Richard Senders

Richard D. Senders

Richard has extensive experience in the areas of business law, real estate law and employment law, including MSPB and EEOC cases. His is an experienced and successful trial and transactional attorney. He has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, which is the highest possible rating for legal skill and professional ethics, given by lawyers in the community

Richard represents individuals and small businesses in business and contract matters. He helps and advises his clients on a broad range of business issues including how to start a new business, how do deal with employees or co-owners, acquisitions, contract disputes, litigation, succession planning, and the sale of a business. Richard’s background as both a trial attorney and a transactional attorney gives him perspective on how to accomplish his client’s goals while at the same time reduce the risks of litigation.

Richard has been representing employees in employment matters for well over 25 years. He represents federal employees in disciplinary, performance, and discrimination matters. He has successfully tried many cases before the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has also successfully tried or settled discrimination cases on behalf of employees in federal court. Richard also represents private-sector (non-governmental) employees in a variety of matters, including discrimination claims, FMLA, wage and hour issues, and severance matters.

Richard has been practicing in the area of real estate law for most of his career. He is experienced in the areas of acquisition, financing (traditional and HUD), development, leasing, and sale of commercial properties. He is also experienced in the area of condominium law and has represented homeowner associations. Richard views his role as helping to achieve his client’s goals while at the same time protecting his client’s interests. He has represented landlords, as well as tenants, in preparing and negotiating commercial leases and in handling commercial landlord/tenant disputes. Richard is also experienced in the purchase, sale, and financing of residential properties.

Richard also does wills and trusts, estate planning, and probate work for clients.

Richard focuses on using his time efficiently and productively for his clients. He is mindful of the cost of legal representation. His practice is to keep his clients informed about their matters and to return emails or telephone calls the same day or, if that is not possible, within 24 hours.

Richard Senders was born and raised in Portland. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his law degree from the University of Oregon. He has been practicing law since 1974. He is licensed to practice in the states of Oregon and Washington and he has been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for Oregon, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney Results

Sexual Harassment

Richard’s client sued the USPS in Federal court after being sexually harassed by another employee.  The Federal District Court jury awarded Richard’s client $142,000 in damages.  The Postal Service was ordered to protect Richard’s client from further harassment, and to pay Richard’s attorney fees.

Federal Employment Discrimination

Richard represented a client in front of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Richard’s client was a Federal employee who was a victim of age and national origin discrimination.  The EEOC judge awarded the employee damages for emotional pain and suffering, and also ordered the Government to pay the client’s attorney fees.  Later, the same agency tried to fire the employee.  Richard was able to negotiate a severance package and a cash payment equal to about 3 years of salary.

Postal Worker

Richard’s client was fired by the Postal Service after being accused of throwing away mail.  Richard appealed the firing to the Merit Systems Protection Board. The judge reinstated the employee, with back pay and interest, and ordered USPS to pay Richard’s attorney fees.

Automobile Crash

Katie King was injured when a car driven by King ran into the car in which she was riding. The insurance company refused to offer anything in settlement. After a three-day trial in Corvallis, Paul and Ben got a jury verdict of $56,000.

Merit Systems Protection Board Case

A Federal employee was recently fired after being accused of theft and misuse of official time and property.  Richard represented the employee at a hearing before the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the judge ordered Richard’s client reinstated, with back wages.  The Federal Government was also ordered to pay Richard’s attorney fees.

$155,000 verdict against BNSF for elbow strain

Wally Kawasaki suffered an elbow strain at work for BNSF in Klamath Falls. BNSF refused to make any settlement offer. Paul tried the case. The jury awarded a a verdict of more than $155,000.

On the job injury

Paul’s client was an iron worker who fractured his ankles after falling from a ladder at a construction site. PAul and Ben prepared his case for trial. The case settled for $600.000 shortly before trial. Paul is still helping his client continue to receive workers compensation benefits.