Gene ended his 40-year litigation practice to focus solely on Mechanic Dispute Resolution, applying his knowledge, creativity, and tenacity to achieve successful outcomes for parties who seek to resolve legal disputes, regardless of their complexity. Gene’s success as a litigator stemmed from his ability to understand the motivations and goals of not only his clients but those of the opposing parties. That same skill enables his success as a mediator and arbitrator.

Gene started his litigation career as a New York State Deputy Assistant Attorney General, representing state agencies in federal and state lawsuits. After moving to Oregon, Gene co-founded and was managing partner of Portland based Goldberg, Mechanic, Stuart & Gibson, where he practiced law for nearly 30 years. He more recently founded and practiced law with Mechanic Law Firm.

Gene successfully represented plaintiff and defendant clients throughout the country in a wide array of litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. His cases have involved employment and labor law, ERISA, healthcare, civil rights and constitutional law, business and construction disputes, bankruptcy, media and entertainment law, administrative law, contracts, and torts, including personal injury and professional malpractice. He won many jury verdicts, court decisions, arbitrations, and administrative hearings for his clients, including class action lawsuits.

Gene is a former chairperson of the Oregon State Bar’s Labor and Employment Section and a former Executive Committee member of OSB’s Health Law Section. He has published numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on a several legal topics, including legal ethics.

Gene’s personal interests include running, tennis, downhill skiing, photography, and travel.


Gene is certified in litigation mediation by Pepperdine Law School’s Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution and has many additional hours of mediation training. Gene understands the investment litigants make to resolve a lawsuit through mediation and works hard to find solutions to resolve the dispute, having insights and the demeanor to gain the parties’ trust. Gene has mediated cases involving a wide variety of civil litigation including employment and labor disputes, ERISA, pension and healthcare law, business and construction disputes, civil rights, personal injuries, professional malpractice, contracts, and insurance coverage,


Gene is also an arbitrator. He represented parties in numerous arbitrations and administrative proceedings involving a wide array of civil disputes. He brings experience and insights that enable him to render fair and well-reasoned arbitration decisions.


  • Awarded Preeminent AV Peer Rating (highest legal ability & ethics). Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers ® . “Lawyer of the Year,” 2016, 2019, Labor & Employment Law
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers ® , Labor & Employment Law
  • Recognized by Lawdragon’s ® 500 Leading Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers in America
  • Recognized by America’s Top 100 High-Stakes Litigators ®
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Labor Practitioner Award, 2006, Oregon Labor Management Relations Association


  • University of Rochester, B.A.
  • George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University Law School, Certificate in Mediating the Litigated Case


  • New York State Bar
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Florida State Bar


  • United States Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth and Ninth Circuits; United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Western District of New York, District of Oregon, District of Colorado, Southern District


Gene Mechanic’s Sample Presentations

  • Management Human Resources, Legal Issues Seminar, School of Business Administration, Portland State University, Portland, OR (July 2018)
  • Ethical Conflicts in Representing Corporate and Organization Clients, AFL-CIO Lawyers Annual Conference, Denver, CO (May 2017)
  • Marijuana and the Workplace, Oregon State Bar Labor & Employment Annual Conference, Gleneden Beach, Oregon (Sept. 2015)
  • The Interplay between Employment and Labor Law, Oregon Trial Lawyers CLE Program, Portland, Oregon (Dec. 2014)
  • The Affordable Care Act and Oregon Health Insurance Exchange, Oregon State Bar Health Law Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon (Oct. 2013)
  • Health Care Benefits in the Age of the Affordable Care Act and Oregon Health Care Reform, University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center, Portland, Oregon (May 2012).
  • Identifying the Client and Conflict of Interests, National Organization of Education Association Lawyers Conference, Portland, Oregon (May 2011)
  • Injunctions in Labor Disputes, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Section Annual Conference, Seattle, WA (Nov. 2011)
  • Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Personnel – Should It Be Mandatory; Highlights of Legal and Ethical Considerations? Infectious Disease Society of America Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C. (Oct. 2010)
  • Ethics and Settlement Issues in Wage and Hour Litigation,” Service Employees International Union Annual Attorneys Conference, Washington, D.C. (Oct. 2007)
  • Negotiating Global Labor and Employment Standards,” Solidarity Center Conference, Hammamet, Tunisia (Sep. 2006)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act and Oregon Wage and Hour Law, Oregon State Bar CLE, Portland, Oregon (2006)
  • Employee Discipline and Discharge Legal Issues, Oregon Public Employee Relations Conference, Portland, Oregon (2006)
  • Discipline and Discharge of Employees, Society of Human Resources Management Conference, Portland, Oregon (May 2004)
  • ADA/FMLA/OFLA, Public Employment Relations Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon (April 2000)
  • An ERISA Primer, Oregon Trial Lawyers Continuing Legal Education Program, Portland, Oregon (November 1999)
  • Litigation of Tort Actions, AFL-CIO Lawyers Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois (April 1986)

Gene Mechanic’s Sample Publications

  • Labor and Employment Law, Private Sector, Oregon State Bar (2011 and 2004 editions)
  • Developing Labor Law (American Bar Association, BNA), Labor Disputes (2004 edition)
  • Arbitration under Oregon’s PECBA, University of Oregon, Labor Education Research Center (2003)
  • Labor and Employment Law: Public Sector, Oregon State Bar (1997)
  • Legal Challenges to Drug Testing in the Public Sector, Problems in the Workplace: Aids, Drug Testing, Sexual Harassment, and Smoking Restrictions, University of Oregon, Labor Education Research Center (1988)

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