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What is your opinion regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I work WITH my client, and the more they know the more they can assist in their cases.

Are you willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I often work with clients who are capable of and do prepare their own documents. I prefer, in

many cases, to assist the client in making the initial presentation and/or demand.

Are you willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

An important part of my work with many clients is the development of a strategic plan in which

we sketch out what role is better suited for the client on his or her own, and what is better

suited for my direct intervention.

Why did you decide to be a lawyer?

I considered the legal profession the best way to make a difference in the day to day lives of

ordinary people.

What work experience and education helps you be a better lawyer?

I grew up in a working class small town, the son of a union mill worker with a 6th grade

education. I was able to pay my way through college and law school by the GI bill and part

and full-time jobs. With 28 years of experience representing individuals and companies in

employment related matters, I understand and appreciate the intricacies and interests of the

opposing parties in an employment dispute.

Why did you decide on your primary area of practice?

As I grew up in a working class town of working class parents, I knew about and identified with

working men and women. The practice of employment law gave me the opportunity to

advocate on behalf of the worker and to encourage employers to comply with the law

protecting employees.

What do you like best about your career?

I enjoy working with individuals rather than impersonal corporations. I enjoy the strategic

challenge of developing a plan to maximize a client's potential recovery for the violation of his or her rights.

Tell us about your law firm.

The firm is committed to providing the best employment law representation possible. All four

lawyers work exclusively (with very minor exceptions) in employment law representing

individuals with claims against employers or with and on behalf of individuals in strategic

planning regarding their employment relationships. With a combined experience exceeding 60 years, our four lawyers provide an unparalleled expertise in employment counseling and

employment claims litigation.

What are your strengths and style?

I listen to my clients and provide collaborative guidance and support. I attempt to discern each

client's goals and work toward achieving those goals. I am accessible and attempt to be

available to respond in a timely manner.

I am a professional, and I am good at what I do. I will not take unreasonable or unfounded

positions. I am tough with opposing counsel, but extend professional courtesies when

appropriate. I have been described as a bulldog; I pursue every angle and every fair

advantage on behalf of my clients.

Personal Interests.

I enjoy history, progressive politics, and children's issues.


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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 100%



Hourly ($250-525/hour), contingent (25-45%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • David A Schuck

    I have had the pleasure of working with attorney Craig Crispin. I have sought advice from him regarding employment discrimination matter, used him as an expert witness, and collaborated in the prosecution of a case. No matter how our paths have crossed, I have always found him to be professional, knowledgeable, and prepared. For these reasons and more, I would recommend Craig Crispin.


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Contact info


1834 SW 58th Avenue
Suite 200
Portland, OR, 97221-1455


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyers for Employment LitigationThomson Reuters2014
Super Lawyer for Employment LitigationThomson Reuters2013
Super Lawyer for Employment LigationThomson Reuters2012
Super Lawyer for Employment LitigationThomson Reuters2011
Super Lawyer for Employment LitigationThomson Reuters2010
Super Lawyers for Employment LitigationThomson Reuters2009
Super Lawyers for Employment LitigationThomson Reuters2008
Super Lawyers for Employment LitigationThomson Reuters2007
Super Lawyers for Employment & LaborThomson Reuters2006
AV Rating SinceMartindale-Hubbell1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial PanelOregon State Bar Disciplinary Board2004 - Present
Managing PartnerCRISPIN EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS1992 - Present
Employment Litigation AttorneyBullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson1984 - 1992
Associate Litigation AttorneyStoel Rives1982 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Oregon State BarMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Siring v. Eastern Oregon UniversityJury Verdict in favor of Plaintiff
Hamlin v. Hampton LumberJury Verdict for Plaintiff
Prosser v. Tuma dba Automotive Paint SpecialitiesJury Verdict for Plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
Federal Civil Litigation in OregonEditorial Board2009
The Family and Medical Leave ActCumulative Supplement (Contributing Author)2008
2002 Revision of Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon (Oregon State Bar Publication)Jury Instructions, Jury Verdicts, Findings by the Court (Chapter 24)2002
Oregon State Bar Private Sector Labor Law, 2002 Cumulative SupplementEqual Employment Opportunity, Chapter 42002
Oregon State Bar Workers CompensationAmericans with Disabilities Act1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Southern Illinois UniversityEducationOther - Bachelors1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
OTLA Annual ConventionAppellate Advocacy: Increase Your Appeal -- Getting by with a Little Help from Your Friends2011
2011 NELA Annual ConventionPreparing A Witness For Deposition: “Teaching More Than The Facts”—How To Prepare The Witness’ Attitude, Thinking & Perception Of The Deposition2011
NELA Annual ConventionExecutives in Transition2007
Accommodating Disabilities & FMLA LeavesPreparing the Case, Challenging Summary Judgment & Preparing the Appeal2006
OTLA SeminarEffective Use of Civil Procedure2005
NELA Annual ConventionWinning the 'Regarded As' & 'Record Of" ADA Case2005
Labor & Employment Section Annual MeetingEvidence Issues in Employment Law2005
NELA Florida Spring SeminarThreshold Issues in Employment Law2004
Workers' Compensation Section Annual ConferenceWorkers' Compensation Discrimination2003
ABA Annual ConventionLegal Definition of Employee2003
WSTLA Reciprocity SeminarOregon Legal Ethics2002
OLI SeminarMotions for Summary Judgment2002