William E. Weiner

Attorney | Portland | 503.778.2168 |

Areas of Practice

Will Weiner is an employment attorney who handles litigation, strategic HR consulting, and employment contracts.  Will handles all aspects of litigation up through and including trial in a wide range of issues, such as discrimination, failure to accommodate, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, leave interference, and wage and hour violations.  Will also advises companies regarding complex HR topics and high potential exposure employment events, including discharge and discipline, employee leaves, whistleblowing investigations, worker classification, wage and work hours, and preventative anti-discrimination and anti-harassment practices.  In addition, he regularly drafts offer letters, employee handbooks, separation agreements, non-competes, and other employment-related contracts and policies for clients.  Will is licensed to practice law in both California and Oregon and routinely represents companies with multi-state workforces.

Professional Experience

  • Jackson Lewis P.C.
    • Associate
    • Summer Associate
  • Public Counsel Law Center, Impact Litigation Department, Extern
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, Judicial Extern to the Honorable Sheri Bluebond

Admitted to Practice

  • California
  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California


  • Loyola University at Los Angeles (J.D., summa cum laude)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Loyola Law Review, Senior Technical Editor
    • Civil Rights Litigation, Teacher’s Aid
    • Election Law, Research Assistant
  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Political Science, with high honors)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Labor and Employment
  • Life, Health, Disability and ERISA
  • Wage and Hour
  • Diversity Committee

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Represented and served as first chair for North America’s largest funeral services company in sex and sexual orientation discrimination case in Portland; successfully obtained defense verdict following three-day arbitration
  • Represented large food production and distribution company in disability discrimination and failure to accommodate case in Sacramento Superior Court; successfully obtained defense verdict and awards of more than $100,000 in fees and costs following five-week jury trial
  • Represented large insurance company and two individual defendants in discrimination, harassment and retaliation case in Los Angeles Superior Court; obtained summary judgment and awards of more than $75,000 in fees
  • Represented large health care company and doctor in tortious interference and defamation case in Los Angeles Superior Court; obtained voluntary dismissal of all claims, with prejudice, by plaintiff
  • Represented large international airline in race discrimination case in Central District of California; successfully obtained a dismissal of primary claims and plaintiff subsequently dismissed ancillary claims with prejudice
  • Represented large national technology solutions company and multiple individual defendants in national origin discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wage and hour case in Los Angeles Superior Court; the individual defendants were voluntarily dismissed and after conducting discovery, the remaining claim was settled favorably for the company
  • Represented Fortune 500 multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate and company executive in wrongful termination and misclassification case in Los Angeles Superior Court; after conducting thorough discovery, plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the wage and hour claims and the remaining claims were settled favorably for the clients


  • “Pay Equity Update: California Jumps on Pay History Bandwagon,” Lane Powell Legal Update (October 13, 2017)
  • “Oregon’s Looming Pay History Ban: What Employers Should Do Now,” Lane Powell Legal Update (October 5, 2017)
  • “Tiny Venture, Big Success,” Oregon Business magazine, Quoted (May 2017)
  • “New DOL ‘White Collar’ Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Court,” Lane Powell Legal Update, Co-author (November 23, 2016)
  • “Despite Legal Challenge, Employers Should Plan to Comply with New DOL Overtime Regulations,” Lane Powell Legal Update, Author (September 22, 2016)
  • “Employer Cannot Enforce Class Action Waiver Because Court of Appeal Rules Interstate Truck Drivers Not Subject to FAA,” California Workplace Law Blog, Co-author (November 9, 2015)
  • “California Court of Appeals Affirms Expense Reimbursement Award to Misclassified Employees,” California Workplace Law Blog, Co-author (August 17, 2015)
  • “Los Angeles Minimum Wage Set to Increase to $15 Per Hour by 2020,” California Workplace Law Blog, Co-author (May 27, 2015)
  • “California Supreme Court: California Employers Face New Challenge in Recovering Post- Litigation Costs,” California Workplace Law Blog, Co-author (May 7, 2015)
  • “Court Rules School District Should Have Done More to Accommodate Teacher Battling Cancer,” California Workplace Law Blog (February 4, 2015)
  • “California Appellate Court Holds That Federal Law Does Not Preempt California’s Meal and Rest Break Requirements for Truck Drivers,” California Workplace Law Blog, Co-author (November 8, 2014)
  • “California Court of Appeals Holds That Retired Employees Can Also Subject Employers to Waiting Time Penalties,” California Workplace Law Blog, Co-author (August 28, 2014)
  • “Cal OSH Board Proposes Revisions to Heat Prevention Regulations,” California Workplace Law Blog, Co-author (August 16, 2014)
  • “California Construction Industry Must Prepare for an Increase in Safety Inspections,” California Workplace Law Blog, Co-author (June 3, 2014)
  • “Evidence of Poor Employee Performance May Not Be Enough to Defeat Discrimination Claims on Summary Judgment,” California Workplace Law Blog, Co-author
    (May 13, 2014)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Oregon and Federal Disability Laws,” Oregon State Bar Labor and Employment Law Boot Camp, Co-presenter (June 16, 2017)
  • “Employer Best Practices for Lawful Recruiting, Interviewing and Hiring,” ADP Innovation Bar, Seattle (June 6, 2017)
  • “Lawful Hiring Practices: Prevent Employment Headaches Before They Happen,” Lane Powell’s 34th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, Portland (April 26, 2017)
  • “Employment Law Hot Topics: FMLA, Marijuana Usage, and More!” Oregon Health Care Association Webinar, Co-presenter (February 2, 2017)
  • “Discrimination and Harassment,” National Business Institute, “Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now” Seminar (November 9, 2016)
  • “Employment Law for Employers: Hot Issues on Hiring, Discipline and Workers Compensation,” OHCA Annual Convention and Trade Show, Co-presenter (September 19, 2016)
  • “Lessons In Risk Management: the ADA and Arbitration,” Lane Powell’s 33rd Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, Portland (April 7, 2016)
  • “Employer Relations Within the Evolving Social Media Landscape,” California Public Employers Labor Relations Association Annual Training Conference (October 17, 2013)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, Portland Gus J. Solomon Inn of Court (2016-Present)
  • St. Andrew Legal Clinic, Race for Justice Planning Committee (2016)
  • Volunteer Attorney, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Domestic Violence Project (2015)
  • Mentor, Young Lawyer’s Mock Trial Program (2010-2012)
  • California State Bar Association
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association