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Gene Mechanic is a Portland, Oregon labor, employment and health law attorney who started his legal career as a litigator with the New York State Attorney’s General Office and who, as recognized by to the Oregonian newspaper, "has a history of legal success . . in three decades defending Oregon . . . employees. Oregonian columnist Steve Duin said that Gene "bears one of the great names in the history of the bar."


Gene has published many articles and is a frequent national and international speaker on labor, employment and health law, and legal ethics. He is a chapter editor of the American Bar Association’s “Developing Labor Law, 4th Edition, and a chapter editor of the 2011 edition of the Oregon State Bar’s Private Sector Labor and Employment Manual. Gene is a National Fellow of the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the 2006 recipient of the “Labor Practitioner of the Year Award” by the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He is past chair of the Oregon State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Health Law Section.


Gene has won many substantial jury verdicts, court decisions and settlements for clients in federal and state courts, both at the trial and appellate levels. Gene is admitted to practice law in Oregon, New York, and Florida and has argued in the United States Supreme Court.



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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 70%
  2. Civil Rights: 20%
  3. Health Care: 10%


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Mechanic Law Firm

6420 SW Macadam Ave.
Suite 208
Portland, OR, 97239-3518


FLMember in Good Standing200806/20/2016
NYCurrently registered 197303/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Oregon Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
FellowCollege of Labor and Employment Lawyers2011
Labor Practitioner of the YearOregon Labor & Employment Ass'n2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and OwnerMechanic Law Firm2007 - Present
Senior PartnerGoldberg, Mechanic, Stuart, Gibson LLP1980 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Oregon Labor & Employment Relations AssociationMember2000 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers Associationmember1985 - Present
Multnomah Bar Associationmember1985 - Present
AFL-CIO Lawyers CommitteeMember, Board of Directors2002 - 2005
Oregon State Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionChairperson1991 - 1992
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
American Federation of Teachers v. Oregon Taxpayers United PAC$2.5 million jury verdict and injunction for client were upheld by the Oregon Supreme Court. (2008)
Coreas v. ServiceMaster$300,000 in a wage lawsuit filed for cleaners at Portland Rose Garden sports arena
In re Consoldiated Freighways$1.2 million wage settlement.for employees
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Publication nameTitleDate
Labor and Employment Law: Private Sector, Oregon State Bar“Labor Disputes”2011
Lawyers Coordinating Committee, AFL-CIO Bulletin“The Education of an American Labor Lawyer in Tunisia2007
University of Oregon, Labor Education Research CenterArbitration Under Oregon’s PECBA2003
Developing Labor Law, American Bar Association & Bureau of National Affairs, Fourth Edition“Handbills, Pickets & Strikes,”2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorN/A1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oregon State Bar Health Law CLEThe Affordable Care Act and Oregon Health Insurance Exchange,"2012
Service Employees International Union Attorneys ConferenceEthics and Settlement Issues in Wage and Hour Litigation2007
Public Employment Relations Board Annual Conference,Employee Discipline and Just Cause,”2006
Society of Human Resources Management Conference,Discipline and Discharge of Employees2004