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Timothy J Bernasek

Employment and labor Attorney at Portland, OR

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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.

Licensed for 23 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 03/19/2023
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 02/12/2023

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Timothy J Bernasek
851 SW 6th Ave Ste 1500
Portland, OR, 97204


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Posted by Peggy | November 24, 2014
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I have had the unique opportunity to not only hire Tim as an attorney for my business but also to work with him in my position with Oregon Farm Bureau. While the needs of both entities vary greatly, Tim's expertise surrounding all issues was, and is, outstanding. I would highly recommend Tim Bernasek to others in need of his expertise.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue
  • 2007 - Present
  • Instructor, Agriculture Law
  • Oregon State University
  • 2007 - 2007
  • General Counsel
  • Oregon Farm Bureau Federation
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Hobson and Bernasek LLP
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Counsel for Governmental Affairs
  • Oregon Farm Bureau Federation
  • 1999 - 2001
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  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Willamette University Atkinson School of Management
  • MBA
  • 1998
  • Willamette University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • Northwest Tree Sales, Inc. v. Alpine Christmas Trees and Chris Maretich
  • Defendant Prevailed on Preliminary Injunction
  • Hawes v. DeVos
  • Plaintiff prevailed on Summary Judgment Motion
  • Pan-American Berry Growers, LLC, et al v. Thomas E. Perez and United States Department of Labor
  • Defendant Prevailed. DOL appealed ruling. Favorable Settlement


  • Western Resources Legal Center
  • Chair
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Dorchester Board
  • President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Oregon State Bar, Agricultural Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Willamette University Alumni Board
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2015
  • U.S. District Court
  • Federal Judiciary Advisory Committee
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Council of Oregon Agricultural Employers
  • Secretary
  • 1999 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • Oregon Blueberry Conference
  • Hot Goods- Down the Rabbit Hole with the US Department of Labor
  • 2015
  • Ag Summit
  • Farm Labor Update
  • 2015
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • Top 10 Things An Agricultural Lawyer Should Know
  • 2014
  • Oregon State Bar CLE
  • Farm Stands- A Land Use Issue
  • 2014
  • Dunn Carney Ag Summit 2014
  • Farm Labor and Immigration Reform Update
  • 2014
  • Northwest Agribusiness Executive Seminar
  • Legal Issues Affecting Agricultural Labor: Wage & Hour, Civil Rights & Hot Goods
  • 2014
  • Dunn Carney Ag Summit
  • How to Handle Federal and State Agency Investigations
  • 2013
  • Washington Farm Labor Association
  • Preparing for US Dept. of Labor Inspections
  • 2013
  • Dunn Carney Ag Summit
  • Farm Labor – what do you need to know in 2012?
  • 2012
  • Oregon Seed Council Meeting
  • Managing Employment Risk In Agriculture
  • 2011
  • 2010 Ag Summit
  • Protecting Your Property From Trespassers
  • 2010
  • PHRMA- Special Interest Group meeting
  • EEOC Update
  • 2010
  • Oregon State Bar Association Real Estate Section CLE
  • New Farming Techniques and Uses of Agricultural Land
  • 2009
  • Unionization- Plan B: Creative Alternatives to Card Check and 5 Things Every Business Needs to Know About Labor Law
  • Employee Free Choice Act and Unionization
  • 2009
  • Ag Summit
  • Alternative Energy Opportunities for Farmers/ Ranchers
  • 2008
  • Breaking Up is Hard to Do- Risk Management Before, During, and After Termination
  • Releases of Liability- Considerations for the Individual and Large Scale Terminations
  • 2008
  • American Farm Bureau Lawyer's Conference
  • Member Benefit Programs and Private Enurement
  • 2008
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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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Portland Employment and labor Lawyer Timothy J Bernasek
Timothy J Bernasek
Employment and labor Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 23 years