Washington Employment Lawyers

Trish K. Murphy
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 22 years experience

Attorney Trish K. Murphy conducts independent investigations for organizations across Washington State. Her investigative experience began in the 1990s and spans a broad range of industries, diverse... Read More »
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Timothy Emery
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(206) 442-9106 600 Stewart Street Ste 1100
Seattle, WA 98101
Employment, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Seattle University School of Law
I am a managing partner of Emery Reddy, PLLC. From injury to resolution, we help workers. Emery Reddy focuses its practice on Workers' comp, L&I, injury law, and employment law. We have litigated thousands of cases to successful resolution. Our award-winning attorneys and record of wins for our clients have earned us a sterling reputation. We have amassed top honors from Martindale-Hubbel, AVVO, AI magazine and many more publications and ratings experts. We love helping workers win their cases, and our results speak for themselves.
Jason Epstein
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Bellevue, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(888) 852-0068 1408 140th Pl NE
Bellevue, WA 98007
Employment and Personal Injury
Pepperdine University School of Law
Jason Epstein has been dedicated to representing injured people since his first law firm position in 1999. A Seattle native, Jason received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Southern California in 1995, and his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University, School of Law in 2001. After graduating from Pepperdine, Jason moved back to the Seattle area and opened his own law firm focusing on protecting the rights of the injured. Jason next took a position as an associate attorney with the Law Office of Robert B. Kornfeld. While with Mr. Kornfeld, Jason represented seriously injured people and...
Robert David Butler
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Bellingham, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(360) 734-3448 103 E Holly Street
Suite 512
Bellingham, WA 98225
Employment, Civil Rights, Criminal and White Collar Crime
Seattle University School of Law
Bob is an extremely skilled and dedicated attorney who focuses on defense of serious criminal charges in State and Federal Courts.
Patrick Joon Kang
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Bellevue, WA Employment Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(888) 852-0068 1408 140th Pl NE, Ste A
Bellevue, WA 98007
Employment and Personal Injury
Patrick J. Kang is a trial attorney whose practice focuses on representing individuals that are seeking justice and compensation for the wrongful conduct of others. Patrick entire legal career has focused on representing people in personal injury cases and employment cases, including discrimination (age, disability, pregnancy...), sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and wage claims.
Trish K. Murphy
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(206) 812-4840 1904 Third Avenue Suite 1030
Seattle, WA 98101
Employment
University of Washington School of Law
Attorney Trish K. Murphy conducts independent investigations for organizations across Washington State. Her investigative experience began in the 1990s and spans a broad range of industries, diverse workforces and cultures, union and nonunion workplaces, personnel at all organizational levels (including public officials), colleges and universities of all sizes, matters involving multiple complainants and subjects, and issues of widely varying scope, complexity, and sensitivity. Over more than 200 cases, Trish has investigated allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment based on a protected status, retaliation, workplace misconduct, ethics violations, failure to accommodate disability and religion, bullying, and claims of improper governmental action....
Gregory Colburn
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Issaquah, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(206) 919-3215 22500 SE 64th Place #200
Issaquah, WA 98027
Free ConsultationEmployment, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Seattle University School of Law
Greg Colburn is a personal injury and wrongful death attorney. His mission is to achieve the best possible outcome for every client. Although Greg's plan was to become a physician, he decided to change his career path as a result of injuries that he suffered on the job. While Greg Colburn finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, he worked as a carpenter. On October 10, 2002, a roofing subcontractor's negligence caused Greg to fall approximately 20 feet, leaving him wheelchair bound for two years. Greg Colburn contacted approximately eighty...
Hunter G Jeffers
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(206) 382-1000 1000 Second Avenue, Ste. 3000
Seattle, WA 98104
Employment, Business, Municipal and Real Estate
University of Washington School of Law
As a fourth generation Washington lawyer, Hunter developed an early interest in the legal profession. He was drawn to the profession’s challenges and complexities, as well as the sound judgment required of good lawyers. Hunter pursued his interest at the University of Washington School of Law. There he researched and authored reports on modern legal issues for Law School Dean Kellye Testy and served as managing editor of the Washington International Law Journal. Hunter also served as a legal extern to United States District Court Judge Robert J. Bryan. Hunter’s practice areas include business and commercial litigation, municipal liability, insurance...
Scott Boyce
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Kennewick, WA Employment Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(877) 783-6699 2803 Sarah Court
Suite A
Kennewick, WA 99338
Free ConsultationEmployment, Administrative, Business and Tax
Creighton University School of Law
Scott Boyce enjoys helping people when they feel they are running out of options. Whether your legal issues are with the IRS or the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Mr. Boyce will investigate your options and work with you to resolve the legal issue quickly and professionally. Mr. Boyce's practice areas include: tax law, tax controversy, bankruptcy, administrative law, Veterans' Affairs, employment law, ERISA law, and general business law. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Boyce today!
Mr. George F. Cicotte
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Kennewick, WA Employment Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(877) 783-6699 2803 Sarah Court
Kennewick, WA 99338
Employment, Administrative, Business and Tax
Brigham Young University
The Cicotte Law Firm, PLLC serves clients throughout the U.S., representing employers in all ERISA and employee benefit matters including health care, ESOP transactions, fiduciary responsibility, tax compliance, and labor relations. The Firm regularly helps employers resolve ERISA disputes and related employment matters. Firm clients include small businesses, multi-billion dollar international enterprises and state and federal governmental entities. The United States Department of Labor has appointed Mr. Cicotte to serve as a plan fiduciary, replacing individuals who breached their responsibilities and who, as a consequence, were barred from continuing in fiduciary roles. Other attorneys and judges rate Mr....
Rebecca Elise Ary
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Everett, WA Employment Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(425) 252-4570 3616 Colby Ave. #425
Everett, WA 98201
Free ConsultationEmployment
University of Washington School of Law
I provide hands-on, strategic, no-nonsense legal representation for individuals and businesses in employment disputes. Whether you're an employee with a concern over illegal employment practices such as discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, unpaid wages or other violations of wage and hour law; or a business who has been accused of violating employment laws, I can help. I offer understanding, skill and the power of the law so that justice can be achieved.
James M. Owen Jr.
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Spokane, WA Employment Law Attorney with 19 years experience

