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Amy A. Robinson

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About

Amy Robinson is a shareholder in Jordan Ramis PC and focuses her practice on employment and business law.

Amy has deep experience in a full range of employment issues that include disability and accommodation, employee complaints and grievances, wage and hour issues, employee leaves, employee counseling and discipline, and discrimination and harassment. She has represented employers in judicial and administrative proceedings and has conducted external/third party investigations. Amy also serves as general counsel to clients on a range of business and employment matters including corporate governance, negotiations and drafting of purchase and sale agreements, and corporate reorganizations.

Prior to her legal career, Amy worked as a human resources professional for a variety of employers. She regularly speaks and provides training for HR professionals, managers and employees, and professional organizations on a variety of employment and human resources topics.

Education & Admissions

Education:
  • B.S., Washington State University, 1995
  • J.D., Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law, 2002
Admissions:
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar
  • Alaska State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon

Certifications

Memberships & Activities

  • National Association of Women Lawyers (2017-Present)
  • Oregon Society of Association Management, Board of Directors (2016-Present)
  • Washington Women Lawyers Foundation, Board of Directors (2009-Present)
  • Washington Women Lawyers, Board of Directors (2003- Present); President (2008-2009); Judicial Evaluations Chair (2010-2014); Whatcom County Chapter, Member of the Year (2006)
  • Washington State Human Resources Council, Board of Directors, Southwest Region Director (2015 – 2016)
  • Southwest Washington Human Resource Management Association (Southwest Washington SHRM), Board of Directors, Immediate Past President (2015); President (2014); Membership Director (2011-2013)
  • LAW Advocates, Board of Directors (2003-2010); Chair (2009-2010); Lawyers Take Orders, Auction Chair (2005-2010)
  • Washington Young Lawyers Division, Board of Trustees (2005-2008)

Awards and Honors

  • Washington Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2010-2011
  • Washington Women Lawyers – Board Member of the Year, 2012


Publications

  • "Chapter 13: Independent Contractors," Oregon Human Resources Manual published by AOI, 2015, 2016 2017 Editions

