Alexander A. Wheatley
Alex Wheatley is an associate in the firm's Portland office. Alex defends employers in employment-related administrative claims and lawsuits and has litigated several jury trials and argued numerous motions in both state and federal court. He also advises and provides training to company owners and supervisors on issues relating to workplace discrimination, family leave, wage and hour laws, and noncompetition, nonsoliciation, and nondisclosure agreements.
Alex graduated from the University of Alabama and The Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. He graduated magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark, where he received the Legal Analysis and Writing Honors Award and served on the Editorial Board of Environmental Law as the Editor for the online journal.
- Litigated Numerous Cases to Positive Resolution: Alex has participated in several trials, including both jury trials and trials to the bench in federal court, Washington state court and Oregon state courts. Alex served as second chair during several trials, and tried one jury trial and arbitrated and mediated several cases as first chair. Alex has also assisted dozens of clients avoid trial by reaching a positive resolution through negotiation.
- Prevailed on Motions to Dismiss: Alex has prevailed on numerous motions to dismiss claims and entire suits in both state and federal court, disposing of lawsuits outright or substantially reducing their scope and value.
- Drafted Appellate Briefs: Alex has drafted numerous appellate briefs to both the Oregon state courts of appeal and the 9th Circuit. Alex has also drafted several Amicus briefs on behalf of the Oregon Justice Resource Center.
- Prevailed on Summary Judgment: Alex drafted summary judgment briefing leading to complete dismissal of plaintiff’s wage claim and retaliation claims. Alex was able to demonstrate to the court that the client’s payment plan was legal and that the plaintiff’s claims were without merit.
- Assisted Client Through Department of Labor Audit: Alex represented a large transportation industry client through a Department of Labor payroll audit. Alex successfully convinced the investigator that the client’s use of the fluctuating workweek method of payment was proper.
- Obtained Numerous Dismissals of Agency Charges: Alex has guided several clients through EEOC and BOLI administrative cases. Alex drafted position statements and obtained several dismissals of wage claims and harassment/retaliation claims.
- Defended Client in Class Action Wage and Hour Trial: Alex assisted in the representation of a multi-national corporation in a wage and hour class action. Alex wrote and argued numerous motions and assisted in trying the case.
- Drafted Numerous Policies and Handbooks: Alex provides advice to clients of all different sizes and types – from emerging canna-businesses with only a few employees, to very large corporations with hundreds of employees.
Honors & Leadership
Honors & Awards
- Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2015-2017)
- Amicus Committee, Oregon Justice Resource Center
- Barrister Member, Owen Panner Inn of Court
Fall 2017, Instructor, Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education, Human Resources: Legal Aspects.
- Executive Committee Member, Young Patrons Portland Art Museum
- Leading Lawyers Honored for their Achievements in Employment & Labor Law7.11.17
- Mitch Baker, Clarence Belnavis, Todd Lyon and Richard Meneghello Honored in Super Lawyers, Laura Jordan and Alexander Wheatley in Rising Stars7.8.15
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Fisher Phillips and Paychex HR Services Seminar3.14.18
All About the Benjamins: Wage and Hour Rundown, November 19, 2017, OMB Conference, Ashland, Oregon
Paychecks Seminar, How to Hire the Best Talent, April 26, 2017
Drug and Alcohol Testing Considerations, July 19, 2016, Imperious Expo, Tacoma, Washington
Employment Law Considerations, Marijuana Business CLE, The Seminar Group, Portland, Oregon, June 1, 2016
Employment Law Essentials for Cannabusinesses and Other Emerging Employers, Fisher Phillips, Seattle, WA, April 19, 2016, Portland March 10, 2016
Marijuana in the Workplace, Multnomah Bar Association, February 18, 2016, Portland, Oregon
Vancouver/SW Washington Business Journal, Legal and Effective Hiring Practices for High-Risk Businesses, July 14, 2017
Legal Alert, Supreme Court Blocks Plaintiffs from Taking Shortcuts in Class Action Cases, 6.12.17
Marijuana Venture Magazine, Tit for Tat: Understanding and Avoiding Retaliation Claims, May 4, 2017
Marijuana Venture Magazine, Pros and Cons of Temporary Employees, September 28, 2017
Marijuana Venture Magazine, 7 Critical Elements for Finding the Right Hire, September 5, 2017
- Pay Equity Matters: Mind the Gap12.22.17
- Lewis & Clark Law SchoolJ.D. 2010, magna cum laude
- The University of AlabamaB.S. 2006, cum laude