Employment Law

We recommend a pro-active and preventive approach to employment, and when litigation cannot be avoided we work with employers to develop cost-effective litigation management strategies. Our services include:

  • Employment law compliance 
  • Loss prevention, including in-house training for HR professionals, supervisory and managerial staff
  • Employment practices audits
  • Comprehensive risk assessment services
  • Best practices and employment policy reviews
  • Consultation regarding family medical leave, domestic violence leave and sick leave laws
  • Workplace investigations and investigation support services
  • Claims-handling
  • Litigation and dispute resolution support to employers
  • Employment agreements, non-competes, and confidentiality

The Firm is approved panel counsel for a number of EPLI underwriters, and has successfully defended employment claims under federal and state laws governing unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace, retaliation, wage and hour regulations, and workplace safety; and represents employers with respect to common law causes of action including breach of contract, enforcement of covenants not to compete, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and constructive discharge. 

In addition to representing employers in the federal and state trial and appellate courts, we have appeared before various administrative agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington Human Rights Commission, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Washington Department of Labor, Washington State Department of Employment Security, Alaska Human Rights Commission, and Alaska Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division.