Labor & Employment

Labor & Employment - Washington


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What the team is known for Well-resourced team adept at handling all manner of contentious and noncontentious employment issues. Maintains a proven track record in obtaining summary judgments and jury trial defense verdicts in single and multiplaintiff cases and class actions. Also strong in labor relations, including union avoidance, collective bargaining and NLRB proceedings. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I go to this firm when there's a particularly specialist matter that I need an expert opinion on."

"It's a top-notch firm." 

Notable practitioners  

Michael Reiss enjoys a "stellar reputation" for his trial expertise, with notable strength in wage and hour and discrimination cases. He is also active in mediation work.

Praised as a "fabulous attorney," Mark Hutcheson has longstanding experience in a variety of matters, including advising clients on labor relations and strategic labor planning.

Robert Blackstone is a seasoned practitioner providing strategic advice on executive employment and separation agreements, as well as noncompetition, trade secret and labor planning issues. He is also noted for his skill at handling union-related issues.

Lawton Penn handles employment agreements, litigation avoidance and investigations into workplace misconduct. One client said: "She is brilliantly poised and managed to calm me down in what was a very difficult situation," while another highlights her "detail-oriented approach."

Mark Berry gives effective employment counseling and employee training advice, while on the contentious side he acts on discrimination, trade secrets and noncompetition matters. Clients say: "He is responsive and pragmatic, and he doesn't over-lawyer things."

Henry Farber assists with arbitrations and negotiations as well as the protection of confidential and competitive information. He works on behalf of Washington-based and multistate employers in industries such as healthcare and aviation.

Thomas Lemly has an active litigation practice with additional expertise in advising on and training employers in union avoidance and overtime compliance. "He is a gentleman and very hard-working," according to sources.

Significant clients Alaska Airlines, City of Hope, Microsoft, Frank Russell Investments, Hawaiian Airlines.

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What the team is known for Large and highly qualified team of employment specialists advising prominent national clients. Works closely with the firm's privacy and security team to advise big tech companies on issues where employee data is involved. Maintains an excellent reputation as trial lawyers in federal and state cases, with additional expertise in traditional labor and employment law matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm is outstanding: all the lawyers I have worked with are smart, responsive and creative."

Work highlights Assisted Amazon with noncompete disputes in addition to a nationwide wage and hour class action.

Acted for Boeing on numerous collective bargaining agreements with its union workforce, including unfair labor practice proceedings before the NLRB and grievance arbitrations.

Notable practitioners  

Kurt Linsenmayer specializes in ERISA, federal tax rules and other regulations related to pension plans, executive benefits and health and welfare programs. He advised Amazon on all aspects of its 401(k) plan and benefits program.

Sue Morgan is a partner in the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice, advising clients on insider trading compliance, corporate finance and securities. She has more than 30 years of experience in the field.

With decades of experience under his belt, Jeff Hollingsworth routinely acts as defense counsel on sophisticated class actions. In a recent example, he represented Les Schwab Tire Centers in a wage and hour class action.

Chair of the firm's national practice Kevin Hamilton focuses on employment litigation, acting both regionally and nationally for big-name clients. Recent work highlights include noncompetition and discrimination disputes. 

John Aslin has vast experience in equal employment law, handling cases relating to wrongful termination, racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

Bruce Cross has longstanding experience representing major companies in labor relations, occupational safety and wage and hour matters. Additionally, he negotiates collective bargaining agreements in the private and public sectors.

Nancy Williams is widely considered to be "one of the pillars of the labor and employment market," covering equal employment opportunity, discipline and wrongful discharge issues. One client said: "She is practical at evaluating risks, she relates well to people and she is fearless in a gracious and warm way."

Significant clients Comcast, UPS, Microsoft, Nintendo, Starbucks.

Band 2 | Lane Powell PC

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What the team is known for Substantial regional firm advising companies on all aspects of labor and employment law. Highly active in employment and employee benefits work, with an increasing focus on ERISA litigation. Industry expertise spans the retail, technology, banking, hospitality, pharmaceutical and energy sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers recognize who their client is and the type of practical response needed."

"I'm very impressed with the work they've done, not just regarding the legal aspects but the personal side of matters also."

