Craig A. Crispin

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Top Rated Employment & Labor 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 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (40%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Appellate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Craig A. Crispin is the founder and managing partner of Crispin Employment Law in Portland, Oregon. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 37 years of legal experience, Mr. Crispin focuses his practice exclusively on labor and employment law. He represents the rights and interests of employees throughout the greater Portland metro region and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    • Discrimination and harassment
    • Employment and executive contracts
    • Severance negotiations
    • Noncompete clauses and trade secret confidentiality
    • Wage and hour disputes
    • Wrongful termination
    • Medical leave issues
    • Workers' compensation and personal injury claims

    Having begun his legal career defending employers against employment law claims, Mr. Crispin has a unique insight in this area of law. This makes him all the more effective at devising the best strategies possible aimed at helping increase his clients' chances for obtaining the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve. A seasoned litigator, he has successfully handled hundreds of cases before all state, federal and appellate courts in his region, and he has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for those in need.

    Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Crispin has numerous publications to his credit, and he has once served on the editorial board for the Oregon State Bar's Federal Civil Litigation publication. Moreover, he has conducted many lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of topics related to employment law, civil procedure, witness preparation, appellate advocacy, workers' compensation and more. He also routinely assists other lawyers with their complex employment law cases.

    Recognized for his exemplary professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Crispin holds an AV-Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America for the past several years. In addition, he has received Superb client ratings on Avvo, and for more than 10 years, he has established himself as one of the top employment law attorneys in the Pacific Northwest region.

    A 1978 honors graduate of Southern Illinois University, Mr. Crispin obtained his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Willamette University College of Law in 1981. He has successfully argued cases before the Oregon Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the Oregon Court of Appeals. He also holds his license to practice in Washington.

    Fully committed to his practice, Mr. Crispin is an active member of the Oregon State Bar, the Washington Employment Lawyers Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Washington State Bar Association, among his other professional affiliations.

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    Practice Areas
    • 40%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 50%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 10%Appellate
    Focus Areas

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


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    About Craig Crispin

    Admitted: 1981, Oregon

    Professional Webpage:


    • Martindale-Hubbell, "AV Preeminent", Peer Review Ratings™
    • Best Lawyers In The Pacific Northwest, Seattle Magazine, 2016
    • Oregon Super Lawyers, 2006
    • Avvo has given Mr. Crispin a rating of 10 "Superb"
    • Magna Cum Laude, JD, Willamette University College of Law, 1981 - 1981
    • The Best Lawyers in America® Employment Law - Individuals since 2015

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pro Bono Panel for United States District Court, District of Oregon

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Member of the Editorial Board, Oregon State Bar publication, Federal Civil Litigation, 2019
    • Presenter, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
    • Presenter, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
    • Presenter, National Conventions of the National Employment Lawyers Association
    • Oregon Law Institute, May 2006, 2006 Annual Employment Law Update, "Tips for the Federal Court Litigator", May 2006
    • National Employment Lawyers Association, Accommodating Disabilities & Family& Medical Leaves in the Workplace, "Framing the Case, Challenging Summary Judgment &Preparing the Appeal", March 2006
    • Oregon State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section Annual Meeting, "Evidence Issues in Employment Law",  October 2005
    • 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
    • Editor-in-Chief, Willamette Law Review, Willamette University College of Law, 1979 - 1981
    • Timber Operators Council, October 2004, "Employment Claims: Evaluation and, Litigation"
    • 2006 Annual Employment Law Update: Federal Court Litigation, Oregon Law Institute, June 9, 2006
    • Society for Human Resource Management, (SHRM), "Discipline & Discharge Panel -- What the, Attorneys will Ask", May 2004
    • Executives in Transition, National Employment Lawyers Association, June 28, 2007
    • Accommodating Disabilities & Family, National Employment Lawyers Association, March 10, 2006
    • "When the Employer is not AN Employer:, Threshold Issues in Employment Law", American Bar Association, August 2003
    • Evidence Issues in Employment Law, Oregon State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section, October 8, 2005
    • 2003 Annual Convention, "What's in a Name: The Legal Definition Of an, Employee"
    • Equal Employment Opportunity: Discrimination on the Basis of Race, Color, Sex, Religion, and National Origin, Oregon State Bar, Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon, 2002
    • Winning the Regarded as' & Record, National Employment Lawyers Association, June 24, 2005
    • Oregon State Bar, May 2003
    • Effective Use of Civil Procedure, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, May 19, 2005
    • Workers' Compensation Section Annual Salishan, Conference, "Workers' Compensation Discrimination"
    • Equal Employment Opportunity: Enforcement, Oregon State Bar, Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon, 2002
    • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, July 2002
    • What's in a Name: The Legal Definition, American Bar Association, August 11, 2003
    • OTLA Annual Convention, "Getting in the Game :Taking more Cases, To Trial"
    • Representing Plaintiffs in ADA Actions, James Publishing, Editorial Advisory Board, 2002
    • "Motions for Summary Judgment", Oregon Law Institute, June 2002
    • Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon, Oregon State Bar, Editorial Board, 2002
    • "Motions for Summary Judgment" Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, May 2002
    • Jury Instructions, Jury Verdicts, Findings by the Court, Oregon State Bar, Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon,2002
    • "Oregon Legal Ethics", Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Reciprocity Seminar, March 2002
    • Americans with Disabilities Act, Oregon State Bar, Workers Compensation Section Handbook, 2002
    • Comment, The Successorship Doctrine: In Search of A New Focus 17 Willamette Law Review, Willamette Law Review, Vol 16,1981
    • 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)
    • Federal Civil Litigation In Oregon, Oregon State Bar Revisions, Editorial Board, 2009
    • Summary judgment, ch. 23, federal civil litigation in Oregon, Oregon State Bar, 2009 Revision
    • The Family And Medical Leave Act, American Bar Association, Cumulative Supplement, Contributing Author, 2008
    • Jury Instructions, Jury Verdicts, Findings By The Court, Ch.24, Federal Civil Litigation In Oregon, Oregon State Bar, 2002 Revision
    • Equal employment opportunity: enforcement, ch. 8, oregon statebar private sector labor law, 2002 Cumulative Supp.
    • Americans with disabilities act, ch. 26, oregon state bar workers compensation, 1994
    • Americans with disabilities act, ch. 26, oregon state bar workers compensation, Supp., 1996
    • Americans with disabilities act, ch. 26, oregon state bar workers compensation, Cum. Supp., 2000
    • Annual Convention, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2011
    • National Employment Lawyers Association, (Invited Presenter), "Preparing a Witness for Deposition: Teaching More Than the Facts", June 2011
    • National Employment Lawyers Association, June - 2007
    • National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Meeting, "Executives in Transition", 2007

