Tim Bernasek is the Chair of Dunn Carney’s Agriculture and Natural Resources team and the Governmental Affairs team. He is also a member of the Real Estate/Land Use team. His practice focuses on a variety of legal matters including real estate, agriculture and natural resources, employment, water law, and business law. He also works with non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to assist them with a variety of legal issues.
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 Vice Chair of the Western Resources Legal Center Board, is the 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.
- Oregon, 1999
- Washington, 2011
- Willamette University School of Law, J.D., 1998; Atkinson School of Management, M.B.A., 1998
- Willamette University, B.S., Business Economics, 1993
- 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
- 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
- Farm Labor – what do you need to know in 2012?, Ag Summit 2012
- “Be Aware-SSA ‘No-Match’ Letters Are Back”- Dunn Carney Enews, April 2011
- Avoiding Overtime Traps for Agricultural Employers-Dunn Carney Natural Resources Updates, April 2011
- Navigability/Waterway Access-Why it mattters to landowners, Ag Summit 2011
- Solar Power opportunity available for farms, ranches and businesses-Dunn Carney Natural Resources Updates, Sept. 2010
- Changes to IRS Requirements for Small Nonprofits-Dunn Carney Natural Resources Updates, August 2010
- Protecting Your Property From Trespassers, Ag Summit 2010
- Employee Free Choice Act and Unionization Unionization- Plan B: Creative Alternatives to Card Check and 5 Things Every Business Needs to Know About Labor Law -May 2009
- Alternative Energy Opportunities for Farmers/ Ranchers-Ag Summit 2008
- Member Benefit Programs and Private Enurement-American Farm Bureau Lawyer’s Conference 2008
- Releases of Liability- Considerations for the Individual and Large Scale Terminations
- Breaking Up is Hard to Do- Risk Management Before, During, and After Termination, 2008