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Tim Bernasek is the Chair of  Dunn Carney’s Agriculture and Natural Resources team and the Governmental Affairs team.  He is also a member of the Employment and Real Estate/Land Use teams.  His practice focuses on a variety of legal matters including real estate, agriculture and natural resources, employment, water law, and business law.  Tim enjoys working with his clients to solve their problems whether it involves employment issues, dealing with state or federal agencies, land use, trespassing or contracts. He also works with non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to assist them with a variety of legal issues.

Prior to joining Dunn Carney, Tim was the General Counsel for the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation. His job duties included managing corporate and contractual legal affairs for the Farm Bureau. He also developed legislative strategy with the Governmental Affairs Department and served as the Administrator for the Oregon Agricultural Legal Foundation. He recently taught an Agricultural Law undergraduate class at Oregon State University.

Tim serves as Chair of the Western Resources Legal Center Board, is a past President of the Dorchester Board and is a member of several Oregon State Bar committees.  He is past Chair of the Oregon State Bar Agricultural Law Section.  Tim was a partner in the law firm of Hobson & Bernasek, LLP before joining the Farm Bureau.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 35%
  2. Real Estate: 20%
  3. Agriculture: 20%
  4. Government: 20%
  5. Land Use & Zoning: 5%


Payment types:

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    Tim is an outstanding attorney and even better person. He is easily one of the top lawyers in the State of Oregon.


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851 SW 6th Ave Ste 1500
Portland, OR, 97204


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue2007 - Present
Instructor, Agriculture LawOregon State University2007 - 2007
General CounselOregon Farm Bureau Federation2004 - 2007
PartnerHobson and Bernasek LLP2001 - 2004
Counsel for Governmental AffairsOregon Farm Bureau Federation1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Western Resources Legal CenterChair2014 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1999 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Dorchester BoardPresident2012 - 2013
Oregon State Bar, Agricultural Law SectionChair2009 - 2009
Willamette University Alumni BoardBoard Member2009 - 2015
U.S. District CourtFederal Judiciary Advisory Committee2008 - 2008
Council of Oregon Agricultural EmployersSecretary1999 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Northwest Tree Sales, Inc. v. Alpine Christmas Trees and Chris MaretichDefendant Prevailed on Preliminary Injunction
Hawes v. DeVosPlaintiff prevailed on Summary Judgment Motion
Pan-American Berry Growers, LLC, et al v. Thomas E. Perez and United States Department of LaborDefendant Prevailed. DOL appealed ruling. Favorable Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Dunn Carney Natural Resources UpdatesRecent Revisions to Form I-9 – What Employers Need to Know2013
Dunn Carney Natural Resources UpdatesDept. of Labor Notification: Child Labor in Agriculture Notice of Proposed Rule is WITHDRAWN2013
Dunn Carney Natural Resources UpdatesIs Oregon’s Right to Farm and Forest Act Constitutional?2011
Oregon Agriculture"Bills Target Secret Ballots and Free Speech"2009
Lewis & Clark Law School Environmental Law Journal"Oregon Agriculture and Land Use Planning"2006
Oregon Agriculture"Put It In Writing"2006
Oregon Agriculture"How the Kelo Case Affects You"N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Willamette University Atkinson School of ManagementBusiness AdministrationMBA1998
Willamette UniversityBusiness EconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oregon Blueberry ConferenceHot Goods- Down the Rabbit Hole with the US Department of Labor2015
Ag SummitFarm Labor Update2015
Oregon State Bar CLEFarm Stands- A Land Use Issue2014
Northwest Agribusiness Executive SeminarLegal Issues Affecting Agricultural Labor: Wage & Hour, Civil Rights & Hot Goods2014
Dunn Carney Ag Summit 2014Farm Labor and Immigration Reform Update2014
American Agricultural Law AssociationTop 10 Things An Agricultural Lawyer Should Know2014
Washington Farm Labor AssociationPreparing for US Dept. of Labor Inspections2013
Dunn Carney Ag SummitHow to Handle Federal and State Agency Investigations2013
Dunn Carney Ag SummitFarm Labor – what do you need to know in 2012?2012
Oregon Seed Council MeetingManaging Employment Risk In Agriculture2011
PHRMA- Special Interest Group meetingEEOC Update2010
2010 Ag SummitProtecting Your Property From Trespassers2010
Unionization- Plan B: Creative Alternatives to Card Check and 5 Things Every Business Needs to Know About Labor LawEmployee Free Choice Act and Unionization2009
Oregon State Bar Association Real Estate Section CLENew Farming Techniques and Uses of Agricultural Land2009
Breaking Up is Hard to Do- Risk Management Before, During, and After TerminationReleases of Liability- Considerations for the Individual and Large Scale Terminations2008
American Farm Bureau Lawyer's ConferenceMember Benefit Programs and Private Enurement2008
Ag SummitAlternative Energy Opportunities for Farmers/ Ranchers2008