Gonzaga University School of Law9th Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Eastern Districts of Washington, U.S. District Court for the Western Districts of Washington, Washington and Oregon
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Vanessa Micol Vanderbrug
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience

Gonzaga University School of LawWashington and Western District Washington
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Elizabeth Van Moppes
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Edmonds, WA Employment Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(425) 776-4100 145 3rd Avenue South
Edmonds, WA 98020
Employment
Seattle University School of Law
Since 1997, Beth’s practice has focused on workplace law advice and litigation, including the defense of sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination lawsuits. Beth trains managers and employees on issues related to diversity and professionalism, guides clients in every day workplace issues, and conducts workplace investigations.Her practice focus is on the preventative measures employer-clients of all sizes can take to ensure the productivity and culture of their business. Always, Beth’s emphasis is on providing clients with the best possible guidance under their circumstances. In every scenario, she highlights the practical implications and the impact on client’s time and budget as...
Vanessa Micol Vanderbrug
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(800) 805-5028 1001 4th Ave
#3200
Seattle, WA 98154
Employment, Administrative and Personal Injury
Gonzaga University School of Law
Stephen Michael Bergman
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Spokane, WA Employment Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(509) 326-2613 330 W Indiana Ave.
Spokane, WA 99205
Free ConsultationEmployment and Personal Injury
Gonzaga University School of Law
I am an attorney with Cooney Law Offices, P.S. in Spokane. My primary practice areas are Plaintiff's side employment law and personal injury. I strive to be readily available, and listen to my clients. I take the time to give my clients the best possible representation and outcome.
David A. Schuck
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Vancouver, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(360) 566-9243 208 E 25th St
Vancouver, WA 98663
Free ConsultationEmployment
Texas Tech University School of Law
I grew up in Portland, Oregon. I graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and Portland State University. I left the Northwest to continue my education at Texas Tech University. There I obtained both a Master of Business Administration ("MBA") and a Juris Doctorate (Law) degrees. After graduating I returned to Portland, Oregon. I joined the Oregon State Bar Association in 1999 and the Washington State Bar Association in 2006. For almost 10 years my practice has focused on representing Oregon and Washington employees against their current or former employers and individuals against harassing debt collectors. I have represented my...
Stephanie L. Bloomfield
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(800) 240-5051 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment, Appeals, Business and Personal Injury
University of Washington School of Law
Since joining the firm in 1994, Stephanie has worked on a wide variety of cases representing clients in employment and personal injury litigation, as well as commercial litigation and business disputes. She also represents clients in matters involving misappropriation of trade secrets, noncompetition contracts, Consumer Protection Act claims, unfair competition issues, contract disputes and consults on matters of legal ethics.

