Michael Porter is a partner in the employment law and labor relations and education law practice groups. Since 2000, Mike has worked with public and private employers in all areas of labor and employment law. He regularly defends wage-and-hour class-actions, employment discrimination claims, and constitutional claims asserted against public entities. Mike represents employers dealing with traditional labor issues, ranging from negotiating with unions, arbitrating grievances, and representing employers in matters involving the National Labor Relations Act and the Oregon Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act. Mike’s practice also focuses on serving public school districts, private schools, and higher education institutions on issues involving employment, including tenure issues, student rights and discipline, education programs, and federal and state regulatory compliance. Mike also provides advice and counsel on these and other employment, labor, and education law issues.
Mike regularly engages in speaking engagements and provides training to clients and to industry groups. Recent and upcoming presentations include employment and education-related topics for the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, the Oregon College Oregon Chapter of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, the Oregon School Boards Association, and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.