Labor & Employment - Washington
THE FIRM Davis Wright Tremaine's Washington labor and employment practice operates out of offices in Seattle and Bellevue, and is one of the largest and best in the state. The group consists of many talented attorneys, offering trial, mediation and counseling experience. Clients include Microsoft, Providence Health Services and Virginia Mason Medical Center.
Sources say: "They truly partner with us in finding the right solution."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Described as a "class act," trial lawyer Michael Reiss is held in high regard, particularly for his skill in wage and hour class action trials and discrimination cases. He also has an established mediation practice.
Robert Blackstone is skilled in a wide range of labor matters, including executive employment and separation agreements, labor relations planning, and noncompetition and trade secret matters.
The "excellent" Lawton Humphrey concentrates her practice on a broad range of issues, and is especially adept at labor and employment litigation, dispute resolution and counseling.
Mark Berry is well respected for his skills in labor and employment counseling, dispute resolution and grievance arbitration.
Henry Farber specializes in advising and representing employers from the healthcare, hospitality and communications industries in issues such as arbitrations and negotiations. According to clients, "efficiency is the hallmark of his practice and his advice."
The highly experienced Mark Hutcheson is known for his prowess in the traditional labor law arena, including labor planning, strike planning and prevention, and collective bargaining.
Thomas Lemly is a much-admired trial lawyer with extensive experience in state and federal courts. He also counsels clients on a wide range of issues, such as wage and overtime compliance, sexual harassment and labor relations management.
THE FIRM This preeminent firm has one of the strongest labor and employment practices in the region. The team is particularly experienced in wage and hour class action cases, ERISA litigation and workplace investigations, and additionally conducts cross-border work in Canada. The group's distinguished roster of clients include Nintendo, Boeing and UPS, which have all been represented in significant matters during the past year.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Kurt Linsenmayer is chair of the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice group. He has expertise in ERISA, 401(k) plans and benefits related to corporate matters such as M&A.
Well-regarded litigator Jeff Hollingsworth handles complex class employment cases for a variety of businesses. His clients include Les Schwab Tire Centers and Comcast.
Bruce Michael Cross has a wide-ranging labor law practice, and is considered to be a strong player in wage and hour and employment class action matters.
Sue Morgan is acclaimed for her vast knowledge of employee benefits, executive and equity compensation, and insider trading compliance. She has represented clients from a range of industries, including software, aviation and retail.
Labor and employment practice chair Kevin Hamilton is an adept labor and employment litigator. He recently represented Microsoft in a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, and acted for Starbucks in a disability discrimination case.
Nancy Williams represents high-profile clients in litigation concerning a variety of matters. Clients consistently laud her attentiveness and dedication to their business needs.
John Aslin is an experienced practitioner of labor and employment law. He is an expert in employment discrimination and equal employment matters, and also has expertise in mediation.
THE FIRM This compact and highly specialized Seattle labor and employment boutique is known for its ability to offer clients leading subject expertise at competitive rates. The team consists of experienced practitioners who are able to handle a broad range of matters, particularly dispute resolution, with expertise in litigation and arbitration.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Busto is experienced in a wide range of labor and employment matters. He has particular expertise in discrimination and harassment cases, as well as union management.
Robert Sebris focuses exclusively on representing management in strike planning and avoidance, wrongful discharge and unfair labor practice matters.
Jeffrey James is praised by sources for his skill in labor and employment disputes. According to market commentators, "he's an exceptionally capable litigator and a standout lawyer."
THE FIRM Clients praise the high level of customer service provided by this Washington labor and employment group. The team has experience in advising a wide range of clients, including those from the banking, retail and pharmaceutical industries, on all aspects of employment law and employee benefits. Recent highlights include acting for Nordstrom on an age discrimination claim, and representing Macy's in labor negotiations.
Sources say: "They are completely up-to-date on the latest court decisions."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Reilly attracts praise for his varied litigation practice, which covers ERISA and non-ERISA employee benefit claims, discrimination and retaliation cases. Clients say: "He gets back to you quickly with clear concise answers that don't just address legal concerns, but state things from a business standpoint."
The "outstanding" Gail Mautner chairs the firm’s labor and employment practice group, and advises clients on religious and disability accommodation, employee discipline and termination, and wage and hour compliance.
THE FIRM This labor and employment practice handles litigation and advises on matters such as wage and hour and discrimination class action defense and employee pension plans. The team is especially well regarded by clients for its expertise in issues relating to harassment and labor law. It has recently been involved in a series of matters for MultiCare Health System, including class action disputes and union bargaining.
