Elizabeth A. Semler

Partner, Business Group Chair, Employment Group Chair

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.243.1661 x 264 Direct

Assistant: Armando Salcedo: 503.243.1661 x 258

Practice Areas
Overview
Elizabeth assists clients in a broad range of business and employment matters. She provides advice and guidance to employers on a wide range of employment-related topics including:

  • Employee discipline and termination
  • The Family Medical Leave Act and Oregon Family Leave Act (including the Families First Corona Virus Relief Act)
  • Federal and Oregon disability laws
  • Oregon and Washington sick leave laws
  • Issues related to competition, solicitation, and confidentiality
  • Employee handbooks and appropriate and effective employee documentation
  • Harassment and discrimination investigations
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Severance and Separation agreements

Elizabeth represents employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. She also assists parties in litigation and arbitration with business disputes arising from contracts, intra-corporate relationships, and trusts and estates.

Elizabeth also represents individuals, including physicians and senior executives, with respect to employment contracts, executive compensation, competition and solicitation restrictions, and negotiation of severance agreements.

Elizabeth frequently writes and speaks on issues relating to employment law and conducts harassment and discrimination trainings for employers. Elizabeth joined Sussman Shank in 1998 after starting her legal career in 1992 as an associate with Rosen & Reade, LLP in New York.

Elizabeth clients include Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc., Community Health Plan of Washington, Begin Right, LLC, Windermere Realty Trust, JR Johnson, LLC and WFG National Title Company.

Elizabeth is also the author of Sussman Shank LLP's Employment Law Blog: https://employmentlaw.sussmanshank.com/
Education
B.A., Colgate University
J.D., Emory University School of Law
Admitted to Practice
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Oregon State Bar
      U.S. District Court, Oregon
New York State Bar
      U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Washington State Bar Association
Professional Organizations
American Bar Association
      Business Law
      Labor and Employment Law
      Litigation
Multnomah Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Oregon State Bar
      Business Litigation Section, Executive Committee (2015)
      Labor and Employment Section, Executive Committee (2016-Present)
          - Secretary (2019 and 2020), Chair-Elect 2020
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Washington State Bar Association

Articles
Speaking Engagements
Top 20 Handbook Provisions (BOLI) (2019)
Minimizing Risk and Strategies for Success and Managing Insanity (aka trial) in Employment Litigation, Oregon State Bar Corporate Counsel Section (2018)
Undetectable, Untransmittable, Unclear: Virally-Suppressed Employees and the Healthcare Workplace: Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (2018)
Employee Handbook Essentials (BOLI) (2018)
Effective Workplace Investigations: Oregon Banker's Association (2018)
Get Proactive! How to Address and Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (MBA) (2018)
Employee Handbooks (BOLI) (2017)
U.S. Employment Law Challenges for 2017 Webinar (Mackrell) (2017)
Drafting Effective Employee Handbooks (BOLI) (2016)
Training Supervisors To Respond To Employee Absences (BOLI) (2015)
City of Portland Paid Sick Leave Ordinance: Oregon Health Care Association (2014)
Social Media Policies and Employee use of Personal Electronic Devices: Oregon Bankers Association (2014)
Workplace Harassment (BOLI) (2013)
Enforcement of Noncompetition Agreements: Oregon State Bar Webinar (2013)
Termination Practices to Avoid Employment Litigation: Oregon State Bar Webcast CLE (2012) Developing an Employee Handbook (BOLI) (2012)
Termination Trips, Traps and Best Practices (BOLI) (2011)
1642 Portland Business Journal: Oregon's 2019 Most Admired Companies Oregon Business: 100 Best Companies to work for in Oregon 2019 Oregon Business: 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon 2019
Practice Areas
Education
B.A., Colgate University
J.D., Emory University School of Law
Admitted to Practice
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Oregon State Bar
      U.S. District Court, Oregon
New York State Bar
      U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Washington State Bar Association

Elizabeth A. Semler

Partner, Business Group Chair, Employment Group Chair


1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.243.1661 x 264 Direct

Assistant: Armando Salcedo: 503.243.1661 x 258
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Elizabeth assists clients in a broad range of business and employment matters. She provides advice and guidance to employers on a wide range of employment-related topics including:

  • Employee discipline and termination
  • The Family Medical Leave Act and Oregon Family Leave Act (including the Families First Corona Virus Relief Act)
  • Federal and Oregon disability laws
  • Oregon and Washington sick leave laws
  • Issues related to competition, solicitation, and confidentiality
  • Employee handbooks and appropriate and effective employee documentation
  • Harassment and discrimination investigations
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Severance and Separation agreements

Elizabeth represents employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. She also assists parties in litigation and arbitration with business disputes arising from contracts, intra-corporate relationships, and trusts and estates.

Elizabeth also represents individuals, including physicians and senior executives, with respect to employment contracts, executive compensation, competition and solicitation restrictions, and negotiation of severance agreements.

Elizabeth frequently writes and speaks on issues relating to employment law and conducts harassment and discrimination trainings for employers. Elizabeth joined Sussman Shank in 1998 after starting her legal career in 1992 as an associate with Rosen & Reade, LLP in New York.

Elizabeth clients include Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc., Community Health Plan of Washington, Begin Right, LLC, Windermere Realty Trust, JR Johnson, LLC and WFG National Title Company.

Elizabeth is also the author of Sussman Shank LLP's Employment Law Blog: https://employmentlaw.sussmanshank.com/
Articles
Speaking Engagements
Top 20 Handbook Provisions (BOLI) (2019)
Minimizing Risk and Strategies for Success and Managing Insanity (aka trial) in Employment Litigation, Oregon State Bar Corporate Counsel Section (2018)
Undetectable, Untransmittable, Unclear: Virally-Suppressed Employees and the Healthcare Workplace: Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (2018)
Employee Handbook Essentials (BOLI) (2018)
Effective Workplace Investigations: Oregon Banker's Association (2018)
Get Proactive! How to Address and Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (MBA) (2018)
Employee Handbooks (BOLI) (2017)
U.S. Employment Law Challenges for 2017 Webinar (Mackrell) (2017)
Drafting Effective Employee Handbooks (BOLI) (2016)
Training Supervisors To Respond To Employee Absences (BOLI) (2015)
City of Portland Paid Sick Leave Ordinance: Oregon Health Care Association (2014)
Social Media Policies and Employee use of Personal Electronic Devices: Oregon Bankers Association (2014)
Workplace Harassment (BOLI) (2013)
Enforcement of Noncompetition Agreements: Oregon State Bar Webinar (2013)
Termination Practices to Avoid Employment Litigation: Oregon State Bar Webcast CLE (2012) Developing an Employee Handbook (BOLI) (2012)
Termination Trips, Traps and Best Practices (BOLI) (2011)
Professional Organizations
American Bar Association
      Business Law
      Labor and Employment Law
      Litigation
Multnomah Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Oregon State Bar
      Business Litigation Section, Executive Committee (2015)
      Labor and Employment Section, Executive Committee (2016-Present)
          - Secretary (2019 and 2020), Chair-Elect 2020
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Washington State Bar Association