Richard R. Meneghello
Rich Meneghello is a partner in the firm's Portland office. He is passionate about assisting employers with their labor and employment problems in a wide variety of areas.
Rich has focused much of his practice on defending and advising employers on disability discrimination issues. He has maintained this focus since 1999, when he was the lead associate attorney before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Albertsons v. Kirkingburg, a unanimous decision interpreting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in favor of employers.
However, Rich's practice is not limited to ADA matters. He commonly appears in court defending claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, injured worker discrimination, race discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and family and medical leave discrimination.
He also counsels employers on proactive ways to avoid legal problems, by rendering advice, drafting policies, and providing training.
Rich has written a monthly column in the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce entitled “Solutions at Work” since 2007, and he has supervised the Fisher Phillips Supreme Court Alert service, which publishes summaries and offers practical advice about Supreme Court opinions, since 2008.
- Earned a summary judgment dismissal of a retaliation claim filed by a terminated employee in Oregon state court, upheld by both the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court (Cramer v. Sky Lakes Medical Center, 2014).
- Secured a victory for an employer that terminated an individual after he was arrested for DUII while operating a company vehicle, defeating an ADA disability claim alleging alcoholism discrimination at summary judgment in Oregon federal district court (Servo v. Junginger, 2014).
- Received a full defense verdict in a wage and hour trial in Oregon state court, defeating a claim by a former worker that she was improperly classified as an independent contractor and owed more than $100,000 in back wages (Foster v. North House Enterprises, 2010).
- Won a unanimous jury defense verdict in Oregon's federal district court on behalf of Indian Head Industries in a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by a terminated employee (Stein v. Indian Head, 2009).
- Albertsons, Inc. v. Kirkingburg, 557 U.S. 555 (1999) - unanimous decision in favor of employer on ADA case before United States Supreme Court.
- Cornwall v. Electra Central Credit Union, 439 F.3d 1018 (9th Cir. 2006) - appellate victory at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of employer and CEO in discrimination claim.
- Mott v. Office Depot, 390 Fed.Appx. 658 (9th Cir. 2010) - successful defense of appeal at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after securing dismissal of harassment and family leave discrimination lawsuit.
- Martin v. DHL Express, 234 P.3d 997 (Or. App. 2010) - Oregon Court of Appeals victory on breach of contract matter after successful trial court decision.
- Foster v. North House Industries, 260 P.3d 856 (Or.App. 2011), rev. denied, 271 P.3d 115 (Or. 2011) - Oregon Court of Appeals victory on independent contractor misclassification matter after successful trial court decision, upheld by Oregon Supreme Court.
- Cramer v. Sky Lakes Medical Center, Inc., 263 Or. App. 714 (2014), 365 Or. ___ (2014) – Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court decisions affirming summary judgment victory in retaliation claim filed by terminated employee.
- Servo v. Junginger, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108722 (D. Or. Aug. 6, 2014) – U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon victory on ADA disability discrimination claim at summary judgment, defeating claims of alcoholism discrimination.
Honors & Leadership
Honors & Awards
- Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2007, in Oregon Super Lawyers since 2009, and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010.
- "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2004.
- Named one of Oregon's "Top 40 Under 40" by the Portland Business Journal, an award honoring local business leaders, in 2006.
- Selected as a "Rising Star" in the national employment law community by Employment Law360.com in 2011.
- Has served on Associated Oregon Industries' (AOI) Labor and Employment Practice Steering Committee since 2008.
- Elected Chairperson of the Oregon State Bar Disability Law Executive Committee in 2001 and served on that committee from 1998 to 2003.
- Served on Oregon State Bar Labor and Employment Law Executive Committee from 2008 to 2011.
- Elected to serve on Oregon State Bar's Board of Bar Examiners, 2006 to 2009.
- Testified before the Oregon State Legislature on impact of disability discrimination laws on employers, 2006.
- Currently serves as legal advisor to Greater Portland Soccer District's Board of Directors (2009 - present).
