Timothy J. Bernasek, Partner

Tim Bernasek is the Chair of Dunn Carney’s Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources team and the Government Relations team.  He is also a member of the Employment and Real Estate/Land Use teams.  His practice focuses on a variety of legal matters including real estate, agriculture and natural resources, employment, water law, and business law.  Tim enjoys working with his clients to solve their problems whether it involves employment issues, dealing with state or federal agencies, land use, trespassing or contracts. He also works with non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to assist them with a variety of legal issues.

Tim developed the Farm Employers Education and Legal Defense Service (FEELDS) with the Oregon Farm Bureau and serves as the provider attorney representing members on farm labor cases, including cases involving U.S. Department of Labor’s use of its ‘hot goods’ authority.

Prior to joining Dunn Carney, Tim was the General Counsel for the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation. His job duties included managing corporate and contractual legal affairs for the Farm Bureau. He also developed legislative strategy with the Governmental Affairs Department and served as the Administrator for the Oregon Agricultural Legal Foundation. He recently taught an Agricultural Law undergraduate class at Oregon State University.

Tim serves as Chair of the Western Resources Legal Center Board, is the immediate past President of the Dorchester Board and is a member of several Oregon State Bar committees.  He is past Chair of the Oregon State Bar Agricultural Law Section.  Tim was a partner in the law firm of Hobson & Bernasek, LLP before joining the Farm Bureau.

Tim and his wife Poppy have a daughter Audrey and a son Thomas and live in Portland.  In his spare time, Tim enjoys fly fishing, skiing, hiking, and swimming.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1999
  • Washington, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon


  • Willamette University School of Law, J.D., 1998;  Atkinson School of Management, M.B.A., 1998
  • Willamette University, B.S., Business Economics, 1993

Representative Cases

  • Pan-American Berry Growers, LLC, et al v. Thomas E. Perez and United States Department of Labor
  • EEOC v. Holiday Specialtrees, LLC
  • Bautista, et. al v. 4B Farms, Inc.
  • Hawes v. DeVos
  • Northwest Tree Sales, Inc. v. Alpine Christmas Trees and Chris Maretich

Professional Associations

  • Western Resources Legal Center Board, Chair
  • Willamette University Alumni Board, 2009-Present
  • Dorchester Board, President, 2012-2013
  • Chair, Oregon State Bar, Agricultural Law Section, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Federal Judiciary Advisory Committee, 2008
  • Instructor, Agriculture Law, Oregon State University, 2007
  • Author, Oregon Agriculture and Land Use Planning, Lewis & Clark Law School, Environmental Law Journal, 2006
  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Real Estate and Land Use, Business Law, Labor and Employment, and Agricultural Law Sections
  • Fundamentals of Real Estate CLE Planning Committee, 2003
  • Multnomah Bar Association’s Pro Bono Project, volunteer attorney
  • Secretary, Council of Oregon Agricultural Employers, 1999-2001

Publications And Presentations

Timothy J. Bernasek


  • Tel: 503.242.9608
  • Fax: 503.224.7324

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