Amy A. Robinson
Amy Robinson represents public and private employers throughout Washington, Oregon, and Alaska in a broad range of workplace-related issues. She provides experienced counsel on compliance challenges and disputes covering the entire employment life cycle from hiring to separation, including employee classification, wage and hour issues, employee leaves and protected activities, disability and accommodation, and discrimination, retaliation, and harassment prevention. Amy is also adept at guiding employers through policy and handbook development, as well as drafting, negotiating, and enforcing employment-related contracts, such as noncompete, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements.
Amy’s clients range from small businesses with a single location to large employers with multiple locations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, and she particularly enjoys the strategic and proactive approach that a new or growing organization requires. Amy’s clients include construction companies and specialty contractors; health care organizations and public hospital districts; accounting firms, law firms, and medical and other professional practices; manufacturing businesses; mining companies; charitable organizations and nonprofits; restaurants and hospitality-related businesses; and family-owned businesses and start-ups. With a range of business cultures and industries to work with, Amy also knows how to tailor her approach and communication style in order to collaborate effectively with business owners, managers, and human resource professionals, as well as decision-making bodies such as executive teams, nonprofit boards, and commissions.
Amy serves as the firm’s Alaska representative for Employment Law Alliance, a national and international alliance of employment and labor attorneys.
In addition to direct representation, Amy regularly performs outside and third-party investigations into a wide range of workplace-related complaints and concerns. She is also a frequent speaker and presenter to human resources professionals, managers and employees, clients, and trade and industry groups.
Before her legal career, Amy worked as a human resources professional and believes this foundation has provided her with a unique and keen awareness of the competing pressures, workplace dynamics, and practical challenges that her clients face every day. Unrelated to her practice of law, she holds a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM – SCP) credential from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), as well as a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) from the HR Certifications Institute.
Employment Law Plus
Represents employers before a host of state and federal agencies on workplace-related investigations and administrative matters, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor (DOL), the federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (MSHRC), the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), the Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC), and the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Issues range from discrimination and retaliation complaints; audits and investigations regarding exempt classifications, meal and rest breaks, and other wage and hour practices; and fines and penalties associated with worker safety.
Provides day-to-day counseling and guidance to large and small employers throughout Oregon and Washington regarding discipline, employee leaves, and attendance management to ensure compliance with state and federal leave laws, including medical leaves. This also includes training and strategies to avoid leave abuse.
Provides skilled guidance and compliance advice related to employment separations ranging from Voluntary Separation Programs (VSPs), large scale group layoffs and other Reductions in Force (RIFs), and strategic reorganizations, to individual terminations and negotiations of separation agreements.
Drafts, negotiates, enforces, and defends a variety of employment-related contracts, including executive agreements, noncompetition agreements, nonsolicitation agreements, and confidentiality/nondisclosure agreements.
Prepares tailored handbooks and employment-related policies and other documents for public and private employers with multiple locations, operations, and job categories.
Designs and conducts training for managers, HR personnel, and all staff on a host of workplace-related topics, including harassment, employee discipline, and wage and hour compliance.
Advises managers and HR personnel on accommodation issues and light-duty requirements related to disabilities, workplace injuries, pregnancy, and religious practices, including strategies to avoid retaliation claims.
Provides compliance assistance on a myriad of COVID-19-related matters, from design and implementation of workplace safety and health strategies to Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and other COVID-related leave policies and administration, to managing a remote workforce, vaccine mandates, and return-to-work planning.
- National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations
- GOOD Guys Committee, member, 2017-present
- Washington Women Lawyers Foundation, board of directors, 2009-present
- Washington Women Lawyers
- Board of directors, 2003-present
- President, 2008-2009
- Judicial Evaluation Committee, chair, 2010-2014
- Whatcom County Chapter, Member of the Year, 2006
- 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
- Carson College of Business, WSU Vancouver Advisory Board, 2020-present
- Vice chair, 2020-present
- Oregon Society of Association Management, board of directors, 2016-2017
- Washington State Human Resources Council
- Board of directors
- Southwest Region Director, 2015-2016
- Southwest Washington Society for Human Resource Management
- Board of directors
- Past president, 2014-2015
- Membership director, 2011-2013
- Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon Women of Vision, Honoree, 2018
- Washington Women Lawyers—Board Member of the Year, 2012
- Selected for inclusion as a Washington Super Lawyer—Rising Stars, 2010-2011