Brian K. Weeks

Shareholder, Portland Office

Direct Dial: 503.499.4420
Fax: 503.295.0915
brian.weeks@bullivant.com



Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Education

  • University of Oregon, School of Law - J.D., 2003
  • Central Washington University - B.A., 2000

Practice Experience

Brian Weeks focuses his practice on all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, trade secret, competition, and wage and hour issues. He represents all types and sizes of employers in a variety of employment issues, including employee discipline and termination, workplace investigations, and adherence to federal and state family and medical leave laws.

Brian's practice includes counseling employers on preventative practices by working with them to focus on how to maintain proper and low-risk work environments, training and helping them adapt to legal changes, and ultimately, working to minimize their exposure to litigation or investigation.

Should litigation become necessary, Brian has successfully represented employers in Oregon and Washington in state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and the Washington Human Rights Commission.

To help prevent employer-related labor problems, Brian regularly provides presentations and training seminars to businesses and trade organizations on important employment law issues affecting employers. These training seminars have covered areas such as supervisor and manager training, anti-discrimination and employment leave laws, documenting employee performance and discipline, human resources processes, social media, and worker classification.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Partners In Careers (Member, Board of Directors and Executive & Personnel Committees, 2015-Present)
  • Community Pathways, Inc. (President, Board of Directors, 2012-2014)
  • Oregon Employer Council-Washington County (President, 2011-2014)
  • Oregon State Bar (Member, Federal Practice & Procedure Committee, 2012)
  • Portland Human Resource Management Association (Member, 2010-Present)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as a "Rising Star" in Oregon Super Lawyers (2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014 — Employment Litigation)

Advisories and Insights

Publications and Presentations

  • Speaker, "Key Issues for Employers in the First Year of the New Administration,"  (2016) 
  • Speaker, "Best Practices for Conducting Workplace Investigations and Avoiding Retaliation Claims," Oregon Employer Council-Washington County (2015)
  • Speaker, "Understanding Employer's FMLA/OFLA/ADA Obligations," Oregon Employer Council-Washington County (2015)
  • Speaker, "Understanding Oregon and Federal Anti-Discrimination/Harassment Laws," Oregon Employer Council-Washington County (2015)
  • Speaker, "Discipline and Terminations Made Simple," The Greater Goldendale Area Chamber of Commerce (2014)
  • Speaker, "You're Fired!: Pain Free Employment Terminations," Oregon Employer Council-Washington County (2014) 
  •  Speaker, "Employee Documentation and Performance Evaluation Tools," Oregon Employer Council-Washington County (2014) 
  • Speaker, "You're Hired!: Recruiting and On-Boarding Employees," Oregon Employer Council-Washington County (2014)
  • Speaker, "The Workplace Revolution: Robotics, Compliance, and the Law," Bureau of Labor and Industries Annual Employment Law Conference (2013)
  • Speaker, "Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements in 2013," The Seminar Group (2013)
  • Speaker, "Antidiscrimination and Employment Leave Law Review," Oregon Employer Council-Tualatin Valley (2013)
  • Speaker, "Documentation, Discipline, Discharge: Painless Employee Discipline and Termination," Oregon Employer Council-Tualatin Valley (2013) 
  • Speaker, "Supervising 101-Effectively Manage Your Workers Within the Law," Oregon Employer Council-Tualatin Valley (2012)
  • Speaker, "Social Media and the Next Wave of Employment Litigation," Oregon Employer Council-Tualatin Valley (2012)
  • Speaker, "Balancing Process, Motivation, and Leadership," eCameron, Inc. (2012)
  • Speaker, "Worker Misclassification," Oregon Employer Council-Tualatin Valley (2011)
  • Speaker, "Worker Misclassification," Portland Business Journal Webinar (2011)
  • Speaker, "You're Hired!: The DO's and DON'Ts from Recruiting to Placement," Portland Business Journal Webinar (2011)
  • Author, "Investigating Discrimination Claims," Portland Business Journal (2011)
  • Speaker, "Internships 101-201," Lundquist College of Business - University of Oregon (2011) 
  • Speaker, "How to Say You're Fired (and Not Get Sued)," Portland Business Journal Webinar (2011)
  • Author, "Avoiding Retaliation Claims," Portland Business Journal (2010)

Outside the Firm

When outside of the office, Brian enjoys running and playing golf, spending his time with his family, and serving as a member of the Board of Directors for local non-profit Partners In Careers. Partners in Careers assists individuals to become economically self-sufficient by providing resources, training and job placement opportunities. Specifically, it works with youth, families with children, refugees, low-income seniors and adults facing multiple challenges to employment such as homelessness, debt, addiction and mental illness.