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Marc Alifanz

Principal and Co-Founder, A&W





  • Employment Law

  • Employment Advice & Counseling

  • Personnel Policies and Practices

  • Preventive Employment Practices

  • Wage and Hour




  • New Jersey 2003

  • New York 2004

  • Oregon 2007

  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey


  • J.D., Washington University, 2003

  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 1999

Meet Marc

Marc is passionate about helping employers manage and mitigate their legal employment risk; not only through reactive management of issues after they arise, but by avoiding them altogether through respect, education, and positive HR Management. For over 17 years, Marc has helped businesses do just that as a big-firm litigator, corporate in-house counsel, and non-profit executive.

Prior to co-founding Alifanz & Westlind, Marc was a shareholder  of Bullard Law, a boutique law firm in Portland Oregon. Before that, Marc was the Assistant General Counsel at KinderCare Education, where he advised on HR and employment issues from individual employee risk to large wage and hour class action litigation. He oversaw the Employee Relations function and a team dedicated to investigating and responding to agency claims and demand letters. He also facilitated leadership meetings, trained managers with creative and engaging presentations, oversaw the company’s litigation portfolio and managed attorney relationships nationwide.


Before going in-house, Marc practiced at the New York firm Proskauer Rose for three years before moving to Portland in 2006 when he joined Stoel Rives as an employment litigator. Marc has served as Interim General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer for two Portland-area health care non-profits (FQHCs). He is also the co-creator of the popular, educational (and surprisingly humorous) Hostile Work Environment podcast.

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