Craig A. Crispin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Portland, OR

Crispin Employment Law PC
 | 1834 SW 58th Ave, Suite 200
Portland, OR 97221
Phone: 503-293-5759
Fax: 503-293-5766
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Appellate (0%)
Attorney Profile

As a founding member of the Portland, Oregon, employment law firm Crispin Employment Lawyers, Craig A. Crispin has established himself as a skilled advocate of individuals in employment discrimination cases throughout the state. Mr. Crispin is respected within the legal profession particularly for his ability to develop strategic representation plans in complex employment cases.

Many of his clients are in high-level executive positions requiring the development of exit strategies, the negotiation of severance packages and breach of contract litigation. On account of the high regard in which he is held by other attorneys, Mr. Crispin has earned Martindale-Hubbell's AV-Preeminent peer-reviewed rating since 1999. Listed by The Best Lawyers in America® - Employment Law - Individuals since 2015.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree with University Honors, Mr. Crispin went on to attend Willamette University School of Law in Salem, Oregon, from which he earned his Juris Doctor magna cum laude. During the three-plus decades since his graduation from law school, Mr. Crispin has used his experience, knowledge of employment laws and litigation skills in representing clients before the highest state and federal trial and appellate courts. This included two appearances before the United States Supreme Court to argue employment law cases on behalf of his clients.

Admitted to practice before state courts in Oregon and Washington, Mr. Crispin is highly regarded as a writer and speaker on topics of interest and concern to his fellow attorneys including employment law, litigation and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He has delivered presentations at the annual conventions of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the American Bar Assocation, and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, and he has served on the editorial board for the 2009 edition of the Oregon State Bar publication "Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon."

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (70%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Employment & Labor (30%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Appellate (0%)

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About Craig Crispin

Admitted: 1982, Oregon

Professional Webpage: http://www.employmentlaw-nw.com/

Honors/Awards:

  • The Best Lawyers in America® Employment Law - Individuals since 2015.
  • Martindale-Hubbell, "AV Preeminent", Peer Review Ratings™
  • Avvo has given Mr. Crispin a rating of 10 "Superb"
  • Magna Cum Laude, JD, Willamette University College of Law, 1981 - 1981

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington – 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington – 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon – 1983
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – 1982
  • Oregon State Bar Association – 1982
  • United States Supreme Court – 2002
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member, 1981
  • Member, Editorial Board for the Oregon State Bar publication
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • U.S. Navy,1972 - 1978
  • Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Board 2004-2009, 2013-

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Pro Bono Panel for United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • Oregon Athletic Officials Association, High School Baseball Umpire

