Elizabeth A. Semler
Partner, Employment Group Chair
1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205
503.243.1661 x 264 Direct
Assistant: Jennifer M. Langlois: 503.243.1661 x 254
Ms. Semler assists clients in a broad range of business and employment matters. She represents parties in business disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration, including disputes arising from contracts, franchises, intra-corporate relationships, and lender liability. Ms. Semler's employment practice includes representing employers in court and before administrative agencies. She also provides advice, training and counsel to employers on a wide range of employment-related topics including: employee discipline and termination; issues related to competition and solicitation, and confidentiality; appropriate and effective employee documentation; harassment and discrimination investigations; sick, medical, and disability leave, wage and hour issues, and severance agreements.
Elizabeth frequently writes and speaks on issues relating to employment law including, the federal and Oregon Family Leave Acts, Title VII and Oregon's anti-discrimination laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act (and corresponding Oregon statutes), and issues relating to independent contractors versus employees. Elizabeth came to Sussman Shank in 1998 after starting her legal career in 1992 as an associate with Rosen & Reade, LLP in New York.
Elizabeth's cases include representation of such clients as Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc., Backyard Birdshop, EmpRes Healthcare, Inc., Bridge City Cafe, BeginRight Employment Services and Realty Trust Company.
American Bar Association
Labor and Employment Law
Multnomah Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Oregon State Bar
Federal Practice and Procedure Committee, Chair (2010)
Leadership College, Fellow (2007)
Quality of Life Committee, Chair (2006)
Business Litigation Section, Executive Committee (2015)
Labor and Employment Section, Executive Committee (2016)
Oregon Women Lawyers
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Washington State Bar Association