Sources say: "Very responsive, very professional and very informative when answering questions. I would recommend them highly to anybody."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Seattle office managing partner Melanie Curtice focuses on matters related to health and welfare benefit plans, and the accompanying taxation, HIPAA and ERISA issues.
Mimi Warner leads the group's benefits, tax and private client practice group. She has a deep knowledge of employee benefits, particularly relating to ERISA law and 401(k) plans.
Labor law specialist Timothy O'Connell is an expert in labor law, and is admired for his skill in negotiating union and management relations, arbitrations, collective bargaining and wrongful discharge litigation. He is "fantastic," according to clients.
Jerome Rubin is held in high regard for his expertise in labor law matters such as union negotiations, NLRB proceedings and wage and hour issues. Sources praise his deep subject knowledge and experience.
James Shore is described as "a super negotiator and a confidence builder who has a calming way of getting the job done." His broad labor and employment practice incorporates wrongful termination, noncompetition agreements, and discrimination and harassment cases.
THE FIRM This compact, dedicated labor and employment boutique is held in high esteem by clients for providing high-quality work at competitive rates. The firm handles the full scope of employment issues, including regulatory compliance, equal employment opportunity, and labor relations and contract negotiations. Client include Expedia, Walgreens and King County.
Sources say: "They're thorough, cost-conscious and responsive, and get good results."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "excellent" Kenneth Diamond is experienced in all facets of employment law, including the removal of high-level executives, FMLA, contract disputes, and recruitment and training. Clients praise his business-savvy approach.
Steven Winterbauer's employment litigation and counseling practice encompasses the defense of companies before state and federal courts, early retirement programs and labor issues arising from M&A. "He's solid, knowledgeable, insightful, reasonable, measured, practical and resourceful," according to clients.
THE FIRM The Washington office of international law firm Dorsey & Whitney has the depth and expertise to handle all facets of labor and employment law. The team has been particularly active in discrimination, breach of contract, unfair labor practices and wage and hour disputes in the past year. Major clients include Wells Fargo, LA Fitness and Orbitz Worldwide.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Droke handles wage and hour issues, unfair labor practices and union-management training. He effectively utilizes his background as an HR professional to also offer employment law training and preventive counseling.
THE FIRM This national labor and employment firm has an established presence in Seattle. The team represents clients from the automotive, financial services and manufacturing industries in a wide range of labor issues and litigation, such as ERISA cases, employment discrimination and harassment claims and class actions.
Sources say: "I've had very positive experiences with Jackson Lewis."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very good" Michael Griffin is particularly adept at handling discrimination, retaliation and noncompetition agreement cases. He also counsels employers on workplace law issues such as disability and religious accommodation.
THE FIRM K&L Gates's Washington team is run out of its offices in Seattle and Spokane. The group offers clients expertise in matters including employment counseling, wrongful termination and discrimination disputes, and traditional labor law issues. The firm regularly acts for high-profile clients, and the Seattle practice recently represented Amazon in litigation against a startup comprised of several of its former employees.
Sources say: "The firm is approachable and flexible to work with, and its national presence is helpful in dealing with our multilocation business structure."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources describe Suzanne Thomas as "an excellent attorney and an excellent person to work with." She has experience in class action litigation, wage and hour payment and compliance, and workforce restructuring issues.
Clients strongly praise Patrick Madden for his expertise in class action cases and wage and hour issues. Clients say he is "incredibly knowledgeable – his knowledge level is frightening. He knows stuff inside-out."
THE FIRM This firm represents clients in the full range of labor and employment disputes, in addition to offer counseling and training to companies in the full range of employment issues. Key clients include Microsoft, Boeing and T-Mobile.
Sources say: "The firm is excellent."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "professional and client-friendly" Robert Howie counsels clients from the healthcare, hospitality and construction industries on matters such as discrimination, wage and hour compliance and workplace safety.
Anne Preston of Garvey Schubert Barer is held in high regard by peers and clients for her talent in labor and employment litigation and counseling. Sources compliment her for being "very knowledgeable and experienced, and an excellent communicator."
Clemens Barnes of Graham & Dunn PC has deep experience as a litigator and adviser in labor and employment law, with areas of expertise including employee discipline and termination, government contractor obligations, and wage and hour issues.
Carolyn Cairns of Stokes Lawrence, PS has extensive expertise in labor and employment dispute resolution, and is known to be one of the region's leading mediators. She also has a healthy litigation and counseling practice.
"Fabulous lawyer" Otto Klein of Summit Law Group, PLLC earns accolades for his experience in labor and employment law. His practice includes grievance arbitration, executive compensation matters and bargaining negotiations.