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Akin Blitz is a shareholder with Bullard Law. He represents private employers, cities, counties and special districts throughout Oregon and Washington in all matters related to labor and employment, as well as related municipal law issues. His practice includes bargaining, labor contract administration, employee relations, discipline and discharge, practice before state and federal agencies, preventive law/risk management, and policy review and implementation.


In his free time, Akin enjoys cycling and alpine downhill skiing.  He has served as a high school ski race official and as Vice President and Chairman of Risk Management for the Boy Scouts Cascade Pacific Council.  Akin also serves on the board of trustees for the Oregon Humane Society.  With his late bearded collie, Annie, he provided therapy and support to medically fragile children at various hospitals and to victims and witnesses of violence in connection with several law enforcement agencies.  Their teamwork led to Annie's induction into the Oregon Animal Hall of Fame.


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  1. Employment: 100%
    41 years

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Bullard Law

200 SW Market St., Suite 1900
Portland, OR, 97201


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Oregon Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2016
Best Lawyers in America: Labor Law (Management)Best Lawyers2016
Best Lawyers in America: Labor Law (Management)Best Lawyers2015
Oregon Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Best Lawyers in America: Labor Law (Management)Best Lawyers2014
Oregon Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Best Lawyers in America: Labor Law (Management)Best Lawyers2013
Karlyn Campbell AwardOregon Association Chiefs of Police2013
Oregon Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Oregon Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Animal Advocate AwardOregon Humane Society2012
Oregon Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
Oregon Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
Oregon Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
Oregon Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2008
Oregon Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2006
Navy Achievement MedalU.S. Navy1980
Certificate of CommendationU.S. Marine Corps1975
Best Written BriefLewis & Clark Law School1973
Best Overall AdvocateLewis & Clark Law School1973
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder and AttorneyBullard Law1998 - Present
Shareholder and AttorneyLane Powell1983 - 1998
Assistant Attorney General, Labor Relations SectionOregon Department of Justice1982 - 1983
Associate AttorneyYoung Horn Cass & Scott1979 - 1982
Judge Advocate and Military Police OfficerOffice of the Judge Advocate General, Navy Department and Headquarters Battalion Headquarters Marine Corps1976 - 1979
Intern Deputy ProsecutorMultnomah County District Attorney's Office1973 - 1975
Legal Research and Writing Teaching AssistantLewis & Clark Law School1973 - 1974
Contract Consultant and InstructorOregon Board on Police Standards & Training1973 - 1976
Leg. Intern, Asst. to Senator Carson, Senate Judiciary CommitteeOregon Legislative Assembly1971 - 1971
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1975 - Present
American Bar Association, Committee on State & Local Government BargainingMemberN/A
Oregon State Bar, Civil Rights SectionExecutive Committee2010 - 2010
Oregon Attorney General's Use of Deadly Force Task ForceMember2005 - 2007
Multnomah County Sheriff's Advisory CommitteeMember1995 - 1997
Oregon State Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionChair1995 - 1996
Citizens Crime Commission, PortlandMember1992 - 1993
Washington County Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol DistrictChair1988 - 1991
City of Portland Civil Service Reform Task ForceChair1985 - 1986
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionDelegate to ABA Labor and Employment Section1978 - 1980
Federal Bar AssociationMember1978 - 1982
Multnomah County-Portland Police-Sheriff Consolidation ProjectMember, Legal Advisor Sub-committee1974 - 1974
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolBoard Member, Moot Court1974 - 1975
Publication nameTitleDate
Tactical Communication in Crisis Incidents - Interpersonal Crisis Intervention Skills When Dealing with People in Stressful SituationsIntroduction and Chapter 9 "The Use of Force"2008
University of Oregon LERC Monograph Series, Labor Education and Research CenterPublic Employees and Oregon's Scope of Bargaining2007
Labor and Employment Law - Public Sector, Oregon State Bar CLE PublicationsSupplement, Section 1983 Litigation1994
Special Districts Association of OregonManagement and Policy Resource Guide1994
Model Policies and Procedures for Law Enforcement AgenciesModel Policies and Procedures for Law Enforcement Agencies1993
Labor and Employment Law - Public Sector, Oregon State Bar CLE PublicationsSection 1983 Litigation1990
Hastings Constitutional Law QuarterlyErosion of Official Immunity of Personnel Supervisors in the Public Sector1981
Oregon Board on Police Standards & TrainingThe DUII Arrest - Police Officer's Handbook1974
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLabor and Employment LawLL.M - Master of Laws1979
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor; Legal Writing Honors Program1975
Willamette UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PERCPublic Employees and Oregon's Scope of Bargaining2012
2011 OFCA Spring ConferencePanel: Social Media2011
Command CollegeLabor and Employment Law2010
Command CollegeLabor and Employment Law2009
Command CollegeLabor and Employment Law2008
Command CollegeLabor and Employment Law2007
Command CollegeLabor and Employment Law2006