About Labor and Employment Law

We counsel our clients in all phases of labor and employment law relations. Our attorneys handle a broad range of traditional labor and employment matters including employment contracts, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, wage and hour issues, employment counseling for start-ups, employee policies and handbooks, unfair labor practices charges, workplace investigations, and employment litigation. In addition, our attorneys assist clients with workforce planning, recruitment, hiring and termination processes. We also advise clients on start-up and executive compensation matters that include benefits such as restricted stock or stock options and incentives or bonuses based upon objectives set for operating performance and vesting.

We represent employers, start-ups, and management-level employees.   We counsel our clients on all aspects of the employment relationship, from workforce planning, recruitment and hiring to compensation, performance management, leaves of absence and other accommodations, assist with the investigation and resolution of workforce complaints, and advise on the various mechanisms for employment separation. We draft agreements and review and develop employment policies and processes that relate to the size, industry and unique aspects of our clients’ business operations and workforce.

In our roles as litigators and counselors, we focus on providing both our employer, start-up, and employee clients with solutions that resolve their workplace issues, advance their business goals and reduce the risk of traditional litigation. We initiate litigation or defend employers and employees in state and federal court, in arbitration, and before local, state and federal administrative agencies. We carefully evaluate the costs and risks of litigation and weigh resolution options at the earliest possible phase of litigation.  We also regularly utilize negotiation and mediation to reach early resolution of disputes. Our attorneys are also experienced in complex multi-plaintiff and class action litigation.  If necessary, we can appeal decisions made by the court or arbitrator.  Our appellate advocacy group has more than seventy-five years of combined experience arguing appeals in the state and federal appeals courts. They have won ground-breaking victories in the Washington Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. They are familiar with the judges, the internal procedures, and the personalities of these courts. They have applied this in-depth experience earned in the Pacific Northwest to win victories for clients in state and federal courts from Alaska to Florida, and from California to New York. Matters for appeals have included wage and hour claims, wrongful discharge, retaliation for whistleblowing, race discrimination, employment contract disputes, disability discrimination, sexual harassment, pension death benefits, willful violation of Fair Labor Standards Act, denial of L&I benefits and non-compete employment agreements.

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