Mr. Crispin is a founding member of the firm. In 1992, he and another lawyer left an employer-side labor and employment law firm to start what now is known as Crispin Employment Lawyers. Since 1984, his practice has been exclusively limited to labor and employment matters, first for employers and since 1992 primarily on behalf of individuals.
Mr. Crispin is sought out for his strategic representation of individuals in highly complex employment situations, often involving higher level executive employees, in connection with changes in employment, acceptance of a new position, promotions, demotions, developing exit strategies, negotiating severance, and litigating breaches of employment contracts.
An experienced litigator, Mr. Crispin also represents individuals at all levels who have been discriminated against based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, workers' compensation claim, or safety complaint; sexually or racially harassed; denied their medical leaves or been retaliated against for making use of medical leave; unlawfully paid; not reinstated to employment upon return to work from an on-the-job injury; or in some other way treated unlawfully. The National Trial Lawyers Association has selected Mr. Crispin to its Top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2012. He is requested to associate with other lawyers in the trial of their employment cases on a regular basis.
Mr. Crispin has had the opportunity to appear twice before the United States Supreme Court in employment cases. He has argued employment cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Oregon Court of Appeals. Many of these cases have resulted in important appellate rulings expanding the rights of employees.
Martindale-Hubbell, the premier lawyer rating service in the United States, provides an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability. Attorneys receive a Peer Review Ratings™ based on evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell has rated Mr. Crispin "AV Preeminent," a significant rating accomplishment and testament to the fact that Mr. Crispin's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
Mr. Crispin has also been named to the Oregon Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in employment law and litigation in Oregon for seven consecutive years, from 2006 through 2012. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
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Mr. Crispin has served as a member of the editorial board for the Oregon State Bar publication, Federal Civil Litigation, and has contributed chapters to other publications on "Equal Employment Opportunity - Discrimination on the Basis of Race Color, Sex, Religion, or National Origin," "Summary Judgment," "The Family Medical Leave Act," "Jury Instructions, Jury Verdicts, Findings by the Court," "The Americans with Disabilities Act," and "Equal Employment Opportunity Enforcement." He has been an invited presenter at National Conventions of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.
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