Kyle T. Abraham

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Kyle Abraham represents employers in traditional labor and employment law matters. Kyle’s labor practice includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements, advising on contract administration issues, and representing employers before labor arbitrators, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Oregon Employment Relations Board. In his employment law practice, Kyle is an experienced litigator who has successfully represented clients before U.S. circuit and district courts, Oregon and Washington state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, and other state and federal agencies. Kyle leverages his experience to help employers anticipate and resolve problems at the earliest possible state and in a cost-effective manner, with the confidence and capability to defend employers if the matter escalates to litigation. Additionally, Kyle is a trained and experienced workplace investigator, and he regularly conducts investigations into allegations of employee misconduct, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or other sensitive issues. Kyle has been recognized as an expert witness in the field of workplace investigations.

Kyle enjoys being actively involved in the human resource and labor and employment law communities. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and continuing legal education programs on a variety of employment and labor issues. Kyle currently serves as the President of the Portland Human Resource Management Association, and a Primary Chapter Editor for the book, The Developing Labor Law. Additionally, he is the former Chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Labor and Employment Section Executive Committee.

Prior to private practice, Kyle served on active duty in the Department of the Air Force as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) and he represented the Air Force in labor and employment matters around the world. Kyle continues his military service as Lieutenant Colonel in the Oregon Air National Guard.

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Professional Activities

  • Portland Human Resource Management Association (PHRMA) – Vice President (2021); Treasurer (2020); President-Elect (2019); General Counsel (2018); Certification Co-Chair (2014-2017); Member (2013-present)
  • Oregon State Council, Society for Human Resource Management, Legislative Affairs Director (2017-2019)
  • Society for Human Resource Management, SHRM-CP (2012-present)
  • Oregon State Bar Association – OSB Labor and Employment Section: Executive Committee (2014-present); Past Chair (2021); Chair (2020); Chair-Elect (2019)
  • Association of Workplace Investigators (2014-present); Graduate of Institute (2014)
  • The Developing Labor Law Contributing Editor (2013-present)
  • Oregon Public Employer Relations Association (2013-present)
  • Oregon Labor and Employment Relations Association (2012-present)
  • Professional in Human Resources, HRCI
  • United States Air Force – Judge Advocate Corps (2006-2011)
  • Marion County District Attorney’s Office (2002-2005)

Civic Activities

  • Veterans Care Centers of Oregon – Director (2017-present)
  • 142 Fighter Wing Community Foundation – Board Member (2012-present)
  • Oregon Air National Guard – Lieutenant Colonel (2019-present); Staff Judge Advocate (2011-present); Major (2011-2019)
  • Forest Heights Homeowners Association – Board of Directors (2012-2015)
  • Classroom Law Project – Mock Trial Coach (2012-2013)


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