In her commercial litigation practice, Stephanie focuses on complex business disputes, employment and trade secrets issues, disputes between members of closely held companies and trust and estate litigation. She represents corporations, closely held businesses, fiduciaries as well as individual parties...
Eric D. Gilman
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Lawyer
(800) 240-5051 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment, Business, Civil Rights and Personal Injury
University of Washington-Seattle and Seattle University School of Law
Eric helps people recover what they’re owed for their own hard work. He represents victims of wrongful termination, unfair wage and hour practices, workplace harassment, and discrimination; whistleblowers who suffer retaliation after standing up for themselves or others; and entrepreneurs crossed by former business partners. As a civil litigator and class action attorney, Eric routinely assists individuals and groups in negotiations, employment litigation, and consumer, contract, and complex business litigation. Eric has prevailed in numerous appellate cases supporting worker rights, including before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court.

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Gretchen Graham Salazar
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(206) 382-1000 1000 Second Avenue, Ste. 3000
Seattle, WA 98104
Employment, Business and Municipal
Seattle University School of Law
Gretchen Salazar concentrates her practice on employment law, representing both employers and employees. Her work for employers includes advising clients with regard to compliance; representing clients before administrative agencies; employee relations counseling; and the review and drafting of handbooks and agreements. Gretchen provides employees with advice and counsel with regard to their rights and advocates for the enforcement of those rights through negotiation, mediation, administrative action, and litigation. Gretchen also practices commercial litigation and municipal law.
Michael Alan Jacobson
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(206) 447-1560 705 Second avenue
Suite 1050
Seattle, WA 98104
Employment, Business, Civil Rights and Immigration
Lewis & Clark Law School
Mike has been practicing law for over 25 years. He focuses on making his legal practice client-focused by giving personal time and attention to each case. His proven results over the years represent a broad range of knowledge in employment and immigration law.
Anita L. Redline
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Edmonds, WA Employment Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(425) 879-4628 144 Railroad Ave., Suite 308
Edmonds, WA 98020
Employment, Business, Elder and Health Care
Seattle University School of Law
I have helped over 600 Adult Family Home providers throughout WA state - in all manner of issues. Whether it is a weekend, evening, or holiday, I am available for any emergency call. I help providers with severe troubles that threaten their license. I quickly respond to calls and emails to help providers feel at ease. I give providers their options with potential outcomes. Issues involving: investigations, employment, lease and negotiations, Medicaid conversion, discharge or transfers, preventing potential complaints, caregiver problems, dealing with difficult POAs, removing citations, appealing revocations and summary suspensions, writing quality admission agreements. Informal...
Kathleen H. Paukert
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Spokane, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(509) 232-7760 522 W. Riverside
Suite 560
Spokane, WA 99201
Free ConsultationEmployment, Elder, Insurance Defense and Medical Malpractice
Gonzaga University School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Andrea H. McNeely
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(253) 620-6486 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment, Antitrust, Appeals and Business
Seattle University School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Ralph Glenn Phillips
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Woodinville, WA Employment Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(425) 482-1111 17410 133rd Ave NE #301
Woodinville, WA 98072
Employment, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Seattle University School of Law
R. Glenn Phillips believes in fighting for justice for real people. He has been practicing since 1984 and has tried more than 100 civil jury trials. In addition, he has settled numerous million and multi-million dollar cases. Glenn understands that corporate America and the insurance companies have tried, and continued to try to deny real people access to justice. He believes strongly in the principle that all citizens have the right of access to the courts. Mr. Phillips owns Phillips Law Firm which operates in Washington, California and nationally handling serious personal injury, product liability, workman’s compensation, social security...
Gideon Caron
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Vancouver, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(360) 699-3001 900 Washington St
Suite 1000
Vancouver, WA 98660
Employment, Business, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Lewis & Clark Law School
Gideon Caron was born in London England. His family immigrated to Portland when he was a young child and he has lived in the Northwest since. He attended Oregon State University and Northwest School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. He has practiced in Vancouver since 1989, emphasizing civil litigation, including personal injury, car crashes, trip and fall, dog bites, sexual harassment, product liability, real estate and probate disputes. Mr. Caron has been involved in many significant settlements and verdicts, defending them both at trial and appeal.
Timothy E. Steen
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Edmonds, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(425) 776-4100 145 3rd Avenue South
Edmonds, WA 98020
Employment, Business and Real Estate
Seattle University School of Law
Tim is a civil litigator and counselor with Beresford Booth PLLC. His practice is principally devoted to representing clients in high stakes matters concerning business, banking, real estate, employment, and complex torts. Utilizing a breadth of legal experience, Tim has successfully litigated matters in state and federal courts involving complex financing disputes, corporate governance/dissolution, constitutional law, discrimination, and unfair business practices. His real estate practice includes the representation of lenders, owners, and developers in all aspects of real property acquisition and development. Tim is a leader in several community and bar organizations and has a growing practice as...
Bryn Peterson
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Mercer Island, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(206) 498-3354 PO Box 1248
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Employment, Agricultural, Business and IP
Corporate Counsel - Intellectual Property / Commercial Real Estate / Corporate Law
Diverse legal background with 15+ years’ experience delivering comprehensive legal support on a variety of corporate matters including contracts, mergers, and acquisitions, real-estate, insurance, risk management, capital projects, taxation, and audits. Demonstrated expertise in managing outside counsel and associated costs. Possess the range of qualifications to function successfully in both in-house and contract capacities for companies across varied sectors including technology, food/beverage, and agriculture.

