Amanda T. Gamblin


Employment Group co-leader Amanda Gamblin offers practical advice for the unique employment issues that arise in the construction and maritime industries. Her advice integrates complex and often contradictory legal requirements with the business realities facing a workforce that may be deployed for extended periods, seasonal or transitory, and safety-conscious. On those occasions when the employment relationship breaks down, Amanda represents employers in litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Hard-fought insight from experience

Amanda counsels employers of all size through the full scope of issues related to organized labor, including union organizing activities, representation elections, arbitrations and lawsuits. 

Business solutions to class action litigation

Amanda has litigated large, complex class actions including wage and hour, race discrimination and Title III ADA disability cases in the construction and transportation industries. She is known for creative strategies that lead to business-oriented solutions.

Increasing the value of your company

Amanda helps businesses protect intellectual property, contracts and business operations with executive agreements that incentivize productivity while protecting company assets. These agreements improve the company’s current performance while facilitating its future transition to a buyer or the next generation of employees.

Preventing discrimination and retaliation

Taking a proactive approach to employment problems, Amanda trains executives, managers and directors to understand their legal obligations, recognize high-risk situations and balance the needs of the business with the rights of employees.



Employment Experience

  • Won a defense verdict for a maritime employer in an ADA discrimination claim that was appealed to (and affirmed by) the Washington Supreme Court.
  • Defeated a motion for a temporary restraining order against a large technology client that had hired an employee with a noncompete agreement with his former employer. The court recognized the potential unenforceability of the noncompete agreement and denied the former employer’s TRO.
  • Represented a contractor in a $4.5 million dollar wrongful death action where the plaintiff ‎claimed that the employer was not subject to the workers’ compensation exclusive remedy. Our creative strategy caused the plaintiff to reduce his settlement offer by 75% after the summary judgment hearing; ultimately, our client paid nothing.‎
  • Obtained a permanent injunction against a former employee who attempted to compete in clear violation of a noncompete agreement. 
  • Prepared a manufacturing company for an asset sale by implementing restrictive covenants, arbitration agreements and bonus retention agreements, and by cleaning up employee and benefit plans and policies. As a result, the company’s value substantially increased before it went on the market. 

Labor Experience

  • Served on lead legal team for multi-national transportation company in a contentious and highly publicized labor dispute at the Port of Portland with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
  • Represent a Sheriff's office as plaintiff seeking injunctive relief for an unlawful strike. Seven deputies requested an indefinite paid leave of absence, thereby leaving on a handful of deputies to protect the County. We filed an injunction to enjoin the strike on behalf of our client. Just two business days before the hearing, the defendants voluntarily sent the deputies back to work.
  • Air quality testing firm was targeted by the Steelworker’s Union which filed simultaneous unfair labor practice charges and persuaded employees to sue for unpaid prevailing wages and retaliation. The Steelworker’s stated goal was to run our client out of business if it refused to capitulate to unionization. We defeated the union efforts and prevailed on all claims. Client continues to be a thriving non-union shop today.
  • Vending retailer was targeted by the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers Union. The company endured picketing, and an election (which we won). The union then filed unfair labor practice charges and persuaded employees to file a class action lawsuit and a two separate individual cases claiming retaliation. We not only won the union election, but we defeated all court claims. The last unfair labor charge was settled this year.

Recent Labor Negotiations & Advice

  • Manufacturing and Retail: Aviation companies, regional tire retailer
  • Ports, Maritime, and Transportation: Pacific Northwest tugs, barges, stevedores, ports; national shipping & logistic company
  • Other Industries: Including heavy industrial contractors and county governments

Resources & Ideas


Seminars & Speaking Engagements




Oregon State Courts

United States District Court, District of Oregon

Washington State Courts

Outside The Office