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I am a full-time arbitrator and mediator, with 40 years of experience. I love arbitrating and mediating.

Arbitration: The focus is on employment and personnel matters and union-management disputes, and a smaller number of business and other cases. An arbitrator should conduct an orderly hearing, allow the parties’ representatives to try their own cases, write clear decisions, and get decisions out on time.

Mediation: Employment, union-management, personal injury, consumer, landlord-tenant, and one case of an apartment building fire resulting in deaths and personal injuries. A mediator should press hard for a settlement without being bossy.

Parties desiring my services agree with each other that they want me, or select me from a roster such as FMCS or the Oregon Employment Relations Board, or I’ve been pre-selected because I’m on a permanent panel.

Ross Runkel
P.O. Box 8473
Portland, OR 97207
503-551-1360
RossRunkel@gmail.com

The longer story

After graduating from law school (University of Washington in Seattle) I spent a year as a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School. After practicing law with Riddell, Williams, Voorhees, Ivie & Bullitt (now Riddell Williams) in Seattle, I joined the first full-time faculty at Lewis & Clark Law School. Then I began a 30 year career as a law professor at Willamette University College of Law, specializing in teaching labor law, employment law, contracts, arbitration, and dispute resolution. I also spent a few years as the Director of the Willamette University Center for Dispute Resolution. Along the way I had visiting professor appointments at the University of Washington Law School (negotiation), Texas Tech Law School (labor law), and Lewis & Clark (UCC).

I left law teaching at the peak of my career to create LawMemo, Inc., publisher of Employment Law Memo, a popular email service that keeps employment law professionals up-to-date on the most recent court decisions. I’ve sold that company to one of its excellent employees, who is keeping it going strong. I now devote full time to my arbitration & mediation practice, family, and English Setter. OK, also blogging on current issues in labor and employment law, serving on the Casetext Employment Law Advisory Board, and sharpening my photography skills.

Here is my formal Arbitrator & Mediator Biography.

Ross Runkel
P.O. Box 8473
Portland, OR 97207
503-551-1360
RossRunkel@gmail.com