Work highlights Represented Aetna Life Insurance in a case concerning long-term disability benefits under ERISA.

Acted for Associated Materials on an age discrimination case, securing summary judgment for the defendant.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Reilly attracts high praise from interviewees, with one commenting: "He is one of Seattle's top-rate attorneys; he is phenomenal in demeanor, makes you comfortable and is able to cultivate a confident business relationship." He is also highlighted as "an amazingly assertive litigator," frequently representing clients in cases under ERISA.

Gail Mautner routinely acts for clients on negotiating, drafting and litigating executive and noncompetition employment agreements. Sources are quick to highlight her cerebral approach.

Laura Morse is described as "extremely bright, well organized and a forceful negotiator." She focuses on employment litigation, particularly cases related to wrongful termination and race, sex and disability discrimination.

Significant clients Starbucks, Nordstrom, Home Depot, Tesoro, Walmart. 

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What the team is known for Prominent labor and employment boutique offering the full range of services, including employment litigation, labor relations, administrative charges and workplace investigations. Focuses on advising clients on litigation avoidance strategies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are terrific lawyers; for clients looking for traditional labor knowledge, they're perfect."

"They are exemplary - timely, cost-effective and very sensitive about not overdoing the issue."

Notable practitioners  

Mark Busto is extremely well regarded for his advisory and litigation skills, with decades of experience in the market. He covers traditional labor law as well as discrimination and wrongful termination cases.

Jeffrey James has a broad-based practice advising clients on compliance with state, federal and local employment laws and litigating on behalf of employers. He is noted for his capacity to handle large, complicated cases.

Robert Sebris has over 35 years of experience in human resource management, and routinely advises clients on problem prevention and litigation avoidance. He is widely regarded as a tough negotiator.

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What the team is known for Broad practice encompassing traditional labor work and employment litigation. Adept at handling class and collective wage and hour actions, breach of contract claims and wrongful termination cases. Acknowledged for its employee benefits expertise, with particular strength in ERISA matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have always been very impressed with the caliber of the attorneys I have worked with at Stoel Rives."

"They are concerned about meeting the needs of their clients."

Work highlights Acted for MultiCare on its union-management relations as well as labor relations issues related to the reorganization of its business.

Represented Wireless Advocates in matters both inside and outside the state, including wrongful termination cases in North Carolina and Oregon and a Washington EEOC charge.

Notable practitioners  

Melanie Curtice is an expert in employee benefits, covering health and welfare benefit plans and related tax, ERISA and HIPAA issues. One source stated: "She is extremely knowledgeable and helpful in determining what is the best approach."

Mimi Warner gives "outstanding ERISA advice," and is appreciated for her "strong understanding for the business side of the issue." She excels at producing the most efficient benefits plans and executive compensation arrangements.

With approximately 30 years' experience in the market, Timothy O'Connell is well placed to handle a range of matters, including collective bargaining and proceedings before the NLRB. He is also heavily involved in drafting and negotiating new regulations.

Well-established practitioner James Shore covers matters related to unions, discrimination and wrongful termination. One client stated: "He is extremely smart and understated. He is always thinking about a long-term plan."

Keelin Curran advises on ADA matters, terminations and reductions in force, and internal investigations. She also trains employers on appropriate workplace conduct and anti-harassment legislation. 

Sources say Jerome Rubin is "quick on his feet" and "versatile." His work covers NLRB proceedings, unemployed and workers' compensation cases, and wage and hour issues.

Significant clients Interfor, McDonald's, Frontier Communications, Franciscan Health System, Thyssen-Krupp.

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What the team is known for Boutique firm handling defense work and general counseling for a range of employers, from sizable national corporations to sole proprietors and startups. Areas of focus include discrimination issues, protecting trade secrets, preventing unfair competition and negotiating contracts. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They really punch above their weight." 

Notable practitioners  

Kenneth Diamond advises and litigates on a range of matters, including compliance audits, discrimination claims and wage and hour issues. One commentator noted: "He is extremely thoughtful; he cares about us and our relationship and takes the time to get things right. He really knocks things out of the park."