Contract Negotiations
Capital Expenditures
Corporate & Regulatory Compliance
Risk Assessment & Mitigation
Mergers & Acquisitions
Trademark & Software Licensing
Trademarks
Client Relationship Management

Stephanie J. Brown
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Vancouver, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(360) 566-9243 208 E 25th St
Vancouver, WA 98663
Free ConsultationEmployment
Franklin Pierce Law Center
Valarie S. Zeeck
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(800) 240-5051 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment
University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law
Breean Lawrence Beggs
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Spokane, WA Employment Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(509) 232-7760 522 W. Riverside Avenue
Suite 560
Spokane, WA 99201
Free ConsultationEmployment, Appeals, Civil Rights and Personal Injury
University of Washington School of Law
Samuel K. Darling
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Everett, WA Employment Law Lawyer
(425) 212-1789 3802 Colby Ave Ste 2
Everett, WA 98201
Employment, Collections, Divorce and Real Estate
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Samuel K. Darling is a general civil litigator whose practice emphasizes divorce, employment, and real estate law. Mr. Darling's legal experience also includes landlord tenant disputes, land use issues, personal injury, construction defect matters, creditor law, and business law. Mr. Darling received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 2002. In 2007 he earned his law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota, where he graduated on the Dean's List with an "A" Average and was a Royal Stone Scholarship Recipient, a member of several student organizations, and a moot court Best Brief Nominee. Mr. Darling began his legal career with...
Amanda M. O'Halloran
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(253) 620-6423 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment
Seattle University School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Kristiana Farris O'Brien
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(206) 682-7090 5500 Columbia Center
701 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-7096
Employment, Business, Health Care and Real Estate
University of Washington School of Law
Kristi O'Brien's practice is primarily in the area of business transactions and real estate transactions. Kristi represents business clients and medical practices in real estate, commercial, corporate planning, partnership, asset and stock purchase and sale, employment, and health law.
Scott Crispin Greco Blankenship
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(206) 343-2700 1000 Second Avenue, Suite 3250
Seattle, WA 98104
Employment, Business and Personal Injury
Scott considers it a privilege to practice law. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts. He believes that no person, government, or corporate entity is beyond the reach of the law, and is committed to seeing that our court system protects and advances fundamental rights, not only for his clients, but for our nation and community. Scott has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” – one of the top 5% of lawyers in Washington – every year from 2003-2015. Other honors and awards include being named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers...
Shelly M. Andrew
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Lawyer
(800) 240-5051 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment, Appeals, Business and Construction
University of Washington School of Law, University of Alabama School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
George O. Tamblyn
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Mercer Island, WA Employment Law Attorney with 54 years experience
(206) 236-2769 2448 76th Ave SE Suite 100
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Employment, Business, Estate Planning and International
Cornell University
Stephanie Petersen
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Everett, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(425) 259-2222 3411 Colby Ave
Everett, WA 98201
Employment, Business, Family and Personal Injury
Willamette University College of Law
I am a partner at Deno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC. I’m a trial lawyer, and I use my legal skills to help my clients in a broad variety of cases. I’ve been honored by the Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon by serving as Note and Comment Editor of the Willamette Law Review. I’ve been identified as a Washington State “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics Magazine in 2003. I’ve been active in the Snohomish County Bar Association, and in 2010 served as Trustee, being elected as Vice President in 2011, and the Snohomish County Bar...
James W. Beck
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(253) 620-6402 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment, Appeals, Business and Civil Rights
Georgia State University College of Law and The University of Georgia School of Law
James joined GTH after completing a clerkship for the former Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. He focuses his practice pursuing trials in the areas of personal injury, catastrophic accidents, employment law, and insurance coverage.

