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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.224.5858

Jeffrey P. Chicoine

Partner

Jeff Chicoine, a partner with 35 years of experience, focuses on representing and advising private and public employers in labor relations and employment matters. Jeff's labor relations practice includes substantial experience in at-the-table labor negotiations. He bargains for private employers and on behalf of public agencies for both their strike-permitted and strike-prohibited units. He also represents employers in grievance arbitrations, interest arbitrations, union-organizing drives, representation petitions, unfair labor practice complaints, and civil service cases.

Jeff has handled over 100 arbitrations or administrative hearings as an advocate or administrative judge. Jeff served as an administrative judge for three years with the Oregon Employment Relations Board and then under contract for other public agencies, providing him with invaluable insight when preparing and presenting cases.

Jeff counsels employers on discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, trade secret, noncompetition agreements, wage-and-hour, severance, and other employment law matters. He represents employers before state and federal courts and agencies. He has successfully defended employers in a wide range of employment matters including wage-and-hour class actions, wrongful discharge, discrimination, and harassment claims and both pursued and defended against injunction actions. With expertise in administrative law, he has also assisted clients in dealing with state and federal government agencies in non-employment matters.

Jeff was a partner of Newcomb, Sabin, Schwartz & Landsverk LLP when it merged with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in 2009.

Representative Experience

Jeff has served as chief spokesperson in both the public and private sectors. In the private sector, Jeff has handled negotiations for employers in wood products, paper products, rubber, transportation and delivery and construction. He has represented cities, counties, and special districts, in bargaining agreements for general wall-to-wall units and fire, police, parole and probation officers, 9-1-1 operators and juvenile detention workers.
For both public and private employers, Jeff has arbitrated grievance disputes involving discharges, lesser forms of discipline, unsatisfactory work performance, contract violations, duties and assignments, and wages and benefits. His public sector work includes interest arbitrations. And he has handled numerous unfair labor practice proceeding for both public and private employers, involving issues such as arbitrability, deferral, blocking charges, interference, discrimination, bad faith bargaining, unilateral changes and contract violations.
Believing that prevention is best, Jeff has counseled employers and prepared and presented numerous workshops on remaining union-free even before the union starts organizing. Jeff has also counseled and represented employers in union organizing efforts in both the public and private sectors.

Jeff has also assisted employers, public and private, in preparing for strikes, which is frequently the best antidote to avoiding a strike. During strikes or picketing, Jeff has handled in court injunction proceedings and pursued administrative remedies for both private and public sector employers.
In recent years, Jeff’s work on wage-and-hour matters has expanded and included defending employers in multiple class actions, individual claims, and compliance advice on issues such as minimum wage, prevailing wage, meals and rest break and classification issues involving exemptions under state and federal law and independent contractor status. Jeff was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Independent Contractors, which resulted in legislative amendments revising Oregon’s independent contractor statute.
On behalf of both executives and employers, Jeff has advised parties about restrictive covenants in business transactions, employment contracts and severance arrangements and litigated both injunction and damage actions resulting from alleged violations.

Jeff has defended employers in state and federal court in wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment claims throughout his career and continues to handle such work and routinely counsels employers about such matters both in routine personnel decisions and the development of handbooks and policies.