case No. 2004-AIR-00028
​ARB Case No, 05.109, Ninth Cir. Case No. 08-71101
District of Oregon Case No. 05-1361-AS

Booth, Shields and James v. Alaska Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 0506-06230

​After four PDX maintenance supervisors were fired, a Department of Labor ALJ made a $534,293 whistle-blowing
award to supervisor Carroll Sievers, later reversed

All cases were resolved on confidential terms

Galdamez v Potter

Federal District Court Case No. 00-1768-PK

$250,000 emotional distress jury verdict in hostile work environment suit by Hispanic postmaster

​The trial followed the Ninth Circuit's
in a case of first impression, that a community's racial hostility toward its postmaster could form the basis for a hostile work environment claim against the Postal Service

Brown v Oregon State University

Federal District Court Case No. CV-02-938-ST

$322,251 jury verdict in employment  

retaliation suit by African American senior manager

Oregonian article

Morrison v Unocal

Federal District Court Case No.  98-629-BR

$ 251,000 jury verdict in wrongful termination case by African American refinery worker

Oregonian article