Thomas M. Triplett
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Since coming to Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in 1965, Tom Triplett has developed a national reputation for his work in the areas of antitrust and labor law. He has represented a host of companies on organizational and recognitional issues in the construction industry before the National Labor Relations Board; negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, arbitration of disputes, litigation of Title VII and wrongful discharge cases; defense of criminal antitrust cases; and prosecution of antitrust cases against organized labor.
He was lead counsel in Pacific NW Chapter of ABC v. Local 701, the case in which the U.S. Supreme Court determined the permissible scope of subcontracting restraints in the industry. He has further devoted substantial time to the application of ERISA and its progeny, MPPAA, and argued its constitutionality to the United States Supreme Court in R.A. Gray & Co. v PBGC, et al.
He tried and presented argument to the United States Supreme Court in Patrick v. Burget, an antitrust case which defined the scope of the state action immunity doctrine. He was counsel to Warner Lambert and Ortho Pharmaceuticals in PRDA v. Abbott, the case in which the Supreme Court defined the scope of the nonprofit immunity provisions of the Robinson Patman Act. Mr. Triplett served as lead counsel for McKenzie Willamette and presented argument to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in McKenzie Willamette v. PeaceHealth, in which his client received a jury verdict in excess of $16,000,000. He was counsel in grand jury investigations and trials, including U.S. v. Champion and U.S. v. Hilton Hotels. He successfully defended Pacific Tobacco v. American Brands, Airweld v. Airco, and a series of health care insurance cases, including Willamette Dental v. ODS and KFDA v. KMSB.
Mr. Triplett litigated and successfully appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Brusco v. NLRB, an adverse determination on supervisory status. He successfully defeated class certification in a wage and hour case, Rose v. Rent A Center.
Mr. Triplett is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. In addition, he has been named an Oregon Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine, a peer-elected distinction bestowed upon the top 5% of all attorneys in Oregon. He is also listed in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America for his work for management in labor and employment law.
Professional & Community Activities
Mr. Triplett is a member of the Antitrust, and Labor and Employment Law sections of the American Bar Association. He was a member of the Labor Relations and Antitrust Law sections of the Oregon State Bar. He served on the Executive Committee of the OSB Construction Law and Labor Law sections, and is past Chairman of the OSB Antitrust section.
Mr. Triplett currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon. He is past Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross (Oregon Trail Chapter), of the Board of Emanuel Medical Center Foundation; and of the Mt. St. Joseph's Residence. He is a past member of the executive committee of Fruit & Flower Child Care Center, a former board member of Camp Silver Creek, YMCA, and a past director of the St. Andrews Society.
He is Past President of the University Club of Portland.
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Courts
United States District Court, District of Oregon
United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Stanford Law School, Bachelor of Laws degree (1965)
Yale University, Bachelor of Arts degree (1962)
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