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Akin serves in an of counsel position to the firm. He loves working with people and has fulfilled that passion by representing both private and public sector employers over the past 30 years. Akin is considered one of the region’s top labor lawyers. He attributes his success to years of experience, loyalty, dedication, a strong work ethic, and “24/7” availability.

Working for public sector employers fits Akin like a glove. Before practicing law, Akin served in a number of public service positions: as a police officer, a lawyer for and commanding officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, a legislative aide in two sessions of the Oregon Legislature, a prosecutor and an Assistant Attorney General. He is drawn to public interest and Constitutional considerations that often impact client decisions.

Akin’s practice emphasizes bargaining, labor contract administration, employee relations, discipline and discharge, representation before state and federal agencies, preventive law/risk management, and policy review and implementation. In his work with associations and risk pools, he provides pre-loss legal services and defense as well as legislative testimony and consultation on matters within his spheres of expertise. He serves as legal advisor to police agencies, fire departments, and associations of public safety executives.

Akin works directly at all levels of an organization to help employers improve operations and avoid legal missteps, and in so doing has mentored many mid-level to chief executive supervisors and managers. He frequently presents seminars and training on employment and public safety-related topics, leads in-house training sessions for clients, speaks to statewide associations, and lectures at the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Command College.

Outside of the office, Akin enjoys cycling, skiing, practicing at golf, and spending time with his family. Akin one day will train another therapy dog to follow in Annie’s footsteps -- his late bearded collie who provided comfort to patients at OHSU, Providence Medical Center and elsewhere and through the Washington County Sheriff’s Canine Crisis Response Program, and who was inducted into the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association Hall of Fame.




  • Leadership in Law, page 10 – Daily Journal of Commerce DJC Magazine, March 2012
  • Public Employees and Oregon's Scope of Bargaining, Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon – LERC Monograph Series, March 2012


  • Oregon State Police Budget, Oregon State Police Officers' Association – Trooper News, May 2009


  • The Akin Heart: Akin Blitz and His Dog Annie Dispense A Special Brand of Medicine – Super Lawyers 2008, November 2008
  • Tactical Communication in Crisis Incidents – Interpersonal Crisis Intervention Skills When Dealing with People in Stressful Situations, July 2008
  • The Other End of the Leash – Oregon State Bar Bulletin Profiles in Law, October 2007
  • Introduction and chapter contributions – Portland State University/Portland Community College, July 2008


  • Oregon Veterinary Medical Association's Top Dogs of 2007 – October 2007
  • Annie inducted into the Oregon Animal Hall of Fame – Spot Magazine, October 2007
  • Therapy Animals: These Dogs Wear Badge of Caring – The Oregonian, June 2007
  • Public Employees and Oregon's Scope of Bargaining, Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon – LERC Monograph Series No. 18, June 2007
  • Favors City & Local Labor Market, League of Oregon Cities – Roseburg Interest Arbitration, May 2007
  • Arbitrator Finds Public Employers Have Implied Right To Terminate For Valid Non-Disciplinary Reasons – Bullard Alert, March 2007


  • Labor & Employment Law: Police Use of Force – Harassment and Hostile Work Environment, Recurring for Public Safety Supervisors (2000-2012)
  • Bountiful McKenzie – The Story of Eugene Water and Electric board – Stone, 1986
  • Erosion of Differential Immunity of Personnel Supervisors in the Public Sector – Hastings Con Law Quarterly, Summer 1981
  • Authored police policies and procedures model template and during the late 1980s and early 1990s, assisted over 30 Oregon police agencies to modernize and update policies and procedures
  • Developed personnel and governing body of policies and procedures for the Special Districts Association of Oregon and presented at multiple training seminars
  • Developed Risk and best practices focused personnel and governing body policies and procedures service to and in cooperation with the Special Districts Association of Oregon and its insurance program covering critical areas of municipal and employment and presented at multiple training seminars


  • Presentation Overview – Bullard Public Sector Symposium, April 2013


  • Public Employees and Oregon's Scope of Bargaining – Public Employment Relations Conference, April 2012


  • Employment Law 1: Personnel Management, Bargaining, and Unions in the Current Economy – Oregon City Attorneys Association, Annual CLE Program, April 2011


  • Social Media – Oregon Fire Chiefs Association Conference, May 2010
  • Compensation of Donning and Doffing Time for Peace Officers – Oregon Association Chiefs of Police/Oregon State Sheriffs' Association, April 2010


  • PECBA Recent Arbitration Awards and Enforcement Thereof – Sheriffs at Oregon State Sheriffs' Association, December 2007
  • Police Corruption and Policing the Police – Portland State University Criminal Justice Classes of Adjunct Professor Ron Louie, November 2007
  • Emerging Employment and Labor Law Issues – Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2007
  • Internal Investigations – Local Government Personnel Institute Conference, October 2007
  • Layoff Processes & Alternatives – Bullard Public Sector Symposium, April 2007


  • Employment Law Enforcement Issues – Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Annual Conference, November 2006
  • Recruiting and Retaining Employees for the Public Sector Workforce of the Future; panel discussion – Bullard 6th Annual Public Sector Symposium, February 2006
  • The Employment Agreement for Public Executives – Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, Oregon City Managers Association and League of Cities of Oregon Cities Conference, January 2006


  • Labor Relations and Civil Liability, Oregon State Sheriffs' Association – State Sheriffs' Command College, November 2005
  • Managing and Leading Employees of the Future – Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2005
  • Opinions, Cases and Regulations – Oh My! - Bullard Law Summer Workshop, July 2005
  • Public Employee Healthcare Benefits – Bullard Law 5th Annual Public Sector Symposium, February 2005

1998 - 2004

  • A Panel on Perspectives: Traffic Stops, Civil Rights and You – Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section: NE Portland Community Presentations, May 2004
  • Employer's Guide to Background Investigations – Oregon Background Investigators' Association, 2004
  • Presenting "Hiring and Retaining Good People Not Prone to Violence and School Violence as a precursor to Workplace Violence" - Bullard Workplace Violence Symposium in conjunction with FBI National Center for Analysis of Violent Crime (2002)
  • A Hidden Cost of Volunteers – Issues Related to Volunteer Liability – RIMS Annual Conference, 1998