Richard R. Meneghello
Rich Meneghello is probably writing something as you’re reading this. As the firm’s Publications Partner, Rich focuses much of his time developing legal alerts, web articles, newsletter features, and blog posts for the Fisher Phillips website – in fact, he has published more than 150 such pieces in the last two years alone, and has edited hundreds more written by the firm’s wide collection of talented writers.
His writing has gotten noticed. In 2017, he was named as a JD Supra Top Author in the JD Supra’s Readers’ Choice Awards, selected from among thousands of authors due to the high level of visibility and engagement he attained with readers on the subject of workplace law. Rich was also named as the Top Author in the country on the emerging topic of the Gig Economy; he serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Gig Economy Practice Group and edits the firm’s Gig Economy blog. That blog was recently nominated by The Expert Institute for a 2016 Best Legal Blog award.
Some of his favorite (and most popular) recent publications include his annual labor and employment review, his “Magic 8-Ball” prediction for incoming Supreme Court justices, and his blog post on whether the government would classify a certain Star Wars character as an independent contractor or employee.
Rich is also an accomplished litigator. So far, the highlight of his 21-year career is winning a unanimous decision before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Albertsons v. Kirkingburg, an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) case. He’s won cases for clients at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Oregon Court of Appeals; he’s won trial victories in both state and federal courts.
He also runs the popular twitter account @pdxLaborLawyer, where he not only shares his own writing but also provides regular updates on a variety of workplace law topics. He has served on the firm’s Development Committee since 2015, and worked as the Regional Managing Partner of the Portland (OR) office from 2009 to 2013.
- 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.
Recognized in JD Supra’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards as a JD Supra Top Author on the subject of Employer Liability and the topic of the Gig Economy.
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.
"AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2004.
Has served on Associated Oregon Industries' (AOI) Labor and Employment Practice Steering Committee since 2008.
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; also served as a Special Prosecutor for the Board from 2015 to 2017.
Testified before the Oregon State Legislature on impact of disability discrimination laws on employers, 2006.
Elected Chairperson of the Oregon State Bar Disability Law Executive Committee in 2001 and served on that committee from 1998 to 2003.
Currently serves as legal advisor to Greater Portland Soccer District's Board of Directors (2009 to present)
VP of Student Involvement, Greater Portland Syracuse University Alumni Club (2015 to present)
St. John Fisher School Advisory Committee (2010 to 2013)
Past Co-Chair of St. John Fisher School Parent-Teacher Club (2008 to 2010)
Mock trial organizer and coach: Madison High School (1999 to 2000), St. John Fisher School (2015)
- Rich Meneghello is recognized by JD Supra’s Readers’ Choice Awards3.22.17
- 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
- Presented by Fisher Phillips and the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association3.13.17
- 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 Blog4.13.17
- Gig Employer Blog4.11.17
- Gig Employer Blog4.3.17
- Gig Employer Blog3.23.17
- Gig Employer Blog3.20.17
- The Future Rise Of The “Contributor” – Are We Closer To Finding That Elusive Third Category Of Worker?Gig Employer Blog3.17.17
- Gig Employer Blog3.6.17
- Employment Privacy Blog1.23.17
- Gig Employer Blog1.19.17
- Gig Employer Blog1.9.17
- Gig Employer Blog
- Gig Employer Blog12.27.16
- Gig Employer Blog11.30.16
- Gig Employer Blog11.15.16
- Gig Employer Blog10.14.16
- Gig Employer Blog9.9.16
- Gig Employer Blog8.31.16
- 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
- Ruling In Favor Of Independent Contractor Status Provides Boost To Gig Economy4.13.17
- Groundbreaking Decision Could Lead Other Federal Courts To Follow Suit4.5.17
- Blurred Lines: Texas Supreme Court Applies Hazy Distinction Between Workplace Harassment And Assault3.2.17
- Federal Appeals Court Rejects Government Bid To Reinstate Travel Ban2.9.17
- A Full Complement Of SCOTUS Justices Bodes Well For Employers2.8.17
- 3 Things To Know About Favorable Court Decision1.26.17
- President Trump Meets With Union Leaders On First Business Day In Office: Should Employers Be Worried?1.24.17
- Follow The 5-Step Plan To Ensure Compliance1.23.17
- Employers Should Soon Have Clarity On Subject1.17.17
- Groundhog Day Comes Early For West Coast Auto Dealers: Another Loss In Service Advisor Exemption Battle1.10.17
- Split In Circuits Could Lead To Supreme Court Intervention12.28.16
- Rules Will Not Take Effect On December 1; Future Thereafter Uncertain11.22.16
- Controversial Rule Appears To Be All But Dead For Foreseeable Future11.16.16
- 3 Things You Need To Know About Latest Decision11.3.16
- Federal Contractors Can Proceed As Normal For The Time Being10.26.16
- Gig Economy, High Tech Sector In The Crosshairs10.19.16
- Three Things To Know About Latest Court Decision9.26.16
- 2nd Circuit Refuses To Join Circuit Courts Siding With NLRB9.8.16
- 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