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Tamsen Leachman is a Partner with Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national firm specializing in Employment and Labor Law.  For nearly 20 years, she has devoted her practice to assisting employers in all areas of employment and labor law.  Tamsen represents employers in a wide variety of lawsuits, including enforcement of non-competition agreements, and claims alleging workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wrongful discharge, FMLA and OFLA discrimination and retaliation, and wage and hour violations.  Tamsen regularly provides advice and counsel to employers regarding the myriad of laws governing the employment relationship, with an emphasis on prevention through compliance.  She is a frequent presenter and trainer for human resource professionals, executives, and in-house counsel.  Tamsen has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America and is a Fellow in the Litigation Council of America. Tamsen is also a Board Member for the Portland Human Resources Management Association. 

When not at work, Tamsen enjoys spending time with family and friends, intuitive cooking, hiking and running.  This spring she will again participate in Pro-Am Bass Fishing. 


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 100%
    23 years


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Fisher & Phillips LLP

111 SW Fifth Avenue
Suite 1250
Portland, OR, 97204


IDAuthorized to practice law199708/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers - Labor and EmploymentBest Lawyers in America2010
America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers & Partners USA2009
Best Lawyers - Labor and EmploymentBest Lawyers in America2009
America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers & Partners USA2008
Best Lawyers - Labor and EmploymentBest Lawyers in America2008
America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers & Partners USA2007
Best Lawyers - Labor and EmploymentThe Best Lawyers in America2007
America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers & Partners USA2006
Mountain States Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Tribute to Women in Industry RecipientWomen’s & Children’s Alliance2001
Leadership Boise AlumnaBoise Chamber of CommerceN/A
Citizen’s Law Academy Founding PresenterCitizen’s Law AcademyN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State BarMember2005 - Present
Idaho Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Washington State BarMember1993 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Portland Human Resource Management AssociationCo-Chair of Special Interest Group on Training and DevelopmentN/A
Oregon Women Lawyers AssociationLeadership CommitteeN/A
Idaho Women Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Dunn Carney ENewsKeeping the Faith2008
Dunn Carney EnewsOregon Supreme Court Reverses Controversial “Rest Period” Decision2008
Dunn Carney EnewsProbable New Law will Expand ADA Workplace Protections2008
Dunn Carney EnewsEmployers Get Ready: DHS Issues Supplemental Final No-Match Rule2008
Dunn Carney EnewsMinding the Bottom Line: Minimizing the Risk of Cost Saving Strategies2008
Dunn Carney EnewsFMLA Regulations Are Finally Final - Will You Be Ready?2008
Dunn Carney E-News"Leave for Military Families is Now Law"2008
Dunn Carney E-News"A New Trend in Discrimination Claims–Protection of Employees Who are Also Family Caregivers"2008
Dunn Carney E-News"A Climate Shift, New Challenges for Oregon Employers in 2008"2007
Client Update"Unionizing 101"2007
Client Update"Shame, Shame, Shame on You, You Didn’t Consider the Union Factor When Selecting Your Subcontractors"2007
HR Alert"HR Alert: Washington State Adopts Paid Family Leave"2007
Employer Update"Where Do We Go From Here? Idaho Courts Clarify Law Related to Non-Competition Agreements"2007
Commerce and Labor Employer Association of Ada County, Idaho"Best Practices for Progressive Discipline"2006
Employer Update"The Power of Mission, Vision, and Values"2006
Idaho State Bar"Disability-Related Inquiries and Medical Examinations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Resolving Complex Issues Under the ADA"2006
