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2015 Annual Briefing- Daniel L. Rowan (Intro)

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Dan Rowan’s interest in human interactions and his desire to have a positive impact on the community led him to labor and employment law. For Dan, the best part of practicing labor law is finding solutions to complex problems and developing relationships with clients, colleagues, and others in the business community. Dan enjoys working with employers in a variety of industries and knows that understanding an employer’s business is vital to providing the most useful legal advice and representation. Specializing in traditional labor law, Dan frequently represents clients during collective bargaining, labor arbitration, and unfair labor practice cases, and union representation proceedings. Dan also advises clients on a variety of labor and employment matters and leads training sessions for employers and industry groups. Dan is a member of the St. Andrew Legal Clinic Board of Directors and recently served on the Oregon Employment Relations Board Rules Advisory Committee.
Before starting his law career, Dan worked as a poker dealer for a few years after earning his undergraduate degree. Dan also took a position as a dealer supervisor at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, where Dan gained valuable management experience in what truly is a high-stakes environment. Dan’s experience in the poker world translates to his current practice by allowing Dan to evaluate challenging situations quickly and arrive at strategic solutions. 
Away from the office, Dan spends time with his friends and family enjoying the rich culture of the Pacific Northwest. Outdoors, Dan can be found on the golf course, on a trail, or near a charcoal grill. Indoors, Dan is a fan of Portland’s great restaurants, live music, and interesting people. Dan and his wife, Laura, recently welcomed their first child and the general consensus is that she is adorable. 


  • Key Employment Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2017 (Oregon and Washington) - Bullard Alert, December 2016


  • Authored “Public Employee Labor Law” chapter - Municipal Law Deskbook (2015 ed.)
  • Collective Bargaining for Elected Officials - League of Oregon Cities Local Focus, July 2015
  • That’s A Wrap - Key Employment Bills Passed During Oregon’s 2015 Legislative Session - Bullard Alert, July 2015
  • Preparing for the Ambush: Getting Ready for the New NLRB Election Rules - Bullard Alert, March 2015


  • Union Unlawfully Recorded Bargaining Sessions Over Objections of Oregon Public Employer - Bullard Alert, June 2014
  • Weingarten Rights: Unionized Employees’ Right to a Representative in Investigatory Interviews - Oregon Business Report, May 2014
  • NLRB Chicago Region Holds that College Football Players are Employees Under the NLRA - Bullard Alert, March 2014


  • Employee Use of a Public Employer’s Email System is a Mandatory Subject of Bargaining According to the ERB - Bullard Alert, October 2013 
  • The Oregon Legislature Adjourns for Summer After Passing a Number of Laws of Importance for Employers - Bullard Alert, July 2013
  • D.C. Circuit Places the NLRB in "Time Out" after Ruling that the President's Recess Appointments are Unconstitutional - Bullard Alert, January 2013
  • NLRB Overturns Bethlehem Steel - Employers Must Continue Dues- Checkoff After Expiration of CBA - Bullard Alert, January 2013


  • When do Interns Become Employees - League of Oregon Cities Local Focus, March 2012


  • A Salute to Veterans' Preference - League of Oregon Cities Local Focus, November 2011


  • Regulating the Off-Duty Conduct of Public Employees - Bullard Public Sector Symposium, May 2017
  • Great Lawyer, Bad Manager:  Avoiding the Most Common Mistakes Lawyers and Law Firms Make as Employers - Multnomah Bar Association, March 2017
  • Employment Law 101: Covering the Basics for Small Businesses and Employers in Emerging Industries - Bullard Workshop, February 2017


  • NLRB Update – OSB Labor & Employment Section Annual Conference and CLE - October 2016
  • Labor Laws/Salary Survey - OFCA Spring Conference, May 2016
  • ERB Case Law Update - Bullard Public Sector Symposium, April 2016
  • Managing in a Unionized Environment - APCO Western Regional Conference, March 2016


  • NLRB Update - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2015
  • Effective Discipline - National Association of Elected Fire Officials Annual Conference, September 2015
  • ERB Case Law Update - Bullard Public Sector Symposium, April 2015
  • Election by Ambush: The New NLRB Rules and Immediate Steps Employers Should Take, April 2015
  • Social Media: Assessing the Company's Risk - 2015 Wyoming Telecommunications Association Winter Meeting, February 2015
  • ​Effective Discipline - Special District Association of Oregon Annual Conference, February 2015
  • Q & A - Oregon Fire Chiefs Association Roundtable, January 2015


  • Weingarten Rights and Investigations - Bullard Public Sector Symposium, April 2014
  • Employment Law Update Focusing on Social Media - Douglas County Society for Human Resource Management, April 2014


  • Labor Law for Non-Represented Employees - Bureau of Labor and Industries, December 2013
  • Unfair Labor Practices: You Might be Surprised - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2013
  • Information Requests by Unions - Bullard Public Sector Symposium, April 2013