Articles

Presentations

  • "Certificate Program in FLMA &ADA Compliance" training, HRTraining.com, December 2016
  • "Laws, Rules & Regulations Impacting Associations Now and in the Future," Oregon Society of Association Management, November 2016
  • "HR Employment Law," Washington Human Resources Academy, November 2016
  • Certificate Program for HR Generalists, HRTraining.com, October 2016
  • "Amy's Annual Employment Law Briefing," Southwest Washington Society for Human Resources Management, October 2016
  • "An Employment Law Update for the Hospitality Industry," Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association's Annual Convention, October 2016
  • "Employment Law Today: The Wild, Wild West," Oregon Association of Nurseries' Farwest Show, August 2016
  • "Workplace Investigations: Advising Your Client," The Seminar Group's 19th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, August 2016
  • "Local Governments Sharing Personnel and Jointly Providing Services," Oregon City Attorneys Association Annual Municipal Law CLE, May 2016
  • "A New Year's Legal Update Legal Update for HR Professionals," Southwest Washington Society for Human Resources Management, January 2016
  • "2015 Fall Legal Update: A Highlight of New Laws, Potential Changes, and Emerging Issues," Southwest Washington Society for Human Resources Management, November 2015
  • "Hot Topics in Employment Law for the Family Business," Oregon State University Austin Family Business Program, October 2015
  • "Employee Benefits," 18th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar, August 2015
  • "Hot Topics in Employment Law Affecting Agricultural Business," Oregon State Bar, Agricultural Law Section, May 2015
  • "HR Hot Topics: Reasonable Accommodations for Mental Health, and an Update on Leave Laws," Washington Banker's Association Northwest Educational Human Resources Conference, April 2015
  • "Meeting Prevailing Wage Obligations," Jordan Ramis Construction Law Seminar, April 2015
  • "Legal Review and Update," Xenium, January 2015
  • "$100,000 Pyramid Game," Oregon Landscape Contractors Association, December 2014
  • "Back to the Future: A Fall 2014 Legal Update," SW Washington SHRM Annual Conference, October 2014
  • "Employee Benefits: The Status and Impacts of Health Care Reform; New Trends in ERISA; Deferred Compensation, Executive Plans and IRC Section 409A; Affordable Care Act Update," Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Seattle, Washington, August 2014
  • "Working with Contract Attorneys," Washington State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference, July 2014
  • “Oops…I Did It Again! A Primer in Contract Law for HR Professionals,” 16th Annual Washington State SHRM Council Employment Law & Legislative Conference, Bellevue Washington, March 2014
  • “What’s Going On?  A Fall 2013 Legal Update on Employment Law,” Southwest Washington SHRM Annual Conference, October 2013
  • “2012: Employment Law Year In Review,” Southwest Washington SHRM Luncheon, Featured Speaker, January 2013
  • "Let's Play the Green Industry $100,000 Pyramid! Featuring the Top 10 Legal Issues and Best Management Practices for Green Industry Business Owners," Far West Trade Show, 2013
  • "The New Marijuana Law: How to Protect Your Business/Employees," Small Business Boot Camp at Lower Columbia College, 2013
  • "You're Hired! The Do's and Don't of Recruiting and Placement," Southwest Washington SHRM, 2012
  • "What's Going On? A New Year Legal Update," Southwest Washington SHRM, 2013
  • "Welcome to the Jungle! Trailblazing the tangled path between Family/Medical Leave obligations and accommodations under the Americans with Disability Act", Southwest Washington SHRM, 2012
  • "You're Hired! Do's and Don'ts from Recruiting to Placement", PBJ Online Power Seminar Series: Employment Law Webinar, 2011
  • "Social Media in the Workplace", Portland Business Journal Online Power Seminar Series: Employment Law Webinar, April 2011
  • "The Perils of Employee Misclassification", PBJ Online Power Seminar Series: Employment Law Webinar, 2011
  • "How to say ‘You’re Hired!’ and Not Get Sued", Portland Business Journal Online Power Seminar Series: Employment Law Webinar, October 2010
  • "What Employers and Managers Need to Know about Employment Law in Washington", Guest Lecturer at Bellingham Technical College, 2008
  • "Don't Be Left in the Dark by Employee Leave Issues", SHRM Mt. Baker Chapter, 2008
  • An Overview and Update on Washington Employment Law, American Society for Women Accountants (ASWA) North Cascades Chapter Regional Conference, 2007
  • "Avoiding the FMLA's Landmines in Washington: Top 10 FMLA Traps and How to Avoid Them", Lecture Series, 2006
  • "So What Do Accountants Need to Know about Employment Law?", A Primer on Employment Law for the American Society for Women Accountants (ASWA) North Cascades Chapter, 2006
  • "A Primer in Contracts Law for Human Resource Professionals", SHRM Mt. Baker Chapter, 2005

Practice Overview

Courts appeared in:

Oregon-
  • Washington County Circuit Court
Washington-
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Washington Court of Appeals, Division 1
  • Whatcom County Superior Court
  • Skagit County Superior Court
  • Island County Superior Court
  • Lummi Tribal Court

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Client Raves

"Amy has been a dynamic but settling force in our transition. She is always moving ahead with a positive attitude and an eye for good customer service – both with us as the customer, and with us as the customer service provider."
— Service Provider, NW Washington
"We’ve worked with Amy for nearly a decade now and we could not be happier. Amy serves as our General Counsel and particularly excels at employment law, and how it impacts our personnel decisions and overall approach to Human Resources. She is thoughtful, engages in discussion, challenges our assumptions, and frames issues and approaches so that we feel comfortable understanding and delivering information, and ultimately making the necessary decisions. Without exception, Amy makes us feel better educated and equipped to effectively address the issues at hand. "
— Healthcare provider, NW Washington