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Résumé
Ross Runkel


My passion is resolving workplace disputes through arbitration or mediation. It's that simple.

Arbitration: I conduct an orderly hearing, allow the parties’ representatives to try their own cases, write clear decisions, and get decisions out on time. 

Mediation: I press hard for a settlement without being bossy.

Arbitration Experience

  • 40 years experience arbitrating (mainly labor & employment cases) in Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Nevada.
  • Hundreds of cases covering the gamut of issues.
  • Private sector and public sector.
  • Serving on 15 permanent panels that include lumber, paper, maritime, police, fire, municipal. [Permanent panel list]
  • FMCS Résumé.
  • Sample decisions.

Mediation Experience

  • 30 years experience mediating.
  • Employee termination, sexual harassment, employee benefits, personal injury, business contracts.
  • Two-party cases; multi-party cases.
  • Private cases; court-annexed cases.

Law Practice

  • Active member of the Oregon State Bar. Admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in Oregon, Ninth Circuit, and United States Supreme Court.
  • I have tried cases in Washington and Oregon trial courts and Oregon federal district court.
  • I have argued cases in the Washington Supreme Court (one win), the Ninth Circuit (one win, some losses), and the United States Supreme Court (one loss).
  • In Seattle my practice focus was admiralty law.
  • In Oregon my practice focus was civil rights and habeas corpus, with a bit of personal injury.

Teaching

 

Teaching is a great way to gain knowledge. My focus:

  • Employment law
  • Employment discrimination
  • Labor law
  • Contracts
  • Commercial law (UCC)
  • Arbitration
  • Negotiation
  • Dispute resolution

Writing

Quick History

 
  • Full-time arbitrator & mediator.
  • Arbitrator for 40 years.
  • Mediator for 30 years.
  • Editor - Employment Law Memo 1998-2013.
  • Law professor - Willamette University College of Law 1969-1999, 2005-2010.
  • Law professor - Lewis & Clark Law School 1967-1969.
  • Law practice - Riddell Williams, Seattle 1966-1967.
  • Teaching Fellow - Stanford University 1965-1966.
  • Law degree - University of Washington 1965.
    • Law Review associate editor.
    • Order of the Coif.
  • Bachelor's degree, Psychology - University of Washington 1961.

Other

"Polo" - English Setter

"Polo" - English Setter

Current:

  • Member, Oregon Mediation Association (Workplace Mediation Group).
  • Member, Labor and Employment Research Association (LERA).
  • Member, Oregon State Bar.
  • Member, Multnomah County Bar Association.

Past:

  • Chair, Oregon State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Committee.
  • Director, Willamette University Center for Dispute Resolution.
  • Vice Chair, Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission.
  • Chair and Director, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Portland Branch.
  • Chair, governing board of First Congregational Church.
  • Chief Fundraiser, Restore a Portland Landmark campaign.
  • Chair, Salem, Oregon Downtown Development Board.
  • Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee, Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission.