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Randall serves as Chair of the firm’s Employment Litigation Practice Group. In his 20 years of law practice, Randall has focused on advising employers and handling employment and business litigation matters. Randall is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for the practice area of Employment Law - Management.
The key areas in which Randall focuses his practice are:
Advice and Representation of Employers in Litigation & Administrative Proceedings
Randall advises management with difficult employee relations issues and helps employers stay complaint with state and federal employment laws. Randall defends employers in litigation brought by current and former employees. He has handled a wide variety of harassment, discrimination and retaliation cases alleging violations of age, sex, disability, race, family leave, national origin, and other laws. He also defends employers against wage & hour, breach of contract, wrongful discharge and other employment-related claims. Randall has particular expertise in leave and disability laws under FMLA, OFLA, and the ADA. Randall frequently works with his clients’ Employment Practices Liability (EPLI) insurance carriers to provide a strong defense under the terms of the EPLI policy.
“Save the Company” – Corporate Raiding Litigation
Randall has considerable experience prosecuting claims against former employees who have sought to sabotage and step into the shoes of their former employer. These actions have threatened the survival of the client company through the loss of trade secrets, diversion of employees, and solicitation of customer relationships. Randall has obtained TROs and preliminary injunctions to provide emergency relief and protection. To secure the return of stolen customer information and preserve electronic data from destruction, Randall has obtained court orders on an ex parte basis without prior notice to the opposing party. These efforts have helped his clients’ businesses survive and thrive, by obtaining necessary emergency legal protections.
The Carriage Works v. Ikonic Manufacturing: Key employees of national manufacturer sabotaged and diverted employees and customers. Obtained ex parte order to preserve electronic data through sheriff-assisted data retrieval efforts without prior notice to competitor. Obtained preliminary injunction preventing former employees’ company from doing business with key customers.
Action Truss v. Salem Truss: Key management employees took customer files, diverted customers, and hired away employees. Obtained sheriff-assisted ex parte claim and delivery order for the return of trade secrets necessary to continue client business operations. Obtained preliminary injunction preventing use of trade secrets and imposing customer protections. Secured court-ordered receiver, who was instructed to liquidate the former employees’ newly formed company.
MegAvail v. Market Specific Media: Former key employees sabotaged and sought to step into shoes of former employer. Obtained ex parte court order to preserve electronic data and preliminary injunction preventing former employees from engaging in competitive efforts.
Complex Business Litigation Matters
Randall represents business clients in varied complex litigation matters. His clients have included large manufacturers, call centers, physicians’ offices, farms, professional service providers, franchisees, artists, retailers, financial institutions and many others in a wide variety of fields and occupations. These cases have litigated a wide variety of claims, including claims for antitrust, intellectual property rights, breach of contract, ERISA, breach of fiduciary duty of loyalty, shareholder disputes, and minority shareholder oppression to name a few.
Randall is a frequent author and public speaker on employment legal issues. He began his career as a personnel analyst for the City of San Diego. Randall is admitted to practice law in both Oregon and Washington and assists clients across the Northwest.
Randall has served for many years as the Oregon Legislative Director for the Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”), and was the 2012 Director of the SHRM Oregon State Council. Randall also serves on the Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) Employment Practices Steering Committee where he plays a part in helping to shape laws affecting Oregon employers. Randall is the Past President of the Job Growers Incorporated tri-county workforce investment board. For the past three years, he has supported the Sprague High School Band Boosters as Chair of the Pacific Coast Invitational statewide marching band competition.
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.