- Served on the St. John Fisher School Advisory Committee. (2010-2013)
- Past Co-Chair of St. John Fisher School Parent-Teacher Club. (2008-2010)
- Mock trial organizer and coach: Madison High School (1999, 2000), St. John Fisher School (2015)
- Mitch Baker, Clarence Belnavis, Todd Lyon and Richard Meneghello Honored in Super Lawyers, Laura Jordan and Alexander Wheatley in Rising Stars7.8.15
- Clarence Belnavis, Corbett Gordon and Rich Meneghello Honored in Super Lawyers, Laura Jordan and Erin Sweeney as Rising Stars7.10.12
- Experienced Portland Labor & Employment Attorney Assumes Role June 16.1.09
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Portland Annual Seminar7.19.16
- Presented at Oregon Restaurant Association's Leadership Conference
- Washington Lodging Association's Annual Conference
- The Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference
- Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries' Annual Conference for Employers
1998 to present
- Guest lecturer at law school labor and employment classes
Lewis & Clark Law School Portland, OR
- Willamette University School of Law
- The Modern Workforce In Transition: Strategies for Employers Handling Transgender and Sexual Identity Issues11.2.15
- Technology And Your Employees: How Snapchat, Texting and Instagram Are Transforming the Modern Workplace7.9.14
- Prepare for Workers to Be Deployed: Four Things That All Oregon Employers Need to Know about Military Leave4.3.09
- Don't Get Caught With a Smoking Gun in Employment Cases: Ask Managers to Be Honest and Thoughtful When Giving Evaluations of Employees3.27.09
- Networking Web Sites Can Be Snares: Employers Should Weigh Pros and Cons Before Investigating Employees Online3.6.09
- Gig Employer Blog8.19.16
- Gig Employer Blog8.18.16
- Gig Employer Blog8.12.16
- Gig Employer Blog8.9.16
- Gig Employer Blog8.4.16
- Gig Employer Blog7.13.16
- Gig Employer Blog7.8.16
- Gig Employer Blog6.14.16
- Gig Employer Blog6.3.16
- Gig Employer Blog5.31.16
- Gig Employer Blog5.20.16
- Gig Employer Blog5.16.16
- Government Relations Blog2.19.16
- False Sexting Claims Prove Employer’s Downfall8.30.16
- New Enforcement Initiative May Require Revisiting Current – And Former – Agreements8.25.16
- Employers Lose Latest Battle In National War8.22.16
- Uncertain Times Ahead For Many Gig Employers8.19.16
- Further Advice On Hiring Permanent Strike Replacements8.18.16
- Three Things You Should Know About Latest Court Decision8.17.16
- But Decision Provides Ample Warning To Employers8.2.16
- Employers Now Face March 2018 Deadline For First Pay Report7.14.16
- Labor Board Continues Effort To Assist Organized Labor7.11.16
- Agency Responds To Criticisms Lodged By Fisher Phillips, Others6.27.16
- July 1 Deadline Continues To Loom6.22.16
- Supreme Court Hands Loss To Employers – But Is There A Hidden Silver Lining?6.16.16
- Three Things You Need To Know About Arbitration Agreement Ruling5.31.16
- State Will Employ Three Different Regional Minimum Wages2.19.16
- Businesses With 100 Or More Workers Would Be Subject To Proposed New Law Aimed At Combating Gender Discrimination1.29.16
- All Is Well For Employers: Three Things You Need To Know About Court Ruling In Wellness Program Lawsuit1.6.16
- Drinking On The Job? Five Things Employers Need To Know In The Wake Of The USC Football Coach Controversy10.20.15
- Don't Fear The Reefer, Oregon Employers: Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Will Not Impact Company Policies11.5.14
- Georgia State University College of LawJ.D. 1996, cum laude
- Syracuse UniversityA.B. 1993
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
- Supreme Court of Oregon
- Oregon Court of Appeals
- Washington Supreme Court
- Washington Court of Appeals