Corbett Gordon (Retired)

Tonkon Torp LLP
1600 Pioneer Tower
888 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204

PHONE: 503-802-2150
EMAIL: corbett.gordon@tonkon.com
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Though Corbett has officially retired, she maintains an office at Tonkon Torp and limits her practice to pro bono client representation.

Corbett joined the Labor & Employment group at Tonkon in 2013 after 11 years as a founder and senior counsel in the Portland office of Fisher & Phillips. Prior to that, she was a senior partner in her own firm for seven years. Corbett has over three decades of experience representing public and private sector employers in a range of matters including their interactions with labor unions in Oregon and Washington. An experienced labor negotiator, Corbett represents clients in collective bargaining, contract enforcement and labor arbitrations. 
 
Corbett’s litigation practice includes significant experience defending employers before juries and agencies on a range of claims including harassment, whistleblower retaliation, trade secret and noncompetition violations, and alleged discrimination based on disability, sexual orientation, gender, race and national origin. She has tried cases in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts and successfully prevailed in client appeals in state and federal courts as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court. 
 
Corbett’s practice includes providing counsel on all aspects of labor and employment law. With a background in teaching, she works effectively with clients to present employment policies and practices as well as management training to employees. Corbett works with management and employees in gender identity matters to ensure a welcoming workplace when an employee is in transition.  
 
Corbett has been consistently named among America’s Leading Business Lawyers by Chambers USA. The Best Lawyers in America selected her as the top management labor lawyer in Portland in 2012 and she continues to be ranked in the areas of Employment Law - Management, Labor Law Management, and Litigation - Labor & Employment. She is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been honored as one of the top 25 female lawyers in Oregon.
 
Reported Cases
  • Gallagher-Burnett v. Merle West Med. Ctr., Inc., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22867 (D. Or. 2004)
  • Wilson v. Dollar Tree Stores, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11959 (D. Or. 2004)
  • Albertsons, Inc. v. Kirkingburg, 527 U.S. 555 (1999)
  • Schram v. Albertsons, Inc., 147 Or. App. 415 (1997)
  • Northwest Administrators v. Albertsons, Inc., 104 F.3d 253 (9th Cir. 1997)
  • Price v. Taco Bell Corp., 896 F. Supp. 1022 (D. Or. 1995)
 
Articles
  • "US Executive Compensation in Ireland: The US Chamber of Commerce Weighs in on the Income Tax Questions," January 2013, Cross Border Employer, F&P Blog
  • "Healthcare," December 2012, Vancouver Business Journal
  • "The Inside Track: Class Action Defeated by Labor Agreement," August 2012, Vancouver Business Journal
  • "Irish Minister of Jobs Simplifies Access to Regulations for business of Ireland," June 2012, Cross Border Employer, F&P Blog
  • "Doing Business in Ireland," May 2012, Cross Border Employer, F&P Blog

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Though Corbett has officially retired, she maintains an office at Tonkon Torp and limits her practice to pro bono client representation.

Corbett joined the Labor & Employment group at Tonkon in 2013 after 11 years as a founder and senior counsel in the Portland office of Fisher & Phillips. Prior to that, she was a senior partner in her own firm for seven years. Corbett has over three decades of experience representing public and private sector employers in a range of matters including their interactions with labor unions in Oregon and Washington. An experienced labor negotiator, Corbett represents clients in collective bargaining, contract enforcement and labor arbitrations. 
 
Corbett’s litigation practice includes significant experience defending employers before juries and agencies on a range of claims including harassment, whistleblower retaliation, trade secret and noncompetition violations, and alleged discrimination based on disability, sexual orientation, gender, race and national origin. She has tried cases in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts and successfully prevailed in client appeals in state and federal courts as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court. 
 
Corbett’s practice includes providing counsel on all aspects of labor and employment law. With a background in teaching, she works effectively with clients to present employment policies and practices as well as management training to employees. Corbett works with management and employees in gender identity matters to ensure a welcoming workplace when an employee is in transition.  
 
Corbett has been consistently named among America’s Leading Business Lawyers by Chambers USA. The Best Lawyers in America selected her as the top management labor lawyer in Portland in 2012 and she continues to be ranked in the areas of Employment Law - Management, Labor Law Management, and Litigation - Labor & Employment. She is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been honored as one of the top 25 female lawyers in Oregon.
 
Reported Cases
  • Gallagher-Burnett v. Merle West Med. Ctr., Inc., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22867 (D. Or. 2004)
  • Wilson v. Dollar Tree Stores, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11959 (D. Or. 2004)
  • Albertsons, Inc. v. Kirkingburg, 527 U.S. 555 (1999)
  • Schram v. Albertsons, Inc., 147 Or. App. 415 (1997)
  • Northwest Administrators v. Albertsons, Inc., 104 F.3d 253 (9th Cir. 1997)
  • Price v. Taco Bell Corp., 896 F. Supp. 1022 (D. Or. 1995)
 
Articles
  • "US Executive Compensation in Ireland: The US Chamber of Commerce Weighs in on the Income Tax Questions," January 2013, Cross Border Employer, F&P Blog
  • "Healthcare," December 2012, Vancouver Business Journal
  • "The Inside Track: Class Action Defeated by Labor Agreement," August 2012, Vancouver Business Journal
  • "Irish Minister of Jobs Simplifies Access to Regulations for business of Ireland," June 2012, Cross Border Employer, F&P Blog
  • "Doing Business in Ireland," May 2012, Cross Border Employer, F&P Blog

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Risk Management Committee

National Management Labor & Employment Roundtable
Member

Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section Newsletter
Editorial Board

Washington State Bar Association
Examiner (Past)
Trustee, Civil Rights Section

Portland Human Resources Management Association
Board of Directors (Past Member)

PlayWrite, Inc.
Secretary and  President, Board of Directors (Past)

Portland Workforce Alliance
Board of Directors (Past Member)

Oregon State Bar Association
Executive Committee, Labor & Employment Law
Section (Past Member)
Executive Committee, Disabilities Law Section (Past Member)
Chair, Executive Committee, Civil Rights Section (Past Member)

Multnomah Bar Association
Chair, Committee to Advance Equality in the Profession and
the Justice System (Past)

Legacy Home Health
Board of Directors (Past)

Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital
Board of Directors (Past)

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Portland
Board of Directors (Past)

Multnomah County Citizens Review Board
Member (Past)
With a background in teaching, Corbett recently helped students at the Methow Valley Alternative High School (Washington) gain a deeper understanding of U.S. history by teaching them basic civics and court process through the review of cases involving the constitutional rights of young people. In 2011, the Convocation on Equality recognized Corbett as a “Champion” for her decades of work in encouraging diversity in the legal profession.

Outside of the office, Corbett helps wrangle chickens at the Gordon Kolsky Farm in Carlton, Washington.

As of February 2013, Corbett is a proud grandmother. She is pictured to the right with one week old Emmy Lou.