Dana L. Sullivan

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in Portland, Oregon

Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP
Dana L. Sullivan
Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation

Licensed in Oregon since: 1994

Education: New York University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP

921 SW Washington St.
Suite 516
Portland, OR 97205 Phone: 503-974-5023 Email: Dana L. Sullivan Visit website


Dana has developed an excellent reputation representing individuals in employment-related matters. She practices in both Oregon and Washington and regularly tries discrimination cases in both federal and state court. Dana has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers has listed her among the top 25 women lawyers in Oregon and among Oregon’s top 50 lawyers. Dana is a past president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the Multnomah Bar Association. 

Dana began her career in Oregon serving as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Malcolm F. Marsh, a United States District Court judge in Portland. Dana then spent two years in Washington, D.C., as an associate with the firm of Bernabei & Katz. While with Bernabei & Katz, Dana was involved in numerous high-profile employment discrimination suits that garnered national attention. In addition to representing individuals in litigation, Dana regularly provides advice to employees faced with challenging workplace issues such as sexual harassment or the need for accommodations for a disability.  She is also frequently retained by employers to conduct investigations into employee workplace complaints.

Dana has been recognized not only for her zealous advocacy but also her professionalism. She is a 2018 recipient of the James M. Burns Federal Practice Award, which is awarded by the Federal Bar Association for the District of Oregon to recognize attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism in their work in federal court.  In 2019, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association honored Dana with its Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award for her representation of Oregon Senator Sara Gelser in connection with her claim of sexual harassment against a senate colleague. Dana was selected for admission to 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. She is also a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a national organization that honors distinguished labor and employment lawyers who demonstrate excellence and professionalism in the practice and serve as a resource to the community at large.

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, and various aspects of trial advocacy.


First Admitted: 1994, Oregon

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

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Dana is a former president 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 is also a member of the Intake Committee for Legal Voice, a Seattle-based nonprofit that represents advocates for marginalized communities throughout the northwest. Dana is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association, and Oregon Women Lawyers.
Educational Background:
  • Princeton University, magna cum laude, 1989
  • Bial v. North Fork Composites                     Clark County               Dana represented the plaintiff in an action for breach of contract.  After the court declared a mistrial due to defense misconduct towards the end of a six-day trial, the parties reached a settlement pursuant to which the defendants agreed to pay the plaintiff $977,000., 2018
  • Plotkin v. SAIF                                                                     Marion County              Dana obtained a determination from the trial court that the defendant had violated Oregon’s Public Meetings Law by deliberating, outside of a public meeting, towards a decision to terminate the employment of SAIF’s CEO, John Plotkin. The parties subsequently settled the case for $1.7 million., 2017
  • Grimes v. Clatsop County                                Clatsop County              Dana tried this whistleblower action along with her partner Andrew Altschul on behalf of the former County Recorder for Clatsop County, who was discharged after reporting her belief that the County Manager had violated election laws.  The jury entered a verdict in favor of the plaintiff and awarded $168,000 in economic damages and $270,000 in noneconomic damages.  The court awarded plaintiff an additional $175,000 in attorney’s fees and costs., 2016
  • McLaughlin v. Kenneth Wilson, M. D.                        Marion County                Dana served as co-counsel at trial representing the plaintiff in a case involving claims of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The plaintiff prevailed on her defamation claim and the jury awarded her damages of $15,000.  , 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Elected to the national Board of Governors of Girls Inc., 2018
  • Dana received this award in recognition of her representation of Senator Sara Gelser in connection with her claim of sexual harassment against a senate colleague., Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • The James M. Burns Federal Practice Award recognizes attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism in their work in federal court., James M. Burns Federal Practice Award, District of Oregon Federal Bar Association , 2018

Office location for Dana L. Sullivan

921 SW Washington St.
Suite 516
Portland, OR 97205

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