INTRODUCING OUR LAW FIRM
CDR Labor Law, LLC is a management-side traditional labor law firm based in Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to deliver efficient, practical legal guidance and results to employers in the public and private sector in all interactions with unions and employees. We pride ourselves on seeing the big picture and giving measured, reasoned advice custom-tailored to the unique perspective of each client we represent.
We recognize that the management and union relationship is a long term one in most cases and requires strategic considerations beyond the immediate issues at hand.
We are privileged to work with a broad range of clients including public sector entities, small start-ups, large private sector companies, and nonprofits. As labor lawyers, we help our clients achieve all of their management goals.
We provide high quality, personalized guidance and representation in all matters related to unions, employees, and unionization. Specific services include:
UNION ELECTION & REPRESENTATION
NLRB & ERB PROCEEDINGS
UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE LITIGATION
GENERAL EMPLOYMENT ADVICE
DRAFTING EMPLOYMENT POLICIES
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Adam possesses 20+ years of experience as a labor attorney. He had excellent mentors and quickly learned the importance of understanding each individual client and the client’s business and goals. His favorite aspects of labor law are the associations he develops with clients and helping them accomplish their goals.
Many of those who know Adam accuse him of being frugal. Adam freely acknowledges he does not like to unnecessarily spend money and assumes his clients feel the same way. Therefore, his goal is to make sure each client sees the big picture and is able to make informed decisions, whether it be in contract negotiations, arbitrations, unfair labor practice proceedings, or even employee disciplinary matters. However, Adam also realizes that some battles are worth fighting and, in such cases, he is a fierce advocate for his clients. He maintains an outstanding success rate in contested matters.
Adam represents both public and private sector employers in collective bargaining negotiations, Employment Relations Board (ERB) proceedings, NLRB proceedings and labor arbitrations. He has represented numerous public sector clients in interest arbitration cases (probably more than any other management-side attorney in Oregon), and possesses an outstanding record. He also possesses extensive experience defending employers before the Bureau of Labor and Industries and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
J. CHRIS DUCKWORTH
Chris came to his law career by a circuitous route. After graduating high school in Indiana, he completed an AmeriCorps program based in Denver, Colorado. After college at Colorado State University, he moved to Florida and bought a sailboat, without really knowing how to sail. He soon learned and then lived aboard and sailed for five years up and down the East Coast and through the Bahamas. During this time, he utilized his science background working as a water quality field technician in the Florida Keys and on the Chesapeake Bay. In short, he has a diverse background.
Chris’ practice focuses on traditional labor law, including collective bargaining, labor contract administration, employee relations, discipline and discharge, representation before state and federal agencies, and policy review and implementation for both public and private sector clients. He also has experience handling employment law issues, defending employers against employee claims before state and federal courts and administrative agencies against all types of employment-law claims. He also provides advice and training to employers on all types of employment-related issues.
In all matters, Chris strives to provide candid, well-reasoned advice, with an emphasis on data and practical realities to obtain the desired outcome.
Outside of work, Chris enjoys backpacking, hiking and camping with his family, playing basketball and traveling internationally.
Dan Rowan’s interest in human interactions and his desire to have a positive impact on the community led him to labor and employment law. For Dan, the best part of practicing labor law is finding solutions to complex problems and developing relationships with clients, colleagues, and others in the business community. Dan enjoys working with employers in a variety of industries and knows that understanding an employer’s business is vital to providing the most useful legal advice and representation. Specializing in traditional labor law, Dan frequently represents clients during collective bargaining, labor arbitration, unfair labor practice cases, and union representation proceedings. Dan also advises clients on a variety of labor and employment matters and leads training sessions for employers and industry groups. Dan is a member of the St. Andrew Legal Clinic Board of Directors and recently served on the Oregon Employment Relations Board Rules Advisory Committee.
Before starting his law career, Dan worked as a poker dealer for a few years after earning his undergraduate degree. Dan also took a position as a dealer supervisor at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, where Dan gained valuable management experience in what truly is a high-stakes environment. Dan’s experience in the poker world translates to his current practice by allowing Dan to evaluate challenging situations quickly and arrive at strategic solutions.
Away from the office, Dan spends time with his friends and family enjoying the rich culture of the Pacific Northwest. Outdoors, Dan can be found on the golf course, on a trail, or near a charcoal grill. Indoors, Dan is a fan of Portland’s great restaurants, live music, and interesting people.