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACECOLOR, SEX RELIGION, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN, Ch. 4, OREGON STATE BARPRIVATE SECTOR LABOR LAW,2010 (Awarded Association for Continuing Legal Education's Best Award of Outstanding Achievement for the 2011 revision of Labor and Employment Law: Private Sector).
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, 2005 Annual Convention, "Winning the' Regarded as' & 'Record of', ADA Case", June 2005
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, "How to be Efficient & Thorough - Effective, Use of Civil Procedure", May 2005
  • "When the Employer is not AN Employer:, Threshold Issues in Employment Law", American Bar Association, August 2003
  • Workers' Compensation Section Annual Salishan, Conference, "Workers' Compensation Discrimination"
  • "Oregon Legal Ethics", Washington State Trial Lawyers Ass'n, Reciprocity Seminar, March 2002
  • "Motions for Summary Judgment" Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, May 2002
  • "Motions for Summary Judgment", Oregon Law Institute, June 2002
  • OTLA Annual Convention, "Getting in the Game :Taking more Cases, To Trial"
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, July 2002
  • Oregon State Bar, May 2003
  • 2003 Annual Convention, "What's in a Name: The Legal Definition Of an, Employee"
  • Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association, April 2004
  • Society for Human Resource Management, (SHRM), "Discipline & Discharge Panel -- What the, Attorneys will Ask", May 2004
  • Timber Operators Council, October 2004, "Employment Claims: Evaluation and, Litigation"
  • Oregon State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section Annual Meeting, "Evidence Issues in Employment Law",  October 2005
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Accommodating Disabilities & Family& Medical Leaves in the Workplace, "Framing the Case, Challenging Summary Judgment &Preparing the Appeal", March 2006
  • Oregon Law Institute, May 2006, 2006 Annual Employment Law Update, "Tips for the Federal Court Litigator", May 2006
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Meeting, "Executives in Transition", 2007
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, June - 2007
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, (Invited Presenter), "Preparing a Witness for Deposition: Teaching More Than the Facts", June 2011
  • Annual Convention, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2011
  • AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, Ch. 26, OREGON STATE BAR WORKERSCOMPENSATION, Cum. Supp., 2000
  • AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, Ch. 26, OREGON STATE BAR WORKERSCOMPENSATION, Supp., 1996
  • AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, Ch. 26, OREGON STATE BAR WORKERSCOMPENSATION, 1994
  • EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: ENFORCEMENT, CH. 8, OREGON STATEBAR PRIVATE SECTOR LABOR LAW, 2002 Cumulative Supp.
  • JURY INSTRUCTIONS, JURY VERDICTS, FINDINGS BY THE COURT, Ch.24, FEDERAL CIVIL LITIGATION IN OREGON, OREGON STATE BAR, 2002 Revision
  • FEDERAL CIVIL LITIGATION IN OREGON, OREGON STATE BAR Revisions, Editorial Board, 2009
  • THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT, AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, Cumulative Supplement, Contributing Author, 2008
  • SUMMARY JUDGMENT, CH. 23, FEDERAL CIVIL LITIGATION IN OREGON,OREGON STATE BAR, 2009 Revision
  • Comment, The Successorship Doctrine: In Search of A New Focus 17 Willamette Law Review, Willamette Law Review, Vol 16,1981
  • Jury Instructions, Jury Verdicts, Findings by the Court, Oregon State Bar, Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon,2002
  • Equal Employment Opportunity: Enforcement, Oregon State Bar, Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon,2002
  • Americans with Disabilities Act, Oregon State Bar, Workers Compensation Section Handbook, 2002
  • Equal Employment Opportunity: Discrimination on the Basis of Race, Color, Sex, Religion, and National Origin, Oregon State Bar, Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon,2002
  • Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon, Oregon State Bar, Editorial Board, 2002
  • Representing Plaintiffs in ADA Actions, James Publishing, Editorial Advisory Board, 2002
  • What's in a Name: The Legal Definition, American Bar Association, August 11, 2003
  • Effective Use of Civil Procedure, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, May 19, 2005
  • Winning the Regarded as' & Record, National Employment Lawyers Association, June 24, 2005
  • Evidence Issues in Employment Law, Oregon State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section, October 8, 2005
  • Accommodating Disabilities & Family, National Employment Lawyers Association, March 10, 2006
  • 2006 Annual Employment Law Update: Federal Court Litigation, Oregon Law Institute, June 9, 2006
  • Executives in Transition, National Employment Lawyers Association, June 28, 2007
  • Editor-in-Chief, Willamette Law Review, Willamette University College of Law, 1979 - 1981

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Settlement of claims by city employee alleging race discrimination, violation of constitutional rights, and malicious prosecution.  City agreed to pay $500,000, issue a formal apology, issue a press release, provide an employment recommendation, and purge plaintiff's personnel file., 2010

Representative Clients:

