Dana L. Sullivan

Dana L. Sullivan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Portland, OR

Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP
 | 921 SW Washington St., Suite 516
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-974-5023
Fax: 971-230-0337
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

For eighteen years, Dana Sullivan has represented individuals in employment and civil rights litigation.  From 1995 until 1997, after completing a clerkship with the Honorable Malcolm F. Marsh, United States District Court Judge for the District of Oregon, Dana practiced with the Washington, D.C., firm of Bernabei & Katz.  While with Bernabei & Katz, Dana was involved in numerous high profile employment discrimination suits that garnered national attention.  She also served as a contract investigator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, investigating claims of discrimination filed by federal employees.  In 1997, Dana returned to Portland, and continued her employment law practice with the firm of Hoevet, Snyder & Boise, PC.  In 2002, Dana joined the firm of McKanna Bishop Joffe & Sullivan as a partner. 

Dana is an active member of both the Oregon and Washington bars.  She routinely handles litigation matters involving claims of discrimination, violation of family and medical leave laws, constitutional violations, wrongful discharge, whistleblowing, and breach of contract in both the private and public sectors.  Dana also represents federal employees in hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board.  In addition to representing clients in litigation, Dana provides advice to employees seeking assistance in the negotiation of employment contracts and severance agreements. 

Dana is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs and has served as a guest lecturer for classes at Portland State University and Lewis & Clark Law School.  Recent topics include family leave and disability laws, sexual harassment claims, the basics of litigating an employment case, proving damages, and issues surrounding expert witness testimony. 

From 1999 until 2011, Dana served on the Board of Governors of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) and she served as President of OTLA from 2009-2010.  Dana is also a past President of the Multnomah Bar Association.  In 2016, Dana was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization that recognizes experienced trial attorneys who have demonstrated high personal character and a reputation for professionalism.

About Dana Sullivan

Admitted: 1994, Oregon

Professional Webpage: http://www.baasemploymentlaw.com/bios/dana-l-sullivan/

Honors/Awards:

  • 2000 - Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers' Section Award of Merit (awarded for Dana's work overseeing the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers' Section's Dropout Prevention Program)   / 2000 - Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Volunteer of the Year Award

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Dana currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Multnomah Bar Association.  From 1999 to 2011, she served on the Board of Governors of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) and she was President of OTLA in 2009-2010.  Dana also serves on the Oregon State Bar's Civil Rights Section Newsletter Editorial Board.  Dana is also a member of a committee of the Northwest Women's Law Center in Seattle charged with improving the law in the area of Pregnancy and Family Responsibilities Discrimination.  Dana previously served on the Oregon State Bar Federal Practice and Procedure Committee, and served as Chair of that committee.  Dana is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, Oregon Women Lawyers, and the National Employment Lawyers Association. 

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Elected to the national Board of Governors of Girls Inc., 2018

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Steele v. Snowline Manufacturing:  Obtained award of compensatory and punitive damages for a woman who was wrongfully discharged by her employer for obtaining and enforcing a restraining order against a male coworker / Wright v. City of Willamina:  $165,000 awarded to former City Recorder based upon jury's finding that the plaintiff was discharged for filing a complaint with the Government Standards and Practices Commission against city councilors / Tinker v. Singh:  Obtained jury award for the plaintiff for discrimination based upon sexual orientation and wrongful termination for complaints about the employer's violation of wage and hour laws and state laws regulating tobacco and alcohol sales / Shimer v. Fraternal Order of Eagles, 202 Or. App. 123, 121 P.3d 671 (2005), rev. denied, 341 Or. 80, 136 P.3d 1123 (2006): After bench trial, court ruled that the Fraternal Order of Eagles' exclusion of women as members violated the Oregon Public Accommodations Act / Huson v. City of Forest Grove: Federal jury awarded the plaintiff $390,000 in damages and $112,000 in attorneys' fees and costs based upon finding that her former employer unlawfully discharged her after she complained of gender discrimination in the workplace / Marsh v. Henderson: Federal jury awarded plaintiff $90,000 in compensatory damages, plus attorneys' fees and costs, based upon finding that the plaintiff had been unlawfully denied employment with the US Postal Service due to her pregnancy.

Representative Clients:

  • Steele v. Snowline Manufacturing:  Obtained award of compensatory and punitive damages for a woman who was wrongfully discharged by her employer for obtaining and enforcing a restraining order against a male coworker / Wright v. City of Willamina:  $165,000 awarded to former City Recorder based upon jury's finding that the plaintiff was discharged for filing a complaint with the Government Standards and Practices Commission against city councilors / Tinker v. Singh:  Obtained jury award for the plaintiff for discrimination based upon sexual orientation and wrongful termination for complaints about the employer's violation of wage and hour laws and state laws regulating tobacco and alcohol sales / Shimer v. Fraternal Order of Eagles, 202 Or. App. 123, 121 P.3d 671 (2005), rev. denied, 341 Or. 80, 136 P.3d 1123 (2006): After bench trial, court ruled that the Fraternal Order of Eagles' exclusion of women as members violated the Oregon Public Accommodations Act / Huson v. City of Forest Grove: Federal jury awarded the plaintiff $390,000 in damages and $112,000 in attorneys' fees and costs based upon finding that her former employer unlawfully discharged her after she complained of gender discrimination in the workplace / Marsh v. Henderson: Federal jury awarded plaintiff $90,000 in compensatory damages, plus attorneys' fees and costs, based upon finding that the plaintiff had been unlawfully denied employment with the US Postal Service due to her pregnancy.

Educational Background:

  • Princeton University, magna cum laude, 1989

Articles about Dana L. Sullivan appearing in Super Lawyers

Office Location for Dana L. Sullivan

921 SW Washington St.
Suite 516
Portland, OR 97205

 

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Last Updated: 3/28/2018

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