Naomi advises and defends public and private employers in all areas of employment and labor law. She regularly counsels employers on day-to-day personnel issues and provides training to managers and employers. Naomi supports organizations in developing compliance- and governance-related employment policies and practices, including federal and state regulatory compliance, and handling employment issues arising in complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions.
Naomi defends claims against entities for employment discrimination, disability discrimination and accommodation, wrongful discharge, and wage-and-hour, as well as other tort claims, in litigation and administrative agency proceedings. Naomi has obtained defense verdicts and decisions in numerous trials and arbitrations. She also represents both private and public employers on traditional labor issues, including arbitrating grievances, addressing unfair-labor-practice charges, and advising on collective bargaining agreements and the collective bargaining process. Naomi’s board and business experience provides special insight into the practical issues that face both businesses and educational institutions.
Naomi has extensive experience in advising public and private higher education institutions and public school districts on issues relating to employment, accommodation under state and federal law, students, and other federal and state compliance. She is a regular speaker at both the national and state level for education organizations that include the National Association for College and University Attorneys and the Oregon School Board Association, providing trainings on issues such as implicit bias, bullying, addressing faculty misconduct, and how to conduct effective investigations.
Naomi has been recognized by national, state, and local organizations, including Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hotlist, Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine, and Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under 40. Naomi was also featured in the Portland Business Journal’s Higher Education Thought Leader Forum in 2018 and 2019.