Paul E. Cirner

Associate || Portland (OR)

Paul regularly counsels employers on multijurisdictional compliance issues that arise from employing remote workers located across multiple states and/or countries. Paul advises employers on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship from hire to separation, assisting employers with the daily management of employment issues, and counseling on best practices and compliance. Paul assists employers with developing employee policies and handbooks, classifying employees and contractors, and preparing agreements pertaining to the employment relationship.

Paul also counsels employers on COVID-19 related issues such as vaccination and testing policies, leave and accommodation issues, furloughs, wage and workweek reductions, and WARN, as well as compliance with federal, state, and local reopening guidelines and health and safety requirements.

As a litigator, Paul is skilled at vigorously defending his clients through trial and working with opposing counsel to reach favorable resolutions when warranted. Paul defends employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as wage-and-hour, whistleblower, and leave violations before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Paul has also represented employers in tort and contract disputes arising from the employment relationship. Paul is also familiar with the intricacies of New York state labor law and is adept at defending owners and contractors in construction accident litigation involving personal injury.

Prior to joining Ogletree, Paul gained extensive experience as an associate with an international law firm defending clients throughout the New York metropolitan area in litigation relating to construction accidents, premises liability and food-borne illnesses. Paul has conducted and defended countless depositions, drafted and argued motions, engaged in arbitrations and trial practice, and mediated actions to resolution.

During law school, Paul provided labor and employment counseling in the wine and spirits industry as an intern with the world’s second largest wine and spirits producer, Pernod Ricard USA. He also performed public-interest work as a law student, interning with the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office where he conducted arraignments for the prosecution of misdemeanor crimes in local courts.

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Administrative Proceedings

Employment Counseling


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association


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