Rich Meneghello is a partner in the Portland office. He is passionate about assisting employers with their labor and employment problems in a wide variety of areas.
Rich has focused much of his practice on defending and advising employers on disability discrimination issues. He has maintained this focus since 1999, when he was the lead associate attorney before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Albertsons v. Kirkingburg, a unanimous decision interpreting the Americans with Disabilities Act in favor of employers.
However, Rich's practice is not limited to ADA matters. He commonly appears in court defending claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, injured worker discrimination, race discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and family and medical leave discrimination.
He also counsels employers on proactive ways to avoid legal problems, by rendering advice, drafting policies, and providing training.
Rich has written a monthly column in the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce entitled “Solutions at Work” since 2007, and he has supervised Fisher & Phillips' Supreme Court Alert service, which publishes summaries and offers practical advice about Supreme Court opinions, since 2008.
Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2007, in Oregon Super Lawyers since 2009, and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010.
AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2004.
Named one of Oregon's Top 40 Under 40 by the Portland Business Journal, an award honoring local business leaders, in 2006.
Selected as a Rising Star in the national employment law community by Employment Law 360.com in 2011.
Starbucks Allows Visible Tattoos; Who's Next?
February 5, 2015
OP-ED: Should Businesses Beware of Service Dogs?
December 3, 2014
OP-ED: Ease Those Ebola Fears, Employers
November 5, 2014
Guest Opinion: Your Employees Are Ready For Football Season. Are You?
September 12, 2014
Social Media Mayhem - How Snapchat, Texting And Instagram Are Transforming The Workplace
September 1, 2014
Technology And Your Employees: How Snapchat, Texting and Instagram Are Transforming the Modern Workplace
July 9, 2014
Workplace Battle Lines Are Being Challenged By NLRB
June 6, 2014
Could That Dress Code Be Worthless?
May 7, 2014
Weighing Whether To Fight Unemployment Claims
April 4, 2014
Quotes and Soundbites
Intel's Parental 'Bonding' Leaves Sets New Standard, But Other Oregon Employers Unlikely To Add It
January 25, 2015
High Court's Recent Term Leaves Employers Sitting Pretty
July 2, 2014
Beating the Workplace-Risk Heat This Summer
June 12, 2014
Can An Employee Be Worked To Death?
March 4, 2014
Commentary: Think Twice Before Sending That Text
February 9, 2014
What Affected HR's Job The Most In 2013? Top 6 Trends
December 27, 2013
Wal-Mart Worker Fired Over Medical Marijuana
June 28, 2013
Facebook Harassment: Employers Should Address Inappropriate Behavior on Social Sites
February 18, 2013
Relationships Pose Many Risks, Require Vigilance From HR
December 11, 2012
Portland's Open-Shop Contractors Complain Of Union Intimidation
August 25, 2011
Workers Say Store Failed to Stop Groper
July 14, 2011
Unemployment Claims: Do You Really Want To Fight It?
October 1, 2014
Don't Fear The Future: Using Instagram As A Recruiting Tool
September 1, 2014
A Series Of Ticking Time Bombs - A Review Of The Supreme Court's 2013-2014 Term
August 1, 2014
Should You Install Security Cameras In Company Bathrooms? (Hint: NO)
April 1, 2014
Employee Fired For Facebook Rant Doesn't Like Status
February 3, 2014
Was It A Good Year Or Bad Year? The 2013 Employment Law Year In Review
December 3, 2013
Employers Go Two For Two - Three Times Over: A Review Of The 2012-13 Supreme Court Term
September 1, 2013
Can You Fire Someone For Being Too Sexy?
July 1, 2013
Count The Cost Before Waging The War
April 1, 2013
Never Mind Your Kids, How About Taking Your Dog To Work?
January 2, 2013
2012 Employment Law Year In Review
December 3, 2012
Supervisor-Subordinate Relationships: Never A Good Idea
September 3, 2012
Was The Supreme Court Term Actually Boring?
August 1, 2012
Pros and Cons of Severance Agreements
December 1, 2011
The Calm Before The Storm?
November 1, 2011
March Mayhem Bracket For Employers: Final Four Revealed!
April 1, 2011
March Mayhem Bracket For Employers: Biggest Workplace Headaches
March 1, 2011
How Will Kagan Treat Employers?
August 1, 2010
Presenting The Lemmies
March 1, 2010
The Year In Labor & Employment Law, from A to Z
January 1, 2010
Will Justice Sotomayor Be Kind to Employers? Magic Eight Ball Says Outlook Not So Bad
July 1, 2009
Student Golfer's Lawsuit Lands In The Rough
July 1, 2009
Social Media and the Employee - Chicago, IL
May 23, 2011
Presented at Oregon Restaurant Association's Leadership Conference
Washington Lodging Association's Annual Conference
the Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference
Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries' Annual Conference for Employers
1998 to present
Guest lecturer at law school labor and employment classes
Lewis & Clark Law School Portland, OR
Willamette University School of Law
Served on the St. John Fisher School Advisory Committee. (2010-2013)
Past Co-Chair of St. John Fisher School Parent-Teacher Club. (2008-2010)
Currently serves as legal advisor to Greater Portland Soccer District's Board of Directors (2009 - present).