GENE MECHANIC’S SAMPLE COURT CASES AS ATTORNEY

Employment

Battery, Assault, False Imprisonment, Emotional Distress

Represented four female retail store clerks fired for alleged theft following coercive interrogations by employer security, resulting in confidential settlements. Campbell v. Safeway, Inc., 332 F. Supp. 2d 1367 (D. Or. 2004)

Wages

Represented class of Portland Moda Center Sports Arena employees in state court lawsuit for wages due for off-the-clock work. Confidential settlement (2005)

Age Discrimination

Represented laid off teacher in federal ADEA lawsuit resulting in confidential settlement

Whistleblowing

Represented fired construction worker in state lawsuit resulting in confidential settlement (2013)

Workplace Disability Discrimination, Medical Leave Interference

Represented TV assignment editor who prevailed in TV station’s summary judgment motion. Plaintiff’s summary judgment motion to hold successor employer liable granted. Confidential settlement. Reaves v. Nexstar, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110728; 2018 WL 3244873 (D. Or. 2018)

Workplace Sex Harassment

Represented janitors in sexual harassment state lawsuit against joint employer. Confidential settlement (2017)

Disability Discrimination

Represented fired high-tech employee in federal lawsuit resulting in confidential settlement (2012)

Bankruptcy; Wages; WARN Act

Represented a class of employees of large trucking company who received $1.5 million federal bankruptcy court wage settlement (2006)

Race And Sex Discrimination

Represented defendant construction industry apprenticeship and training plan in federal court lawsuit resulting in confidential settlement (1998)

Sex Discrimination

Represented female county road flaggers in federal sex discrimination lawsuit resulting in $435,000 jury verdict. (1998)

Wages; Breach of Contract; Fraud; Piercing Corporate Veil

Represented professional football players in federal lawsuit resulting in $600,000 settlement during trial (1986)

Wages; Breach of Contract

Represented heavy equipment operators in Mt. St. Helens eruption clean-up in Washington state wage lawsuit resulting in jury verdict for $250,000 (1981)

ERISA, Pensions, Healthcare, Corporations

ERISA Pension Withdrawal Liability; Piercing Corporate Veil

Represented pension plan in lawsuit against steel fabricator sued for monetary liability under alter-ego, successor employer and piercing corporate veil claims. Confidential settlement. Employer’s-Shopmen’s Local 516 Pension Trust v. Columbia Wire & Iron Works, 233 F. Supp. 3d 873 (D. Or. 2017)

Fiduciary Breach

Represented construction industry training plan that prevailed in summary judgment motions in federal court lawsuit claiming trustee breach of fiduciary duty (2016)

Retirement Plan; Health Insurance; Breach of Contract

Represented college faculty who appellate court held stated breach of contract claims for employer’s unilateral change of retirement plan. Furrer v. Southwestern Oregon Community College, 196 Or App 374 (2004)

Disability Insurance

Represented disabled worker in federal lawsuit where court overturned insurer’s denial of disability benefits. Thompson v. Standard Insurance Company, 167 F. Supp. 2d 1186 (D. Or. 2001)

Election Law; Non-Profit Law; Piercing Corporate Veil, Racketeering

Election Law, Non-Profit Law, Piercing Corporate Veil, Racketeering

Won $2.5 million jury verdict and court injunction for plaintiffs against non-profit that laundered money to political committee. American Federation of Teachers v. Oregon Taxpayers United PAC, 345 Or. 1 (2008)

Personal Injury, Property Damage, Torts, Contracts

Wrongful Death; Insurance

Represented family of flagger killed on the job resulting in $1 million settlement with appellate court ruling that family entitled to proceeds without insurer first enforcing lien against proceeds. Liberty Northwest Insurance Company v. Urness,138 Or. App. 388 (1996)

Property Damage; Conversion; Intentional Business Interference; Constitutional Law

Successfully defended longshoreman in Washington state lawsuit accusing him of intentionally destroying employer property. Raised 5th Amendment issues (2015)

Personal Injury; Employer Liability Law

Represented painter who fell from scaffold in jury trial resulting in $250,000 judgment. (1987)

Defamation, Breach Of Contract

Defended organization client in state court defamation lawsuit. Settled. (2016)

Intentional Interference With Economic Relations

Defended organization client in state court jury trial; verdict for plaintiff, settled on appeal (1985)

Personal Injury

Won $50,000 jury verdict award in state lawsuit for plaintiff who suffered injuries from car accident (1984)

Property Damage; Emotional Distress

Won $60,000 jury verdict award in state lawsuit for homeowner who suffered house damage due to neighbor’s fire (1983)

Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law

First Amendment; Civil Rights Act; 42 USC §1983

Represented plaintiff farmworkers who successfully challenged the constitutionality of state statute prohibiting farmworkers from picketing at farms during harvest time. PCUN v. Goldschmidt, 790 F. Supp. 216 (D. Or. 1990)

Race Discrimination, Education Law, Civil Rights Act, Title VI; Due Process, Equal Protection

Represented class of minority public school students in federal lawsuit in which court held, following several- week trial, that New York City public schools violated federal law by segregating minority students in disciplinary schools. Lora v. Board of Education, 74 F.R.D. 585 (E.D.N.Y. 1977), 456 F. Supp. 1211 (1978)

Civil Rights; 42 USC §1983; Constitutional Law (Due Process, 8th Amendment)

Represented state prisoner in jury trial and subsequent argument before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the use of force during prison disturbance. Whitley v. Albers, 475 U.S. 312 (1986)

Administrative Law

Represented state prisoners in lawsuit leading to Oregon Supreme Court ruling that State Parole Board decisions can be appealed to Court of Appeals. Harris v. Oregon Board of Parole, 288 Or. 495, 47 Or. App. 289 (1980)

Civil Rights; 42 USC §1983; Constitutional Law

Won $50,000 jury verdict award in federal lawsuit for county jail inmate who was denied adequate medical treatment (1979)

Civil Rights; 42 USC §1983; Constitutional Law (Due Process, 8th Amendment)

Represented mentally ill prisoners who successfully challenged their confinement, resulting in ruling that they are constitutionally entitled to treatment. Ohlinger v. Watson, 652 F.2d 775 (9th Cir. 1978)

Civil Rights; 42 USC §1983; Constitutional Law (Due Process, Equal Protection)

Represented class of institutionalized juveniles in federal challenge to treatment conditions. Second Circuit held that abstention doctrine did not apply and case should proceed, resulting in settlement required substantial institutional changes. McRedmond v. Wilson, 533 F.2d 757 (2d Cir. 1976)

Civil Rights; 42 USC §1983; Constitutional Law (13th Amendment, Due Process)

Represented class of state institutionalized juveniles who successfully challenged their forced labor on public roads. King v. Carey, 405 F. Supp. 41 (W.D.N.Y. 1975)

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