Practice Areas

Federal Employees

We have more than twenty years of experience representing federal employees before the United States Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and, if need be, in U.S. District Court. The law of federal employment is unique. Federal employees are subject to an entirely different set of rules and procedures and legal forums than are employees in any other type of employment.

We represent federal employees in the following types of cases:

  • Disciplinary Actions
  • Wrongful Terminations
  • Proposed Removals
  • Proposed Discipline
  • EEO and Employment Discrimination Claims
  • Security Clearances
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Whistleblower Defense
  • Reductions in Force
  • Privacy Act Claims
  • Federal Civil Service Law
  • Family Medical Leave Act

Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB): Representing employees in matters involving civil service law such as removals and other adverse actions, whistleblower claims and retirement issues.

Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC): We help workers file initial EEO complaints and represent their interests throughout the mediation, investigation and litigation stages. When a client obtains a hearing or a right to sue letter, we can aggressively represent the employee in the EEOC hearing or, if necessary, in federal court.

Office of Special Counsel (OSC): We represent federal employees in whistleblower claims before both OSC and MSPB. The Whistleblower Protection Act, 5 U.S.C. 2302(b)(8), protects federal employees from retaliation for disclosing what they reasonably believe to constitute a violation of law, gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific safety violation outside of their normal job responsibilities.

Mr. Breed has a depth of experience in civil service law and currently serves as the Board Chair for the Custodians Civil Service Board for Portland Public Schools.


Paul L. Breed, P.C.
300 Powers Building, 65 S.W. Yamhill St., Portland, Oregon 97204