He has briefed and argued multiple appeals, including cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court. In his practice he has represented families in wrongful death cases, victims in sexual abuse cases, and many returning U.S. service members who face discrimination or retaliation in the workplace.

When he’s not working, he’s blazing trails, scaling peaks, and skiing with his...
Thomas Paul Keehan
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Olympia, WA Employment Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(360) 357-7791 1800 Cooper Point Rd SW, Building #16
PO Box 7846
Olympia, WA 98507
Employment, Business, Criminal and DUI
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Michael Craig Subit
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(206) 567-9511 705 2nd Avenue, Suite 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Employment, Appeals and Civil Rights
Stanford University
Tatyana Gidirimski
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Bellevue, WA Employment Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(425) 460-0550 9 Lake Bellevue Dr
#204
Bellevue, WA 98104
Employment, Business, Divorce and Family
University of Washington School of Law
Family Law: Tatyana Gidirimski has handled every aspect of family law, including complex divisions of property, maintenance, parenting plans (including modifications and child relocations), child support, division of business assets, claims of meretricious relationships, prosecution and defense of restraining orders, domestic violence protection orders, and preparation and negotiation of prenuptial and other relationship agreements. Tatyana is highly cognizant of the toll - both financial and psychological - a contested family law matter can take on the client and strives to achieve an out-of-court resolution of the conflict whenever possible. She is skilled in dealing with high-conflict personalities and counsels...
Jared Hawkins
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Walla Walla, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(509) 529-5175 2225 Isaacs, Suite A
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Employment, Business, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Brigham Young University
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Employment law governs the relationship between workers and their employers. This law, contained in federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions, specifies the rights and restrictions applicable to each party in the workplace.

This area of law regulates such issues as employee benefits, discipline, hiring, firing, leave, payroll, and health and safety in the workplace. It also encompasses non-compete agreements, retaliation, severance, unemployment compensation, pensions, whistle-blowing, worker classification, wage garnishment, work authorization for non-U.S. citizens, worker's compensation, and employee handbooks.

Both federal and state laws govern the relationship between employees and employers. Federal laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics. Many states have enacted their own laws similar to federal ones (and sometimes are more stringent). Cities and counties also can enact ordinances that affect employee rights, such as local minimum wage laws.

Employment lawyers can choose to accept only employees as clients, only employers, or both. Some attorneys focus on a specific area of employment law, such as workers' compensation, whistleblowing or discrimination, but many can handle a wide range of employment law issues.


Essential job functions: The fundamental job duties of the employment position that the individual with a disability holds or desires. The term essential functions does not include marginal functions of the position.

Exempt employee: An employee who is not entitled to the minimum wage or overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act.