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


  • “Employer Regulations Update,” Oregon Association of Nurseries Annual Meeting, end, OR, October 2023
  • “Paid Leave Oregon,” a Jordan Ramis Ask An Attorney seminar, September 2023
  • “Vaccination Policies,” Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, May 2021
  • “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 Update and Best Practices,” Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit, January 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


U.S. Department of Labor issues new guidance for the ever-evolving ‘employee or independent contractor?’ determination

March 1, 2024

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE OREGON ASSOCIATION OF NUSERIES. FIRST PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY-MARCH ISSUE OF DIGGER On January 10, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor Department) published new guidance for determining whether a worker is an employee or an…


Paid Leave Oregon Is Coming – Are You Ready?

October 28, 2022

As most Oregon employers are aware, the long-awaited paid family and medical leave program begins January 1, 2023. Enactment of the paid leave program, now called Paid Leave Oregon, was delayed over the past few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the program is now set to begin with employers and employees paying into the program beginning January 1, 2023, and employees becoming eligible to apply for benefits September 3, 2023.


“’Silenced No More’ law requires new vigilance by Washington employers,” Vancouver Business Journal

June 29, 2022

In an article published on June 24, 2022 in Vancouver Business Journal, Peter Hicks breaks down Washington State’s new Silenced No More Act.


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