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Kirk Peterson was a third generation railroader before he decided to practice law. At the time, Kirk was the Director of Operations Services for the Nebraska Division of Burlington Northern Railroad Company where he was in charge of Labor Relations, Personnel, and Manpower Planning. Kirk held a variety of operating and staff positions throughout the Burlington Northern system rising quickly through the ranks at the company. Inspired by the attorneys he encountered in his job, Kirk ended his railroad career and set out for law school with the sole purpose of becoming a managerial side labor and employment attorney.  

While attending college in Montana, Kirk was the first student to participate in collective bargaining following the enactment of public sector collective bargaining in Montana. Kirk loves Montana and has been elected to serve on the Montana State University Billings Foundation Board of Trustees.

Kirk concentrates his practice on preventative employment practices, labor contract administration, arbitration, agency proceedings, and complex labor and employment litigation. Kirk attributes his success to his education and experience acquired early in his labor relations career at the railroad and as a student representative in faculty collective bargaining. 

Kirk is a problem solver, and has the advantage of approaching issues with a business and a legal perspective. This dual perspective provides his clients with wisdom and practical guidance founded on real experience. It is common for Kirk to take an undefined problem, analyze it and partner with the client to come up with a strategic plan that helps them accomplish their goals.  

When Kirk is not in the office, he is loves to play golf or listen to the blues while he works on his cabin which sits above the Sandy River.


  • Employee Use of a Public Employer’s Email System is a Mandatory Subject of Bargaining According to the ERB – Bullard Alert, October 2013 


  • County May Prospectively Modify its Non-Union Employees' Fringe Benefits and Salaries Absent Plain Language Promising No Modifications Will Be Made – Bullard Alert, June 2011


  • NLRB Opens Window For Election Petitions Following Voluntary Recognition – Bullard Alert, October 2007


  • Employment Relations Board Case Law Update – Bullard Public Sector Symposium, April 2013


  • Discipline: Its Not Substance Over Form – Bullard Public Sector Symposium, July 2012
  • Labor Relations: Dealing with Unions – Washington Farm Labor Association, February 2012


  • Minimizing Legal Risks in Layoffs/Workforce Reductions – Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Institute Annual Spring Conference, May 2011


  • Human Resources Law Update – Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Institute Annual Spring Conference, May 2010


  • Constitutional Rights Related to Public Employee Discipline – Oregon District Attorney's Association Summer Conference, July 2004


  • Employee Medical Records: What To Do With Them? – Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2002