Larry K. Amburgey

Of Counsel Portland

Larry Amburgey is Of Counsel in the Ogletree Deakins' Portland office. Larry offers clients more than 35 years of experience representing public and private employers in employment and labor law matters. Larry represents management faced with union organizing campaigns, unfair labor practice matters, labor negotiations, grievances and labor arbitrations and has arbitrated well over 500 cases in his career. He appears in state and federal courts and before agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board and comparable state agencies, including the Washington Human Rights Commission and Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. His expertise also includes discrimination and wrongful discharge claims, and statutory claims arising under Title VII, The Americans with Disabilities Act, The Family and Medical Leave Act, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and comparable state laws.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Larry represented management in employment and labor law matters for more than 30 years at two firms he helped co-found, and started his career in the employment and labor law department of the largest law firm in Oregon.


Larry has substantial experience drafting, reviewing and updating employment contracts, employee handbooks and other types of employment policies, such as arbitration agreements, alcohol and drug policies, and confidentiality agreements. Larry's labor relations practice includes similar reviews and advice on collective bargaining agreements as well as providing "at the table" representation in labor negotiations. Client counseling is also part of Larry's day-to-day practice with particular emphasis on unionization issues, employee discipline and termination, and discrimination and harassment.

Additionally, Larry has presented hundreds of human resources and employment and labor law lectures and educational and training programs for public and private employers throughout the Pacific Northwest. He regularly conducts in-house supervisory training for employers, non-profit organizations and industry associations throughout the country. Larry has also served as an adjunct professor teaching labor law at Lewis and Clark Law School.

Larry's clients include:

  • Auto dealerships
  • Food processors
  • Grocery retailers
  • Home health agencies and medical laboratories
  • Trucking and warehousing
  • Public agencies and districts
  • National and regional telecoms
  • Forest products
  • Steel manufacturing
  • Financial services and banking

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Oregon Bar Association (Civil Rights Section, Labor Law Section)
  • Oregon State Bar (Former chair, Executive Committee, Civil Rights Law Section)
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management (Former member, Employment Committee; Former general counsel, Portland Chapter)
  • Board of Visitors - Lewis and Clark Law School (1995-2007)
  • Alumni Board - Lewis and Clark Law School (President, 2002-2003, Member, 1999-2004)