Peter S. Hicks

Executive Committee Member & Shareholder

Peter S. Hicks


Peter’s practice focuses on litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on employment and commercial matters, including real estate and business disputes.  He makes every effort to ensure that his clients fully understand the law and its practical impacts, counseling them on regulatory interpretation, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, trade secret protection, and labor relations and negotiations.

Peter has represented local, regional, and national clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Washington Human Rights Commission, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  His representation has included cases involving:

  • Title VII and equivalent state laws
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Retaliation claims
  • Private sector whistleblower statutes
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA)
  • Employment-related tort claims, including misappropriation of trade secrets, defamation, and interference with business relations

He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the KIDS Center and has been involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon and the Heart of Oregon Corps, providing these important organizations with pro bono legal services.


  • B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 1990
  • J.D., Willamette University, College of Law, 1993


  • State of Oregon
  • State of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Membership and Activities

  • Deschutes County Bar
  • Central Oregon Builders Association
  • KIDS Center, Board of Directors
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon, Pro Bono legal services
  • Heart of Oregon Corps, Pro Bono legal services
  • Society for Human Resource Management


  • “Employment Law,” The Seminar Group’s Agriculture Law Seminar, July 2019
  • “Advising Contractors on Employment Law Issues,” OSB Contemporary Legal Issues from Project Conception to Resolution CLE, October 2018
  • “Employment Law Today: The Wild, Wild West,” Oregon Association of Nurseries’ Farwest Show, August 2016
  • “Contractors Roulette,” AGC-Oregon Convention, August 2016
  • “An Employment Law Update,” SAIF Corporation, October 2015
  • “Hiring, Discipline, and Discharge – the Employment Relationship from Beginning to End” – 2015 SAIF Employer Forums
  • “Employment Law 101 – Best Practices to Minimize Employer Liability Basics” – 2014 Oregon Construction Law Conference
  • “Employment Law Update” – 2013 Oregon Tow Truck Association Annual Meeting
  • “Annual Employment Law Update” – 2013 SAIF Employer Forum


Business Alert – OSHA Passes Two Temporary Rules Addressing Employee Exposure to High Temperatures

July 14, 2021

On July 8, 2021, OSHA-Oregon passed two temporary rules to address exposure to high ambient temperatures, OAR 437-002-0155 and OAR 437-004-1130. The rules are identical, adding a specific rule to the General Occupational Safety and Health Rules and a specific…


The End of Masking For Employers and Business?

May 18, 2021

By Peter S. Hicks, Shareholder Following the CDC’s determination that masking is no longer required for fully vaccinated individuals, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued its latest Interim Guidance for masks, face coverings, and face shields on May 18, 2021.…


OHA Now Says Masking Not Required for Some Outdoor Workplaces

May 12, 2021

By Peter S. Hicks, Shareholder Effective May 11, 2021, the Oregon Health Authority (“OHA”) has issued revised Reopening Guidance regarding the continued use of masks, face coverings, and face shields. Significantly, this revised Reopening Guidance eliminates the requirements for masks,…


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