Jill O. Gibson
Gibson Law Firm, LLC. Attorney, owner. Ms. Gibson’s litigation practice focuses on government law, constitutional law, election law, campaign finance, government ethics, and non-profit law. Recent cases of note include:
•Represented Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OIR) in federal class action lawsuit to uphold state law that prevents illegal aliens from receiving driving cards. M.S. v. Brown, 6:15-cv-02069-AA. (Appeal pending)
•Successfully defended Initiative Petition 52 (2016), which would require employers to use E-verify to confirm employees’ legal presence in United States.
•Consults with OIR on proposed law that would prohibit sanctuary cities in Oregon.
Public Employee Unions:
•On behalf of Oregon timber industry, wrote and submitted brief to United States Supreme Court in Friedrichs v. Cal. Teachers Union, No. 14-915, which sought to prohibit public sector forced unionism. (See attached)
•Researched, drafted, and filed numerous initiative petitions that would prohibit compulsory union dues from public employees: IP 9 (2014); IP 35 (2014); IP 36 (2014); and IP 69 (2016).
•Represented business interests in negotiating “cease fire” with Governor Kulongoski and public employee unions during 2014 Election.
•Representing plaintiffs in federal class action lawsuit - against the State of Oregon and public employee union - that seeks the return of compulsory union dues. Brown v. Brown, 6:15-cv-1523-MC (appeal pending).
•On behalf of Oregon business associations, challenged twelve tax increases proposed by public employee unions in Oregon Supreme Court. (2014 Election)
•On behalf of Oregon business associations, challenged seven tax increases proposed by public employee unions in Oregon Supreme Court. (2016 Election)
•On behalf of Portland business association, challenged the constitutionality of proposed business tax increase in state court. Proposed tax withdrawn.
•Provided campaign finance and election law advice to campaign that defeated Measure 92 (2014), which would have required GMO labeling on food products.
•On behalf of agricultural and timber industry, litigated numerous lawsuits that challenged proposals to regulate and prohibit pesticide use, timber harvests, and GMO use.
•Represented Oregon Life United to defend Initiative Petition 1 (2018), which would ban publicly-funded abortions. Successfully litigated the ballot title in the Oregon Supreme Court.
•Represents various chambers of commerce and business associations, providing advice on corporate governance. Provides ongoing legal advice to corporate PACs regarding campaign finance compliance and election laws.
Oregon House Republican Caucus. Served as Legislative Counsel and Legislative Director. 2007-2010.
District Attorney’s Office for Multnomah County. Prosecuted criminal cases as Assistant District Attorney. 1997-2000.
U.S. Department of Justice, 1992-1997. Prosecuted federal crimes as Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia United States Attorney’s Office; defended federal agencies in litigation arising under federal statutes providing for management of public lands and protection of endangered species. Also worked as Attorney in the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, Office of Legal Counsel.
•1992: University of Arkansas School of Law. J.D. (Col. Ransik scholar; Arkansas Law Journal Notes Editor)
•1989: Hendrix College. BA, emphasis in Political Science and International Relations.
•1987-1988: Oxford University, St. Peter’s College, Oxford, England. Studied Political Science. (House of Commons Research Assistant)
Recent Speaking Engagements
•Provided election night coverage and analysis for Oregon NBC affiliate KGW. Nov. 8, 2016.
•Debated topic of voter identification laws at the Annual Oregon State Bar CLE: “Civil Rights in an Election Year.” Oct. 21, 2016.