  • Fraser v. U.S. Bancorp, 168 F. Supp.2d 1188, D.Or., lead trial counsel, Sep 28, 2001
  • Onken v. W.L. May Co., 300 F. SUPP.2d 1066, D.Or., lead trial counsel, 2004
  • Thoreson v. Competition Specialties, Inc., 2001 WL 950815, D. Or., lead trial counsel, May 30, 2001
  • Janee Wilson v. Tarr, Inc., 2000 WL 1292590, 79 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 40,222, D. Or., lead trial counsel, Sep 08, 2000
  • Hamlin v. Hampton Lumber Mills, Inc., No. S056700, lead trial and appellate counsel, January 6, 2011
  • Hamlin v. Hampton Lumber Mills, Inc., 222 Or. App. 230, 193 P.3d 46, modified as to prevailing party designation, 227 Or. App. 165, 205 P.3d 70 2008, review allowed, 346 Or. 157, 206 P.3d191 2009, lead trial and appellate counsel
  • Stanich v. Precision Body and Paint, Inc., 151 Or. App. 446, 950 P.2d 328, lead appellate counsel, 1997
  • Sims v. Besaw's Cafe, 165 Or. App. 180, 997 P.2d 201, lead appellate counsel, 2000
  • Cornier v. Paul Tulacz, DVM PC, 176 Or. App. 245, 30 P.3d 1210, 7 Wage & HourCas.2d, BNA,  541, Or. App., lead trial and appellate counsel, 2001
  • Perri v. Certified Languages International, LLC, 187 Or. App. 76, 66 P.3d 531, lead appellate counsel, 2003
  • Heller v. Columbia Edgewater Country Club, 195 F. SUPP.2d 1212, D.Or., lead trial counsel, 2002
  • Sizemore v. City of Dallas, 443 F. SUPP.2d 1201, D.Or., lead trial counsel, 2006
  • Hedum v. Starbucks Corporation, 546 F. Supp.2d 1017, D. Or., lead trial counsel, 2008
  • Line Drivers, Pickup and Delivery Local Union No. 81 v. Roadway Exp. Inc., 152 F.3d 1098, 9thCir., lead trial and appellate counsel
  • Ernst v. Western States Chiropractic, 1999 WL 993652, 9th Cir., lead appellate counsel, Jan. 27, 2000
  • Pavon v. Swift Transp. Co., 192 F.3d 902, 9th Cir., lead trial and appellate counsel, 1999
  • Wells v. Clackamas Gastroenterology, 271 F.3d 903, 9th Cir., lead trial and appellate counsel, 2001
  • Volm v. Legacy Health System, Inc., WL 1780343, D. Or. Dec 5, 2000, affirmed, 9th Cir.March 22, 2004, lead trial and appellate counsel, 2000
  • Fraser v. Goodale, 342 F.3d 1032, 9th Cir. 2003, cert. denied, 124 S.Ct. 1663 - 2004, lead trialand appellate counsel
  • El-Hakem v. BJY, Inc., 415 F.3d 1068,9th Cir., lead trial and appellate counsel, 2005
  • Dvorak v. Clean Water Services, 319 Fed. Appx. 538, 38 NDLR P 230, 9th Cir., lead trialand appellate counsel, 2009
  • Clackamas Gastroenterology Associates, P. C. v. Wells, 538 U.S. 440, 123 S.Ct. 1673,lead trial and appellate counsel, 2003
  • Engquist v. Oregon Department of Agriculture, 553 U.S. 591, 128 S.Ct. 2146,co-counselin Supreme Court, 2008

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Two appearances in the United States Supreme Court:  Lead counsel in Clackamas Gastroenterology Associates v. Wells, an Americans with Disabilities Act matter involving the thresh hold issue of whether shareholders may count for the requisite number of employees required for coverage under the Act; and co-counsel in Engquist v. Oregon Department of Agriculture, addressing the "class of one" equal protection theory under the fourteenth amendment.

Educational Background:

  • BS Education, University Honors, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1978
Office Location for Craig A. Crispin

1834 SW 58th Ave
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97221

Phone: 503-293-5759

Fax: 503-293-5766

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Last Updated: 2/5/2019

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