Robert Carey


Tonkon Torp LLP
888 SW Fifth Ave
Suite 1600
Portland, OR 97204

Tel: 503.802.2032


Bob is a member of Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. He represents companies, professionals, and executives in employment litigation, and provides counseling on a broad range of employment related issues. He has substantial jury trial experience in Oregon and Washington, defending wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, and whistleblower cases. He also has defended ERISA lawsuits, been on both sides of post-termination cases with non-competition, trade secret and related claims, and has defended numerous labor disputes in arbitration.

Bob has represented companies in labor negotiations, and in election petitions and unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB. He has negotiated compensation, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment contracts for companies, professionals, and executives.

He also serves as a mediator in complex commercial disputes and in employment and ERISA/benefits cases. Before joining the firm, Bob was a partner at Barran Liebman (1998-2006) and an associate and partner at Lane Powell (1993-1998). Before entering private practice, Bob served on active duty as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp, at the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J. and the U.S. Army Defense Appellate Division, Falls Church, V.A. (1987-1993). While stationed at Fort Monmouth, Bob was appointed as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

Bob has been consistently listed in the Best Lawyers in America, in the Oregon edition of Super Lawyers for employment litigation and as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers” for labor and employment by Chambers USA, which notes that Bob is “top-notch and quick on his feet, and excellent at building strong relationships with his clients” and “the man to call whenever there is a complicated matter that won’t go away.”

Bob is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute, and is also designated as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) by the Society for Human Resource Management.
Every company— no matter its size or sophistication — will encounter employment issues. Successful and thoughtful resolution of those issues is critical. Tonkon Torp’s relationship-based approach offers practical solutions to companies large and small, including writing policies, strategizing regarding growth or downsizing, managing employee relations, protecting competitive information and market positions, litigation mitigation advice, and dealing with union activity.

Legal compliance is an essential. Our attorneys help companies with local, state, and federal employment laws, to proactively protect and enhance our clients’ workplace culture, as well as minimize exposure to litigation.

We help employers navigate the full spectrum of labor relations and union issues, from collective bargaining and labor arbitrations to defending employers at the NLRB and in federal court.

When it comes to running a business, legal issues should take a back seat to strategic solutions. How can the law advance your vision, support your work, and protect both your interests and your progress?

Taking this perspective is what we do at Tonkon Torp. We’re dedicated to thinking like a business, so you don’t have to think like a lawyer. Our team of collaborative, business-savvy attorneys is here to help.
No matter the size or complexity of your business, we bring the right people, the right questions and the right counsel to every client relationship. We support our clients with uncommonly responsive service, pragmatic thinking, straight talk, humor and expert support — and have since 1974.

It’s personal, business-savvy legal advice and advocacy, always right-sized to your unique needs.

“Robert Carey is well equipped to handle labor arbitration and employment litigation, as well as noncontentious matters such as collective bargaining.”
Chambers & Partners