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Denecke Employment Law

Anne E. Denecke, P.C.

Anne Denecke, P.C.


Management employment and labor law, corporate diversity counseling

Representative Experience

Advice and counsel regarding:

  • Wage and hour laws
  • State and federal leave laws
  • Personnel policies and procedures
  • Discipline and discharge
  • Independent contractors
  • Workers’ compensation coverage issues
  • Union organizing
  • Assessment and analysis of workplace diversity issues

Drafting and review of agreements such as:

  • Executive employment
  • Independent contractor
  • Non-competition
  • Non-solicitation
  • Confidentiality
  • Severance
  • Intellectual property assignment

Defense of state and federal employment discrimination agency charges and lawsuits, state and federal agency audits, and grievance arbitrations
Training and education in areas including:

  • Discipline and discharge
  • Sexual harassment
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Wage and hour regulations
  • Leave laws
  • Union organizing
  • Workplace diversity issues

Prior Experience

Of Counsel with Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP and associate attorney with Bullard Smith Jernstedt and Wilson, emphasizing advice and counsel in all areas of management employment law; defense of state and federal discrimination, wage and hour, whistle blowing, and independent contractor classification; and employee training and education
Personnel and safety director for a multi-state manufacturing company, including negotiating and administering union contracts, developing personnel policies and procedures, grievance processing, defending grievance arbitration and state and federal agency discrimination charges, developing affirmative action plan and safety programs, and recruiting and hiring personnel
Staff representative for wood products industry employer relations association, including advice and counsel on personnel policies and procedures, administration of collective bargaining agreements, grievance processing; provide supervisory training in discipline and discharge, sexual harassment, drugs and alcohol and AIDS in the workplace, and equal employment opportunity/affirmative action

Representative Clients

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • General Motors
  • Jacksons Food Stores
  • NAO (NonProfit Association of Oregon)
  • Oregon Transfer Company
  • Janrain
  • Affinity Web Development
  • Courtyard Properties
  • Portland Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Pacific Medical Group
  • McKesson Corporation
  • Latitudes
  • Starplex Corp.

Publications and Presentations

Authors articles and frequently speaks on state and federal leave laws, state and federal wage and hour laws, ADA, sexual harassment, discipline and discharge, union avoidance, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, workplace privacy and technology, independent contractors, employment policies and handbooks

  • Co-author, “Litigating Final Wage Claims:  The Good, Bad, and the Unexpected,” The Verdict, Spring 2011
  • Co-author, “Protecting Direct Relationships With Employees,” Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, 2009
  • Co-author, “Blogging and Text/Instant Messaging in the Workplace,” Human Resources 2007, Winter Edition
  • Co-author, “Six Steps for Improving Diversity Programs,” Portland Business Journal May 6, 2005

Honors, Memberships and Activities

Selected to “Super Lawyers,” Oregon Law & Politics, 2006
Member, Oregon State Bar Association
Member, Multnomah County Bar Association
Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Past President, Board of Directors, YWCA of Greater Portland
Member, Advisory Board, Portland State University Business Outreach Program
Member, Women Presidents Organization, Portland, Oregon Chapter


J.D., Willamette University College of Law
B.S., Willamette University