William E. Gaar

Shareholder, SPHR

t 503-620-8900
f 503-620-4878

 

 

Experience
William Gaar is an advocate and litigator for his business and employer clients, providing practical solutions to everyday concerns and protecting his clients’ rights in state and federal court, private arbitration and mediation, and before state and federal agencies. Well versed in all areas of employment and commercial/consumer law, he has assisted every size of organization. As the current chair of the Litigation Practice Group, Bill is a frequent speaker and author on employment law topics providing important information to clients through seminars and individual training.

William Gaar is also a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. The Litigation Counsel of America limits membership to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Bill has been a fellow since 2013.

  • General employment counsel for all types and sizes of business in daily human resource management as well as production of key employee agreements and compensation packages for sales and other employees.
  • Representation of automobile dealerships and both manufactured housing dealerships and manufacturers in all areas of consumer and commercial law and litigation.
  • Public employment law providing employment advice to local municipalities.
  • Representing, drafting, and negotiating trade secret/confidentiality and non-competition agreements as well as providing litigation services for the enforcement of such agreements to protect business assets.

 

 

 

 

Professional Achievement & Recognition

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Society of Human Resource Professionals
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2013-present)
  • Notable® Peer Rated for Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell®

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board Member – Oregon Ballet Theatre
  • Board Member – Oregon International Air Show
  • Chair – Oregon International Air Show Charitable Foundation
  • Member – Trial Law Institute
  • Member – Diversity Law Institute
  • Past Chair – City of Lake Oswego Planning Commission
  • Former Member – City of Lake Oswego Citizen Advisory Committee for Comprehensive Plan Update

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker – Working with Corporate or Retained Counsel, Portland State University, February 2018
  • Speaker – Bias in the Workplace, Portland State University, May 2017
  • Presenter- From Startup to Endgame: Form of Entity Considerations for Your Law Practice, OSB Professional Liability Fund Sponsored CLE Seminar, May 2017
  • Speaker – Employee Investigations, Portland State University, January 2016
  • Speaker – Social Media Practices for Employers, Buckley Law, October 2012

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington

Education

  • Northwestern School of Law Lewis and Clark College, Juris Doctorate degree, Cornelius Honor Society nominee
  • Kansas State University, Bachelor of Arts degree in English
Print Friendly, PDF & Email