Jeff Chicoine, a partner with 35 years of experience, focuses on representing and advising private and public employers in labor relations and employment matters. Jeff's labor relations practice includes substantial experience in at-the-table labor negotiations. He bargains for private employers and on behalf of public agencies for both their strike-permitted and strike-prohibited units. He also represents employers in grievance arbitrations, interest arbitrations, union-organizing drives, representation petitions, unfair labor practice complaints, and civil service cases.
Jeff has handled over 100 arbitrations or administrative hearings as an advocate or administrative judge. Jeff served as an administrative judge for three years with the Oregon Employment Relations Board and then under contract for other public agencies, providing him with invaluable insight when preparing and presenting cases.
Jeff counsels employers on discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, trade secret, noncompetition agreements, wage-and-hour, severance, and other employment law matters. He represents employers before state and federal courts and agencies. He has successfully defended employers in a wide range of employment matters including wage-and-hour class actions, wrongful discharge, discrimination, and harassment claims and both pursued and defended against injunction actions. With expertise in administrative law, he has also assisted clients in dealing with state and federal government agencies in non-employment matters.
Jeff was a partner of Newcomb, Sabin, Schwartz & Landsverk LLP when it merged with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in 2009.