Managing partner Steven Winterbauer offers specialist advice on the employment and labor implications of M&A, successive planning and early retirement programs. Clients say: "He did a very nice job reflecting our appetite for risk/reward and ended up getting it just right."

Significant clients Expedia, Costco, King County, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Walgreen.

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What the team is known for Sought-after boutique providing management with specialist knowledge on all aspects of employment and labor law. Acts on traditional labor law matters, discrimination and harassment claims, and benefits litigation. Also active in class actions and ERISA cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A national employment boutique that certainly has excellent attorneys and a wealth of knowledge."

Work highlights Acted for Inspire Development Centers on a case concerning FMLA interference and retaliation claims, obtaining summary judgment dismissal of the plaintiff's claims.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Griffin leads all the firm's defense work acting on discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistle-blower claims. He also represents employers before the NLRB.

Significant clients Sears, Pinnacle Family of Companies, Redfin, The Bartell Drug Store, Aegis Living.

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What the team is known for Well-established global firm with expertise that spans traditional labor law, litigation, general advisory work and the employment aspects of transactions. Works closely with the firm's litigation team to provide a multidisciplinary service.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers are very dedicated to helping us solve our problems and are interested in understanding our business and the bigger picture."

"The lawyers possess excellent knowledge and experience in labor and employment law."

Work highlights Assisted GDF SUEZ with the employment aspects of its $335 million acquisition of Ecova, including due diligence and drafting agreements.

Represented Hertz in a case brought by 25 Somali Muslim employees claiming that their dismissal was a result of their religion or national origin.

Notable practitioners

Co-practice group coordinator Patrick Madden works nationally and locally, advising employers on wage and hour issues and defending them in class actions. One satisfied client commented: "Patrick demonstrates clear expertise in the subject matter and is a pleasure to work with."

Suzanne Thomas has a broad practice encompassing litigation and general counseling. One interviewee said: "She's smart, hard-working, responsive, and aggressive in defending our interests."

Up-and-coming lawyer Mark Filipini "has terrific common sense and great knowledge about issues that aren't necessarily intuitive," note sources. He litigates on traditional labor issues in addition to broader employment matters.

Significant clients Amazon, Equity Residential, F5 Networks, McKinstry, Network Global Logistics.

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What the team is known for Provides training, counseling and litigation services to clients of all sizes across the Northwest. Highly active in equal employment opportunity and wage and hour issues. Recent work includes wrongful termination cases, the enforcement of noncompete agreements and age and disability discrimination claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers provide fantastic client service." 

"It is well integrated and customer focused." 

Work highlights Acted for Quanta Services on a case brought by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries regarding the alleged violation of the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act by two of Quanta Services' subsidiaries.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Howie handles a variety of labor and employment issues, including wage and hour compliance, discrimination and harassment avoidance, and employment disputes. One client reported:"He's a very clear thinker and presents the facts very well. He is swift and thorough in his communications, which I really appreciate."

Significant clients Premera Blue Cross, Boeing, University of Washington, Group Health Physicians, Microsoft.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Michael Droke of Dorsey & Whitney LLP is active in litigation and dispute resolution as well as union management issues. Sources say he is "business-savvy and fun to work with," with one adding: "He has worked hard to understand my industry and my company, and will tailor his approach to meet our needs."

Anne Preston of Garvey Schubert Barer routinely acts for management on the full range of labor and employment issues, providing counseling, litigation and training services. Interviewees say: "She has helped me successfully maneuver through some very complex, challenging matters. She offers creative solutions and wise counsel, and stays up to date with the latest legal developments."

Clemens Barnes of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP has more than 25 years' experience and is greatly respected by market sources, who comment: "He has seen and done it all." He has extensive trial expertise and is also active in mediation and arbitration.

Carolyn Cairns of Stokes Lawrence, PS is highly regarded for her knowledge of a broad range of labor and employment matters such as wrongful termination, discrimination and wage and hour matters. "She is very effective and personable," according to market commentators.

Otto Klein of Summit Law Group, PLLC attracts praise for "the quality of his work and the variety of matters that he covers." He works extensively on bargaining negotiations, executive compensation matters and arbitration.

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