Leora Coleman-Fire


Leora Coleman-Fire provides employers with practical and creative solutions to labor and employment issues that best position them to succeed and their employees to feel appreciated. When litigation is necessary, Leora takes the time to understand her client’s goals so as to best ensure the settlement, trial or appellate court result that meets or exceeds those goals.

Before joining Schwabe, Leora worked as a member of AmeriCorps, a healthcare research manager, a law clerk for the Department of Justice Special Litigation Unit, and a legal extern for the Oregon Medical Board.



  • Defended a major transportation company against negligence claims in which the plaintiff’s lowest pretrial demand was $10 million. The jury awarded only $7,857 in total damages.
  • Provided extensive analysis regarding Fair Labor Standards Act classifications of exempt and non-exempt employees to maintain the high value of our client in one of the largest mergers and acquisitions in Oregon.
  • Drafted, argued, and won a motion for our client’s attorney fees against a plaintiff who failed to produce relevant documents. Plaintiff appealed and, after we briefed the issue for the appellate court, the Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s award in favor of our client.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order against an employee who had signed a non-compete and non-disclosure agreement, but took confidential documents from our client and started working for a competitor.
  • Settled at a “nuisance” value a high-stakes public accommodations discrimination case for a Fortune 500 retailer.
  • Assisted in drafting appellate briefs on issues ranging from whether a settlement is binding on the parties to the successful dismissal of a plaintiff’s negligence claim.
  • Assisted with obtaining a complete defense verdict against Charles Schwab in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) case for alleged breach of non-solicitation agreement and alleged use of trade secrets by a former registered representative of Charles Schwab. Charles Schwab Co., Inc. v. Kimberly Perreira and Wells Fargo Advisors.
  • Wrote and presented a Technical Assistance Package on the Oregon Sick Leave Law for members of the Associated General Contractors in Portland, Bend and Eugene.
  • Achieved dismissal of a Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) charge against a melon farmer whose employee alleged employment discrimination and retaliation.

Memberships & Awards


  • Oregon State Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Oregon Women Lawyers, Member
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Member


• Gantenbein Scholar (2010-2011)
• Davis Wright Tremaine International Law Writing Competition Award Recipient (2010)
• Business Law Roundtable Scholar (2010)
• Alumni Board Scholar (2009-2010)
• Community Service Award Recipient (2009)

Resources & Ideas

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

Labor and Employment Laws Educational Session – Portland, Associated General Contractors Annual Meeting
January 2016

Statewide Mandated Sick Leave Training – Eugene, Associated General Contractors, January 2016

Oregon Sick Leave Rules and Ban the Box – Portland, Oregon Health Care Association
January 2016

Statewide Mandated Sick Leave Training – Redmond, Associated General Contractors, January 2016

Harnessing the Power of Neurodiversity – Portland, Oregon State Bar Technology Law Conference
October 2015

Keep Ahead of 2016 – What You Need to Know: Legislative Recap
September 2015

Best Strategies for Compliance - Sick Leave Laws
January 2015

Recruit and Retain Talent - Noncompete, Nonsolicitation, and Trade Secret Agreements November 2014

Autumn Equinox: The Days for Compliance Will Now Be Getting Shorter
September 2014

Mergers and Acquisitions: Labor and Employment Issues for the Business Lawyer February 2014

How to Navigate a Whirlwind of Change: Healthcare Reform, Sick Leave and Labor Laws in the Non-Union Workplace
May 2013

Employment Law Seminar: Avoiding Nightmares on HR Street
October 2013

Workplace Compliance Strategies: Staying Ahead and Avoiding Liability
March 2012

Community Activities

Community Activities

  • The Campaign for Equal Justice, Associates Committee Member (2014-present)
  • Q Center, Board Member (2013-2015)
  • AmeriCorps–Community HealthCorps, Member (2006-2007)




Oregon State Courts

United States District Court, District of Oregon

Washington State Courts

Outside The Office