Timothy J. Bernasek, Partner

Tim Bernasek is the Chair of Dunn Carney’s Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources team and the Government Relations team and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.  He is also a member of the Employment and Real Estate/Land Use teams.  His practice focuses on a variety of legal matters including administrative law, real estate, agriculture and natural resources, employment, 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 also taught an Agricultural Law undergraduate class at Oregon State University.

Tim serves as Chair of the Western Resources Legal Center Board, is a 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, 2009-2015
  • 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

  • Lawsuit — Now What?, wafla Labor Conference, February 2017
  • Practical Advice from Attorneys Who Have Gone Through the Process: How to Prepare Your Client for Litigation, AALA Annual Educational Symposium, October 2016
  • How to Avoid a Hot Goods Mess During a DOL Investigation; and Top 10 tips for Being Prepared for DOL Investigation, Washington Farm Bureau Hot Goods Seminars, April 20, 2016
  • Paid Sick Leave Update, Oregon State Bar Agricultural Law Section, November 2015
  • Hot Goods – Down the Rabbit Hole with the US Department of Labor, Oregon Blueberry Conference, January 2015
  • Willamette Valley Farm Labor Update, Ag Advisor, January 2015
  • Farm Labor Update, Dunn Carney Ag Summit, January 2015
  • Regulatory Issues Update, Northwest Agribusiness Seminar, November 2014
  • Top 10 Things an Agricultural Lawyer Should Know, American Agriculture Law Association, October 2014
  • Farm Stands – A Land Use Issue, Oregon State Bar CLE, February 2014
  • Farm Labor Update at the Agri-Business Council Annual Meeting, January 2014
  • Farm Labor and Immigration Reform Update, Dunn Carney Ag Summit, January 2014
  • Recent Revisions to Form I-9 – What Employers Need to Know, Dunn Carney Natural Resources Updates, May 2013
  • “Preparing for US Dept. of Labor Inspections,” the Washington Farm Labor Association, May 2013
  • How to Handle Federal and State Agency Investigations, Ag Summit 2013
  • Dept. of Labor Notification: Child Labor in Agriculture Notice of Proposed Rule is WITHDRAWN, Dunn Carney Natural Resources Updates, April 2012
  • Farm Labor – what do you need to know in 2012?,  Ag Summit 2012
  • Is Oregon’s Right to Farm and Forest Act Constitutional?, Dunn Carney Natural Resources Updates, Sept. 2011
  • “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

Timothy J. Bernasek


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  • Fax: 503.224.7324

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