Our Focus

  • Management employment
  • Wage and hour laws
  • State and federal leave laws
  • Personnel policies and procedures
  • Discipline and discharge
  • Independent contractors
  • Diversity and inclusion analysis and assessment
  • Reasonable Accommodation
  • Performance Management

Representative Clients

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • General Motors
  • Jackson Companies (Jacksons Food Stores)
  • Oregon Spice
  • NAO (NonProfit Association of Oregon)
  • pFriem Family Brewers
  • OnTrack, Inc. (OnTrack Rogue Valley)
  • Affinity Web Development (A-VIBE)
  • Alliance Flooring Services
  • Courtyard Properties
  • Lile International Companies (Lile Moving & Storage)
  • Starplex Corporation (Crowd Management Services)
  • The Women’s Foundation of Oregon
  • Meridian Center for Surgical Excellence
  • Inpria Corporation

Presentations and Publications

Frequently presents and authors articles on comprehensive employment law issues, 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

  • Presenter, “Hiring, Performance Management and Termination: It’s Not as Easy at it Looks,” Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Employment Law Conference, Nov. 2, 2018
  • Presenter, “Hiring, Firing and Administrative Oversight,” Multnomah County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Sept. 10, 2018
  • Presenter, “Prepare to Discipline: What’s in Your Toolbox,” Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Employment Law Conference, Nov. 7, 2017
  • Co-author, “Litigating Final Wage Claims:  The Good, Bad, and the Unexpected,” The Verdict, Spring 2011
  • Co-author, “Six Steps for Improving Diversity Programs,” Portland Business Journal May 6, 2005

Accolades and Memberships

Selected to Oregon Super Lawyers 2020 and 2006
Member, Oregon State Bar Association
Member, Multnomah County Bar Association
Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Selected to “Super Lawyers,” Oregon Law & Politics, 2006
Member, Board of Trustees, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington
Member, Advisory Board, Girl Scouts of Oregon & SW Washington Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program
Past President, Board of Directors, YWCA of Greater Portland
Past President, Business Outreach Program (Livelihood NW)

Denecke Employment Law, LLC


Anne has been practicing employment law for more than three decades, emphasizing advice and counsel in all areas of management employment law; defense of state and federal agency charges and civil lawsuits involving discrimination, wage and hour, whistle blowing and independent contractor classification; conducting internal harassment and discrimination investigations; and conducting employee training and education.  Anne also advises non-profit organizations in board governance matters.

She established Denecke Employment Law in 2009 following nearly 20 years as Of Counsel for Davis Wright Tremaine and as an associate attorney for Bullard Law (formerly, Bullard, Korshoj, Smith & Jernstedt).


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