Alex Wheatley is a partner in Fisher Phillips' Portland and Seattle offices. Alex’s practice focuses on employment litigation, labor management relations, and counseling employers on Oregon and Washington employment and labor issues. He has substantial experience working with employers of all sizes in creating and implementing policies and practices, providing counsel with respect to discipline and termination decisions, and defending employers in court and before administrative agencies such as the NLRB, EEOC, and BOLI. Alex represents employers with labor issues arising under the National Labor Relations Act, including organizing campaigns, labor negotiations, labor arbitrations, and collective bargaining. Alex provides counsel and training to executives and managers on compliance with leave, disability, wage and hour, equal pay, and anti-discrimination and retaliation laws. Alex also has substantial experience conducting workplace investigations into employee complaints of discrimination and other alleged misconduct.
Alex understands that businesses often have to make tough decisions and works closely with clients to find creative solutions that allow the business to take the action needed while reducing the likelihood of expensive employment litigation. Alex also understands that even the most conscientious employer may face a claim by an employee or former employee, and he vigorously defends his clients while working hard to achieve the best outcome for the business. Alex’s experience has taught him which fights are worth fighting and how to find strategic resolutions to avoid protracted litigation.
Alex is a regular speaker at employment conferences and before trade groups. Alex is an avid researcher and writer, has authored numerous articles for various publications, and is a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law. 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. Away from work, Alex spends his time running after two young children and spending as much time outdoors as possible.