    Representative Clients:

    • El-Hakem v. BJY, Inc., 415 F.3d 1068,9th Cir., lead trial and appellate counsel, 2005
    • Perri v. Certified Languages International, LLC, 187 Or. App. 76, 66 P.3d 531, lead appellate counsel, 2003
    • Wells v. Clackamas Gastroenterology, 271 F.3d 903, 9th Cir., lead trial and appellate counsel, 2001
    • Stanich v. Precision Body and Paint, Inc., 151 Or. App. 446, 950 P.2d 328, lead appellate counsel, 1997
    • Line Drivers, Pickup and Delivery Local Union No. 81 v. Roadway Exp. Inc., 152 F.3d 1098, 9thCir., lead trial and appellate counsel
    • 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
    • Dvorak v. Clean Water Services, 319 Fed. Appx. 538, 38 NDLR P 230, 9th Cir., lead trialand appellate counsel, 2009
    • 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
    • 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
    • Sims v. Besaw's Cafe, 165 Or. App. 180, 997 P.2d 201, lead appellate counsel, 2000
    • Ernst v. Western States Chiropractic, 1999 WL 993652, 9th Cir., lead appellate counsel, Jan. 27, 2000
    • Sizemore v. City of Dallas, 443 F. SUPP.2d 1201, D.Or., lead trial counsel, 2006
    • Fraser v. U.S. Bancorp, 168 F. Supp.2d 1188, D.Or., lead trial counsel, Sep 28, 2001
    • Clackamas Gastroenterology Associates, P. C. v. Wells, 538 U.S. 440, 123 S.Ct. 1673,lead trial and appellate counsel, 2003
    • Hamlin v. Hampton Lumber Mills, Inc., No. S056700, lead trial and appellate counsel, January 6, 2011
    • Fraser v. Goodale, 342 F.3d 1032, 9th Cir. 2003, cert. denied, 124 S.Ct. 1663 - 2004, lead trialand appellate counsel
    • 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
    • Pavon v. Swift Transp. Co., 192 F.3d 902, 9th Cir., lead trial and appellate counsel, 1999
    • Hedum v. Starbucks Corporation, 546 F. Supp.2d 1017, D. Or., lead trial counsel, 2008
    • Heller v. Columbia Edgewater Country Club, 195 F. SUPP.2d 1212, D.Or., lead trial counsel, 2002
    • Engquist v. Oregon Department of Agriculture, 553 U.S. 591, 128 S.Ct. 2146,co-counselin Supreme Court, 2008
    • Janee Wilson v. Tarr, Inc., 2000 WL 1292590, 79 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 40,222, D. Or., lead trial counsel, Sep 08, 2000

    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:

    • B.S. Education, University Honors, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1978, 1978

    Industry Groups

    • Law Firm Employees and Partners
    • Physicians
    • State Employees
    • University Employees
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    1834 SW 58th Ave
    Suite 200
    Portland, OR 97221

    Phone: 503-293-5759

    Fax: 503-293-5766

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