Employer Update"Mid-Year Comprehensive Update: EEOC Vows to Target Systemic Discrimination; New DHS Proposed Regulation Governing SSA No-Match Letters; Significant Win for Employees With Retaliation Claims; New EEOC Guidelines Regarding Race and Color Discrimination; Going Paperless-Electronic Retention of Form I-9s; OFCCP Issues Final Pay Equity Guidance for Government Contractors"2006
Employer Update"Year-End Update: Reemploying the Troops-Employer Obligations under USERRA; Cleaning For the New Year Just Became More Risky–FACTA’s New Disposal Requirements; Training for the New Year; Poster Pointers; Suggestions for Handbook/Policy Review"2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Idaho College of LawLawJD, Top Ten of Class1993
Eastern Washington UniversityLiberal ArtsBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The New FMLA RegulationsOverview of Changes to the FMLA Regulations2009
Professional DevelopmentThe Employee Free Choice Act — How to prepare yourself in the event this legislation passes2009
Professional DevelopmentEnsuring Your Cost Cutting Strategies are Legal — How to Implement New Measures in Uncertain Times2009
Oregon Lodging Association/TCLA Labor Law Forum:Federal Card Check and Oregon Labor Law2009
Lilly Ledbetter Act--Why is it important to employers?Lilly Ledbetter Act2009
Dunn Carney Employment SeminarUnionization-Plan B-Creative Employee Free Choice Alternatives and 5 Things Every Business Needs to Know About Labor Law2009
Dunn Carney Employment SeminarRetaliation Prevention and Stimulus Bill Changes to COBRA: Subsidy Challenges Clarified2009
Dunn Carney Employment SeminarEmployment Issues in the New Year: addressing Avoiding Common Wage & Hour Claims, ADA Coverage and Accommodation Changes and The Employee Free Choice Act — Why Do We Care?2009
Employment and Labor Law Check-up (Client Seminar)2008 Employment Law Changes2008
Counsel on Education in ManagementAvoiding Costly ADA “Regarded As Disabled” Discrimination Claims2008
Community Action Partnership of IdahoEmployment Law Overview for the Executive Director2008
Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Risk Management Before, During and After TerminationLarge Scale Terminations: How to protect your company while conducting a reduction-in-force2008
Sterling Education ServicesEmployment Law Update in Idaho2007
NBI Advanced IssuesEthical Considerations Raised by Workplace Claims2007
Lorman Education ServicesEmployment Law from A to Z in Idaho2007
Idaho State Bar, Citizen’s Law AcademyAll in a Day’s Work2007
Council on Education ManagementIdaho Employment Update 20072007
Council on Education ManagementFMLA Update 20072007
Council on Education ManagementDevelopments in FMLA Compliance and the Overlap of ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation Laws, Idaho Employment Update 20072007
Council on Education ManagementRecent Developments in Public Sector Employment Law2007
Boise Metro Chamber of CommerceEssentials of Employment Law2007
Bagels & Briefs (Client Seminar)The Right of Privacy in the Workplace2007
Lorman Education ServicesEmployment Law from A to Z in Idaho2006
Lorman Education ServicesAdvanced Topics in the Family and Medical Leave Act in Idaho2006
Idaho State Bar, Citizen's Law AcademyAll in a Day's Work2006
Idaho State BarFMLA Basics2006
Human Resource Association of Treasure Valley 2006 Annual ConferenceOverview of the Administrative Handling of a Charge of Discrimination; Mediation as a Resolution Alternative2006
Council on Education ManagementIdaho Employment Update 20062006
Council on Education ManagementFMLA Update 20062006
Council on Education ManagementMinimizing Risks when Terminating Employees2006
Council on Education ManagementIdaho Employment Update 20062006
Council on Education ManagementMinimizing Risks During Terminations2006
Business Law BasicsProtecting your Assets, Micro-Enterprise Training2006
Boise Metro Chamber of CommerceTen Essentials of Employment Law2006
Bagels & Briefs (Client Seminar)How to Conduct Sound, Impartial Investigations2006
Bagels & Briefs (Client Seminar)“007-No License to Thrill”: Why Respectful Workplace Training is So Important2006
Bagels & Briefs (Client Seminar)Best Documentation Practices: The Who, What, When and Where of Creating Helpful Evidence2006
Association of Legal AdministratorsBest Practices Related to Employee Handbooks2006