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Peter S. Hicks

Executive Committee Member & Shareholder
Practice Areas
  • Employment & Labor Law
    • Labor & Employment Litigation
    • Workplace Investigations
    • Workers' Compensation Defense
    • Wage & Hour Compliance & Claims
  • Commercial Litigation & Business Disputes
    • Business Owners & Executives
    • Real Estate Litigation
    • Contract Law


Peter’s practice focuses on litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on employment and commercial matters, including real estate and business disputes.  He makes every effort to ensure that his clients fully understand the law and its practical impacts, counseling them on regulatory interpretation, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, trade secret protection, and labor relations and negotiations.
Peter has represented local, regional, and national clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Washington Human Rights Commission, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  His representation has included cases involving:
  • Title VII and equivalent state laws
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Retaliation claims
  • Private sector whistleblower statutes
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA)
  • Employment-related tort claims, including misappropriation of trade secrets, defamation, and interference with business relations
He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the KIDS Center and has been involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon and the Heart of Oregon Corps, providing these important organizations with pro bono legal services.

Education & Admissions

  • ​B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 1990
  • J.D., Willamette University, College of Law, 1993
  • State of Oregon
  • State of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington


Memberships & Activities

  • Deschutes County Bar
  • Central Oregon Builders Association
  • KIDS Center, Board of Directors
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon, pro bono legal services
  • Heart of Oregon Corps, pro bono legal services

Awards and Honors




  • "Employment Law," The Seminar Group's Agriculture Law Seminar, July 2019
  • “Advising Contractors on Employment Law Issues,” Oregon State Bar's Contemporary Legal Issues from Project Conception to Resolution CLE, October 2018
  • "Employment Law Today: The Wild, Wild West," Oregon Association of Nurseries' Farwest Show, August 2016
  • "Contractors Roulette," AGC-Oregon Convention, August 2016
  • "An Employment Law Update," SAIF Corporation, October 2015
  • "Hiring, Discipline, and Discharge - the Employment Relationship from Beginning to End" - 2015 SAIF Employer Forums
  • "Employment Law 101 - Best Practices to Minimize Employer Liability Basics" - 2014 Oregon Construction Law Conference
  • "Employment Law Update" - 2013 Oregon Tow Truck Association Annual Meeting
  • "Annual Employment Law Update" - 2013 SAIF Employer Forum

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