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
- Portland Business Journal, February 20, 2015
- The Oregonian, February 8, 2015
- Oregon Public Broadcasting , June 23, 2014
- The Oregonian, January 1, 2014
- February 27, 2013
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Lane Community College Center for Meeting and Learning, January 19, 2016
- Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, January 18, 2016
Labor and Employment Laws Educational Session – Portland, Associated General Contractors Annual Meeting
Statewide Mandated Sick Leave Training – Eugene, Associated General Contractors, January 2016
Oregon Sick Leave Rules and Ban the Box – Portland, Oregon Health Care Association
Statewide Mandated Sick Leave Training – Redmond, Associated General Contractors, January 2016
Harnessing the Power of Neurodiversity – Portland, Oregon State Bar Technology Law Conference
Keep Ahead of 2016 – What You Need to Know: Legislative Recap
Best Strategies for Compliance - Sick Leave Laws
Recruit and Retain Talent - Noncompete, Nonsolicitation, and Trade Secret Agreements November 2014
Autumn Equinox: The Days for Compliance Will Now Be Getting Shorter
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
Employment Law Seminar: Avoiding Nightmares on HR Street
Workplace Compliance Strategies: Staying Ahead and Avoiding Liability
- December 11, 2015
- June 15, 2015
- February 18, 2015
- Portland Business Journal, February 13, 2015
- January 22, 2015
- New Draft Administrative Sick Leave Rules Provide Some Clarification of Eugene's Mandatory Sick Leave Ordinance and an Opportunity to CommentJanuary 15, 2015
- May 27, 2014
- August 26, 2013
- Released for Public Comment: Portland Sick Leave Ordinance Draft Rules Offer Important Clarification and Opportunity to RespondAugust 22, 2013
- March 20, 2013
- New Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") Poster, Forms, and Expanded Leave Take Effect March 8, 2013March 7, 2013
- The Supreme Court Upholds President Obama's Healthcare Law: Is Your Small Business Ready for the Consequences?August 13, 2012
- January 6, 2012
- The Campaign for Equal Justice, Associates Committee Member (2014-present)
- Q Center, Board Member (2013-2015)
- AmeriCorps–Community HealthCorps, Member (2006-2007)
- Lewis & Clark Law SchoolJuris Doctor degree, cum laude
- Whitman CollegeBachelor of Arts degree, with honors
Oregon State Courts
United States District Court, District of Oregon
Washington State Courts
Outside The Office
- Rain or shine, you can find Leora rooting for the Timbers, Thorns, Blazers and Seahawks.