Professional Details

Luella E. Nelson

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4824 NE 42nd Avenue, #159
Portland, OR 97218
Fax: 503-281-8493


Description of Practice

Full-time arbitrator and mediator. Primary focus is in labor and employment matters; however, I have also assisted parties in resolving disputes involving commercial and real estate disputes.

Professional Background

Full-time arbitrator and mediator since 1986. Public (neutral) member of the Oregon Employment Relations Board, 2003-2004. Former Counsel, Senior Counsel, and Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board.


J.D. 1976, Harvard Law School B.S., Economics and Political Science, Macalester College


Labor Arb: $3,000/day for each scheduled hearing day, study and writing. Labor Med, Med-Arb, Arb-Med, pre- and post-hearing work: $600/hour Expedited Arb, Class/Group Cases, Complex Cases: $3,800/day. Interest Arb, Employment Arb, Fact-Finding: $600/hour $3,000/travel day for over 4 hours’ travel time from nearest office. Actual cost for transportation, food, lodging, incidental expenses. Mileage at .60/mile. If the dispute is more than one time zone awayfrom Pacific time, I arrive at least 2 days beforehand to reduce jet lag, with food, lodging, and expenses billed. Interim bills for fees and expenses after multiple days of hearing/sessions, between and after non-consecutive days on the same matter, and after air or rail travel. Fees are reviewed periodically. Fees at the time of appointment apply to initial dates scheduled; added dates may be billed at a higher rate. Advance deposits may be required. Simple interest at 1.5%/month (18%/year) may be added to accounts remaining unpaid after 30 days. CANCELLATION OR POSTPONEMENT (divided equally between the parties unless they agree otherwise): If a hearing/session is postponed or canceled within 28 days of the first scheduled day, per diem or 4 hours’ fee, as applicable, for each scheduled day. For matters scheduled for 5 or more days, cancellation fee applies to scheduled day(s) removed from calendar at any time. Per diem and travel time and costs charged if I begin travel to the location before receiving notice of the cancellation.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment
  • Labor - Management
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Arbitrator