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Randall Sutton's practice focuses on employment law and complex business litigation. As a shareholder in the firm, Randall oversees the firm's employment litigation practice. He is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbel® and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. For a list of seminars he has presented, click here.
Defense of Management in Litigation by Employees & Former Employees
Randall defends employers before administrative agencies and in state and federal court. He is experienced in handling discrimination, wage & hour, sexual harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing and other employment claims. He also is experienced in conducting and overseeing workplace investigations and in managing difficult employee relations issues.
Noncompetition Agreements & Trade Secrets / Unfair Competition Disputes
Randall has extensive experience in the litigation of noncompetition agreements, protection of trade secrets, and litigation of duty of loyalty, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition claims. He has obtained preliminary and permanent injunctions and temporary restraining orders in cases involving disputes with former employees and business competitors. Having litigated these disputes, Randall uses this experience in drafting enforceable noncompetition and non-piracy agreements for the firm's business clients.
Randall helps employers comply with state and federal employment laws. Because most employment claims can be avoided with good preventative measures. Randall encourages his clients to use him as a sounding board when making employment decisions. Once an employee is terminated or another adverse action is taken, it is far more difficult to remedy a potential problem. Randall conducts quarterly seminars for clients and assist clients with customized in-house training. He is a frequent seminar speaker on employment law compliance. For a list of seminars he has presented, click here. Randall drafts personnel manuals, employment contracts, drug testing policies, last chance agreements, severance agreements, and other employment policies and agreements.
Complex Business Litigation
Randall regularly litigates complex business and contact disputes. Some of the cases he has handled include:
Employee Benefits Disputes & ERISA Litigation
Randall has considerable expertise in evaluating family leave and disability issues, and litigating claims related to leaves of absence, workers' compensation, and executive compensation. Randall also represents plan sponsors and others in the litigation of claims related to retirement plan administration, health plans, and other plans governed by ERISA.
Willamette University College of Law
San Diego State University
Randall has served as a Legislative Affairs Director for the Oregon State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and currently serves as the State Director. SHRM is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management with more than 200,000 members. Randall also serves on the Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) Employment Practices Council and is a member of the AOI Employment Practices Steering Committee. He has also served on a statewide Drug Free Workforce legislative workgroup. Randall has been involved in many community nonprofit efforts, including serving as an officer on the board of directors for the Salem Art Association and the Salem Art Association Endowment Foundation. He is a past President of the Job Growers Incorporated tri-county workforce investment board for Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. Randall is a member of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC) and is a member of the Marion County Bar Association. Randall has written a monthly column on employment law for the Salem Business Journal. He is also a member of the Litigation, Labor Relations, and Business Litigation sections of the Oregon State Bar and the Litigation section of the Washington State Bar.
The following is a selected list of seminars presented by Randall:
Off the Job
Randall is a sports car fanatic, enjoying road trips and track events with fellow enthusiasts. He is thankful that his wife Tari has remained a good sport through many a twisty mountain road. Randall is a struggling musician want-to-be, who enjoys trying to keep up with his two far more musically inclined boys. He is an avid photographer of people, landscapes and fast-moving objects. He wishes that his golf game reflected all of the effort he has put into it, and he is a great admirer of perfectly smoked beef brisket.